When the season started, the Ole Miss Rebels were simply a team that was looking to continue building on the success of last season, one in which they won the SEC Title for the first time in 30+ years. The main reason for that success was none other than one of college basketball’s most polarizing figures, Marshall Henderson.
Like him or not, Marshall Henderson is one of the game’s most fascinating and entertaining players to watch. He’s quick, he’s a good shooter, he’s consistent, and he’s fearless. Henderson doesn’t care how often he takes shots, but rather how often he makes the ones he takes. He’s willing to keep putting up the shot-even if he has gone ice cold-if it means that he may eventually hit one and find his rhythm once more.
Last night, fans were able to see another example of some fun that happens when Henderson is playing. The Rebels were playing host to Middle Tennessee State, and were looking to overcome this tough C-USA foe in order to get back on track after losing two straight games, despite starting the season 6-0. What transpired late in the first half was just pure, unadulterated luck. In a freak play, Henderson passed the ball down low, only to have it bounce off of his teammate Sebastian Saiz’s foot and land perfectly in the basket [as seen on CollegeSpun].
Obviously this clip is fun to watch, and freak plays like this are what makes college basketball so interesting, but the point of this is to highlight what Henderson did last night. Not only was he responsible for this play, but his clutch three pointers were what pushed the Rebels ahead last night, giving them another win in Oxford. He hit one three with about 5:30 remaining to put Ole Miss back in the lead, and he hit another three with less than 30 seconds left to put Ole Miss up by two possessions. Henderson showed why he is one of college basketball’s most unique and most valuable sons. If one thing is for certain this season, it’s that Ole Miss will STILL be a fun to to be tuned in to.