BLOG — Ole Miss’ comeback win over Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon coupled with some other results around the league has resulted in the sixth seed for the Rebels in next week’s SEC Tournament in Atlanta.
The Rebels’ 65-62 win made them 9-9 in conference play. Missouri and LSU also finished 9-9 with losses to Tennessee and Georgia, respectively, later in the day, creating a three-way tie for sixth in the final conference standings. Ole Miss, which beat Missouri and LSU earlier this season, gets the highest seed because it had the highest winning percentage (2-0) of the three teams in games played against each other.
Ole Miss will play the late game on Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s Vanderbilt-Mississippi State game. Should the Rebels win, they’ll advance to play Georgia in Friday’s late game. The championship game is Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
Here’s the schedule for the tournament’s first two days:
Wednesday, March 12
12 Auburn vs. 13 South Carolina, 6 p.m.
11 Vanderbilt vs. 14 Mississippi State, 25 min. after
Thursday, March 13
8 Missouri vs. 9 Texas A&M, Noon
5 Arkansas vs. Auburn-South Carolina winner, 25 min. after
7 LSU vs. 10 Alabama, 6 p.m.
6 Ole Miss vs. Vandy-Mississippi State winner, 25 min. after
Saturday’s win gives Ole Miss a much-needed momentum boost heading into the tournament, but losing eight of their last 12 has put the Rebels in a position where they’re going to have to repeat their run to the tournament title to get into this year’s NCAA Tournament. Considering the way it finished, Ole Miss couldn’t have asked for a much better path to make a deep run.
The Rebels are a combined 3-1 against Mississippi State and Vanderbilt this year, the lone loss coming in Starkville without Marshall Henderson. Georgia has gotten hot at the right time, winning eight of its last 10, but Ole Miss’ best chance of reaching Saturday’s semifinals would come against the Bulldogs, who edged Ole Miss at home, 61-60, in the teams’ only meeting last month.
(March 8, 2014)