Ole Miss is losing a bunch of talent and who knows if Marshall Henderson will even be able to play in that game or any other game during the season. Hopefully Henderson will not be suspended for too long, but at this point who really knows.
Kansas State will also be losing its fair share of talent, but enough players will return for it to contend in the upcoming season.
The Rebels snuck into the Big Dance last season–won SEC tournament–whereas the Wildcats made it as a No. 4 seed. With that in mind, Ole Miss actually made it to the round of 32 and K State did not.
Still, Kansas State has a lot more to work with in terms of talent. This is a team that can still finish in the top five of the Big 12 standings and the same thing cannot be said about Ole Miss in the SEC.
Like I said before, if Henderson plays in this game things could be much different. He did average 20.1 points per game last season and is a big part of the Rebels’ offense. With him in the lineup, Ole Miss will have a chance in every game. Without him, the Rebels will have a down year and probably won’t even compete in the SEC.
However, Bruce Weber did great in his first year as head coach for Kansas State and the same thing can be expected from him in the 2013-14 season. Plus, this game will be played at home for the Wildcats.