Thursday, November 20, 2008
Ole Miss (2-0) vs. Utah (1-1)
The Rebels take on the Utah Utes Friday night in Daytona Beach as part of the Glenn Wilkes Classic. If anybody knows who Glen Wilkes is, let me know. Utah is 1-1 on the season, with an embarrassing loss to DII Southwest Baptist and a win over Wisconsin-Green Bay. Utah isn't nearly the program that they were under unhealthy man Rick Majerus. The Utes had their first winning season in three years last season, and they haven't made the tourney in quite a while. It will be a clash of styles when the Rebs and Utes meet. Utah is led by their frontcourt, most notably 7-2 Aussie Luke Nevill. Nevill averaged 24 points and 14 boards in Utah's first two games. It should be interesting to see how our long and lean frontcourt handles Utah's strong inside game. It's time for a couple of the White/Holloway/Henry/Cranston quartet to step up and give us some consistent inside play. We are going to struggle if we don't create an inside presence quickly. It would also be nice to see Chris Warren find his shot. I'm not worried about a sophomore slump, but I know how a couple of bad shooting nights can affect the psyche. Friday night is a game that we really should win. It would be really nice to head back to Oxford with a 4-0 record. We follow with two winnable home games against Central Florida and Morgan State before our big game against West Virginia on December 3rd. We can't afford many hiccups early on in this season with tough games against Louisville, New Mexico, USM, and WVU looming. Tip is at 5:30 with a Sunday game against Marshall to follow.