The Ole Miss Rebels’ successful 2018-19 season came to an end on Friday. And it was not in the happiest of ways, either.
The Rebels were on the receiving end of a beatdown issued out by the Oklahoma Sooners. Christian James and Rashard Odomes teamed up for 40 points as the Sooners blew by the Rebels 95-72.
OU held a lead as large as 29 points at the 5:50 mark in the second half. They were off to the races from the jump, holding a 12-0 edge early on in the first half. And it is not as if Ole Miss was shooting poorly throughout, either.
Ole Miss finished They shot 52 percent in the first half and 54.5 percent from long range. They finished at 46.8 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from 3-point land, but those numbers aren’t terrible. It’s just that the Sooners found the bottom of the net OFTEN, converging on 57.6 percent of their 59 attempts from the field.
As we mentioned, James and Odomes led with 40 combined points, 20 apiece. But they weren’t the only players to hit into double figures. The Sooners got 19 points out of Kristian Doolittle and 18 from Brady Manek. When you get 77 points from four players, chances are that’s going to put you in a position to really succeed. And there was nothing that Kermit Davis’ squad could do to handle this dynamo quartet.
The Rebels were done in by turnovers, as they committed 11 on the day. Their scoring production was down as well, although 72 points should typically when you plenty of college games. Terence Davis led the charge with 17 points with Devontae Shuler behind him with 13. Blake Hinson scored 11 and Breein Tyree chipped in 10, which gave Ole Miss four double figure scorers, as well. It’s just that they couldn’t quite hit the levels that the Sooners reached on Friday afternoon.
Ole Miss shouldn’t hang their heads in shame at all, even with how unsatisfying this result was. The Rebels surprised plenty in their first year under Kermit Davis, and next year figures to be another step int he right direction. They will suffer two losses in the form of Davis and Bruce Stevens, but everyone else should figure to be back and be in great form.