Following a relatively quiet week of injury report news from Rebel basketball, Ben Garrett reported Wednesday that Ole Miss' veteran guards Stefan Moody and Martavious Newby are good to go against Auburn in The Pavilion. Refreshing news if ever there were, especially considering the hodgepodge platoons Andy Kennedy scraped together in Saturday's loss to CLANGA.
Newby hasn't played since the Jan. 16 loss to Florida, and even then he only pulled 16 minutes of work. It later emerged that he'd been struggling with a lingering retina injury akin to Sebastian Saiz's current ailment, though Martavious' eye issues reportedly date back to last summer sometime. His dive-bomber approach to inside ball has been severely lacking this season, and it'll be interesting to see how he reacts Wednesday.
Moody suffered a high strain in his left hamstring late in the South Carolina dust-up that left him dragging around the floor until AK pulled the plug on him in extra minutes. In service of keeping his recovery on track, Moody sat out against Mississippi State on Saturday, and the absence of his 24-plus points per game was sorely felt.
There's still no word on Sebastian Saiz's recovery calendar, but the Rebs showed against South Carolina that they can hang in games so long as Moody can rudder the ship.
Tipoff against Auburn is at 6 p.m. CT in the Pavilion, and there's very little love to be lost between these two teams.