The Season: Ole Miss Men’s Basketball – Brooklyn and Back (2019)

The Season: Ole Miss Men’s Basketball – Brooklyn and Back (2019)

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[mid-tempo music] I think our team
looks more this year, more like and SEC team with
length and athleticism. And just looking forward
to getting started. With all of the Rebel Nation’s sights set on breaking
the bracket come March, Coach Davis’ team
must turn their focus to what is in front of them as they discover their
new formula for success. You know what I’m saying, been waiting on
this day all summer. Can’t wait to get to
it with my dogs, man. We finna play
hard, get this dub. Bring it home, you know. From scratch man. This where we started at
last year we gonna finish it. We gonna finish better
than what we did, man. Breein Tyree a run through
steal. He’s gone in and jam it home! [crowd cheers] Trapped and ripped away by
Buffen. Steps around him euro style. And there’s another one. This time for Austin Crowley. Goes in, leaves it for Sy. [upbeat music] Franco Miller is going to
dribble out the clock. 65 52, Ole Miss takes down
Seattle to improve to 4 and 0. Yeah! You know how we rocking. Soaring into the second season of the Kermit Davis era with
four wins stowed away safely, a series of tough match
ups awaited the Rebels within the concrete jungle. [bright upbeat music] This my first time in New York. I ain’t never
played here before. This is my first time too. I just wanna try this
hot dog stand right here. Trying to find some
good food in New York. [mid-tempo music] The square X X X L. Enjoy it, man. New York is lit. New York is the move. [jazz music] Probably the best
pizza I’ve had. I don’t know if it’s
because I’m hungry, but this pizza, is fire. Hold on, hold on, hold on. We’ll be right back. I’m going to get more
and get right back. [laughing] Look. The icing about
falling off of it. Oh wee! [chattering] It’s that deal? [laughing] I’m about to cry bro. I ain’t had no good lemon cake
like this in a minute, boy. [mid-tempo music] I’m going to probably
get a souvenir. Them boys don’t want
to get no souvenir. [mid-tempo music] Got it. Thank you very much.
Thank you. With all of the
play out of the way, it was time to get down to
business at the courts found within the headquarters of
the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. [techno music] [clapping] Yes sir. Rebels! Rebels! [players shouting] [clapping] Wide toes straight ahead. [mid-tempo music] Go get it dude! I called my brother and
all my other family members. That was the most
beautiful setting I’ve ever been in that had
anything to do with basketball. That was terrific. I’ve never seen anything
like that before. Seeing something like that, that is on the top of the floor and you can see the view from the facility all
the way to the city. Oh, that was the
best feeling ever. Especially for me. Because I’ve never experienced anything like that before. That was my first
time being there and seeing it in person. That’s some thing
that must be amazing to be able to go there
as a pro and you know, work out in that
facility everyday with that type of sky
line and that motivation just mindset while
you’re working out. That’s amazing.
So that was a great experience. [mid-tempo music] We need that work,
work, work, work, work. Dunk it, dunk it! [chattering] Good look off boy!
Game three board bro. Make 31 shot in three minute. The best, I’ve got to go. As practice reached
near its end, the team would
gather to the side to listen to the wise
words from Randy Williams; a close friend and
personal trainer to NBA superstar, Kevin Durant. When you think you work
hard, do understand this, it’s a lot of other people
that’s trying to get your spot. So you got to, you know mental
toughness is key too. You know what I’m saying? You got to really lock in and
you got to concentrate dude because understand this,
where the head coach at, man? Hey, this a good dude. He gave y’all an opportunity. You feel what I’m saying? Understand this, when you’re
done playing with basketball dude, you got to go
to that real world. Some of y’all’s peoples
in that real world. And some that stuff not good. So understand this, when
you’re around this right now, you should lock in, dude.
