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Published on February 19th, 2015 | by Carver Rayburn

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Crunch Time: Kennedy, Rebels looking to solidify spot in NCAA Tourney

With just five games to go in the regular season, Ole Miss finds itself in an all too familiar territory.

StephanMoodyThe Rebels rank No. 37 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. Ole Miss is 3–4 against the RPI top 50, including wins over No. 18 Arkansas, No. 35 Cincinnati and No. 44 Texas A&M.

 

Tough Road

Ole Miss’ strength of schedule ranks 32nd in the nation, according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have faced nine teams in ESPN.com’s top 50 basketball power index, posting a 4–5 mark.

Ole Miss ranks second in the nation hitting 78.9 percent of its free throw attempts, which would also rank second in the NBA. The Rebels hit 26 of 30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 280 of their last 347 from the line (.807). If the season ended today, Ole Miss would post the fourth-best FT percentage by a team in SEC history. Six Ole Miss players are shooting at least 75 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks eighth in the nation shooting 91.1 percent (102 of 112). Moody snapped his streak of 32-straight FTs made in the Texas A&M game, which ended just five shy of the SEC record in conference games held by former Rebel David RhodesThe Local Voice Ligature

This article was originally printed in The Local Voice #223 (published February 19, 2015.)
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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.



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