Ole Miss Basketball ends season at 12-20 in first round of SEC Tournament

When Andy Kennedy stepped down from his post as the Ole Miss head men’s basketball coach, his intentions were to relieve the players of any external pressure to succeed. On paper, the results didn’t change much, but the effort of those players was never in question.
The Rebels didn’t do anything to change that last night in a nail-biter first round loss in the SEC Tournament. They went back and forth with South Carolina, only to come back time and again, but fell just short in the 85-84 defeat.
Terrence Davis even supplied Sports Center with its top play, but at the end of the day it’s time for Ole Miss to hit the reset button following its first losing season in the AK Era. Ole Miss Acting Head Coach Tony Madlock said, “It was always about those guys and just getting these guys to play hard. This has been difficult on those guys. Just think about it, your coach leaves with basically four regular season games left. And it’s one of those deals that we just had to try to rally around each other, stay positive, stay together and they did a good job of that so I’m just so proud of those guys.
Ole Miss Guard Terrence Davis said, “We’ve been this close the whole season, so I mean the season could have easily been the other way around. We could have easily been on the other side of the losses.”
The Rebs lost 11 out of their final 12 games in 2018 with the only win coming on the road at Missouri in overtime.
Mississippi State holds it down in their first game of the tournament with an 80-77 triumph over LSU. MSU gets two-seed Tennessee in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Southern Miss dispatches Middle Tennessee, the top team in the C-USA Tournament, by the final score of 71-68 in overtime. Biggest win of the Doc Sadler era for USM. They get Marshall in the semi-finals at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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