The Ole Miss Rebels took on the undefeated No. 13 Oregon Ducks in a game that the Rebels tied up with three late three-pointers with less than 40 seconds less. The game ended 115-105 in overtime in favor of Oregon, but the Rebels’ performance showed that they are a lot better than anyone previously expected.
Everyone knew that Marshall Henderson was good, but he went 20-for-23 from three-point land and finished the game with a career-high 39 points. If he can continue to play like this, then Ole Miss will be extremely difficult to beat later on in the year when the rest of the squad settles down.
Ole Miss’ next big games come against the MTSU Blue Raiders and No. 25 Dayton Flyers. The Rebels should win their other non-conference games, which means that, at worst, they would go into the start of SEC play with only three losses. With the difficulty of the SEC this season, only three non-conference losses will look good on a 2014 NCAA Tournament resume. Expect Ole Miss to make it to the NCAA Tournament once again.
With the Rebels’ second loss of the season, the undefeated Missouri Tigers are the sole remaining team in the SEC that hasn’t lost at least two games. Ole Miss will be disappointed not to continue to match pace with the Tigers in the non-conference portion of their schedule, but, if the performance they had against Oregon is any indication of their talent level, the Rebels are a lot better than anyone predicted them to be in preseason.