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OLEMISS REBELS BASKETBALL: NCAA TOURNAMENT BUBBLE WATCH

The Rebels escaped with a 91-88 home win over the Missouri Tigers, giving Andy Kennedy’s club their first top 50 RPI win and puts Ole Miss in contention for an NCAA tournament at large bid. (Game Recap from Olemisssports.com)

In the RPI era, the bullseye teams have to hit to make the tournament is ever elusive and changes each week.  Especially in the SEC conference where teams are so evenly matched.

Missouri (16-7, 4-6) is one of those teams that gets the benefit of the doubt by national media and has played a harder SEC schedule to date than Ole Miss.  Going forward, Missouri’s toughest game will be at home next week against Tennessee.  This team could honestly win the final seven games on their schedule, giving them 23 wins before the SEC tournament.  So yes, this win by the Rebels Saturday was huge and should only get better if Missouri continues to win.

The Tigers currently only have a UCLA home win to point to and will be haunted by loses to Georgia and Vanderbilt, so a Missouri NCAA bid is not automatic.

Ole Miss defeated LSU on January 15th in Oxford 88-74 in an exciting overtime game.  Since that game, LSU has beaten Kentucky, but has also lost to Georgia and Alabama.  Currently standing at 15-7, 6-4 in SEC, LSU still has to play Kentucky and Florida on the road.  They could possibly win 6 (or more) games and stand at 21+ wins with quality wins against Missouri and Kentucky before the SEC tourney.

The Rebels lost to Tennessee  in Knoxville on January 29th and looked pretty bad doing so.  Tennessee (15-8, 6-4) has a chance to take down Florida at home this week and will face Missouri twice in the next eight games.  An eight game sweep will certainly put them in the tournament but like the Rebels they have four road games left as well.  It’s more likely Tennessee finishes with 21-22 wins.

At least, Ole Miss controls their own destiny.  They will get Kentucky and Florida in Oxford soon and if they win one of those games they should cement themselves as one of the top 4 teams in the SEC.

At the same time the Rebels don’t have any room for error either.  They have to play Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and Arkansas on the road.  Any road loss would be a bad loss at this point.  If they get to the end of the season with only an early MSU loss, that could be forgiven with wins over Missouri, LSU and Kentucky or Florida.

(Photo credit to @olemisspix)

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Ole Miss Basketball’s Newest Star – Sebastian Saiz

Allow me to introduce Sebastian Saiz, a name you should hear a lot about in the next couple of years at Ole Miss.

(Featured picture from @OlemissPix – Josh McCoy)

Sebastian scored 20 points and bagged 9 rebounds in an overtime 88-74 win over LSU Wednesday night.  A game that LSU had a decided advantage in the post prior to the breakout performance of the Spanish freshman Saiz.

This is the type of play Ole Miss fans all hoped they would see when he committed to Head Coach Andy Kennedy and the Rebels.

But how did Kennedy get a kid from Spain to Mississippi?

Saiz found his way to Oxford, MS through the recruitment and relationship of Ole Miss assistant coach Sergio Rouco, who keeps an eye on the European under-19 tournaments and national teams.

The 6′-9″ 230 lb forward averaged 9 points and 9 rebounds in the U-19 FIBA World Championship Tournament last summer and quickly got on everyone’s radar.

Coach Rouco was already a friend by this point to the young Saiz.

Sebastian transferred to Wichita, Kansas’ Sunrise Christian Academy in 2012 and one of his first recruiting visits was from Coach Rouco and Ole Miss.

His high school coach, Kyle Lindsted says (from Scout.com), “(Saiz) could have gone to any school in the country.  He’s that kind of recruit.  The difference is schools don’t really know about him because he’s from Spain.  This (2012) is his first year playing in the states.”

After the 2013 World Championship Tournament, the world took notice.

ESPN and other outlets put out the word, Ole Miss had a real gem in Saiz.  ESPN’s college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla was quoted at SBNation, “Ole Miss fans, Christmas came early for you. 6-8 Spaniard Sebastian Saiz is rebound machine and NBA prospect in time! Impressing in Prague.”  The Washington Wizards were also reportedly interested in signing him.

Coach Lindsted said a number of other schools began showing interest in Saiz, but Ole Miss was far and away his favorite school.

“They did a good job.  Serg speaks Spanish, so that was a big advantage for them (Ole Miss’ assistant coach Rouco was born in Cuba and also coached in the Dominican Republic).  His mother was able to go on an official visit with him.  It was a perfect fit.”  Lindsted says.

Saiz has been somewhat absent prior to the LSU game and not being as assertive as he needs to be.  But that seems to be changing in a big way.

Andy Kennedy said in postgame, “Saiz was the key.  Marshall was back and had 25 points, but the difference in the game was we finally had a post guy finish some at the basket.  We won a battle of the glass (49-41) against a team that was tops in the league in rebounding margin.”

The Rebs lost two senior leaders in the frontcourt last year, in Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner.  Getting production out of the young Saiz along with the high scoring guards, Henderson and Summers, could have Ole Miss back on the bubble for an NCAA tournmant chance in 2014.