After going 2-0 in last week’s action, Ole Miss stumbled and fell in Fayetteville on Wednesday night, losing to the Razorbacks 74-59.
In the first half, the Rebels were 0-of-9 from beyond the arc (see: not good) and trailed by 12 at the intermission (see: also not good). Ole Miss finished a whopping 1-of-16 from three, a measly 6.3 percent. Once again, the offense struggled, and a quad-one win opportunity went out the window.
If Ole Miss was hoping to climb back into the tournament conversation and make a run towards the end of the regular season, a win on Wednesday would have helped (understatement). We’ll see what happens moving forward, but this team has serious deficiencies on offense, and I’m not sure they can overcome that enough to make a serious push to tournament contention. The offensive possessions, in the word of my friend Walker Bailey who I watched the game with, look discombobulated at best, and shooting droughts last for minutes at a time, which, I’m told, isn’t a great recipe for success.
Devontae Shuler led the Rebels with 19 points followed by Luis Rodriguez with 10. Ole Miss is now 0-7 this season when its opponent scores more than 65 points. The offense just hasn’t been able to keep up in conference play, and with four more quad-one opportunities remaining, the hopes of pulling those out are dim if you look at the current state of things.
Still, it is just one game, but Wednesday was a step back after last week’s success.
The Rebels remain on the road come this weekend when they travel to Athens to take on Georgia at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Bulldogs picked up a 78-74 win over Ole Miss when they met in Oxford two weeks ago. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network.