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Auburn Tigers Show Why Marshall Henderson Is Not the Best Scorer in the SEC

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall Henderson is leading the SEC in scoring, which is not hard to believe if you watch any of the past four games for the Ole Miss Rebels. He has been shooting lights out from the field, and late in games seems to not be able to miss. However, Henderson is not the best scorer in the SEC, despite leading in scoring; the Auburn Tigers showed that by holding him to just 15 points. Yes, just 15 points.

Henderson is missing something that many players in the SEC have. Henderson is missing that extreme last-ditch burst of speed that devastates a defense. The way a player can fake a three, and then explode through the paint to finish. Jumpers and threes are important, but when Henderson cannot hit behind the arc he loses scoring options that would really aid Ole Miss down the stretch.

Trevor Releford for the Alabama Crimson Tide is much more clutch than Henderson is, hitting threes at important times in the game. Jordan McRae for the Tennessee Volunteers is a much more versatile scorer than Henderson. I’d even go so far as to say that Elston Turner for Texas A&M is a better all around scorer. Many players have a better game than Henderson, but because defenses are busy trying to shut down Murphy Holloway, he gets open and can rain down threes from the outside.

Ole Miss will continue to win as long as Henderson continues to score, but one game soon, a coach is going to figure out how to guard him. John Calipari will get that chance Tuesday night. Expect Henderson’s average to drop.