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)
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.
BLOG — Two weeks after losing a heartbreaker at Mississippi State, the Ole Miss Rebels are playing for the Southeastern Conference Tournament title. (more…) (March 16, 2013)
Ole Miss’ final push to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 is down to a single game — or two, or three, depending on how it plays — starting tonight in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Nine teams will have been eliminated from the annual tourney by the time the third-seeded Rebels hit the floor at approximately 9 against No. 6 seeded Missouri at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (more…) (March 15, 2013, Page 6A)
Andy Kennedy’s goal of earning a bye for his Ole Miss Rebels in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament became more of a reality Tuesday night with an 87-83 win over Alabama. While the ending at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum wasn’t ideal — Alabama hit six 3-pointers in the final 1:55 to cut a double-digit lead down to four — the Rebels played much better than they did last Saturday at Mississippi State to earn the win. (more…) (March 6, 2013, Page 8)
STARKVILLE — Ole Miss’ goal of winning out in the regular season in the hopes of securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament was dealt a severe, if not fatal, blow at the hands of an undermanned Mississippi State team Saturday afternoon. Outplayed and outhustled all game long, the Rebels suffered a shocking 73-67 defeat to the Bulldogs in front of a jubilant crowd of 5,853 at Humphrey Coliseum. (more…) (March 4, 2013, Page 1B)
BLOG — Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy didn’t have a real answer as to why his Rebels struggled like they did in Saturday’s 73-67 loss to Mississippi State at the Humphrey Coliseum. (more…) (March 2, 2013)
Ole Miss may still not have defended like coach Andy Kennedy would have liked, but his Rebels’ most complete offensive game in a few weeks more than made up for that fact Wednesday night against Texas A&M. Ole Miss’ version of the “Big Three” — Marshall Henderson, Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway — combined to score 46 points in the 82-73 victory over the Aggies at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (more…) (February 28, 2013, Page 7)