The Ole Miss Rebels surprisingly won the SEC Championship game last season en route to a berth in the 2013 NCAA tournament, which was the only reason that they even made it to March Madness. After losing to the Texas A&M Aggies, they’re going to have to win the SEC Tournament once again if they are to have any chance of going to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Texas A&M won despite being out-rebounded, due to the outstanding play of guard Jamal Jones, who had 21 points, and the passing ability of Alex Caruso, who had nine assists. Unfortunately, Marshall Henderson seemed to be off. He went 5-18 from the field with 18 points, but the Aggies looked like they just wanted it more, as they defeated the Rebels 71-60.
Ole Miss just didn’t have what the big men needed to win games like the one against Texas A&M. Jarvis Summers has stepped up to help Henderson in the scoring department, but when the Rebels face a physical team, they just can’t get it done. The absence of Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway is evident in games like this.
The Rebels need a miracle to go to the 2014 NCAA tournament. Their non-conference schedule was extremely weak and they couldn’t close out games against weaker opponents. However, if anyone can pull off a miracle, it’s Andy Kennedy with the help of Henderson. This team is still extremely talented and could keep another SEC team from making the 2014 NCAA tournament; they face the Arkansas Razorbacks next.