Following the Rebels’ loss to Georgia in the SEC quarters, Andy Kennedy spoke like a man who did not expect an NIT bid.
That doubt was confirmed earlier this evening when the Rebels were left out of the 32-team field.
Ole Miss ends its season at 19-14.
It’s only the second time in Kennedy’s eight seasons as coach that the Rebels will not play in postseason. The other, in 2008-2009, was the year in which point guard Chris Warren, then a sophomore, was lost for the season with a torn ACL in December just prior to the start of SEC play.
Terrico White went on to have a great freshman season, and Ole Miss had some nice wins — over Arkansas twice, Mississippi State, Tennessee and a No. 24-ranked Kentucky team — but the Rebels finished 16-15 overall, 7-9 in the league.
That season was sandwiched between the Rebels’ two NIT semifinal appearances under Kennedy. The second of those, in 2010, was followed by two more NIT first-round games before Marshall Henderson and an experienced frontcourt helped Ole Miss break its NCAA drought last season.
Kennedy led Cincinnati to the NIT quarterfinals in his season as the Bearcats’ interim head coach. Soon after that interim season ended he was named coach at Ole Miss.
Kennedy is 171-101 at Ole Miss.