Rebels in Nashville

A little shootaround video from Ole Miss at Bridgestone Arena earlier today.

Players seem confident and loose in spite of recent struggles.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy says he’s hopeful that players on the roster the last time the SEC tournament was here will rekindle those positive memories from a three-day run to the championship.

That Ole Miss team had to have success here to reach the NCAA tournament. It’s the same with this one in my opinion. I don’t think the Rebels have to win the whole thing, and that’s a good thing because I don’t see anyone beating Kentucky. I believe one win — against the South Carolina-Missouri winner — will get the Rebels over the Hump.

I’m basing that on the fact that most bracketologists have the Rebels on the inside right now. If they lose to South Carolina or Missouri it would be the RPI drag that might finally pop the Rebels’ bubble. If they win and lose their second game it would be to a Georgia team with a much stronger RPI.

Here’s Kennedy:

I’m guessing the Rebels will see South Carolina tomorrow night, and that will be far more challenging than a Missouri rematch might be. The Gamecocks aren’t playing for postseason but don’t appear to be mailing it in either. They’ve won two of their last three, beating Mississippi State and Tennessee by double figures. In between they played Arkansas to a four-point game in Columbia. The Gamecocks are shooting at almost 50 percent over those three games. They’re third in the SEC in field goal defense, and if you put those two things together they’ll be a tough foe for an Ole Miss team that hasn’t put those two elements together lately.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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