The Ole Miss Rebels basketball has been to the NCAA Tournament eight times in school history. Seven of those have come since 1997. The 2001 team made it to the Sweet Sixteen, Ole Miss’ best showing. The 2013 Rebels won the SEC Tournament for the second time in school history. Their biggest NCAA Tournament moment was not one they like to recall. They were upset by tiny underdog Valparaiso on a Bryce Drew buzzer beater that is replayed a lot during March Madness.
The 2013 season was memorable with Marshall Henderson scoring on long range jumpers and pumping up the crowd. He was a lightning rod as he angered the opposing fans with his emotional play. But he delivered a slew of clutch shots as the Rebels won the SEC Tournament Championship.
The Rebels have played in the NIT 11 times, twice advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden (2008 and 2010). Some of the Rebels greats include Bam Doyne, Marshall Henderson, Carlos Clark, Patrick Eddie, Elston Turner, Ansu Sesay, Gerald Glass, John Stroud, Don Kessinger, Rahim Lockhart and many more.
2015-16 Ole Miss basketball is all about saying goodbye to an old friend, the Tad Smith Coliseum, and saying hello to a new era in the brand new Pavilion, set to open in mid-season. Home games at the Tad Smith Coliseum, where so many great Ole Miss basketball moments have happened over the years, include Northwestern State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech and Troy.
The Pavilion will be open in time for the SEC season which will include games with Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi State. With a shiny new arena for these games, it will generate a lot if excitement.
Tad Smith Coliseum holds a bit over 9000 fans for home games. It is estimated the Pavilion will hold about 9500 fans. The difference is the Pavilion will have all the modern amenities that new basketball arenas have such as luxury suites and a wide concourse area. What it won’t have is the memories that Tad Smith has.
Don’t miss a chance to say goodbye to the Tad Smith Coliseum with at least one more Ole Miss basketball game before it is gone. Then, you will want to usher in the new with a trip or two to the Pavilion. There is excitement involved in the first games at a new place. It is almost like unwrapping Christmas presents. You won’t know quite what to expect, but you know it will be great!
The SEC is one of basketball’s best conferences. With these great teams coming into a brand new arena this season, tickets to Ole Miss basketball will be a hot item. You will not want to miss out out.
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