The Rebels (6-4, 1-2 SEC) were originally supposed to host South Carolina, and LSU (8-2, 3-1 SEC) was supposed to face Missouri before SC and Mizzou both had issues with COVID-19. So, Ole Miss ran into the buzzsaw that is LSU’s offense and really had no chance to keep pace.
LSU opened up a 15-2 lead early in the first half and never looked back. It was, to put it frankly, a deflating performance for the Rebels who easily handled Auburn 72-61 earlier in the week. The Ole Miss defense had no answer for Trendon Watford who went 7-of-16 from the field and dropped 21 points. Watford was joined by Darius Days, Javonte Smart and Eric Gaines with double-digit points for the Tigers.
Devontae Shuler struggled, and really...yeah...the entire Rebel team struggled. There were a couple of bright spots, such as Matthew Murrell who hit a couple of threes and dropped eight points, but the Rebels were largely unable to penetrate the Tiger defense which had been mostly porous to this point in the season.
Luis Rodriguez and Khadim Sy led the Rebels with nine points apiece as no Ole Miss player reached double-digit point totals. Shuler went 0-for-9 from the field (six of which were from beyond the arc), and only had two points on the evening.
Since the game sucked, here’s a heartfelt tweet from former Rebel and current Toronto Raptor, Terence Davis:
Ole Miss falls to 1-2 in conference play with a trip to Gainesville on the horizon on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 6pm CST on the SEC Network.