Ole Miss hosting Mississippi Valley looking to right ship

After fans of Ole Miss spent the first part of Thanksgiving weekend focusing on the football team in the annual “Egg Bowl” against rival Mississippi State, they can turn their attention to the basketball program and see how the Rebels rebound from an uneven showing in Charleston S.C.Following two losses in the Charleston Classic, Ole Miss looks to get back on track Friday afternoon when it hosts Mississippi Valley State in Oxford, Miss.The Rebels (3-2) scored 82 and 93 points respectively during home wins over New Orleans and Charleston Southern, but when the level of competition increased, they sandwiched losses to Marquette and Boise State around an 18-point win over Elon.The first loss was a six-point decision when Ole Miss shot a respectable 46.8 percent against Marquette on Nov. 18. After shooting 49.1 percent against Elon, the Rebels shot 36.8 percent and allowed 56 percent shooting in the second half of Sunday’s 60-50 loss to Boise State.”We turned it over, couldn’t get to the free-throw line, they shot 56 percent and out-rebounded us in the second half,” Rebels coach Kermit Davis said. “That was the story. We weren’t a very tough team. We let not being able to make some plays offensively affect us guarding down the stretch.”Jarkel Joiner scored 24 points in his last appearance in front of home fans but scored 23 points combined in the two losses at Charleston and shot 8-of-23 in those losses.

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