It's here. No more renderings, or fundraisers, or constant checking of live construction cameras. Thursday, January 7th marks the day that Ole Miss basketball finally moves out of the poorly-aged Tad Pad and into its "swanky" new arena.
The introduction of The Pavilion also marks the SEC home opener for Ole Miss basketball (their SEC opener on the road in Lexington didn't go very well) and the Rebels welcome Alabama to Oxford to help christen the new arena.
The Crimson Tide (9-3), lead by former NBA star and head coach of the Dallas Mavericks Avery Johnson, have won seven of their last eight games. That run includes neutral site wins over Notre Dame and Wichita State, and a road win at Clemson. This is Alabama's first conference game of the season.
The Tide are led by guard Retin Obasohan, a senior averaging 13.4 points, two assists, and three rebounds per game. Alabama, ranked 98th in Ken Pomeroy's ratings, is last in the SEC in points per game (66.4), last in assists per game (11.5), and 12th in team field goal percentage (43.4 percent). Outside of Shannon Hale (11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds per game) the Tide doesn't pose a major threat in the post, ranking dead last in the SEC in both total rebounds and offensive rebounds.
How to watch
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network