Thursday's loss to George Mason was everything that could potentially go wrong for Ole Miss hoops this season. With Sebastian Saiz in foul trouble, the Rebs got bloodied down low. The shooters went cold, connecting on just 35 percent of their attempts from the field, including 6-of-25 from deep. And a few days after getting to the line 53 times against Georgia Southern, they had just 13 free throw attempts. With the way this team is structured, there are going to be games like this -- it'd just be nice if they didn't come against teams in the 300s in the RPI.
So instead of getting an RPI-boosting matchup against Oklahoma State (and potentially against No. 6 Virginia in the tournament finals), the Rebs drop into the losers bracket of the Charleston Classic to face the team the Cowboys beat by 17 points on Thursday: Towson, who's now 1-2 and sits at No. 126 in ESPN's Daily RPI predictions. Assuming the Rebs can get past them, they'd next face the winner of Seton Hall (RPI 199) vs. Bradley (RPI 115).
In other tournament games, George Mason takes Ole Miss' spot against Oklahoma State and Long Beach State goes for the upset against Virginia. Here are the tip times, TV network and streaming options for each of Friday's games, with the full bracket down below.
How to watch
Ole Miss vs. Towson
2:30 p.m. CT | No TV | WatchESPN.com
George Mason vs. Oklahoma State
Noon CT | ESPNU | WatchESPN.com
Seton Hall vs. Bradley
6 p.m. CT | No TV | WatchESPN.com
Long Beach State vs. Virginia
8:30 p.m. | ESPNU | WatchESPN.com