Winning streak comes to an end

Ole Miss finally had an “off” night, and LSU is a pretty good basketball team.

Those two things sum up an 83-69 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday night. It’s unfortunate that it had to happen in front of a sold-out Pavilion crowd eager to participate in a 10-game winning streak and witness their Top 25 basketball team make it 11 straight.

But them’s just the breaks. Sometimes good basketball teams lose, and that’s especially true when the other team also happens be good.

Ole Miss shot 40 percent from the floor, but just 28 percent from 3-pt range and was only 9 of 17 from the free throw line.

Kermit Davis blamed poor ball movement. 

“We just had no ball movement offensively, didn’t trust the offense in the first half,” Davis said. “The ball never really got off the ground, didn’t seem like we were dribbling for shots.”

That wasn’t good enough against LSU, which improved to 13-3 (3-0 SEC). The Tigers, winners of six in a row, are a good team. Maybe a really good team. Time will tell on that, but they can shoot and they have a couple of really big guys down low that can do some serious damage. LSU is good.

Ole Miss is good, too, but not on Tuesday night.

“One of those games,” Davis said. “We’ve got to let it go and have a short memory.” 

Hopefully the fans will have a short memory, too, as a big home crowd would help get back in the W column against Arkansas on Saturday.

Sometimes a loss can be a good thing. It can be used to teach a team what kind of effort and skill is needed to win. It’s cliché, but true, there are no off nights in the SEC.