Conference: Southeastern Conference
How They Qualified: SEC Tournament Champions
There is not a soul happier in the world than Andy Kennedy that the Ole Miss Rebels had a strong showing in the SEC Tournament. Before the conference tourney began, Ole Miss was on the wrong side of the bubble and Kennedy was in danger of losing his job. Now, thanks to the performance, Ole Miss is off to dance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the Kennedy era.
The season itself was highlighted by the polarizing nature of star, Marshall Henderson. Google him, you will either come to love or hate the world’s most awesome volume-shooter.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Marshall Henderson (19.9 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Murphy Holloway (9.7 rpg)
Leading Passer: Jarvis Summers (3.7 apg)
Bad Losses: South Carolina, Mississippi State
Good Wins: Alabama, Tennessee (twice), Missouri (twice)
Did I already mention Henderson? I did, well that is too bad. This team’s shot at NCAA Tournament glory happens to rest in the guard’s hands. Henderson can either shoot you in or out of games with his shot-selection. However, it also means that Ole Miss is never out of a game and that Henderson might be the type of player that is capable of putting a team on his back.
Have I bought into the Henderson hype a little too much — more than likely. With that being said, Ole Miss could vanish as quickly as a Henderson shot goes up if he has a single bad night.
The Ole Miss Rebels are dancing!
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