The 2014-15 college basketball season will be the first in a long time that we’re not talking about Marshall Henderson going into the season, and that might be the best thing to happen to the Ole Miss Rebels in several years. Ole Miss floundered last season to a 19-14 record, which, because of the way the Selection Committee views the SEC, means that they missed out on the 2014 NCAA tournament.
However, the Rebels come into this season with an elite scorer in Jarvis Summers, solid post presences in Aaron Jones and Sebastian Saiz, and a plethora of talented, versatile young players who are ready to jump into the college basketball scene. This team is solid, and in an SEC that has become significantly weaker in the offseason due to graduations, transfers and the NBA Draft, Ole Miss is primed for success.
On top of their roster, the Rebels boast one of the most NCAA tournament-ready schedules in the SEC. Not only do they face enough filler teams to boost their resume significantly, but they face the Oregon Ducks, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Dayton Flyers and Creighton Bluejays. All four of these teams are expected to go to the 2015 NCAA tournament, but are winnable games for Ole Miss.
The Rebels are not expected to go to the 2015 NCAA tournament, but have the talent, the non-conference schedule and the coach to surpass expectations. Don’t be surprised if the Rebels jump out as the surprise team in the SEC and become a lock for the tournament as early as mid-February.