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Rebels miss out on NCAA Tournament; headed for NIT along with MSU

The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Photo courtesy of Telesouth Communications Inc.

Basketball season isn’t over yet for both the Ole Miss and Mississippi State men. 

The Rebels, at 16-11 (10-8 SEC), just missed out on a spot in the 68-team NCAA Tournament field as they were among the first four out on Selection Sunday. A win over LSU last Friday would’ve landed the Rebels in the field, but the Tigers overcame a late 5-point deficit to earn a 76-73 victory. 

Ole Miss and their fellow bubble teams—Lousiville, Colorado State & St. Louis—are the four alternate teams that would step in if tournament teams are forced to back out due to COVID protocols with a deadline of Tuesday night. The Rebels are the fourth alternate in this scenario. 

As their conciliation prize, the Rebels will be a 1-seed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will take on Louisiana Tech this Friday in Texas. 

Mississippi State’s season appeared to come to an end after a blowout loss to Alabama, but with a few teams turning down a spot, the Bulldogs are in the NIT field as well. 

The 4th-seeded Bulldogs (15-14, 8-10 SEC) will face 1-seed St. Louis on Saturday. 

This year’s NIT field has been reduced from 32 to 16 and will be played in Denton & Frisco, Texas. 

The full bracket can be seen below:

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