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Ole Miss loses, then Marshall Henderson flips off crowd

Mar 24, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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All it took was one ‘Southwest Philly Floater‘ from Tyrone Garland, and the Marshall Henderson Show came to an end.

Garland’s driving layup gave No. 13 seed La Salle a 76-74 win over No. 12 seed Ole Miss, a loss that may mean that we have seen the last of Marshall Henderson, the country’s most entertaining and polarizing college basketball player, at the collegiate level.

It begs the question: why didn’t Henderson get one last look?

Garland’s shot went in with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy had a timeout left. He has a guy on his team in Henderson that has done things like this before. I understand the coaching theory that not calling a timeout will keep you from having to go up against a set defense, and usually I agree with it.

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But 2.5 seconds left is not enough time to get anything better than a prayer without setting up a play. And that’s exactly what Ole Miss ended up with — a shot fired up from beyond half court. Hindsight is 20-20, but I think it was a pretty obvious move to make at the time, as well.

It’s pointless to argue now, but it does make you wonder: did that play a role in what happened after the game, when he flipped off the crowd leaving the court?:

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  1. mogogo1 - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    He’s always going to react like that? Dude, you’ve just let every heckler on earth know they can get to you. I doubt he’ll make it in the NBA but wait until they are yelling stuff like that in a foreign language when he’s playing overseas where they’ll storm the court if he flips them the bird.

  2. scoocha - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    But isn’t his sister a whore and he doesn’t he traffic and use cocaine? Just seems like a declarative statement from a fan, no biggie. I’m sure he’ll have fun playing professionally in Turkey with batteries whizzing by his head all game. He’ll also have the choice to stay local and play in the National Trailer Park Basketball Association (NTPBA) sponsored by Sudafed, Methadone recovery facilities and Breaking Bad.

    14 of 42 from the field, now I call that lights out shooting. What a joke.

  3. tarr123 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I didn’t know the NBA was desperate for 38% shooters that’s not from three that’s from the floor please someone tell me where to sign up. dude is an overrated BUM PERIOD.

  4. ray1950 - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Before graduating from high school, Henderson (who made Ole Miss his fourth college) was placed on probation for trying to buy $800 worth of marijuana with counterfeit money. Following that incident, while still on probation, he failed a drug test, testing positive for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine.

    Yeah, this guy is a rocket scientist. The best thing about La Salle beating the Rebels is I no longer have to watch his arrogant smirk on my television. His fifteen minutes are up.

  5. henryd3rd - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I can see it now. James Dolan just got on the phone to his basketball people and is demanding that they draft this guy. Fortunately for the Knicks the Nets get to draft him first. Prokhorov will do anything to keep the Nets on the back page of the tabloids. The sorry sate of basketball in NYC

  6. nkozyra - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    – Go to journalism school.
    – Graduate.
    – Get job at NBC Sports
    – Remain unaware of what “begs the question” means.
    – Use it in your column, nobody edits it.

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