Ole Miss Rebels NCAA Tournament Hopes on the Line against Texas A&M Aggies

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The Ole Miss Rebels were the hot team in the SEC in January only losing their last game to the Kentucky Wildcats, but then February came around and the Rebels have lost four of seven including a loss to the worst team in the SEC, the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Rebels are on the NCAA tournament bubble after the recent slide, and a loss to the Texas A&M Aggies would put Ole Miss on the outside looking in.

Texas A&M’s four overtime loss to the Tennessee Volunteers took them out of NCAA tournament contention, but the Aggies are no pushovers. Leading scorer Elston Turner is the best shooting Guard in the SEC. There is not a team in the entire conference that can stop him; the Rebels are not going to start. Ole Miss will have their hands full with a very good Texas A&M team.

However, Texas A&M struggles away from home. At home, the Aggies play like one of the best teams in the SEC, but away from home the Aggies tend to lose to bad SEC teams like Georgia and Vanderbilt. Ole Miss will have every opportunity to win this game and boost their already floundering tournament resume.

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri will be hoping that Texas A&M can pull off the upset. The Rebels are in fourth place in the SEC, and a loss would create a massive tie for fourth. Fourth place in the SEC is crucial because fourth is necessary for a double-bye in the SEC tournament, which means that a team that has no chance of making the NCAA tournament (like Arkansas) only has to win three games to win the SEC tournament and make the championship. The game between the Rebels and Aggies is more than just a battle between two of the top teams in the SEC West, but has implications for the rest of the SEC.

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