Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Mississippi tops Vanderbilt to reach SEC final

NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt's improbable run through the SEC tournament came to an end Saturday with a 64-52 loss to Mississippi in the semifinals.

The victory for the third-seeded Rebels (25-8) sets up a rematch today with top seed Florida for the tournament championship. Florida defeated Ole Miss 78-64 on Feb. 2 in Gainesville, but the Rebels said they remain confident heading into today's game.

"I'm excited," said Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson, who had 23 points Saturday. "They are a really good team. … It's going to be a really good game. Both teams will be on their third game in three days, but we're both rounding into form for this NCAA Tournament."

No. 10 seed Vanderbilt (16-17), which was playing its third game in three days, led by as many as nine in the first half, but Ole Miss rallied with the final eight points of the half to tie the score at 26 at halftime. Then trailing 36-34, the Rebels went on an 11-0 run to take a 45-36 lead.

"They just played better than we did" Saturday, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said.

The Rebels believe the win secured them a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which would be their first in coach Andy Kennedy's seven seasons.

"At 25-8, we've won 14 SEC games and not many people are still playing, so I feel pretty confident about our ability to get the albatross from around the neck of this program as it relates to the NCAA Tournament," Kennedy said. "We've got a chance to compete for a championship, and there's very few times in your life you have a chance to compete for a championship. So that's where I want our focus to be."

Mississippi tops Vanderbilt to reach SEC final 03/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs journal: Bucs still high on Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Coach Dirk Koetter spent a lot of time before this year's draft evaluating RB Dalvin Cook. At one time, the Florida State star and former teammate of QB Jameis Winston was considered the player the Bucs most likely would draft 19th overall.

    Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook (33), a standout at Florida State, is third in the league in rushing after two games and fourth in average yards per game.
  2. Mikhail Sergachev begins real Lightning audition vs. Carolina Hurricanes

    Lightning Strikes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The spotlight will remain on Mikhail Sergachev throughout the Lightning preseason.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) on the ice during hockey training camp in preparation for the 2017-2018 season in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  3. Ryan Callahan: Brian Boyle will beat cancer diagnosis

    Blogs

    Ryan Callahan has been friends with Brian Boyle for a long-time, the two veterans playing together for seven years between the Rangers and the Lightning.

  4. Taylor Raddysh among first Lightning camp cuts

    Blogs

    Lightning forward prospect Taylor Raddysh was among the first cuts in camp, the team trimming its roster by six on Wednesday.

  5. Chris Archer, 25,000 Cubs fans and Tampa Bay's painful truth

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest ovation inside Tropicana Field on Tuesday night was not for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was returning for the first time since managing the Rays.

    "W" flags fly in the stands after the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]