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Rebel Roundup - January 3, 2011

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QB Brunetti considering Memphis, 2 other schools | WREG
Barry Brunetti, a former MUS star and West Virginia Mountaineer, is looking to move back closer to home. The rising sophomore is a former Army All-American quarterback who is looking to make a decision to finalize his transfer sometime this week. The schools he is considering are Ole Miss, Memphis, and Arkansas State meaning that he a) really does not want to leave the Memphis area or b) probably isn't that good.

Warren scores 24 points to lead Mississippi to 100-62 victory over Alcorn State |
What's most impressive about this matchup is not what's on the box score but rather what - or perhaps "who" - is not on it. Trevor Gaskin's hamstring is still botherhing him after a nasty slip at the Cancun Governor's Cup while Reginald Buckner missed this game with a knee injury. Despite the absense of both, though, four Rebels scored in double figures as Ole Miss blew the doors of of perhaps the worst team in all of college basketball. The numbers I'm pleased to see are the point totals of Dundrecous Nelson and Demarco Cox at 17 and 11, respectively. I know the opponent is hardly worth mention, but it's good to see highly regarded freshmen getting meaningful playing time and scoring opportunities.

Ole Miss survives Southeastern Louisiana, 68-59 | Veaze
Y'all do realize that we trailed much of this game, don't you? This Rebel basketball team is pretty damned hard to figure out and can seemingly play up with or down to any level in the game, depending on the opponent. But, whatever, it's a come-from-behind victory that wasn't really in doubt towards the end. Up next is SMU on Wednesday and then, after that, the Rebels open up SEC play against Florida.

Jelan Kendrick lands at Ole Miss | Eamonn Brennan | ESPN
Eamonn Brennan is a former SBNation writer who now works for ESPN. Isn't that neat? Anyway, he nails it when he mentions the potential of a talent like Jalen Kendrick has been, so far, offset by his poor attitude and behavior. Seeming pessimistic about Kendrick's chances to last in Oxford, Brennan concludes this blog entry with a simple "we'll see" which, frankly, is about as hopeful as any of us should be about this. "We'll see" indeed just how talented and dedicated Kendrick can be, just as we'll see how much control Kennedy can take over a potentially bad situation.

Jelan Kendrick speaks; we listen | Veaze
So it's newsworthy, and we're rightfully excited to have such a high-profile transfer (once again) find a second chance in Oxford, but what does Mr. Kendrick himself have to say about this move?

Hopefully, I can be the missing piece to help this team reach levels they hadn’t reached before.

If we're speaking in terms of Ole Miss basketball all time, that'd mean an appearance in the Elite Eight (Trivia: only one other SEC school has not advanced past the Sweet Sixteen. Which one?) which, were that to somehow happen, I would be absolutely elated over.