2015 NCAA tournament preview: Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss Rebels

Record: 20-12, 11-7 SEC

Head coach: Andy Kennedy (9th season)

Season summary: The post-Marshall Henderson era of Ole Miss basketball got off to a slow start with a home loss to Charleston Southern on opening day, but the Rebels rebounded to earn wins against tournament teams Cincinnati, Oregon and Arkansas. They also took overall No. 1 seed Kentucky to overtime at Rupp Arena in January, which is no small feat.

However, the Rebels aren't entering the tournament under the best of circumstances—losing four of their last five, including an upset 60-58 defeat at the hands of South Carolina in their first game of the SEC tournament. All-SEC First Team selection Stefan Moody is Ole Miss' top gun at 16.3 points per game, but the 5-foot-10 guard who has previously played for Florida Atlantic and Kilgore College doesn't always have the best shot selection—in the team's last five games, Moody is an abysmal 19-for-73 from the floor.

How they make a run: Get 48 combined points from Moody and senior Jarvis Summers and hold the opponent to 41.7 percent shooting like they did against Kentucky—while playing a team that's not Kentucky.

How they falter: Moody continues his atrocious shooting and shoots Ole Miss right out of the tournament before the bracket even reaches 64.


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