This is good. You’re in a good
controlled environment. Look where you’re at. Some of y’all probably never
thought y’all would come here. And he sent us to a
mission that like, you know, we’ve got
to take advantage of what we have right now. Listen to the coaches,
you know, work hard because I promise you
one day this will go on. So understand this, when
you grow around older people they don’t want
to see y’all fail because they’ve
already been there. So take advice from me
and understand this. Like dude, he
already lived life. He lived life. They all older than you,
they know what life is. It ain’t all about making
it to the NBA, dude. Because guess what? You can make it to the league, but if you don’t know about life it ain’t going to work. This basketball becomes
more and more of a business every level you go up. And that’s something that
I definitely understand and just having that
chip on your shoulder that he was just trying
it instill in all of us. And not take it for
granted the good situation that we’re in right now. After hearing that from a guy that is really close
to that super star, it made me start taking
things very, very serious. You know, that
was a great speech and it’s something that I’ll
take with me in my career. [warped intense music] We are in Brooklyn, New York on this Thanksgiving Eve
our first semi-final. It’s the Ole Miss Rebels against the Penn
State Nittany Lions. It’s time man. It’s time. We’re finna get some respect. Before the ball was
even tipped off, the Rebels would suffer
their first setback. We were at practice
today and they lost their starting small
forward, Luis Rodriguez. Missing our boy Luis already. But we got to pick
it up for him. We got your back brother. This is a big season
for Pat Chambers and his Nittany Lions
because the expectation is that this is a NCAA
basketball team. Starting early, make these
guys make tough two’s. Be physical without fouling. Entering the game already a man down
due to injury, the Rebels would struggle
to find their footing early. Here’s Watkins on the take away and look out, the big
man throws it down. Penn State has made its last six shot attempts. [crowd cheering] Penn State’s big play blueprint had Ole Miss searching
for an identity that would begin to take form towards the end of
the first frame. Buffen, strong move. Man at the rim though. Watkins with another block. Staying with it,
Buffen gets the two. Hinson, quick first step, right to the rim. He’s shown what was
expected out of him. He scored 15 in that loss. He’s got nine already in
his starting role tonight. KJ Buffen finds
the open man Hinson for three! [intense music build up] Sy, nice job to rid himself of the defender and lay it in. Myreon Jones with four
on the shot clock. It goes out of bounds off
the hands of Lamar Stevens. [shot clock buzzer rings] Here comes the junior
from Irmo, South Carolina. [buzzer blows] We’ll see how they respond at half time and as we
start this second half. With no time to
hang their heads, seniors Breein Tyree
would be the first one to dust himself off
and lead the charge from the depths of the feed. [mid-tempo music] And here is Breein Tyree out of St. Joseph’s High School. Somerset, New Jersey. And as mentioned, about 50 miles from
here at Barclays Center. You know, I didn’t
play the first half like I wanted to. Even when we came out
in the second half, just heard their cheers,
heard all of the support it kind of gave
us a second boost. Tyree, a little step back. Maybe that’ll get them going. Long two. Things that you guys
see in the game, you probably don’t believe
what we see in practice. The offensive machine,
the type of scoring he can go on is unbelievable. A good sign, Tyree
making a couple shots. His first four points tonight. Buffen with the slam. 7 on run for Ole Miss. Trying to make it a
ball game once again. It’s going to be
interesting to see how the Nittany Lions
play with a big lead that they haven’t really
handled that lead well since the end of the first half. He can do that!
Blake Hinson can really shoot. And it’s good that he’s back. [crowd cheering loudly] Here we go! A dozen straight
points for Ole Miss. I don’t know if
we really realized how many Ole Miss
people were there until we got down 21 and
started coming back, and you could feel
them right behind us. It just meant a lot to know
that the Ole Miss crowd was there with us the
whole time we were down. We ate up the energy
from each other. Everybody in the whole
stadium who was wearing red or navy blue. We was eating up that energy. And the folks that made the trip from Oxford, Mississippi
are starting to feel it. Tyree. Nothing Watkins could
do about that one. I’ll tell you what, you get it within
eight with five to go, you are in this game. Stepping into a three. Williams! Good, good ball movement. Stepping up big
on a big stage in Brooklyn. This would be crazy. Penn State had a 20 point lead. Defense! Defense! Brockington off glass, no! Ole Miss with the chance to tie. [whistle blows] Blocking foul. Count the basket. And Breein Tyree can tie
things up at the line. What a second half from the senior from New Jersey. All the way back from 21 down, take a look. He ties the game. 70 a piece. Mom and dad love it. Defense! Defense! Defense! Myron Jones, denied! Shot clock in 12. After completely swatting away their early deficit, it was time for each side to turn to the
prides of the packs in hopes of the final blow. The senior from Philly couple of fakes steps through and
the finger roll put Penn State back in front. Really good defense too. Tyree. Squares it at 72. Stevens for the lead. Tyree ties it right back. [upbeat music] All knotted up, the
resilient Rebels would just need one
more opportunity to snatch a victory
out from thin air. Dangerous pass taken
away by Buffen. Whoa! And he missed the layup! [whistle blows] Still tied and a foul is called. Wow. So the foul went
against Myreon Jones that will send Bryce Williams
to the free throw line. [crowd cheering] Very calm and cool. Oh, he’s been calm
and cool all night this kid. Both teams are out of timeouts so the Nittany Lions are
going to have to go down too. Whips it to the corner, Dread, air ball. Out of bounds. Ole Miss possession. [crowd cheering] Long pass clock runs and the clock runs out. [celebratory cheers] But it is one
unbelievable come back. There you see Ole Miss outscored Penn State, 43-20 over the final 16
minutes of the game. Down 21, late in the first half, Kermit Davis’s club gets what
will be a bubblicious win. That’s something
right there man. I’ve been doing
this a long time. That’s something.
