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Today’s roundup features RedCup Rebellion, Bleacher Report and SEC Country.
Welp, Ole Miss has to get by Kentucky to win the SEC Tournament
Ole Miss’ NCAA Tournament hopes were officially put on life support two weeks ago in the closing moments of a 14-point loss to Georgia. As the SEC Tournament begins, the patient’s only chance at resuscitation is to win it all in Nashville.
That already daunting task was made even more difficult over the weekend when a last-minute standings shakeup left the Rebs stuck on Kentucky’s side of the bracket. As the seven-seed, Ole Miss will face 10-seed Alabama on Thursday, then, if it wins, turn around and play the two-seed Wildcats on Friday.
John Caliper’s team is nowhere near as scary as it was last season, sitting at 13-5 in SEC play with head-scratching losses to Auburn and Tennessee marring its resume. But Kentucky is still the No. 22 team in the country, still has the second best record in the conference (behind one-seed Texas A&M), still stocked with NBA talent, and, lest we forget, smoked Ole Miss by 22 points when the two teams met in Lexington back in early January.
For a better tale of the tape, let’s take a quick look at the advanced stats comparison.
Of course, a rematch with Big Blue assumes the Rebs get past Bama, which is far from a guarantee. Ole Miss’ 74-66 win over the Tide two months ago was a two-point game with about three minutes left, and the Rebs had the added boost of playing its first ever game in The Pavilion. Still, Avery Johnson’s team is moving in the opposite direction of Andy Kennedy’s, having lost four of its last five games.
Courtesy of Jeff Gray and the RedCup Rebellion.com
Ole Miss WR Damarkus Lodge Makes Spinning 1-Handed Catch During Practice
It’s only spring practice, but Ole Miss receiver Damarkus Lodge is already in midseason form.
As this video by fellow Rebels wideout Quincy Adeboyejo shows, Lodge made quite the one-handed catch during spring practice. The 6’2″, 190-pound sophomore did a great job of adjusting to the ball and an even better job of hauling it in with one hand.
It was such a good catch that Adeboyejo recorded the film so he could show the world what Lodge had done.
Courtesy of Kyle Newport and Bleacher Report
Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron says he nearly transferred to Ole Miss
Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s prolific career at Alabama almost never happened.
The two-time national champion quarterback revealed to Yahoo Sports Radio that he almost never went to Alabama in the first place. McCarron told the show he had planned to commit to Oklahoma, but changed his mind on the day of his announcement.
Amazingly, that wasn’t the only time McCarron wavered on playing for Alabama. He admitted to Yahoo that he considered transferring to Ole Miss near the end of his freshman year.
“When I got there, I thought about transferring to Ole Miss when, towards the end of my freshman year,” McCarron told the show, according to AL.com’s Michael Casagrande. “I really thought about transferring. I had to talk that over and I ended up staying and everything worked out.”
It certainly turned out fine for McCarron, who started from 2011-13 for Alabama. Of course, he will be remembered most for winning the 2011 and 2012 national championships. He is now a backup quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Courtesy of Matt Barbato and SECCountry.com
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