The rest of the sports world (minus the 13 teams we've beaten) have finally warmed up to Ole Miss. It wasn't a 14th win that woke the sports nation up, it was a 2 point loss in Knoxville. It really shouldn't be a secret to everyone at this point. Our schedule hasn't been the hardest but we've played some stiff competition. (Clemson, Winthrop, New Mexico...) But, since we are Ole Miss, it talks folks time.
Here are some of the reactions so far:
AOL: Ole Miss proves it is legit vs. Tennessee
"For my money, you just saw the two best teams in the SEC, hands down. I'll go
so far as to say that Ole Miss could be a Sweet 16 team this year. Not bad for a
team which hasn't been to the Big Dance since 2002."
ESPN: Ole Miss' numbers say the Rebels are no fluke.
"The Tennessee game was an introduction to that increased quality, and the
Rebels held up extremely well. They probably won't play in a tougher environment
all season. That's relevant, because all the Rebels need (assuming a win over
2-20 Presbyterian in their final nonconference game) is a repeat of last
season's 8-8 league mark and one win in the SEC tournament to get to 23-9, which
almost certainly would land them in the NCAA Tournament. "
ESPN: Tyler Smith keys the Vols' win over a scrappy Ole Miss team
"Any questions about Mississippi being for real went out the window WednesdayRivals: Tennessee edges Mississippi in final seconds
night after the Rebels stared down Tennessee and took the Vols' best shot in a
sold-out, ear-splitting Thompson-Boling Arena. "
Updated RPI's after the game:
"The surprising Rebels (13-1, 0-1), picked to finish last in the SEC West,
were pegged as the weakest of the unbeatens, but they gained plenty of respect
despite the loss. "
Ken Pom: #20
Real Time: #20
Warren Nolan: #20