You were down and out. Found our culture. Just kept fighting
different line ups, fault, fault. You got it right there. That is nothing
but a players win. You did that. I’m telling you, you did that. You did it.
You did it. You hung together. You did it through
all of the adversity. That’s what team, when you start
owning your own team. For the last about 15 minutes, you guys owned
exactly your own team. I love y’all boys. Family on three.
One, two, three Family! [Caribbean music] Sure appreciate everybody here. I know we get lucky we get to have our families
here for Thanksgiving. Like I said to Breein,
a lot of times we don’t. So know I wish all you
guys health and happiness for your families
that are back home. [Caribbean upbeat music] My boy he looked out for me. There he goes,
looking out for me. Hey listen, you’ve got to look
out for your brothers man. You miss your mom’s cooking, your grandma’s cooking. But I’ve been away from them
for quite some time now. So I’ve been able
to get used to it. But of course you can’t
forget about the good food you’re missing out on. His plate is full.
Big ‘Lo got to eat. You feel me man? His plate is to the maximum. If it wasn’t for them, it
would really be a sad moment because you’re away
from your family. And you would be dwelling on how you aren’t with your
family at that time, but you have another
family, you know, and you really get to have
fun with at that time. [Caribbean upbeat music] Hold on I’m about to
show you my plate. Ham and turkey I’m about to show you my plate. Turkey and dressing.
Look. Ham, turkey, dressing. A half eaten roll. He couldn’t wait
to sit down to eat. And potatoes. This was a slight one,
you know what I’m saying. Just a little warm up. Now we’re about to get
into the real stuff. Round two. The real punches
about to be dope. I had to get the pumpkin pie. You know, it’s not as
good as my grandmother’s but hey, it’ll do. Just enjoy being around
all my brothers here and happy Thanksgiving. [Caribbean upbeat music] [upbeat music] [slow music] There would be no
Black Friday deals in the Barclays Center,
as the Rebels exchanged the bright lights
of the big city for the comforts of
the Tuohy Center. The home away from
home which features the main staff offices, weight
room, and practice courts also served as a safe haven
during a very difficult time for several members of the
Tuohy basketball family. And we begin with
the relentless threat from Hurricane Dorian. Rapidly strengthening
over the past 24 hours, to a monster
category five storm. Striking the Bahamas with
185 mile per hour winds. You know, I’ve been
experiencing hurricanes ever since I was a
little kid, you know, so it’s not really
something that’s, “oh my God, there’s
a hurricane coming,”. You know, you really just
get ready and prepare for it. I’ve lived through a
couple major hurricanes but I’ve never had one– I don’t recall of
one just sitting, and zero miles per
hour, not moving for 24 hours plus. People used to it,
but they’ve never seen anything like Dorian so
it was kind of difficult knowing you can’t do anything
and those are the people that are closest to you. Nearly 1,000 miles
away from home, Ole Miss Freshman, Franco
Miller and Sammy Hunter were joined by Junior,
Valerie Nesbitt and women’s Head Coach,
Yolett McPhee-McCuin as they could only
hope for the best during a destructive time
of the year back home. Being here during the hurricane, it’s just something that it made me feel– I can’t really explain it. It’s just like I
couldn’t do anything. I could just sit down and watch all the devastation
and stuff happen without being able to help. Without being able
to help my family. It was hard, to go to weights, to go to practice, come
back home and just sit there and think and wonder knowing
you can’t talk to them. Our Communication was
kind of spotty, you know, it would be on and off at times. You know, sometimes I’d be
on the phone with my mom and it would disconnect
and stuff like that. You know, but it– throughout the whole hurricane I think I talked with them a lot so that really made
me feel comfortable. In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Freeport’s Franco Miller Jr.
