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.