Aside from new coach Kermit Davis, the main difference between the last place Ole Miss Rebels of a year ago and the current 14-3 (4-1 SEC) squad has been the great play of Breein Tyree.
Tyree averaged just 10 points per game a year ago, and after the disappointing season ended I wondered (maybe for no good reason) if Tyree would even return for his junior season after the coaching change.
But Tyree did come back and, wow, has he been a difference-maker for the Rebels. Tyree had his team-leading 8th 20-point (or more) game in the 84-67 win over Arkansas on Saturday. He’s also the Rebels’ leading scorer (17.5 ppg). I never saw either one of those things coming, but apparently Kermit Davis did (thank you Kermit!).
Terence Davis (16.2 ppg) and Tyree have combined to give Ole Miss one of the best back court’s in the SEC, and thanks in no small part to the dynamic duo, the Rebels are winning.
Tyree also seems to have grown into a leader, telling the media on Saturday he would be willing to move back to point guard if an injury to Devontae Shuler makes it necessary.
“Whatever Coach needs me to do, I am going to do it,” Davis said.
The words ring of something a mature, team-player would say and that attitude may be yet another reason the Rebels are enjoying a fantastic start.
I still can’t believe the Saints got robbed of a return to the Super Bowl: