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)
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.
Ole Miss’ goal of making the NCAA Tournament is still intact today thanks to the play of Marshall Henderson and an improved defensive effort against the Georgia Bulldogs in the overtime session of Saturday’s game at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (more…) (February 18, 2013, Page 7)
Ole Miss senior forward Reginald Buckner will be in the lineup Wednesday when the Rebels tangle with Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The 6-foot-9 Memphis native was issued a flagrant foul in the second half of Ole Miss’ road game at No. 21 Missouri this past Saturday and was not allowed to finish the game. (more…) (February 12, 2013, Page 7)
It’s not often that a 93-75 win over a team’s biggest rival doesn’t appear as good as the score indicates, but, that was the feel Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had after Wednesday night’s matchup with Mississippi State at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (more…) (February 7, 2013, Page 9)
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)
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel made sure Ole Miss’ undefeated start to its Southeastern Conference schedule came to an abrupt end Tuesday night. The freshman center blocked a UK record 12 shots and was single handily the difference in the Wildcats’ 87-74 win over the No. 16 Rebels in front of a capacity crowd of 9,232 at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum and a national TV audience watching via ESPN. (more…) (January 30, 2013, Page 6)
Ole Miss was so cold from the floor in the first half of Thursday night’s game with Tennessee at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum that Marshall Henderson almost couldn’t pull his team out of the funk. The operative word in that statement is almost. (more…) (January 25, 2013, Page 8A)