No. 24 Mississippi needs experience - fast. With No. 19 Vanderbilt coming to town tomorrow, the Rebels are in a two-game midseason swoon and coming off their worst game of the season.
If the Rebels are to rally after a 20-point loss to SEC-leading Mississippi State on Saturday, they'll need better play from the perimeter. Inexperience rendered the team helpless late in losses to Auburn and the Bulldogs, and Ole Miss tumbled seven spots in Monday's Associated Press Top 25.
Ole Miss (15-3, 2-3 SEC) seemed to shrink late in the two losses, relying on freshman point guard Chris Warren to hit long shots and rally the team. While that worked to some degree against the Tigers in an 80-77 loss, the Bulldogs simply bullied the Rebels over the final 20 minutes to win 88-68.
Kennedy has tinkered with the lineup in the last two weeks, starting Trevor Gaskins at shooting guard over David Huertas, but neither of those players or reserve guard Zach Graham has met the challenge yet.
A win against the Commodores would right the ship, however.
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