Ole Miss made its basketball livelihood this season by pounding foes into submission with big bodies in the paint.
But on Tuesday night, it was only the Rebels who took a beating for most of the evening.
Falling flat early in the program’s first trip to Madison Square Garden in its 98-year history, Ole Miss lost 81-69 to Ohio State in the National Invitation Tournament semifinals.
By seven minutes into the game, the Rebels fell behind by double-digits and the debacle was in full effect. Under an avalanche of turnovers and errant shots, Ole Miss trailed 44-20 by halftime.
“We just got exposed,” said freshman Chris Warren. “We didn’t come to play and Ohio State knew what to do with us. It’s hard to explain how that just happened.”