FACTS & STATS: Site: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) -- Honolulu, Hawaii.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Ole Miss 7-0, USF 4-1. Away Record: Ole Miss
1-1, USF 1-2. Neutral Record: Ole Miss 0-1, USF 0-2. Conference Record: Ole
Miss 0-0, USF 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: A first-ever meeting during the semifinals of the annual Diamond
Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on Sunday pits the Ole
Miss Rebels against the San Francisco Dons.
The Rebels arrived on the island with just one loss in nine games, but the
team was taken to overtime by Indiana State on Saturday and left with an 87-85
setback as it fell to the consolation side of the tournament bracket. A
perfect 7-0 at home this season, Ole Miss is now just 1-2 playing in games
As for the Dons, they too have enjoyed success in their own building through
the first six weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, while playing on the road and on
neutral floors has been much more of a challenge. On Saturday the team was
swept away by 18th-ranked San Diego State by a final of 80-58, the team's
fourth straight setback after opening the campaign with five wins in six
Both programs will be back in action on Tuesday, suiting up against either
East Tennessee State or Hawaii, depending on the outcomes on Sunday.
Marshall Henderson scored 27 points, hitting 7-of-16 shots behind the 3-point
line, but it wasn't quite enough as the Rebels bowed to Indiana State in
overtime. Reginald Buckner recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10
rebounds, adding three blocked shots and a pair of steals, while Murphy
Holloway registered a double-double of his own with 16 points and 13 boards,
adding three thefts to his stat line. The team shot just 7-of-13 at the free-
throw line in the meeting. Holloway is one of only a handful of players in
college basketball averaging a double-double with 14.9 ppg and 10.7 rpg, but
as great as those numbers might be, still his mere 45.5 percent accuracy at
the charity stripe is a glaring issue. Henderson is tops on the unit in
scoring with 18.7 ppg as the program continues to outscore the competition by
just under 20 ppg.
Cole Dickerson tried to keep San Francisco in the hunt on Saturday as he
registered 15 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 3-of-6 behind the 3-point line
along the way, but San Diego State was simply too powerful as the Dons
suffered the lopsided setback. Cody Doolin checked in with 11 points and a
game-high eight assists, followed by De'End Parker with 10 points for a group
that shot better beyond the arc (.444) than it did from the floor overall
(.396). Dickerson, a leading scorer for the Dons in three of their last four
games, is currently second on the team in that department with 13.7 ppg, but
is one of the most aggressive in the paint in the entire nation as he averages
an astounding 13.0 rpg. Parker is responsible for 14.9 ppg and Doolin another
11.6 ppg, to go along with a team-best 65 assists which is more than half the
group's total (113) thus far.
If Dickerson can again be a force in the paint then the Dons have a shot at
the win, but he'll need plenty of help from his teammates to make that happen
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ole Miss 83, San Francisco 74