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Ole Miss Fans Turn Their Eyes To Memphis’ Black

tarikblackTarik Black was supposed to be all that and a bag of chips for the Memphis basketball program.  Turns out, he never quite lived up to the hype.  Scheduled to graduate this spring, the forward now plans to transfer to another school.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner said he believes Black “wants a little change of scenery.”  As a graduate, he will be eligible to play anywhere this upcoming season without having to sit out as a transfer.  The only roadblock is Memphis’ decision not to allow Black to transfer to any program that’s on the Tigers’ schedule next season.

Now let’s connect some dots.  Ole Miss is losing big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner.  Oxford is about an hour and a half from Memphis.  And if the Rebel/Tiger rivalry isn’t kickstarted in 2013-14, Andy Kennedy’s program might provide the perfect fit for Black, and vice versa.

Certainly, Black’s name is already popping up on Rebel messageboards.

Black walked out of practice on Pastner this past season and he saw his role reduced as a result.  After starting 55 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Black started just five games as a junior.

Below are the Memphis’ native’s averages during is Memphis career:


  Season   Minutes  FG %   Rebounds   Points
  2012-13   20.8   58.9   4.8   8.1
  2011-12   25.6   68.9   4.9   10.7
  2010-11   22.6   52.8   5.0   9.1


The power forward is listed by as the 60th pick of the 2014 mock draft.

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Boxscore Breakdown: Ole Miss 64 – Vanderbilt 52

2013_sec_men_s_basketball_tournament_logoTied at 36 with just under 13 minutes to go in the game, Ole Miss went on a 22-4 run to put the game away.  Vanderbilt made a small dent late but it wasn’t nearly enough.  Ole Miss moves on with a win.

Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss with 23 points, Reginald Buckner added 15 points and Murphy Holloway had a dozen.

Vanderbilt was led by Kedron Johnson with 12 points.

-Ole Miss shot 44% from the field (22-50) while Vanderbilt shot 33% from the floor (19-56)

- Ole Miss went to the free-throw line 31 times but made just 17 (54%) while Vanderbilt made eight of 13 (61%)

Ole Miss advances to play Florida in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Just as importantly, at 25-8, the Rebels most likely punched their NCAA ticket regardless of tomorrow’s outcome.

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UM Suspends Kendrick For SEC Tourney

2011-12 has been the Year of the Disciplinarian when it comes to SEC hoops.  Anthony Grant, Tony Barbee and Cuonzo Martin have all benched key performers down the stretch… Grant and Martin while fighting for NCAA Tournament bids.

Andy Kennedy is fighting like Hell for a tourney bid, too.  He needs one.  But already this season he’s dismissed two players including leading scorer Dundrecous Nelson for being busted with marijuana.  Now Kennedy has handed out a suspension to freshman guard Jelan Kendrick.  Kendrick will not play in the SEC tourney, a tourney in which Ole Miss desperately needs to play well.

Kendrick was not with the Rebels during warm-ups before last Saturday’s win over Alabama.  Witnesses told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he had walked out of the gym before returning to the UM bench midway through the first half. 

Kennedy said that move was a coach’s decision.  But he’s now added this suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”  Interesting.

The former McDonald’s All-American in high school was also involved in an altercation with Reginald Buckner after a loss to Vanderbilt last month.  And reportedly, Kendrick was no model citizen at Memphis before transferring to Oxford and becoming eligible in December.

He is averaging 20 minutes and five points per game playing primarily as the backup to starting point guard Jarvis Summers.

Kudos to Kennedy for handing out this suspension on the eve of an important tournament.  But, then again, maybe Kennedy shouldn’t have welcomed a known troublemaker onto his team to begin with, eh?

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SEC Headlines – 2/23/12

1.  Florida will have to adjust its frontcourt with Will Yeguete injured and out.

2.  Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings — already suspended for two games by Mark Richt — has been put on probation by the school and will have to attend anger management classes and do community service.

3.  Kentucky’s basketball team is known for its defense, but those guys play a little bit of offense, too.

4.  John Calipari says senior Darius Miller is the glue to his team.

5.  Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia says he’s spoken with the Atlanta Falcons and several other NFL teams.

