Friday, January 14, 2011

Georgia vs. Ole Miss Preview

Here is the bad news about the Ole Miss game tomorrow -- It's another road game which means with another loss, we're 1-2 in conference play. With Florida already 2-0, we can't afford to get behind too far if we want an opening round bye in the SEC tourney. But then again, I'm probably jumping ahead a little too far. Now, the good news? Ole Miss played an emotional rival game against Mississippi State Thursday night (which they lost) and only have 1 day of rest before they host the Dawgs Saturday. Another bit of good news is that our team traveled to Oxford straight from Nashville. I think the weather/travel situation may have hurt us against Vandy...we just didn't look sharp. With two full days of prep time, I would expect a much better effort against the Rebs.

As for Ole Miss's team, they are still coached by Andy Kennedy, and they are 12-5, with losses to Dayton, Miami, Colorado State, Florida, and Miss. State. This means they are 0-2 in conference play, so I would expect a bit of desperation on the part of Ole Miss tomorrow night...don't know if that's a good thing or not. Anyway, if you watched their game Thursday, you know their offense consists of point guard Chris Warren jacking as many threes as possible -- and it almost worked. He ended up shooting 7-14 on threes and had 25 points. Their second best player is probably swingman Zach Graham who averages 13.9 points per game. Their best big man is probably Terrence Henry, who averages 8.8 ppg and 6.2 boards, and looks like an African-American Gumby (he's 6'9'' 205...not too thick). As I mentioned earlier, they really rely on the three ball, as they average over 22 attempts per game.

Basically, this team is like a slightly worse (but still very formidable), slightly more streetball version of Vandy. They are very athletic, and love to get transition baskets, whether it's layups or threes. If we run our half-court offense, pray they don't run a two-three zone, and slow the game down, we SHOULD pull this one out....but since we haven't won a conference road game since...we shocked UK on March 4, 2009, I'm not holding my breath.

Here are Ole Miss's team stats:

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