Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket has both Ole Miss and Tennessee among the first four out. Tennessee is No. 1 in that quartet, Ole Miss No. 3.
Ole Miss has won two head-to-head meetings with the Vols, but Tennessee finished the regular season with four RPI top 50 wins to Ole Miss’ one.
Tennessee’s focus on Marshall Henderson in the first two games was intriguing, not in their defense against him but the offense they took to his personality.
Henderson was 9-for-27 from 3 against the Vols but 21-for-22 from the free throw line. He averaged 30 points.
Responding to the Vols’ talk about wanting to shut him down in the Oxford rematch, Henderson scored 28 and said Ole Miss would beat the Vols “10 out of 10 times.”
Ole Miss could get a chance to make it three-for-three but not before the SEC tournament championship game.
Tennessee is 8-2 in its last 10, Ole Miss 6-4.