COLUMN: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s never easy to talk about a loss following a magical run like the Ole Miss Rebels just went on, but there is hope that the future can be bright. Ole Miss’ goal of making the Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history fell through thanks to a heartbreaking 76-74 loss to La Salle in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. (more…) (March 25, 2013, Page 1B)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adversity is something the Ole Miss men’s basketball team has had to overcome all year long. From losing front line players DeMarco Cox and Aaron Jones, to losing point guard Jarvis Summers in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the Rebels dealt with the setbacks and continued to win games in the process. (more…) (March 18, 2013, Page 4B)
This past week was one to forget for the Ole Miss men’s basketball team. Not only did the Rebels lose to both Kentucky and at No. 2 Florida, they lost reserve forward Aaron Jones for the season and senior Nick Williams for an unknown amount of time. Oh yeah, and the Rebels also dropped from No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll to out on Monday.
Ole Miss (17-4 overall, 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference) will be able to erase the pain of last week with a win over Mississippi State (7-13, 2-6) tonight at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game can be seen locally on CSS.
The Bulldogs are coming off a tough one-point loss to LSU and Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy felt like first-year coach Rick Ray had his team playing a lot better despite some recent setbacks.
Ole Miss’ lineup and style of play is going to look different Saturday when the No. 16 Rebels hook up with the No. 4 Florida Gators at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. The Rebels are now without reserve forward A.J. Jones for the rest of the year and without senior wing Nick Williams for at least Saturday’s game. (more…) (February 1, 2013, Page 8A)
Prayers from Rebel Nation weren’t enough to prevent Ole Miss sophomore forward Aaron Jones from being lost for the remainder of the basketball season with a torn ACL. (more…) (January 31, 2013, Page 8)
HONOLULU (AP) — Two days before Christmas, there were no presents to be found for Andy Kennedy’s Ole Miss team.
Instead, Ole Miss took to a consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday and came away with a hard-fought 85-78 win over San Francisco that was anything but gift-wrapped. (more…) (December 24, 2012, Page 10)
Friday afternoon’s matchup with Lipscomb at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum will be another opportunity for some players to showcase their abilities to coach Andy Kennedy, who is trying hard to figure out a consistent rotation before the team is off for a week prior to a home meeting with Rutgers in the Big East/SEC Challenge. (November 22, 2012, Page 8A)
For a game that wasn’t going to count in the win and loss category, Ole Miss guard Dundrecous Nelson played Thursday night’s exhibition game against North Alabama like the Lions were the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Nelson was easily the most impressive player on the court at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum in a game that the Rebels won 91-62. The sophomore from Jackson, who took a hard fall in a scrimmage with Arkansas-Little Rock two weeks ago, showed the ability to score points (22) as the Rebels’ shooting guard and distribute (nine assists) as a point guard. Overall, Nelson impressed Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, who needs him to be one of the main players that replaces the scoring of Chris Warren. (November 4, 2011, Page 10A)
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team received its first letter of intent this morning for the early signing period from Jamal Jones, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound power forward from Searcy, Ark. Other players expected to officially sign with Ole Miss today include Aaron Jones (6-9, 205; F; Gautier), Jarvis Summers (6-2, 165; SG; Jackson) and Ladarius “Snoop” White (6-5, 200; SG; McComb). A full roundup will be available in Thursday’s Oxford EAGLE. (November 10, 2010, Page 8)
Versatility and length have been two things Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and his staff have valued from their players on the basketball court. In Aaron Jones, the Rebels’ latest verbal commitment, the staff has the luxury of getting both important aspects as they continue to keep the program headed in the right direction.
Jones, a 6-foot-9, 197-pounder from Gautier, committed to Kennedy early this week after visiting Ole Miss on his official visit over the weekend. Despite not playing AAU basketball over the summer, Jones was able to garner offers from Mississippi State, Baylor, Memphis, UTEP and considerable interest from Florida, who according to Jones’ coach, Keith McQueen, was prepared to offer once he came on an official visit. That trip to Florida for later in the month was scrapped after Jones saw Oxford. (October 21, 2010, Page 8)