Early on, it seemed the Rebels would try and match Bama’s pace of play, but this strategy did not go over well for the Rebels as they could not keep up with Bama’s blistering pace of play.
The Crimson Tide controlled the game leading by 15 or more the majority of the second half. The play of John Petty Jr. was prevalent as he blossomed in the second half. He grabbed four rebounds, and scored 21 points, while going 4-6 from behind the three-point line. The three Bama guards combined for 56 points.
For the Rebels the offense looked the usual, a high scoring game for Tyree with 28, followed by Shuler who finished 21.
One thing that cannot be factored out of this game is the officiating, the refs look a hands-off approach, which did not serve the Rebels well as crucial calls were not made.
Coach Kermit Davis, did not go easy on his team or the refs making lots of quick and substitutions and constantly getting in the ref’s ear on more than one occasion. This led to two technical fouls, one coming towards the end of the first and the other coming at the beginning of the second. Win Case coached the rest of the game for Ole Miss.
Alabama was a nightmare matchup for the Rebels, and they made history on Saturday night, becoming the first team to score 100 on the Rebels in the Pavilion. Cut and dry, giving up 100 points in a college basketball game makes it very hard to win.