August 20, 2013
Ole Miss released its 2013-14 men's basketball schedule Tuesday, and the Rebels _ for the first time in a long time _ really don't have anything to complain to the Southeastern Conference office about.
The Rebels, coming off a SEC tournament title and a trip to the third round of the NCAA tournament, open league play at home against Auburn on Jan. 9. The Rebels get LSU at home and play home-and-homes against Kentucky, South Carolina, Vanderbilt Alabama and Mississippi State. Florida comes to Tad Smith Coliseum on Feb. 22. Andy Kennedy, who has had a remarkable run of road wins at Arkansas, draws the Razorbacks in Fayetteville on March 5.
It should come as no surprise, but Kentucky and Florida are the teams CBS and ESPN are banking on this winter and spring. The Wildcats and Gators will be on national television 14 times each.
Ole Miss will see six of its 18 SEC games televised nationally. It stands to reason that embattled shooting guard Marshall Henderson will be on the floor with his team in plenty of time for league play. However, Kennedy told The Sporting News Henderson will definitely miss some games. How many? Who knows? Kennedy isn't saying, and it likely depends on Henderson's compliance with his rules of return.
Henderson hasn't tweeted since July 11, but he's back in Oxford and expected to be in classes on Monday when the fall semester commences. With Henderson on the floor, Ole Miss is a contender to return to the NCAA tournament. Without him, the Rebels likely don't have the firepower to make a run.
In other news:
Bryce Harper did nothing last night to temper my excitement about the progress being made by Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant. The two are former high school rivals. Maybe they'll be reunited at Wrigley some day? Maybe? A guy can dream.
It wouldn't be fair to compare newly-minted Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to former Tiger Cameron Newton. However, Gus Malzahn is willing. No pressure there, Nick.
Finally, Tyler Campbell, D.T. Shackelford, Charles Sawyer, Jeff Scott and Mike Marry are on the Senior Bowl's watch list, released Tuesday. There are 72 players from SEC teams on the list.