Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball
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|Ole Miss Rebels|
|University||University of Mississippi|
|All-time record||1284–1282 (.500)|
|Head coach||Kermit Davis (1st season)|
|Arena||The Pavilion at Ole Miss |
|Colors||Cardinal Red and Navy Blue|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1999, 2001, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1981, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2013, 2015|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1928, 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. The Rebels opened a new on-campus arena, The Pavilion at Ole Miss, on January 7, 2016. The Rebels were led by 12-year head coach Andy Kennedy until his resignation on February 18, 2018. Tony Madlock, an assistant under Kennedy, served as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2017–18 season. On March 15, 2018, the school hired former Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis as the new head coach, and was formally introduced on March 19.
Ole Miss has made the NCAA Tournament on eight occasions and reached the Sweet Sixteen in 2001. The Rebels have participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 11 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 1998 to 2006, Rod Barnes coached the Rebels basketball team, and compiled a record of 141–109 during his tenure. During his tenure, the Rebels reached the 1999, 2001,and 2002 NCAA Tournaments.
Following the 2005-06 season, 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.
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. Kennedy was again named SEC Coach of the Year. On February 23, 2013, Kennedy became the all-time winningest coach at Ole Miss.
NCAA tournament results
The Rebels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times. Their combined record is 5–8.
|1981||No. 10||First Round||No. 7 Kansas||L 66–69|
|1997||No. 8||First Round||No. 9 Temple||L 40–62|
|1998||No. 4||First Round||No. 13 Valparaiso||L 69–70|
|1999||No. 9||First Round
|No. 8 Villanova
No. 1 Michigan State
|2001||No. 3||First Round
|No. 14 Iona
No. 6 Notre Dame
No. 2 Arizona
|2002||No. 9||First Round||No. 8 UCLA||L 58–80|
|2013||No. 12||First Round
|No. 5 Wisconsin
No. 13 La Salle
|2015||No. 11||First Four
|No. 11 BYU
No. 6 Xavier
The Rebels have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times. Their combined record is 15–12.
|1987||First Round||Southern Miss||L 75–93|
|1989||First Round||St. John's||L 67–70|
SW Missouri State
|UC Santa Barbara
W 85–75 OT
W 90–87 2OT
|2011||First Round||California||L 74–77|
|2012||First Round||Illinois State||L 93–96 OT|
|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 January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.|
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