When you’re in the middle of a postseason push, especially in college basketball where there are a number of bubble teams jostling for position, the last thing you want is a bad weekend loss to a team that is positioned in last place in your league.
Well, for Ole Miss that’s exactly what happened.
On the road in Starksville, the Rebels dropped a 73-67 contest to a Mississippi State squad that has been crushed by injuries and suspensions all season long. Long story short, it’s not a good look for Ole Miss.
In the contest, leading scorer Marshall Henderson struggled shooting the ball, despite finishing the game with 16 points. Henderson took 19 shots in the loss, 18 of which came from beyond the 3-point line.
Overall, the day was certainly one to forget.
At 21-8 overall and 10-6 within the SEC, the Rebels need to press forward and Henderson needs to continue to be the one to help lead them in that direction. A crucial battle with Alabama is scheduled for Tuesday night and the implications are through the roof for both teams. The good news heading into that contest is the fact that Ole Miss is the host team. Henderson needs to fire up the crowd, while the Rebels need to protect their home court with the Crimson Tide in town.
After their mid-season buzz, Ole Miss has lost a bit of its flair. Henderson and the Rebels need to wake back up because college basketball is missing them.
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