Rebels left on sidelines

It's the second time in Andy Kennedy's tenure that Ole Miss has stayed home. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

It’s the second time in Andy Kennedy’s tenure that Ole Miss has stayed home. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

Marshall Madness has officially ended.

The two-year career of flamboyant Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson came to a close Sunday night when the Rebels did not receive a bid to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said late Friday night, after the Rebels (19-14) were eliminated from the SEC tournament in a 75-73 loss to Georgia, that he believed his team’s NIT hopes were not very strong.

That was confirmed Sunday evening when Ole Miss was left out of the field.

Arkansas, LSU, Missouri and Georgia will represent the SEC. Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech – led by former Ole Miss player and assistant coach Michael White – also made the field.

It’s only the second time in Kennedy’s eight seasons as coach that the Rebels will not play in postseason. The other, in 2008-09, came after point guard Chris Warren was hurt and the team finished 16-15.

Kennedy has led the Rebels to the NIT’s national semifinals in New York twice – in 2008 and 2010.

He’s 171-101 at Ole Miss.

Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles (27-6) open NIT play at home on Wednesday night against Toledo (27-6).

parrish.alford@journalinc.com