A young, energetic coach with a successful track record of recruiting in the Deep South were just some of the qualifications Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde was looking for in a new men’s basketball coach. Luckily for Van De Velde, he found all of those intangibles, and more, in former Ole Miss basketball standout Michael White, who was officially introduced as the Bulldogs’ 17th head coach Wednesday. (more…) (March 31, 2011, Page 7)
The desire to be the head men’s basketball coach at the Division I level has led Ole Miss assistant coach Mike White back to the state of Louisiana. White, a former Rebel basketball standout who most recently served as a member of Andy Kennedy’s staff, was hired by Louisiana Tech today to help lead the Bulldogs to the top of the Western Athletic Association and beyond. (more…) (March 30, 2011, Page 6)
Evaluation is an important part of a college coach’s postseason and a clear, more efficient plan that will help the Ole Miss Rebels make the NCAA Tournament is what Andy Kennedy is hoping to accomplish over the upcoming offseason. (more…) (March 25, 2011, Page 6A)
Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help California hold off Ole Miss 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. (more…) (March 17, 2011, Page 6)
When the Rebels (20-13 overall) tipoff against California (17-14) tonight at 8, it will be the first meeting between the two schools and the first meeting for the Rebels against a team from the Pac-10 since their last NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. (more…) (March 16, 2011, Page 6)
Two points is all that separates Ole Miss senior Chris Warren from 2,000 in his illustrious playing career as a Rebel. The 5-foot-10 Warren, who was just named to the Associated Press’ All-Southeastern Conference first team Monday, should pass that elite scoring milestone Wednesday night when the Rebels take on California in the first round of the Men’s National Invitation Tournament.
Warren, who is averaging 19 points per game this season, just missed scoring 2,000 points in the Rebels’ loss to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament last Friday when he finished with 20 points. There are just 24 players who have ever scored more than 2,000 points in the SEC and only three others who have more than 2,000 points and 400 assists like Warren will be with one made field, or two free throws, against Cal.
The records are not lost on Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, who said Monday as his team prepared to leave for Cal, that Warren will be remembered for his consistency more than anything else. (March 15, 2011, Page 8)
COLUMN: Sunday night’s announcement that the Ole Miss Rebels were indeed headed back to the National Invitation Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons didn’t catch me off guard. It didn’t catch anybody off guard who really follows the Rebels and knows anything about basketball. (more…) (March 15, 2011, Page 8)
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team will continue its season after being selected to play in the Men’s National Invitation Tournament on Sunday night. The Rebels were awarded a No. 5 seed in the tournament and will travel to play at No. 4 seed California on Wednesday. (more…) (March 14, 2011, Page 6)
Friday’s 75-66 loss to No. 15 Kentucky in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament boiled down to missed opportunities for the Ole Miss Rebels, not a lack of desire or fight. (more…) (March 14, 2011, Page 6)