Johnny O'Bryant III, seen here regretting his college choice as he fights Ole Miss' Reginald Buckner for a rebound, and the LSU Tigers lost by 24 points to the Rebels this past Saturday in the Tad Pad.
Hotty toddy, gosh almighty, Ole Miss finally beat somebody.
It was a good weekend for those of us who follow the red and blue, as the Rebel basketball team, now that all the pressure of an NCAA berth is off of their backs, bettered the LSU Tigers by 24 points in the Tad Pad, and the Rebel baseball team swept the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington.
First, the basketball game. I guess revenge was a motivating enough of a factor in this one, as the Rebels returned the favor LSU first offered to start the season, beating them by 20+ points in front of a half-full Tad Smith Coliseum. Terrence Henry passed 1,000 points on his Rebel career, becoming the second Ole Miss Rebel ever with 1,000 points and 100 blocks. The Rebels were good defensively, while LSU was horrific offensively, causing the Tigers to shoot right around .300 from the floor and score fewer than fifty points on the day. Henry led the team with 21 points, while Nick Williams poured in 18 as the Rebels cruised to victory, having never trailed.
To boot, LSU's NCAA hopes are now ruined (which is nice) and Tigers Head Coach Trent Johnson, who was rocking a Houston Nutt special sweater vest, was booted on a pair of technicals, both of which fed the Schadenfreude of all who bothered to pay attention.
On the diamond, Bianco's squad took care of business, sweeping the UNC Wilmington Seahawks2-0, 6-4, and 10-5. Plenty of Rebels had fine performances out there, including:
- Bobby Wahl, who threw nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit. The guy was throwing with absolutely pinpoint control, especially when going off-speed.
- RJ Hively, who struck out nine while earning three runs over 5.2 innings worth of work.
- Chris Ellis and Blair Wright, who in relief for Mike Mayers, pitched four innings of perfect baseball on Sunday afternoon.
- Alex Yarbrough, who was 7-for-17 with a double, a homer, and five runs batted in. It was like batting practice out there for Yarbs.
- Tanner Mathis, who was 3-for-8 with six runs.
- Matt Snyder, who on Saturday went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.
- Senquez Golson, who went 3-for-5 with two runs and a run batted in.
This, plus the fantastic weather of north Mississippi's early spring, meant that the weekend at Swayze could have only been better were a fellow SEC team to have been involved. More coverage on this series, as well as the future series, to come from us at the Cup, which is exciting for a change. While it's way, way too early to tell, this baseball season has potential to be a lot of fun in Oxford.