The Ole Miss Rebels may have surprised everyone with their win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the first round of the NCAA tournament and their stunning victory over the Florida Gators in the SEC championship game, but who’s to say they can’t do it again? The Rebels have the capability and the talent to win the SEC next season.
Andy Kennedy has this team playing at a top notch level. Unfortunately, they will lose their two best defenders and big men, Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner. The loss of these two players is devastating, but the return of leading 2012-2013 SEC scorer Marshall Henderson will give a huge boost to Ole Miss.
Henderson will have the same type of prolific scoring season he did this year, because, simply put, there isn’t anyone else on the team that can score more than fifteen or so points a game.
Fortunately for the Rebels, they have a few decent underclassmen that can carry the load. Derrick Millinghaus and Jarvis Summers are both outstanding athletes and can pitch in points from the outside or in the paint. Summers continues to get better as a point guard and showed that in their postseason victories.
It will be a lot more difficult for the Rebels to pull off the SEC tournament upset or win the SEC regular season title this season because the talent level around the SEC has increased exponentially, and the Rebels have lost key members of their starting line-up. However, with Henderson raining in points from all over the court, anything is possible.