Ole Miss Basketball: Grove Grinder, So Now We Wait

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It’s Selection Sunday and coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball are left playing the waiting game after an early exit from the SEC Tourney.

Despite an early exit from Nashville coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball are expecting a selection spot in the NCAA Tourney. Today the Rebels will learn their fate as they await selection with a watch party scheduled in Oxford. Where the Rebels will land remains to be seen but we do know the Rebels will be playing in the postseason be it in the Big Dance or possibly the NIT.

While the latter may not be what Rebels fans want to hear it is still possible the Rebels might not make the NCAA Tourney. After what we watched throughout the SEC Tourney we know Auburn is in because of winning the SEC Championship. It is possible the Rebels could be the team which gets shunned from the Big Dance despite sweeping Auburn in the 2018-2019 season.

It’s Been A Great Season

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Regardless of which tourney the Rebels land in this has been a great season. I’ll admit it was surprising to see the Rebels perform as well as they did under a first year head coach. The Rebels played hard and fast all season and picked up 20 wins in coach Kerm’s first season and Davis picked up SEC Coach of the Year honors and saw two Rebels make All-SEC teams.

Junior Breein Tyree picked up SEC First Team honors while senior Terence Davis made the SEC Second Team. Tyree leads the Rebels in scoring averaging 18.2 points per game which puts him at a tie for No.2 in the SEC. Tyree also averages 3.0 boards and 2.8 assists per game. Davis leads the Rebels in rebounds and assists averaging 5.8 boards and 3.4 feeds per game.

Besides the performances of Tyree and Davis during the season we also saw the emergence of some very talented younger players. Sophomore Devontae Shuler leads the Rebels in 3-point field goal percentage hitting 39.7% of his shots from beyond the arc. Shuler also leads the Rebels in steals averaging 1.7 takeaways a game. Freshmen Blake Hinson and KJ Buffen also showed Rebels fans a look into the future with considerable time on the court.

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So now we wait as coach Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball wait. The Rebels are hosting a Selection Sunday watch party in The Pavilion this evening which begins at 5pm CT. Be sure to check back here for more updates on the postseason and where the Rebels land. Good luck to the Rebels! Hotty Toddy!