At its best, Tuesday’s showdown between Ole Miss and Florida was a wasted opportunity. At worst, it was another early misstep by the Ole Miss basketball.
Devontae Shuler dropped 19 points, the Rebels led by nine with six minutes to play, but Ole Miss lost by nine, 72-63. From the 6:28 mark where Shuler made a layup to put Ole Miss up 61-52, the Rebels were outscored 20-2. Not great, Bob!
The game also ended on a weird note with a foul on Romello White ending his evening and a tech called on Kermit Davis that sent Florida to the line for approximately 1,000 free throws essentially putting the game away. White was the Rebels’ second leading scorer on the evening with 10 points.
If you want to take a positive from this game, it’s this - the Rebels started making some difficult shots. That doesn’t necessarily mean the offense is improving, but at least some things were clicking in the second half with that side of the ball.
What’s also worth noting is that Florida big man Colin Castleton played out of his absolute mind on Tuesday night, dropping 21 points, securing 10 boards and blocking seven shots. He was a living nightmare for the Rebels in the paint.
Ole Miss is back in action on Saturday at The Pavilion when it plays host to Georgia. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m.