A team wins a game, then it wins another game - it’s called a winning streak.
Although both teams started off slow on offense, Ole Miss (8-6, 3-4 SEC) found its rhythm late in the first half en route to a 61-50 home win over Texas A&M (7-6, 2-5 SEC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Rebels trailed by as much as seven in the first half - and folks, the Red Cup group text was ripe with reactions - before going on a 38-15 run straddling the intermission. Helping this run along were the typical cast of characters in Devontae Shuler and Jarkel Joiner combining for 38 points. Joiner led the team with 21 only one point off his season high as the Oxford native seems to be finding his groove in SEC play.
Once Ole Miss found itself hitting some shots, the 1-3-1 zone took over and did its thing on defense helping force a total of 18 Aggie turnovers. Ole Miss’ defense has been its strength throughout the season in the midst of some, shall we say, questionable offensive production, but the Rebels typically do not call the 1-3-1 defense until it scores. So, in theory, Ole Miss is best on defense when it’s making shot. #analysis #repeatingESPNstuff
Anyway, this marks Ole Miss’ second-straight victory on the hardwood and closes out a perfect 2-0 week after knocking off Mississippi State in Starkville on Tuesday. After a very “meh” start to the season, the Rebels now sit at 8-6 overall and 3-4 in the SEC with road matchups at Arkansas and Georgia looming next week.
The other storyline out of Saturday’s game was Ole Miss’ sick throwback uniforms that hearken back to NCAA Tournament Sweet 16s and SEC titles. Here are some shots of the uniforms in action courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.
The Rebels hit the court again on Wednesday in Fayetteville. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network.