Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Alex Oriakhi (42) grabs a rebound against the Mississippi Rebels during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
The quarterfinal round of the 2013 SEC Tournament wrapped up late Friday night with the sixth-seeded Missouri Tigers taking on the third-seeded Ole Miss Rebels. Mizzou was fighting for nothing more than tournament seeding, while the Rebels were looking to fight their way into the field of 68 after nearly every bubble team lost today, and they rallied in the second-half to likely secure a bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Ole Miss got off the to the best start in program history this season, as it was 17-2 and 6-0 in the SEC in late January, and although it faltered down the stretch, losing to the likes of Mississippi State, putting their tournament hopes in jeopardy, but tonight’s win should assure them an at-large berth.
The Tigers took care of business in their tournament opener by beating Texas A&M by 12 points, but ran out of gas tonight as they blew a double-digit second-half lead. Ole Miss will now face the Vanderbilt Commodores tomorrow in the second SEC semifinal game, which will tip-off around 4:00 PM EST.
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