The Ole Miss Rebels are on the bubble just like many SEC teams this year, and just like many of those SEC teams, the Rebels will have to make a deep run in the conference tournament to make the NCAA tournament. Luckily for Ole Miss, it is entering the SEC tourney with some heat.
Ole Miss has won its last two games, which came against very crucial opponents in the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. Both teams are also on the bubble, although LSU will likely have to win the tournament for a ticket to the dance.
The Rebels were apart of a three-way tie for second place in the SEC standings at the end of the season. Ole Miss received the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will get the double-bye which could be a good or bad thing.
However, Ole Miss is really going to have to earn that at-large bid assuming that it doesn’t win the SEC championships. In their first game of the tourney, the Rebels will likely have to play Missouri, who is another bubble team in the SEC. What a surprise. If this team wins that game then it will likely have to play Kentucky, yet another bubble team in this conference. If Ole Miss can pull off a victory in that game, it better be in the big dance, considering it beat two bubble teams in just as many days.
The Rebels split the season series against Missouri this season, but lost to Kentucky in the only matchup that they played. Hopefully that two-game winning streak at the end of the season is enough to put a spark underneath Marshall Henderson and the rest of the Rebels because they are really going to need it.