Spanning the globe on a Friday morning …
Ole Miss basketball is at rival MSU Friday, the next quest in winning out to remain in the NCAA tournament conversation.
Not everyone believes that an Ole Miss team at 13-5 in the SEC deserves to be in the conversation.
Here’s this from Reid Forgrave, FoxSports.com: “Ole Miss? Who have you beat? Sure, it defeated a Missouri team without Laurence Bowers. But, please. This is a team that lost to Middle Tennessee and lost to Indiana State. While I’d love to see what sort of antics Marshall Henderson would cook up on the big stage of the NCAA tourney, you can’t lose at South Carolina, ranked 201st in RPI. Even though Ole Miss’ 57th ranking in RPI suggests it should be right on the bubble, it just doesn’t have a quality win. Beating Tennessee twice aren’t the quality wins this team needs to impress the committee. Going 3-5 in its last eight games won’t help, either, and there’s not another statement game available on the rest of the schedule. What a poor year for an SEC with a weak Kentucky team.”
The Rebels will go for their 22nd win at MSU tomorrow and what would be their first season sweep of the rival school since 1998. Ole Miss has twice won back-to-back games against MSU during that stretch but according to Ole Miss records hasn’t won two games in the same season against MSU in the last 15 years.
MSU players are hoping they can learn and grow from what has become a 13-game losing streak.
Elsewhere in college basketball, Duke is not on the bubble but is in the news after its famous coach cursed at a Virginia fan during what he termed poor security after the Blue Devils were upset on the road. …