The Rebels (6-0) have survived a few close calls this season, and the Tuesday tilt with the Wolfpack (4-2) was expected to be a jump up in terms of competitiveness. Chris Beard’s first year squad answered the call in a big way jumping out to a 17-5 lead early and never relinquished the lead in a 72-52 thrashing.
I’m not sure if former Duke forward Jaemyn Brakefield had some old ACC vibes working, but he played like a man possessed with a career high 25 points. Brakefield went 8 of 12 from the field and 7 of 7 from the charity stripe. Whatever he did pre-game coaches need to make sure it happens again forever until the end of the season.
SEC leading scorer Allen Flanigan chipped in 15 points on the night as well along with 10 rebounds. Matthew Murrell and Jaylen Murray both dropped 12 points on the Wolfpack.
Tuesday was also the most complete defensive effort of the season by Ole Miss. NC State shot 31.8% from the floor for the game and 12 percent from behind the arc. The smothering Rebel defense created a +6 turnover advantage and also logged nine blocks as a team.
Ole Miss and South Carolina are now the only two undefeated SEC teams remaining while both are unranked in the latest top 25. The Rebels have a chance to potentially crack the rankings with a massive home game coming up this Saturday when it hosts Memphis (5-1) at the SJB Pavilion.