Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …

So what’s the difference in one win for Ole Miss baseball? A lot of security as it turns out.

One of the benefits to not having a second game to cover on Saturday was getting home at a decent hour. As I watched other media working late The SEC Network folks flashed some interesting numbers on the screen during the LSU-South Carolina game.

Over the last five years there have been 32 SEC baseball teams to finish the regular season with 15 conference wins. All 32 advanced to the NCAA tournament.

During the same window there have been ten teams to finish with 14 wins. Nine have made an NCAA regional. My guess is had Ole Miss Game 2 against Texas A&M and finished with 14 wins the Rebels would have made the field based on their RPI and their No. 1 strength of schedule.

Winning the 15th game removes any doubt. It may also make the difference in where the Rebels go for a regional. A team that actually finished sixth and posted a winning record in the top RPI league in the country may go closer to home. A drive-able regional as we like to say.

Ole Miss enters the SEC tournament having won six of its last seven games. That’s the most consistent this team has been all year. …

Hugh Freeze doing Freeze things:

From the Baton Rouge Advocate, an interesting read here on the competition from cities — and where New Orleans fits into the mix — to land Super Bowls, Final Fours and other major sports events. …

Also from The Advocate, Paul Mainieri and his SEC champion LSU baseball team in all likelihood has a national seed locked up, but that won’t stop the Tigers from giving the SEC tournament their full attention.

Here’s the SEC tournament bracket.

Former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace giving it a go with the Chiefs:

There are high expectations for Arkansas this football season. Hogs coach Bret Bielema, in his third season, says the program needed an overhaul.

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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