Ole Miss looking to clinch spot in NCAA Tournament

The Ole Miss Rebels are still looking to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament, as they travel to Fayetteville for a noon round of hoops with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Ole Miss pegged as a 9-seed in the East in the projections released Friday morning.

Beating Arkansas (14-14, 5-10 SEC) probably isn’t going to close the deal for the Rebels due to that subpar record, but losing would hurt. The Razorbacks, losers of six straight, are ranked 74th in the NET. Ole Miss is 38th. 

Ole Miss beat Arkansas 84-67 in January.

By my estimation, to seal the deal, Ole Miss really needs to beat Arkansas and Mizzou (95th) because either would be a bad loss.

A win over Kentucky probably also clinches a spot for the Rebs.

Despite losing to the Vols, Ole Miss looked really good on Wednesday night. Hopefully the Rebels have shaken that one off and they can continue that level of play and get that 20th win this weekend.

A fourth place finish in the SEC, which gets a bye in the conference tournament, is still in play for the Rebs.