While we wait for the SEC basketball awards to be released today, a few fun facts about Ole Miss and the SEC tournament …
The Rebels have won two tournament titles. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but three teams have won only one, and two of the names – Arkansas and LSU – might surprise you. The third is Auburn.
Ole Miss won its first in 1981, the year after LSU won its only in 1980.
I remember LSU winning that tournament. It was during my formative college basketball years as I watched Dale Brown’s teams while growing up in Denham Springs, La.
I cheered for Ole Miss the next year in the SEC championship game against Georgia and as an NCAA underdog in the first round against Kansas.
From its inception in 1933, the SEC tournament was held every season except one – the 1935 season – until 1953 when it began what would become a 26-year layoff.
When it resumed in 1979, Tennessee defeated Kentucky 75-69 in overtime in the championship game.
Since the tournament resumed, the SEC tourney champion has failed to win at least one NCAA tournament game only four times.
Obviously, Ole Miss was favored to expand that quartet last year. The Rebels played a good game, beat a good team and were only a Southwest Philly Floater away from the Sweet 16.
It was good run for the Rebels a year ago.
With just one tournament title, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn have as many titles as former member Georgia Tech. …
The coaches All-SEC team is expected to be released this morning between 10 and 11.
Remember, Marshall Henderson didn’t make first team last year in spite of leading the league in scoring with a 20.1 points per game average.
At 19.0 points per game right now, Henderson goes into the SEC tournament as the league’s third-leading scorer.
It will be interesting to see where he lands. He leads the league in 3-pointers made (4.3 per game) by a long shot, but he’s 10th in percentage at 35.1.
There are a lot of good guards in the league including Henderson’s teammate, Jarvis Summers.
Summers is fourth in the league in assists at 3.8. Nobody in the top five scores the way he does. The closes is Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson, who’s 3.5 assists ranks him seventh. He’s averaging 18.1 points to Summers’ 16.9.
Only Alabama’s Trevor Releford at 50.5 percent, has a higher field goal percentage among SEC guards than Summers’ 48.5.
A telling statistic for the Rebels’ decline is that they don’t have a frontcourt player in the SEC’s top 10 in field goal percentage.