Can the Ole Miss Rebels Compete In the SEC Next Season?

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The Ole Miss Rebels will be getting back their best player for the 2013-14 college basketball season, but will they be able compete with the big boys in the SEC?

The Rebels will no longer have Murphy Holloway, which is a huge blow to the team. That puts even more pressure on Marshall Henderson, who already took 15.3 shots per game on average.

Kentucky will be a top five team once again to enter the season and the Florida Gators, who have made the Elite Eight three years in a row, will not skip a beat. With that said, the Rebels will not be as good of a team as they were last year and it will be tough for them to win the conference or even challenge the Wildcats and Gators. However, that is probably what people said entering this year.

Still, Henderson and co. made some noise in March by winning the SEC tournament and upsetting the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Ole Miss averaged 78.2 points per game this past season and they will have to put up similar numbers to have success. There is just going to be way too much pressure on Henderson. However, if he can handle that pressure and keep his composure in games, Ole Miss could easily dance once again and could surprise a lot of people.

However, they will not be anywhere near as talented as Kentucky and Florida and it would be a huge surprise if they won the SEC next season. The 27 wins that this team had will be very hard to match in the upcoming season to say the least.

 

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