Ole Miss

Location: Oxford, MS

Conference: SEC

Mascot: Rebels

Coach: Andy Kennedy

Record: 20-12 (11-6 SEC)

Kenpom ranking: 44

Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Arkansas (29), Cincinnati (34)

Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Charleston Southern (187), Western Kentucky (132)

Tournament appearances: 8

Best result: Sweet 16 (2001)

NBA alumni: Johnny Newman, Elston Turner

Best name: Martavious Newby

Famous alumni: William Faulkner, Roger Wicker, Archie Manning

The Rebels had to sweat it out on Selection Sunday, but came closer than any other team in the tourney field to beating the best team in the land, Kentucky, taking the Wildcats to OT. They even had an opportunity to win at the buzzer! But they also lost to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, and lost their SEC Tournament game to South Carolina in one of the dumbest ways we've seen a team lose a game.

Style of play: The Gunnin' Rebels

Ole Miss has the second-best offense in the SEC -- Kentucky's No. 1, natch -- thanks to solid, safe point guard play by Jarvis Summers, good shooting by Stefan Moody, and solid work on the offensive boards: They grab 35 percent of their misses. Defense, though... /tugs collar

Key Player: The Moody Reds

Ole Miss fans should be both incredibly happy and incredibly sad that Stefan Moody is not actually Marshall Henderson, but they are once again led by a charismatic high-usage junior college transfer who prefers threes to twos. With a mane of red-dyed dreads, the 5'10 Moody shoots 37 percent on over six threes per game, with the ability to catch fire or brick away.