6.  The Gamecock basketball team needs to hit 3s… but it can’t.

7.  Tennessee has now won 11 out of its last 12 at home after beating Ole Miss.

8.  Seldom-used Dwight Miller came up big for the Vols last night.

9.  With last night’s win over South Carolina, Vanderbilt has now held three SEC foes to under 50 points.

10.  Alabama’s basketball team is moving forward.

11.  Arkansas will be looking for a confidence-boosting win when Bama visits Bud Walton Arena tonight.

12.  Freshman guard BJ Young says the game with the Tide is a “must win.”

13.  LSU showed resiliency in its win over Georgia last night.

14.  Once on the NCAA Tournament bubble, Ole Miss has lost three in a row and appears headed to the NIT… at best.

15.  Reginald Buckner wasn’t himself due to knee pain in last night’s loss at Tennessee.

16.  This writer wonders why MSU hasn’t played all season with the passion and heart it showed against Kentucky this week.

17.  MRI tests have revealed a deep bone bruise to Rodney Hood’s knee and State officials aren’t sure when he’ll return.


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SEC Headlines – 2/7/11

1.  Alabama point guard Trevor Releford has been named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.

2.  The MSU basketball team now needs to set its sites on second place in the West.

3.  ESPN’s Andy Katz wonders why Ravern Johnson was suspended for a tweet while Renardo Sidney was not suspended for his re-tweet.

4.  Ole Miss is playing better, but they still need to improve at home.

5.  The Rebels are better when Reginald Buckner gets more minutes.

6.  Some folks can’t/won’t let go of Colonel Reb.

7.  This writer believe coaching changes should be made before signing day, not after.

8.  Bob Davie and Lou Holtz have some words of advice for Urban Meyer.

9.  Florida’s Chandler Parsons was the SEC’s Player of the Week.

10.  Can Isaiah Crowell help make Georgia “Tailback U” again?

11.  Joker Phillips has added two former Kentucky players to his staff as student assistants.

12.  Bruce Pearl is ready to return from his 8-game suspension.

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SEC Headlines – 1/13/11 Part Two

1.  Heads up!  Alabama just won its fifth straight game with a 57-47 decision over South Carolina last night.

2.  Bama’s defensive pressure was the key.

3.  Fast-paced Auburn used patience to win the national title?

4.  Nick Fairley will announce his NFL decision tomorrow.

5.  LSU didn’t hit a bucket in the final nine minutes of last night’s game against Arkansas…

6.  They didn’t have to.

7.  And after last night’s 56-53 win over the Razorbacks, LSU stands at 2-0 in the SEC.

8.  It’s all about love, puppy dogs, rainbows and ice cream when it comes to Les Miles — heart, heart, heart — and LSU these days.

9.  His family and his players led Miles to stay in Baton Rouge.

10.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State will both be looking for their first SEC win tonight in Oxford.

11.  Reginald Buckner will be a key man for UM in the paint tonight.

12.  MSU’s Dee Bost will be trying to regain his old form against the Rebels.

13.  Dan Mullen opened up on a number of topics yesterday.

14.  New co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was the right fit for State’s staff.

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SEC Headlines – 11/23/10 Part Three

1.  Florida’s already challenged passing game will have to withstand the nation’s second-best pass rush against Florida State on Saturday.

2.  FSU should expect to see all three Gator signal-callers.

3.  This year’s Sunshine Showdown is bigger than ever.

4.  Carl Moore won’t face additional punishment after being booted from the first half of Florida’s game with Appy State last weekend.  (What the hell is going on with so many SEC players suddenly throwing punches?)

5.  Billy Donovan may rest Vernon Macklin’s ailing right knee against Florida Atlantic tonight.

6.  Georgia’s Todd Grantham actually faced Paul Johnson’s option in 1995 when Virginia Tech beat Navy 14-0.

7.  Jeff Schultz of The AJC says Mark Richt deserves another year to fix Georgia’s current mess.

8.  The Dawgs’ bowl prospects aren’t very clear.

9.  It looks like UGA will be without Trey Thompkins for this weekend’s Old Spice Classic tournament in Orlando.

10.  The Ole Miss football team needs no reminders of what happened in last year’s Egg Bowl.

11.  Kentrell Lockett and Jerrell Powe could be building blocks for the Rebels in 2011.  (Of course, that’s what folks said going into 2010, too.)

12.  Houston Nutt says MSU’s winning ways to back “to they’re winning the turnover margin.”

13.  UM forward Reginald Buckner is day-to-day with a knee injury.

14.  Even the new faces in Starkville understand the importance of beating Ole Miss.

15.  An AP writer says Dan Mullen and Bobby Petrino are among six coaches who deserve credit for doing good work in 2010.

16.  Mississippi State survived Detroit 82-76 in front of just 4,221 fans last night.  (Pathetic.)

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