At the half: Ole Miss 35, Tennessee 34

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second straight day, it’s been a struggle offensively for Tennessee.

But, then, it’s been that way for most of the season.

It looked like the No. 13-ranked Vols might go into halftime with a four- or five-point lead, but some boneheaded offensive possessions in the final minutes cost them. And Ole Miss took advantage, taking a 35-34 lead into the half.

The only reason the Vols are in this game is Cameron Tatum, who was 4-of-4 from 3-point range in the first half.

Tennessee’s not going to be accused of having a surplus of basketball smarts any time soon.

Ole Miss sophomore guard Terrico White is the real thing. He’s athletic and can shoot it.

The Rebels don’t have a lot of size, but they’ve been able to play zone.

If somebody other than Tatum doesn’t step up for the Vols in the second half offensively, they’re going to be headed back East to Knoxville and the Rebels will probably be headed to the NCAA tournament.

Somebody needs to put out an APB for Tennessee sophomore guard Scotty Hopson.