led a relief effort on campus, encouraging the Oxford community to tap into that
southern hospitality. Oh, y’all got full boxes. I’ve got to try and pack these. I’m not a professional packer. Does it matter if we
mix the content though? [slow beat music] Who donated this? We need some more boxes. Who donated this? There was a lady– That lady over there? [bright mid-tempo music] 37 minutes and we got like,
four or five boxes of stuff. So that’s good. Hopefully by 7 O clock we’ve got no more boxes that
we can fill up. After watching all the
devastation that happened, and seeing what took
place, I just thought that you know, the best way that
I could try to do something was just to gather supplies,
and gather stuff like that instead of just doing
a fundraiser asking
people for money. Whereas they could just
bring supplies of their own and bring stuff like that. So I contacted Jennifer
Saxon, you know, she was great.
She helped me the whole way. I owe a lot of thanks to her. And that was it, she
made it happen for me. We’ve got to shout out Ms. Jenn. Without her, this wouldn’t
have been possible. Aww Franco, that’s
so sweet of you. Oh, guess what? I’ve got to go get a computer
because we can call your mom. Okay good. Franco using his
opportunity fund to help send some
items to his family. For them because they don’t
have any running water. They don’t have toiletry items. So that’s what we’re
trying to do right now. All right, that’s 50 cups. This has 120 cups. That’s what we want. That store probably
don’t do pick ups, but there’s another store
in Miami that do it. Okay. Tell her its 2.5– It’s 2.5 miles away. Okay. The opportunity funds
are terrific, you know. And some of the things
that now the NCAA allows you to do to help players. And the biggest thing is just, I think showing
support and love. And I think a lot of people
reached out to Franco. I would say that we had an
unbelievable connection to Yo, who already knew the family
and really understood the ins and outs of exactly how to get the goods and
supplies to the island. I got it. You good? Appreciate that job boys. You’re welcome
Appreciate that. I’m praying for your family man. I appreciate that,
appreciate that. That was pretty good, you know, because it helped
my family out a lot. We had a lot of family
members living in my house because they had pretty much
their houses were flooded and they had lost everything. So it was pretty good, you
know, to have some stuff just to help immediate
family members out. For Franco to have
a heart of gold. And he’s a great person. For him to do that, that was
a big thing for our country. He even made the
news over there. I was proud to see him
take it into his own hands and go after it
in the way that he did. If you’ve met Franco,
he’s kind of mello. But for this, he jumped on it
and you can tell the passion he had for his homeland. Just understanding what his
parents were going through. Franco has a obviously a great love for his family. He and his family both
have an unbelievable love for their island and the
people that are there. I could tell it
when I went there and recruited Franco, and
for him to organize it and to see him working along
with his fellow teammates to you know, with all
of the types of goods and different things
that they sent back to the island of Freeport. And I knew people would come out and people would support me but I didn’t know
that would be like, that many things that we got. The Ole Miss
community was great. A lot of people came out. A lot of teammates even
came and supported. You know, so that really
meant a lot to me for me to help people back home. Community efforts
are frequent events as the Mississippi
made head Coach continues to build
a relationship with his new community. You know what always
instilled in me was an old country
saying is that, “You’ve got to root
for your community before your community
can root for you.” And I think just to be invested and it’s something that’s
always been important to us wherever we’ve been. I think that Oxford
is one of the most giving communities. Ole Miss is one of the
most giving universities of their time to
different organizations. And it’s great for your players. I mean the trip to Le Bonheur. The trip to Bastion Hospital. You know, for those guys, the interaction with young
people that maybe aren’t quite as fortunate as they are. The Make Kermit Pay
was a fun thing for us. I mean, obviously we had
a chance to raise money with the student body. We’re going to do it annually
and we raised over $10,000 and we hope that to really,
really, really grow. And it was just fun. It was fun to see
our players interact with the students. And then you know how
our university reacted. You know, with Franco’s
thing in the Bahamas. So all those things have just been
great for our team. [marching band playing] Live from Boure on the
historic Oxford Square this is Reb Talk. We do have on our show tonight, Rebel Head Coach, Kermit Davis. [clapping] Butler’s an outstanding
team tomorrow night. It’s Johnny Newman night for
the match up with Butler, an outstanding team. Probably the best
non-conference component we’re going to
have to deal with. Yeah, and we’ve
had some good ones. I mean, I don’t
know who’s better. I mean they just got
ranked 24th today, and deservingly so and I
think they’re going to have a great chance to
win the Big East. They’re a really, really
good team and we need a lot of people to come. You know, hopefully
that it’ll be a great, great crowd. That on a Tuesday
night people will come and see a ranked
basketball team. That’s why we scheduled them. Even in the face of
a perennial contender, surrounded by a
sea of powder blue, there is nothing that can
keep red shirt transfer guard, and Oxford’s own, Jarkel Joiner, from shining his own particular
light on any situation. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Bryce, they got me mic’d up. [clapping] Blake is my twin, for
y’all who didn’t know. They got me mic’d up, twin. Oh, for real?
