/Ole Miss, far ahead of schedule, runs away from No 11 Auburn, 82-67

Ole Miss, far ahead of schedule, runs away from No 11 Auburn, 82-67

It was amazing how fast it would go. On Wednesday night, Davis’s first Rebels won their ninth consecutive victory over No. 11 Auburn decisively, 82-67. The win was a victory for the Rebels. They finished 13th in the 14-team SEC to be 12-2 overall, and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference. Davis’ Rebels played hard like great basketball teams. They were also smart. They also shared the ball. They took good shots for the most part. They defended. They defended. Davis said, “We responded to all their runs.” That’s what great teams do.” Auburn’s Bruce Pearl was even more direct. Pearl stated that Ole Miss was “fantastic”. “Kermit did an even better job in getting his team ready than I did. They were very protective of us. They were more aggressive than I was. They were more physically demanding. They were more physical.” True. Terence Davis, an incredibly talented athlete, led the Rebels’ with 27 points. He also had 12 rebounds. Ole Miss was able to out-rebound the SEC’s top rebounding team by eight. When asked about Ole Miss’s remarkable success, Terence Davis stated that it was simply due to hard work. He said, “Man, we practice hard. Two or three and a quarter hours.” “We treat practices like games. “We work hard.” Terence Davis scored 17 and grabbed seven rebounds during the first half, when the Rebels took a huge lead of 42-29. The crowd was a major factor in the victory. Terence Davis stated, “We feed off of them.” It was very loud tonight. “We definitely had a home court advantage.” Davis, a Southaven senior, was able to provide plenty of assistance. KJ Buffen, a freshman forward from Gainesville (Ga.), scored 16 points in 23 minutes. Kermit Davis described Buffen as “just tough.” He can handle any moment. He had 11 points and provided seven boards, while battling Auburn’s bigger men on a better basis than even terms. Pearl stated, “I thought we had an advantage in the inside.” “We didn’t.” Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ole Miss’s win over the nation’s No. Breinn Tyree, the leading scorer, was part of the 11-man team. He shot 1 for 10, and scored only five points against Vanderbilt, which is 13 points below his average. Davis stated that Breein attempted to score 31 points in the first period tonight. That was his problem. He was 1 for 10. Kermit Davis has made it a deal. He will hold all players, including his leading scorer accountable. He said, “We beat one the best teams in America with our leading scorer going 1/10.” It’s quite impressive.” Pearl said that Andy Kennedy, former Ole Miss coach deserves credit. Pearl stated that he left Kermit with a great team. They’ve got some players.. Pearl also said that. He said that Kermit gave them more discipline offensive. “Andy gave them more freedom to offend. Sometimes freedom comes with empty possessions. Kermit doesn’t give you empty possessions.” However, you get defense. Lots of it. The Rebels will now head to Starkville on Saturday, where they will face No. 14 Mississippi State. State will be preferred and should be. It will be Kermit Davis Jr.’s return to the Bulldogs coaching facility where he grew-up. He said that either he or his brother made the first basket at Humphrey Coliseum, right after it was constructed. It’s going be different. I’m sure I’ll be seeing many old friends. “But I’ve already said it before, nobody in the gym Saturday wants to beat Mississippi State better than me.”