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A strong defensive performance bolstered by a raucous home atmosphere helped the Rebels handily defeat a top-ten foe in the Tad Pad.
It was an ugly game at times, but the Rebels convincingly defeated the No. 10-ranked Missouri Tigers last night in front of a capacity crowd at the
Tool Pool Tad Pad. Murphy Holloway led the Rebels with 22 points and 8 rebounds, with Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson also scoring double-digits (12 and 11 points, respectively).
Missouri simply looked uninspired, unprepared, and downright unlucky for much of the contest. As the incomparable buster_bluth put it in the game's open thread,
Again,we dominated a team defensively. Mizzou sported a nifty 50.9% eFG% coming in tonight and shot 38.5% eFG. We forced TOs on 28.3% of their possessions as well. Give them credit for crashing the offensive glass, but their FTR of 10.5 isn't going to work on the road in conference.
I know there's been some debate here about how good this team actually is defensively, but it's getting pretty hard to argue against.
I agree. So long as they keep performing at such a high level, I won't have anything to complain about. The Rebels are now 13-2 (2-0, SEC) on the year, and should garner some serious top-25 consideration in the upcoming polls. In spite of the frustrating losses to MTSU and Indiana State; the Rebels generally poor out of conference schedule; and the weakness of the SEC this season, the Rebels should (and will) be a legitimate part of anybody's bracketology discussion from here on.
Check out the official game highlights, and get ready for Tuesday night's game against Vanderbilt in Nashville. If the Rebels can win another SEC road game this early, then it may be safe to say that this really is one of the conference's better teams.