Ole Miss Basketball: Rebels Selected As No.8 Seed For NCAA Tourney

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Saint Patrick’s Day and Selection Sunday turned out to be huge for SEC Coach of the Year Kermit Davis and Ole Miss basketball.

To say the 2018-2019 Ole Miss basketball season was special is an understatement. First year head coach Kermit Davis has given us just a glimpse of what the future holds for the program and he has set the bar pretty high. The Rebels were picked to finish last in the SEC and wound up with a 20 win season and a No.8 seeding in the NCAA Tourney. Not a bad start to the new Davis era at Ole Miss.

Selection Sunday is a special time for college basketball as we know March Madness is fixing to kick in full throttle. The teams who are selected for the NCAA Tourney are the cream of the crop and are expected to put up the best competition in the nation. For Ole Miss to get a No.8 seeding with a 20-12 record after being picked last in the SEC is a testament to the type of coach Kermit Davis is and now the critics can be silent.

A Look At The Tourney

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Ole Miss Rebels

When you look at Ole Miss in the NCAA Tourney as a No.8 seed then you have to figure they would matchup with another middle seed. The No.8 Rebels (20-12) will open the NCAA Tourney in the South Region when they face No.9 seed Oklahoma (19-13) this Friday in Columbia, South Carolina. OHT will have more on the Sooners over the coming days leading into the matchup.

Ole Miss basketball was one of seven teams from the SEC selected to the 2019 NCAA Tourney. The Rebels finished the SEC season this past Thursday in a second round loss to Alabama in the SEC Tourney in Nashville and were then projected as a No.9 seed for the Big Dance. Selected as a No.5 seed was in-state SEC rival Mississippi State who will open with Liberty University.

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Please be sure to check back here for the OHT Ole Miss/NCAA preview where we will take a closer look at the NCAA Tourney, the South region and the Rebels opening opponent the Oklahoma Sooners. Congrats and good luck to coach Kermit Davis and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!