It seems that no bubble team in the SEC wants to distant itself from the pack as the days grow shorter in the college basketball regular season. The Ole Miss Rebels are just the latest SEC team to succumb to the pressure of being on the bubble as the team gets ever closer to extinction. Ole Miss failed to capitalize on a huge opportunity when the team lost to the Florida Gators, who are currently the second ranked team in the nation. A win versus a top five team would have gone a long way in solidifying the Rebels’ case as a tournament team, but instead Ole Miss falls further into the crowded abyss that is the SEC this season.
The Rebels put up a valiant effort, but ultimately fell short down the stretch in the second half when the team could not buy a bucket. Jarvis Summers was unable to will his team to victory even with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds. In crunch time Marshall Henderson wilted beneath the pressure. Henderson went cold in the second half going 7-20 from the floor in the game.
Even though the loss is not classified as a bad loss, it is a game the Rebels needed badly to increase the team’s chances of making the tournament. The SEC might benefit from name recognition, but even that only goes so far. The SEC will likely only get four tournament bids max, so it is imperative the Rebels run the table the remaining weeks of the season.
Ole Miss may have to win the SEC tournament to gain admission to the dance, but the Rebels are no strangers to theatrics in Atlanta.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.