On Thursday night, The Rebels will begin a mission to win back-to-back SEC Championships. Can they do it?
The 2013-2014 Ole Miss men’s basketball season has been rocky to say the least. In the beginning of the season, the team missed out on some critical games without their star player Marshall Henderson, due to suspension reasons. They would look promising when Henderson came back to the team. Even the Rebels lost to No. 15 Oregon, Henderson posted a career high 39 points in the 115-105 loss in overtime.
After losing to instra-state rival, Mississippi State , the Rebels went on a bit of a win streak, by winning their next four games. They held on with LSU, and then dominated the Tigers in overtime, allowing the Tigers to shoot a mere 5 points. Then came two squeeze wins against South Carolina and Vanderbilt on the road. And, we all could not forget part two of the Egg Bowl on the court. The Rebels ultimately dominated the Bulldogs in the game. Not long after the Rebels got on a win streak against mediocre to below standard SEC teams, the Rebels went on a bad streak, a four game losing streak.
They would lose back-to-back heartbreaking games that came down to the final seconds, first against Alabama and second against Georgia. I am not going to lie, I called the Trevor Releford shot. Then the team would lose back-to-back games to the two best teams in the league, Kentucky and Florida. After the Florida loss, the Rebels got back on their feet with a home win against Alabama. In that win, the team seemed to have to rally in the end to be beat the Tide.
They would go on to lose back-to-back games against Arkansas and Texas A&M. Those loses to me seemed to be the worst losses of the team’s season. I just felt a since of “giving up” after the Kentucky and Florida losses. Their final game of season was a come from behind win against Vanderbilt, in which the Commodores led most of the game.
Now the Rebels will head to Atlanta for the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. They have picked up the No. 6th seed in the tournament bracket, and will face the winner of the first round game between Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. The game will be game 6 of the tournament and will be held on Thursday night in the second round. The game is also scheduled to begin 25 minutes after game 5 and will be aired on ESPN3, WatchESPN, and SECTV.
So now the question is:
Can the Rebels win back-to-back SEC Championships?
Well, it’s possible, but it is not going to be easy. The importance of the tournament winning matters to the extent of whether the Rebels want to go to the NCAA Tournament. If the Rebels want to go to the NIT Tournament, then just lose the first game of the tournament. The winner of the SEC Tournament gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. There is no unfaithfulness to admitting it, and it’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. THE REBELS WILL HAVE TO WIN THE SEC TOURNAMENT TO GET TO MARCH MADNESS.
So, do you think the Rebels can repeat at the tournament in Atlanta?