Henderson imperfect poster boy for upstart Rebels

Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson (22) drives up court past Kentucky guard Jon Hood (4) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in Oxford, Miss.  Kentucky won 87-74. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson (22) drives up court past Kentucky guard Jon Hood (4) in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in Oxford, Miss. Kentucky won 87-74. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The talkative and brash Marshall Henderson is the face of Mississippi's basketball program.

Sometimes that's good, sometimes it's not so good.

His play and antics have led to plenty of attention for the No. 16 Rebels (17-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who face No. 8 Florida (17-2, 7-0) in Gainesville on Saturday in a matchup of the SEC's two top-ranked teams.

Henderson has been so good during his first two months in the SEC that the 6-foot-2 junior has brought a rare spotlight to a program that hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2002. He leads the conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game; he's averaging more than 21 in SEC contests.

The attention has also brought scrutiny into Henderson's checkered past, which includes some jail time last year.

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Comments » 7

notorange writes:

I watched the ole miss uk game on espn tuesday night, the key to shutting up this big mouth is to beat them..He and his mohawk didn't have much to say after the game...

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

I don't like classless a##holes.

White, black, any sport.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to emailnodata:

I don't like classless a##holes.

White, black, any sport.

worded that wrong, sorry:

"any color, any creed, any sex" in lieu of "white, black, any sport".

Again, apologies, I'd edit the main comment if allowed.

Cartersvillevol writes:

Is this the full article? Ended kind of abruptly.

Col26ca writes:

Hired Thug with a classless (Drunkard via Cincy) coach. They both will fit well into the NBA

allvol9 writes:

I thought it ended weird too....where was the rest of the article?

VolMoment writes:

In the Ky game when Kennedy pulled him out he smarted off at the coach, who grabed him by the jersey and said something back. If I was the coach he would sit for two games. Bur wait this is Kennedy who got in a race tirate with a NY cab driver. Hotty toody has become a classless ath. department.

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