We know that, despite losing four of its last five, Ole Miss will be on the NCAA Tournament bracket when it’s announced on Sunday afternoon. Even with the last-season skid and early exit from the SEC Tourney, the Rebels racked up 20 wins and one of the better statistical campaigns in program history, all while battling depth and size limitations. Ranked 36th by the NCAA’s new metric system, Kermit Davis’ club is safely in the field of 68.
Where on the bracket will they land? We’ll learn that sometime after 5 p.m. CT, when the selection show kicks off on ESPN.
As of Sunday morning, both ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS’ Jerry Palm have the Rebels as a nine-seed (as expected, the loss to Bama in the first round of the SEC Tourney didn’t drop them). Lunardi has the Rebs facing Iowa in the Midwest bracket, where they’d play one-seed North Carolina in the second round. Palm matches them against UCF in the South bracket, where they’d face one-seed Virginia in the second round.
SB Nation’s Chris Dobbertean has Ole Miss as a 10 seed facing seven seed Louisville in the West.
This will be the first time the Rebels make the Dance since 2015, when Stefan Moody led them to a first-round win over BYU. Their impending 2019 admission is particularly impressive when you consider how tough the conference was this year: Lunardi’s projections put seven SEC teams in the field, tied for second among the Power 5 conferences (the Big 10 is projected to have eight).
SEC teams in Lunardi’s projected field
- 2 seed Kentucky
- 2 seed Tennessee
- 3 seed LSU
- 5 seed Auburn
- 6 seed Mississippi State
- 9 seed Ole Miss
- 10 seed Florida
If you’re in Oxford on Sunday, you could make your way over to The Pavilion for a selection show watch party. Doors open at 4 p.m. CT and admission is free.
If you’re anywhere else in the wide world, you can tune in with one of the options below.
How to watch the NCAA Selection Show
Time: 5 p.m. CT