Gaskins gunnin' from 3-land

First semester finals have now ended, so it is just basketball for the Rebels until the middle of January. The games will get tougher away from the Tad Pad, but Ole Miss has confidence thanks to a 6-0 start and success from its freshmen guards.

Chris Warren has started at point guard from day one, but another newcomer entered the beginning backcourt against New Mexico as Trevor Gaskins played his way into the role. Highlighted by a opening act of seven 3-pointers in the season lid-lifter, Gaskins has been unbelievable from behind the arc, hitting a team-best 57 percent.

When asked if he could continue that torrid pace all season? "Yeah, I would think so," Gaskins said after pausing and smiling.

Gaskins is producing 11.3 ppg. as one of five players that is averaging double figures for the Rebels.

"I have adjusted pretty well I think," the Alpharetta, Ga., native said. "The transition is the most difficult because everyone plays defense really tough, but it is has been good. The style of basketball really fits me and a lot of the other guys."

Road Game on tap

Ole Miss faces Central Florida tonight at 6 p.m. in Orlando for its first road game of the season. The contest will be televised on CSS.

The Golden Knights are 4-3 with three neutral court losses. However, they won 22 times last year, finishing second to Memphis in the C-USA standings. It will be a home away from home of sorts for several Rebels with five having played high school basketball in the state of Florida - Kenny Williams, Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice, David Huertas and Kevin Cantinol.

"They are a good team and one that I hope our guys are prepared for," Andy Kennedy said. "With the distraction of having players from around there, we have to know that it is a business trip and not a social event."

Ole Miss' one road-type event was before the season when the Rebels traveled to Middle Tennessee for a scrimmage with the Blue Raiders. The environment will be much more hostile and the stakes higher, but the dress rehearsal could still benefit the Red and Blue.

"We did that to get our young guys some type of experience away from home," Kennedy said.

And in a few hours, hopefully that experience will pay off.

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