First Four: BYU vs. Ole Miss

Cougars, Rebels both rely on guards

After pressure of trying to get in, Rebels hoping to play loose

BYU vs. Ole Miss

NCAA Tournament First Round

Where: Dayton, University of Dayton Arena (13,435)

When: 8 p.m.

TV: truTV

Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network.

Series: First Meeting.

Coaches: Ole Miss – Andy Kennedy (212-126, 10th year; 191113 in ninth season at Ole Miss). BYUDave Rose (257-87, 10 seasons all at BYU).

Notes: Ole Miss is making the school’s eighth NCAA tournament appearance and is 4-7 in the event. … The Rebels are making their second appearance in three years. Andy Kennedy is making his ninth trip as a player or coach. … BYU’s Dave Rose is ninth among active NCAA coaches with a .747 win percentage. … The Cougars have a career NCAA tournament record of 15-31. They were a 10 seed when they lost to Oregon in the second round last year. … G Kyle Collinsworth is the only player in the country to rank in the top 100 in rebounds, assists and steals. … Collinsworth has posted six triple-doubles this season, the most in NCAA history. … G Tyler Haws is BYU’s leading scorer. He holds 10 school records including career points.

Ole Miss (20-12)

C – M.J. Rhett 6-9 Sr.. 6.9p 4.8r

F – Sebastian Saiz 6-9 So.. 7.6p 5.4r

G – Martavious Newby 6-3 Jr. 3.7p 5.0r

G – Stefan Moody 5-10 Jr. 16.3p 3.5r

G – Jarvis Summers 6-3 Sr. 12.4p 4.6a

Top Reserves: G Terence Smith, C Dwight Coleby, G LaDarius White

BYU (25-9)

G – Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 Jr. 14.0p 5.8a

G – Chase Fischer 6-3 Jr. 12.9p 2.0a

G – Tyler Haws 6-5 Sr. 21.9p 4.4r

F – Josh Sharp 6-7 Sr. 1.5p 2.3r

C – Corbin Kaufusi 6-10 Sr. 3.3p 3.8r

Top Reserves: G Skyler Halford, C Isaac Neilson, F Ryan Andrus

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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