A day after Ole Miss took over the SEC Network with 24 hours of all Ole Miss all the time, I was inspired to take a look back at some memorable games for the Rebels on the hardwood.
We did it for football and now we will dive into the archives for the games that we hold near and dear for hoops!
2001 — NCAA Tournament - No. 3 Ole Miss 59, No. 6 Notre Dame 56
Although we cannot find footage of this game, we would be remiss if we did not talk about it here.
Jason Harrison, all 5’5 of him, carried the Rebs to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever. Trailing the six-seed Fighting Irish by a point, Rod Barnes and Ole Miss couldn’t muster much of anything in a half-court set, but with the shot clock running down, Harrison took it into his own hands. Literally.
The Little Man from Little Rock buried a deep three from the top of the arc and the Rebs moved on, capping off a season where they won their second and third NCAA tournament games all-time. Ole Miss mounted a stand of their own at the Alamo against an Irish team led by All-American Troy Murphy, All-Big East selections Matt Carroll and Ryan Humphrey, and head coach Mike Brey.
Rahim Lockhart dominated the paint, scoring a team-high 24-points and pulling in seven rebounds. Despite losing to Arizona in the Sweet 16, Barnes’ group finished the season ranked 9th and had a record of 29-8.
2007 — Ole Miss 71, LSU 70
Four days later, Ole Miss was at it again. Andy Kennedy’s bunch took down an LSU team that was led by John Brady and “Big Baby” Glen Davis as Sanders hit a 17-footer in the corner after Brian Smith picked off an errant pass and Abernethy found Clarence open for the game-winner.
The Valentine’s Day Victory put the Rebs into sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division, giving Kennedy a banner in his first season in Oxford and the first for Ole Miss in six years.
2010 — NIT Tournament - No. 2 Ole Miss 90, No. 5 Texas Tech 87 (2OT)
Kennedy and the Rebels won another SEC West title and finished their season in the NIT Final Four, losing to Dayton at Madison Square Garden. But, before that setback, the Tad Pad was rocking once again after Chris Warren dropped 22 on the Red Raiders head and doled out the game-winning assist to Murphy Holloway.
2013 - Ole Miss 88, Auburn 55
The game that made Kennedy the winningest coach in Ole Miss history was never close. Four Rebels scored in double figures, led by junior college transfer and eventual celebrity, Marshall Henderson.
The Hell from Bell dropped 26 on Bruce Pearl and the Tigers, sinking eight three-pointers in the first and only game he came off the bench. Derek Millinghaus scored 14, LaDarius “Snoop” White chipped in 13, and Holloway had a double-double.
Ole Miss led 44-27 at the half and never looked back, helping Kennedy earn his 145th win as head coach.
2013 — SEC Tournament Championship - Ole Miss 66, Florida 63
That same season was capped off with a big ole confetti shower at Bridgestone Arena when the Rebels knocked off heavy favorite and 13th-ranked Florida Gators. The upset was thanks in large part to Holloway’s gem of a game, scoring 23 points and hauling in 10 rebounds, pacing the Rebels explosive second half.
Ole Miss outscored Billy Donovan’s squad 40-25 behind Henderson’s 21 and Reginald Buckner’s 11 points, helping Ole Miss hang another banner as SEC Tournament champions. It was the school’s first tournament title since 1981 and was the first NCAA ticket punched since 2001.
2013 — NCAA Tournament - No. 12 Ole Miss 57, No. 5 Wisconsin 46
CBS is pretty stingy with copyright footage so unfortunately no game footage of this upset, but The Season is better anyways.
Henderson is almost always the story in 2013, but Buckner and Henderson were the story here against a really talented Badgers’ front court. The two paint men combined for 19 points and 21 rebounds, keeping NBA players Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky at bay and avoided Jared Berrgren, the school’s all-time blocks leader, as much as possible.
The Rebels outscored Wisconsin by 14 points in the second half as Henderson got hot and finished with 19 points and Jarvis Summers added nine.
But, again, the story here was the front court and the defense. The zone defense Kennedy threw at Wisconsin made for a miserable showing for Bo Ryan’s squad. They were an abysmal 15-for-59(!) for the game, including 7-for-30 from beyond the arc.
2015 — NCAA Tournament, First Four - No. 11 Ole Miss 94, No. 11 BYU 90
It wouldn’t be a memorable games post without some Stefan Moody magic, right? Well, you get your fill here and then some with our first full-game replay as the high-flying, dread-having Florida kid stunned everyone as Ole Miss battled back from a 17-point deficit to move on.
The Cougars’ Tyler Haws and Chase Fischer combined for 56 but the story, again, was Moody who led Ole Miss with 26 points. But it was a legitimate team effort as MJ Rhett had 20, Summers had 11, and Martavious Newby, Sebastian Saiz, and White all had 10, pushing the good guys to the next round against Xavier.
BYU and Ole Miss’ combined 184 points were the most in the 2015 tournament.
2016 — Ole Miss 74, Alabama 66
The Season once again takes us behind the scenes in one of the biggest moments in Ole Miss basketball history as The Pavilion finally opened its doors.
Saiz went to work against the Crimson Tide, scoring 21 and snagging 16 rebounds, helping the Rebs win their first game on their new floor in front of a sell-out, standing room only crowd of 9.500 fans. The $96.5M facility also witnessed Moody’s ho-hum 21-point performance and Tomasz Gielo added 12.
This one also added another moment in history as Moody became the first Ole Miss player to score at least 20 points in nine straight games since 1992.
2017 — NIT Tournament - No. 5 Ole Miss 85, No. 1 Syracuse 80
Former Rebel and current Toronto Raptor Terence Davis had a knack for scoring in bunches but his best game ever in an Ole Miss uniform might be the one he had at the Carrier Dome in Onondaga County, New York.
The Southaven, Miss. native hung 30 on the Orange, lifting the good guys to the NIT quarterfinals. He was 6-of-7 from deep, 11-of-14 from the field, and also added seven rebounds in a back-and-forth affair. Deandre Burnett had himself a day as well, scoring 19, hitting five threes and dishing out nine assists.
Oh, and Saiz had a double double and Cullen Neal had 15 points.
The Rebs shot 47 percent from three-point range against the vaunted Syracuse 2-3 zone and made big shot after big shot when the pressure was on in front of 10,000 folks.
2019 — Ole Miss 82, No. 10 Auburn 67
In Kermit Davis’ first year in Oxford, his presence was introduced emphatically against a Bruce Pearl team that made a run to the Final Four. Davis dominated the game from start-to-finish, scoring 27 and grabbing 12 rebounds as Ole Miss literally went wire-to-wire in complete control on their way to their 12th win of the year.
Freshman KJ Buffen had a helluva game, too, scoring 16 points and Devontae Shuler added 14 off the bench. Hell, even Dominik Olejniczak had 11 points and seven rebounds this night. Everything was working for Kermit and the Rebels that January evening in front of 8,241 fans.
The win was Ole Miss’ ninth-straight that year and helped catapult them to their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance. It was also their first win over a top-10 opponent since defeating Missouri way back in 2013.
What did they do for an encore? They traveled to Starkville and whipped No. 14 Mississippi State behind 26 points from Blake Hinson, pushing their win streak to 10 which was the longest since the 2007-2008 bunch won 13 straight.
Of course, there are several other moments, memories, games that came to mind, but I did my best to collect as many great times as I could with the limited library at my disposal on YouTube as we try to take our mind off flattening the curve.
Tell us in the comments below what your favorite memories are, young or old, as we try to stay up.