Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy said during Saturday’s postgame press conference his team didn’t do things easy.
Some times the hard way pays off though.
The Rebels overcame shooting just 47.1 percent (16 of 34) from the free-throw line and 42.9 percent from the floor, while playing without top reserve Jelan Kendrick, to beat Alabama 60-51 at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum to close out the regular season.
The win was the Rebels’ third straight dating back to a 72-48 win over LSU on Feb. 25.
Ole Miss (18-12 overall, 8-8 SEC) will now go into the SEC Tournament as the No. 7 seed with a first round matchup against No. 10 Auburn on Thursday night at 6:30 in New Orleans. The winner of Ole Miss-Auburn will play Tennessee Friday at 6:30 p.m. (March 5, 2012, Page 7A)