#79 Ole Miss Rebels: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Mediocrity can only last so long for a college basketball coach.  Andy Kennedy is entering his seventh year as Ole Miss Rebels’ head coach and while he has led the team to five NIT appearances, a trip to the NCAA Tournament still escapes his resume.  This year will likely be a repeat performance.

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#58 Ole Miss Rebels: College Football 77 in 77

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The Ole Miss Rebels haven’t won the SEC since 1963. 1963! And they haven’t been to a bowl since 2009. Yet I think they’ll be better this season for some reason. Or at least serviceable. Somewhat competitive.

One thing’s for sure- they’ll end that 15 game losing streak to SEC opponents.

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Alabama Demolishes Florida, Puts Nation on Notice in Big Win

In what was supposed to be a showcase of two of the best defenses in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide steamrolled the Florida Gators 38-10 on Saturday night in Gainesville. Trent Richardson racked up 181 rushing yards and scored twice, and Courtney Upshaw returned an intercepted John Brantley pass 45 yards for a touchdown as the Tide dealt the Gators a crushing defeat, especially on a day when the SEC East was right there for the taking.

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College Football 77 in 77: #71 Ole Miss Rebels

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With the possible exception of Vanderbilt, this probably the worst team in the SEC. Which usually makes you pretty good. It’s like being fat…by supermodel standards. You’re still in very good shape.  What the Ole Miss Rebels need, in addition to a more contemporary nickname, is an overhaul on defense. They were abysmal last year, especially so against the pass.  They only return three starters on that side of the ball, and that may be a good thing.

On the flipside they have a very strong offensive line (hey, this is the school of “The Blind Side” Michael Oher after all) and a solid running game. Will it be enough to make a bowl game? Expectations are always high in a land where college football is king year round.

By Paul M. Banks

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