HOOPS: Basketball schedule changes

This from media relations.

— PA

OXFORD – Ole Miss men’s basketball games continue to be picked up by television networks for the 2008-09 season, and the tournament field has been set for the Rebels’ pre-Thanksgiving trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., causing a change in a pair of home dates for Andy Kennedy’s squad.

Ole Miss will face Utah out of the Mountain West on Friday, Nov. 21, before squaring off with Conference USA’s Marshall on Sunday, Nov. 23, as part of the Glenn Wilkes Classic held on Florida’s east coast. The Rebels’ home contest with Morgan State, originally scheduled for Nov. 26, will move to Nov. 29 and will serve as the team’s third game of the tournament. The regular home game versus UCF will now move to the Nov. 26 slot.

Coming off an appearance in the NIT Final Four and playing an exciting, fast-paced style has made Ole Miss a hot commodity with television networks this season. Four more games were recently picked up by Fox Sports Net South, bringing the total to 11 TV dates in 2008-09, with several more expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

FSN South will carry the Jan. 10 game at Florida, the Jan. 24 contest at South Carolina, the Feb. 14 tilt at LSU and the Feb. 21 home game against Georgia.

It was also recently announced that the Rebels’ Dec. 18 game vs. nationally ranked Louisville at the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational in Cincinnati will occupy the primetime slot on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT.

Ole Miss will also play in front of a national TV audience in a home game against Kentucky (Jan. 27, ESPN) and a road challenge at Vanderbilt (Feb. 7, CBS). Four games are slated for regional broadcast on Raycom Sports.


6 Responses to “HOOPS: Basketball schedule changes”

  1. john Says:

    from the Ole Miss website — Parrish,does this mean you’ll be sitting in Section G at Tad Smith?

    We have just begun the 2008-09 events calendar year, and there is no other time to be more excited about Ole Miss Athletics than now. The entire campus is buzzing with excitement about Rebel football and the beginning of a new era with head coach Houston Nutt. The soccer and volleyball squads will also provide ample opportunities for Ole Miss fans to see our student-athletes compete up close in the confines of the Gillom Sports Center and the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The proactive approach by all event management staff has provided a fan friendly and trouble free atmosphere at all venues which will continue throughout the academic year.

    Progress is being made everyday with several ongoing capital improvement projects. The goal of all of these projects is to provide our patrons, student-athletes, coaches and staff with state of the art facilities and amenities to lay the foundation for success for Ole Miss athletics programs and provide enjoyable viewing experiences for all fans. Our commitment to a greater gameday experience is evident with the completion of the new $6 million high definition video board at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Currently the SECs largest HD video board, operations for this project have been ongoing since June and have gone remarkably well, even though the unseasonable wet weather has caused some slight delays in its total completion over the last month.

    Renovation and expansion of Oxford-University Stadium continues to come together as work will progress throughout the fall and winter and concluding for the season opener in mid-February. Discussions with Panola Construction Company have provided assurance that all seating and amenities will be in place prior to the season opener and that finishing touches will be ongoing for two to three weeks into the season. This facility will be one of the finest on-campus baseball stadiums in the nation and offer the prospect for more Rebel fans to cheer on the baseball team than ever before with the near tripled seating capacity.

    The success of Andy Kennedy’s and Renee Ladner’s squads has provided the catalyst for a vital component to the future success of Ole Miss basketball. In conjunction with the UMAA Foundation, work has begun and ground has been broken for the Basketball Practice Facility. The initial phases of the project are underway and dirt is being moved and ground is being leveled. A completion date has been set for Oct. 1, 2009, just in time to tip off the 2009-10 basketball season.

    There will be some changes to C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum for the upcoming basketball season. The addition of 70-80 premium floor seats will be a welcomed addition to season ticket holders. In combination with the additional floor seating, a new press area has been created in Section G of the Coliseum seating area. Other changes include upgrades and additional visiting team and coaches locker rooms. This will allow for future flexibility in scheduling with the Coliseum being able to accommodate up to four teams at once. Other changes consist of aesthetic renovations to the new media room and hallway areas at floor level.

    The Gillom Sports Center will continue to be one of the bright spots for Ole Miss Athletics with the aesthetic renovations in the entry lobby and staff areas being completed. New tile floor work, including the block M logo adds to the welcoming atmosphere along with updated artwork and paint.

    Ole Miss strives to support our teams with the finest facilities, and it is our hope that Rebels fans can share in the excitement of our athletics future.

  2. djrebel Says:

    John, not sure how this affects me personally. My understanding was there would be a handful of media seats on the floor in the corner near the opponents’ bench. I don’t know if that remained part of the plan or not.

    They needed to build a press area several years ago when they first went to floor seating for fans. All I ask for is a clear line of vision, and I haven’t had that for several years at Ole Miss. It’s better in some gyms, not as good in others. Alabama is the all-time worst.

    My concern with what I’m seeing in your post is “aesthetic renovations to the new media room.” Ole Miss was behind the times on a media work room, and when they finally got one, last year, it was very nice. I hope these “aesthetic” improvements don’t make it a less functional work environment.

    — PA

  3. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Looks like Rebel basketball is out of the picture for me this season. Too much stress and strain from the past baseball season. Football is easing the pain somwhat, but its not over yet.

    Guess just watch “Billy The Kid” and his group perform.

  4. djrebel Says:

    C’mon Jimmy, don’t jump off the wagon. They’ve got a chance to be pretty good.

    — PA

  5. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    I have great confidence in Coach Kennedy. In his first season at OM when he took an underrated team and won 20+ games gave me this confidence. Last seasons team, hot and cold, but he guided them thru with a successful season. Hopeful, this season will be much improved. It would be great if the Rebels could sweep Miss State this coming season. GO REBELS!!!!

  6. donttouchatwire Says:

    off subject here but what is the gas situation in north miss? i am coming the for the game from nashville and need to know i will be able to get gas.

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