Checking in with UM sports

A few notes from men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis, and baseball.

There are a lot of held breaths currently until the word on Terrico Whites's MRI is made known. We should know Monday.

Never before have I seen a team suffer so many of the same type injuries in one season. It's become an epidemic.

If Terrico can play, will he be ready for Kentucky here Tuesday night on ESPN? That's a day earlier than usual for a midweek game. Heck it's even an hour earlier start at 6 p.m.

So the hope obviously is that the Rebels' current starting point guard can play and be effective. If not, then the mix and match and constant piecing of the team together this coaching staff has to do will have yet another twist.

But as I said, here's hoping Terrico's OK and fast. The Rebels need him and the talent and athleticism he brings. And he seems to be getting more comfortable with all roles, on and off the court.

Zach Graham, with an injured knee, is already playing games but not practicing. Obviously it will be hard for him to be as effective. But at least he's still available.

Eniel Polynice, Trevor Gaskins, and Chris Warren continue to recover from their surgeries. They're already getting ready to help again next season. They watch games from behind the bench. Hopefully they won't be joined by any other Rebel players.

Kentucky comes in as the hottest team, at least win-loss wise, in the SEC. The Wildcats are on top of the overall standings at 5-0, the only unbeaten team in conference action.

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Much attention has been given to the death of Kay Yow. The 66-year-old legendary North Carolina State women's head basketball coach died Saturday after battling breast cancer for 22 years.

Last season Yow brought her Wolfpack team to Oxford and beat the Rebels 80-71. On Dec. 14, 2008, Yow's NC State team beat Ole Miss 46-42 in Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.

Two significant notes came from that game last month. It was Yow's 1000th game as head coach at NC State. And it was the last game she would coach there. She was too ill to coach after that.

Yow was head coach of Team USA in 1988 which won Olympic Gold in Seoul. Ole Miss' Jennifer Gillom was on that team.

The Ole Miss women's team has been up and down this SEC season. The Rebels lost 75-54 at Florida Sunday to fall to 13-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The road doesn't get any easier. Ole Miss is at Tennessee Thursday night.

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A couple of Ole Miss teams swing into action later this week, one for competition and one for practice.

The ninth-ranked Ole Miss men's tennis team, the preseason favorite to win the SEC crown, hosts Troy at the Gillom Center's indoor courts Thursday at 1 p.m. Then this weekend the Rebels host Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Rice in the first two rounds of the National Team Indoor Tournament.

Ole Miss and Kentucky play in the opening match at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Gillom Center.

This prestigious event was previously held at one site with 16 teams invited. Now the field has grown, and after the initial rounds this weekend, there will be 16 teams that advance to Chicago to crown a champion.

More from tennis later in the week. But it is indeed a big week for Coach Billy Chadwick's program.

Baseball practice officially gets underway Sunday. The sixth-ranked Rebels plan to intrasquad on Swayze Field that day. It is uncertain at this point if fans will be allowed to enter the stadium to watch.

Some have watched earlier individual practices from the outfield seating areas. We'll check to see if fans can enter the facility somewhere to get a first-look at the 2009 Diamond Rebs.


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