Oxford: Since the opening tip Iowa State controlled the game and did not let up on the Ole Miss Rebels. Iowa State started to really step on the Rebels throats around the ten-minute mark of the second half.
Ole Miss was ice cold from the field shooting a dismal 36%. The Rebels could not buy a bucket the entire game. Ole Miss had open looks but could not capitalize on the opportunities in today’s game with Iowa State. Breein Tyree was the bright spot for the Rebels leading Ole Miss with 22 points and a very good defensive game.
Iowa State shot the lights out going 20 for 26 (76.9%) in the second half. Talen Horton Tucker led Iowa State with a game-high 23 points.
Ole Miss Head Coach had this to say about the loss to Iowa State –
“We got beat by an outstanding team. I was watching on tape and I thought that all the teams I’ve watched in college basketball, I know Duke has the one and done guys, but they’re probably the best put together offensive team in college basketball. Everybody passes the ball, they make you pay for everything. I thought we had some runs in us. We had a lot of defensive breakdowns, the defensive field goal percentage was ridiculously high. In these kinds of games, we have to get more players to play better. I’m responsible for it. Terence Davis had a ton of breakdowns, didn’t get much from Dom (Olejniczak) or Bruce (Stevens). When you don’t get much from those two, and the level of competition is higher, we’ve got to get one of them to play, really both. The last two games we really haven’t had any production. We tried to play KJ (Buffen) at the five, and it gets really hard for us. Hats off to Iowa State. That’s a team right there that can go deep in the (NCAA) Tournament for sure.”
Iowa State Head Coach had this to say about the win –
“Well, it is good to start off the day to help out our league in the challenge. Obviously both leagues I’m sure take a lot of pride in this. We played a lot better than our last 11 a.m. game a couple of weeks ago. So, it is a good feeling to be able go home early and then get started prepping for West Virginia. But we beat a very good team today. We have a lot of respect for Kermit (Davis) and his team and the program. I’ve been against Kermit for a long time as a coach. To come in here with a great crowd and environment, I am very pleased. Proud of this guy (Talen Horton-Tucker). He really responded and bounced back. You see the depth of our team. I think if we really chase our ceiling we can do some really good things. Marial (Shayok) didn’t play the last 10 minutes of the game, and we were still able to extend our lead and do some good things. Good win, and now it is back to league play because have a good West Virginia team on Wednesday.”
With the loss, Ole Miss drops to 14-5 overall and will look to bounce back on Wednesday as the Rebels travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.
Kermit Davis had this to say about bouncing back after the loss –
“We’ll bounce back. That team right there, they can beat anyone in college basketball. We’ve got to have a short memory, good practices, get our team back together and really play. We haven’t had a good week for sure.”
Ole Miss will return back home Saturday to battle arch-rival Mississippi State.