KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In less than 24 hours, the Ole Miss Rebels will play in their first NCAA Tournament game since 2002. How Ole Miss got to the Sprint Center to as the No. 12 seed to play No. 5 Wisconsin in the Kansas City Regional has been well documented. The Rebels won three straight games in last week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament, their first title since 1981, and now look to improve a late-season run by knocking off the Badgers and whoever else may await in the third round on Sunday. (more…) (March 21, 2013, Page 7)
Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates his memories of Ole Miss’ loss to Valparaiso in the 1998 NCAA Tournament and writes that he hopes things come full circle Friday when the Rebels take on Wisconsin. (March 21, 2013, Page 4)
Tuesday afternoon — before Ole Miss resumed practice for Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Tournament — was a time to reflect on the recent Southeastern Conference Tournament title won by the Rebels. It was also a time for seniors Murphy Holloway and Nick Williams to ponder the future by talking about what the team could accomplish later this week in the school’s first tournament since 2002.
VIDEO BLOG — Ole Miss men’s basketball seniors Murphy Holloway and Nick Williams and head coach Andy Kennedy met with the local media Tuesday to discuss the upcoming NCAA Tournament game with Wisconsin. (more…) (March 19, 2013)
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said the No. 12 seed Rebels and the fifth-seeded Badgers, led by Big Ten Coach of the Year Bo Ryan, are as different as night is to day.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Green may have been the preferred color to wear across the country because of St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, but there was a ton of red in the stands at the end of Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The reason? For the first time since 1981, the Ole Miss Rebels are SEC Tournament champions, thanks to a 66-63 win over the No. 13 Florida Gators at the Bridgestone Arena. The Rebels’ prize: Their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2002 as a No. 12 seed. (more…) (March 18, 2013, Page 1B)
In the stroke of three wild days in Nashville, the embattled Ole Miss basketball coach not only ended speculation that he’d be fired the same season he became the program’s winningest head coach, but that his style of coaching and development couldn’t get the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament. (more…) (March 18, 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)
Even in the midst of a wild celebration, Andy Kennedy strongly disagreed with his star players. Reginald Buckner, Murphy Holloway, Nick Williams and Marshall Henderson repeatedly told the media over the course of their three days at the SEC Tournament that Ole Miss’ five-game winning streak en route to their first SEC title since 1981 was a direct response to the Rebels’ awful, thought-to-be-season-ending loss at Mississippi State.