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Tuesday Question: One of Preference

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What’s a basketball coach gotta do to get some preseason hype around here?!

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Over the past couple of years, my interest in Ole Miss football has waned. I still watch the games a good bit, but I honestly don’t follow the program as closely as I used to. I’ve told the people who run this site as much: don’t ask me to do a rundown of the linebacking unit. I just can’t.

Most of that is related to the direction I see the program headed, and decisions that were made with near certainty of a negative outcome. I just have trouble getting behind a program that continues to make odd decisions that aren’t in line with reality.

The basketball program, on the other hand, has rejuvenated me. Last year’s unexpected trip to the NCAA tournament really came out of nowhere and got me even more interested in basketball than I already was. Kermit Davis wasn’t supposed to do that in his first year. Terence Davis wasn’t supposed to make an NBA roster. Breein Tyree and Devontae Shuler weren’t supposed to be the dynamic players they were. But that all happened.

And then in the offseason, Ole Miss wasn’t supposed to sign a top 25 recruiting class and a top 100 player in Austin Crowley. They weren’t supposed to replace Dominik Olejniczak and Bruce Stevens with better post players. But that happened too, and now here we are. This team is, on paper, objectively better than last season’s.

Yet it’s no secret that Ole Miss fans read far more about Ole Miss football than they do Ole Miss basketball. Season tickets are I believe, still available for this basketball program that could be making noise in March. It’s.... interesting.

So the question is:

Should you care more about this football team or this basketball team? If you do, why? If not, why not?