By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
• Looking back: The Rebels went 1-1 in two games at the SEC tournament. Their 66-55 win over South Carolina was their first in the event since 2007 and was the first in the careers of seniors Chris Warren and Zach Graham.
Warren scored 20, and Terrance Henry had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the quarterfinal round, but it wasn’t enough to get past Kentucky. Ole Miss is 0-15 against Kentucky in SEC tournament play.
• Looking ahead: Today is Selection Sunday for the NCAA tournament. When all the brackets have been filled, the Rebels will await the announcement of the NIT pairings. Ole Miss hasn’t played in the NCAA tournament since 2002 but is expected to make its fourth NIT appearance in five seasons under coach Andy Kennedy.
• Who’s hot: Henry had two double-doubles in Atlanta, getting 14 points and 11 rebounds against South Carolina, 17 points and 12 rebounds against Kentucky.
• Who’s not: In 34 minutes over the two games sophomore reserve Nick Williams totaled one field goal attempt, no points and six rebounds.
• Nip it in the bud: Ole Miss AD Pete Boone gathered media around following Friday’s loss to Kentucky to say he expects Kennedy to be the coach again next season. He does not expect to offer a contract extension to Kennedy at this time, though an extension could be gained by Kennedy reaching incentives that may be imposed. Boone and Kennedy will meet upon the completion of the season.
• Bottom line: The NIT isn’t where this team expected to be this time of year. It’s always better to be playing than not playing in March, but it remains to be seen how motivated a largely junior-senior team will be for another trip to the NIT.