Yeah. Yeah, he mic’d up over there.
Yeah he’s on that camera. I’m mic’d up right now. They’ve got me mic’d
up, you feel me? You’re so big time. [laughs] Take it between the legs. Take it between the legs. Take it between the legs. What do you want?
Between the legs. He said, “what do you want?”
[laughs] Yeah let’s get it.
Business, straight business. Easy, bow! Bow!
Show me something, son. He say he need to cut his tape. I don’t know what
he’s talking about. Being soft probably. Bucket Frank, need them.
Bow! I’m going to keep saying it.
I’m going to keep saying it. I can’t dunk. But in the game you’re
going to go dunk it. Say you promise? Go between the legs. Between your legs, Blake. I don’t got that. [laughs] He said,
“I don’t got that.” I keep telling everybody
to go between the legs but they’re not listening to me. You look good boy.
That powder blue tough. Yeah, I look good. Yeah, yeah, yeah,
you’re tough right now. [upbeat music] Butler a fantastic
defensive club, holding their opponents
to 55 points a game. Ole Miss with seven
freshman on their roster. Only four players were
on the team last year. Blake Hinson on the drive
gets it over the rim. [crowd roaring] Check that out. There’s the lob and
the finish down low. Third dunk of the
game for Khadim Sy. Tyree, a deep three. And he’s got it and Ole
Miss is within seven inside a minute to
play in the first half. Ole Miss playing good defense. Hopping into that Butler lead. In the face of
another tough contest, there would be no backing
down from this challenge or any that may
come in the future. Tough scoop, got
the roll and one. Seven points now
for Breein Tyree. [suspenseful music] Oh, tough one on one. How about that?
Kamar Baldwin. Sammy Hunter knocks
down the three. I mean with the three he’s
got three more points. What a night for Kamar Baldwin, now 19 in the game. Fueled by the
sure-handed shooting from Butler’s top dog, this back and forth battle
would not go the home teams way. And after finishing the
four game Thanksgiving feast against top 25
caliber opponents, from its crew was left grateful, but hungry for what is to come. We saw the stretch and
we made the stretch out. And we knew that we
were going to play four teams that we thought
would have great chances to not only got
to the tournament, but win games in the tournament. Three of the four
have been ranked. The games that we have
been playing, you know, like we haven’t been
playing our best yet. Like we haven’t
been playing through the talent we have so far. We’re getting there, you know. We’re getting there and I guess as a team every day you know. We can compete with great teams. We can compete with great teams. We’re a great team ourselves. New team is what people
don’t really realize. That’s what it’s
really all about. Just fighting through
adversity, getting better just to get a win in the next year and
you’ve got to, you know, not to hang your head
and just keep playing because it’s a long season and we have a bunch more
opportunities to play. Butler we played
well enough to win. And I thought we got good shots. Its just kind of
one of those things that the shots didn’t go in. But I thought our team
got a little bit better. We have a young team and I’m really excited
about the team. I really feel like it’s
going to be a great one. So it’s not the results that we wanted for
the four games. But the experience that we got, we sure found out a
lot about our team and hopefully that’s
going to prepare us for this tough SEC schedule that we’re about to
embark on in January. [intense upbeat music]

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