Ole Miss 2-0 in SEC after 15-point dismantling of No. 10 Missouri


They don’t take kindly to strangers down in SEC country. Even if your school recently signed a legally-binding agreement to join said conference.

There was certainly a glaring lack of hospitality in Oxford, Mississippi tonight, where the unranked Rebs laid a 64-49 hiding on league newbie No. 10 Missouri in the Tigers’ first inter-league game in Tad Smith Coliseum. Murphy Holloway was the chief offender, hammering the hapless visitors with 22 points, 8 boards, 4 steals and a blocked shot in 31 minutes of play.

Mizzou experimented with a four-guard lineup in the absence of injured forward Laurence Bowers, and it simply Did. Not. Work. Alex Oriakhi has never been an offensive force in his own right, and without his frontcourt partner, he reverted to form, hitting just 2 of 4 shots from the floor and getting to the line exactly never.

Saddled with the entirety of the scoring load, Mizzou’s guard corps imploded, handing out 16 turnovers and shooting 15 for 42 from the floor. All-America candidate Phil Pressey was 0-4 from deep, gave away five turnovers and, like Oriakhi, failed to get to the free-throw line even once. It was an astonishing no-show by one of the nation’s best teams.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, is now 2-0 in the SEC and 13-2 overall. With a Kentucky-sized hole at the top of the league standings, Mississippi’s showing in this game is far from meaningless. Andy Kennedy has armed his team with an impenetrable perimeter defense, a tough shot-blocker in Reginald Buckner, and the inside-out scoring duo of Marshall Henderson and Holloway.

The Rebels, having announced their presence with authority, should be in line for a national ranking on Monday. If they continue to play like they did tonight, there could be a few more laurels on the horizon.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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