NCAA bid for Ole Miss

Ole Miss is back in the NCAA tournament.

The Rebels will face BYU in an opening round game Tuesday in Dayton. The winner will be an 11 seed and will face Xavier in Jacksonville, Fla.

The NCAA tournament selection committee decided other bubble candidates were not strong enough to derail a Rebels team that has lost four of its last five.

Ole Miss was 10-4 in SEC play with four games left but went 1-3 in those games and lost its SEC tournament opener to South Carolina, 60-58.

This will be the Rebels’ second NCAA tournament appearance under Andy Kennedy. Two years ago Ole Miss won the SEC tournament and with the league’s automatic bid earned an 11 seed and defeated 5 seed Wisconsin.

In the third round the Rebels lost to La Salle, which was playing its third game after starting the tournament in Dayton as Ole Miss will now.

The Rebels are 20-12.

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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  • Doug

    UM is in the quasi-tournament. They were not good enough to be an at large pick. I guess being in a three way tie for third isn’t as great as others on this board think.

    Ole Miss will be a regular seed, if they can beat the Setormin Mormons.

  • papatoLC

    First, it was a four way tie. Second I said that if they made the field it would be a 10-13 seed. They are in the 11 seed first round game as I understand the NCAA calls it. Third I said they finished better than predicted. All of which has now taken place. Kennedy has more 20 win seasons than all other Ole Miss coaches combined. My reply to Doug this morning was to his statement that Ole Miss should get rid of Kennedy. If you get rid of him it should be for someone better. I don’t think Ole Miss basketball can do better. His teams play hard and are better than the so called experts think.

    • Doug

      Ole Miss could pay anyone to get 20 wins against the competition they play. They certainly didn’t need to give Kennedy a raise.

      The attitude that Ole Miss cannot compete is defeatist.

      • Me

        Yeah, we should fire the winningest coach Ole Miss has had in basketball. Worked for the udder school didn’t it? …dick…

        • Doug

          Are you talking about State? Is that really who you want to compare Ole Miss to?

          • Me

            Wonder who Ole Miss paid for that win last night, Dougie?

          • Doug

            As an alum, I’m happy the won. They still could do better. Let’s not forget they were down by double digits. BYU also held them scoreless for almost 4 minutes at the beginning. That was poor coaching.

          • James M

            I am not a big Kennedy fan but I thought that was a very good job of coaching in the second half. Ole Miss outscored BYU by 21 in the second half. They scored 62 in the second half. That was impressive. Some teams do not score 62 in a game.
            PA, do you know where 62 points in a half stacks up in the record books? I would think that would have to be close to a record.

  • UMBBFan

    We are in. End of that storyline. Next story line,, how long will we stay in. That is the same as every other team, we just get an extra game and we don’t have to wait as long to play. Let the second season begin!

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