Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball

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Ole Miss Rebels
2016–17 Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball team
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University University of Mississippi
All-time record 1132–1192 (.487)
Conference SEC
Location Oxford, MS
Head coach Andy Kennedy (11th year)
Arena The Pavilion at Ole Miss
(Capacity: 9,500)
Nickname Rebels
Colors Navy Blue and Red[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2001
NCAA Tournament appearances
1981, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2013, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1981, 2013

The Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball team represents the University of Mississippi in the sport of basketball. The Rebels compete in the NCAA Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They started the 2015–16 season playing home games at Tad Smith Coliseum on the university's Oxford, Mississippi campus, but played their final game in that facility on December 22, 2015.[2] The Rebels opened a new on-campus arena, The Pavilion at Ole Miss, on January 7, 2016.[3] The Rebels are led by ninth-year head coach Andy Kennedy.

The Rebels have participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eleven times. In 2008 and 2010, they made it to the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Rebels have won the SEC Western Division five times. From 1999–2006, Rod Barnes coached the Rebels basketball team, and compiled a record of 141–109 during his tenure.[citation needed]

In 2007, Ole Miss hired Andy Kennedy, and the Rebels tied for first place in the SEC West during the 2006–07 season. Led by the senior trio of Clarence Sanders, Bam Doyne, and Todd Abernethy, the Ole Miss men finished the year with a 21–13 record, including a 16–1 record at home inside Tad Smith Coliseum. They advanced to the second round of the NIT, before falling at Clemson. In his debut season with the Rebels, Kennedy was named the 2007 SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press after guiding Ole Miss, a preseason last-place pick in the SEC West, to its first division title and most wins since 2001.[citation needed]

In the 2012–13, season Ole Miss won just their second SEC Tournament title, and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. Ole Miss also set a team record for most SEC wins in a season.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Rebels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times. Their combined record is 5–8.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1981 #10 Round of 48 #7 Kansas L 66–69
1997 #8 Round of 64 #9 Temple L 40–62
1998 #4 Round of 64 #13 Valparaiso L 69–70
1999 #9 Round of 64
Round 32
#8 Villanova
#1 Michigan State
W 72–70
L 66–74
2001 #3 Round of 64
Round 32
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Iona
#6 Notre Dame
#2 Arizona
W 72–70
W 59–56
L 56–66
2002 #9 Round of 64 #8 UCLA L 58–80
2013 #12 Round of 64
Round of 32
#5 Wisconsin
#13 La Salle
W 57–46
L 74–76
2015 #11 First Four
Round of 64
#11 BYU
#6 Xavier
W 94–90
L 57–76

NIT results[edit]

The Rebels have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 11 times. Their combined record is 13–11.

Year Round Opponent Result
1980 First Round
Second Round
Grambling State
Minnesota
W 76–74
L 56–58
1982 First Round
Second Round
Clemson
Virginia Tech
W 53–49
L 59–61
1983 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Alabama State
South Florida
DePaul
W 87–75
W 65–57
L 67–75
1987 First Round Southern Miss L 75–93
1989 First Round St. John's L 67–70
2000 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Charlotte
SW Missouri State
NC State
W 62–45
W 70–48
L 54–77
2007 First Round
Second Round
Appalachian State
Clemson
W 73–59
L 68–89
2008 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
UC Santa Barbara
Nebraska
Virginia Tech
Ohio State
W 83–68
W 85–75 OT
W 81–72
L 69–81
2010 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Troy
Memphis
Texas Tech
Dayton
W 84–65
W 90–81
W 90–87 2OT
L 63–68
2011 First Round California L 74–77
2012 First Round Illinois State L 93–96 OT

All-Americans[edit]

Player Position Year(s) Selectors
Ary Phillips Guard 1928 Associated Press
B.L. "Country" Graham Center 1938 Helms Athletic Foundation
Denver Brackeen Center 1955 Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press
Joe Gibbon Forward 1957 Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, UPI
Don Kessinger Guard 1964 Associated Press
Jack Waters (2) Guard/Forward 1969, 1971 UPI
Johnny Neumann Forward 1971 Helms Athletic Foundation, Associated Press, UPI, United States Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches
John Stroud (2) Forward 1979 & 1980 Associated Press
Carlos Clark Forward 1982 Associated Press
Rod Barnes Guard 1988 The Sporting News
Gerald Glass (2) Forward 1989, 1990
Ansu Sesay Forward 1998 Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches
Keith Carter Guard 1999 Associated Press
Rahim Lockhart Forward 2001 Basketball Times
Source:"Ole Miss All-Americas" (PDF). Ole Miss. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Licensing FAQ's". Department of Licensing – University of Mississippi. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Rebels Close Out Tad Pad With Overtime Win Over Troy" (Press release). Ole Miss Rebels. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Saiz, Rebels Rule Opening Night at The Pavilion" (Press release). Ole Miss Rebels. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016.