In case you missed it, here are each of the first six episodes of The Season: Ole Miss Basketball:
Episode 1 (Season overview, Auburn, Mississippi State games)
Episode 2 (LSU, South Carolina)
Episode 3 (Vanderbilt, Mississippi State)
Episode 4 (Tennessee, South Carolina)
Episode 5 (Missouri, Alabama, Georgia)
Episode 6 (Kentucky, Florida)
Bulmer, who is classified as a junior and is working on his master's degree at Ole Miss, has jumped into the No. 3 spot in the school record books in the indoor mile (4:01.37) and distance medley relay (9:40.17). He will be among the nationally ranked Rebels' top competitors when outdoor season begins later this month.
After his first few days in Mississippi, Bulmer blogged about his experience, and it's a really good reflection of the life of a foreign college athlete in the United States. Here are some excerpts:
"I have always been intrigued by the U.S. I'm not entirely sure why but it has to do with the fact that everything is done on a massive scale, certainly in comparison to Australia, and as I was about to find out track and field was no different.
I have only been on campus at the University of Mississippi (affectionately known as Ole Miss) for less than a week but I already feel at home ... This is because the people of Oxford, the college town in which Ole Miss is situated, have lived up to the reputation that the people of the southern states are extremely nice and welcoming and will go out of their way to help you out. This also extends to the track team. I have met so many great people in such a short time which has definitely made the transition easier. It also helps that Ole Miss is such an aesthetic campus, regularly ranked among the nation's most beautiful universities ...
Anyway, now I'll give you an insight into what you're all probably interested in hearing about, the life of a student-athlete. I'll also give you a rundown of our facilities. First of all let me say this place blew my mind! As I mentioned before, everything is done on a massive scale right down to the smallest details. Student-athletes are treated like royalty here, there are buildings dedicated solely for use by athletes and can only be accessed via fingerprint scanners! Yes, fingerprint scanners! Anything that an athlete can dream of is available here and all the staff is devoted to helping you reach your potential and achieve your goals in your chosen sport, such is the U.S. collegiate athletic scene ...
Our school has some of the best facilities and latest technology available to its athletes for daily use. Examples of such technology and facilities include, both an underwater treadmill and an alter G treadmill, hot and cold recovery baths, Normatec compression boots, a state of the art indoor practice facility complete with an indoor track, multiple weight rooms, a mondo track and my personal favourite the fuel stations where you can find anything an athlete would need from a nutrition standpoint from water and Gatorade to vitamin and recovery mixtures as well as fruit, bagels....the list goes on! There is even an academic building for athletes (Yes, they also care about the academic side of things) where we can jump onto a computer, do some quiet study or access a tutor ...
Along with the exceptional facilities there is also a great support team that includes sports trainers, a doctor, nutritionists, a massage therapist, strength and conditioning coaches, academic advisors and staff and of course the respective coaches of each discipline all who work tirelessly to manage our needs as athletes which creates a great atmosphere for training and enables us to perform as best we can come race day ...
On another note, a unique aspect at Ole Miss is the positive relationship between sports which apparently doesn't occur at all schools. For instance we share the same training facilities as the football team and they are as nice as anyone on campus and will always say hello and have a chat. There is a great deal of respect between athletes no matter what sport you play as everyone knows we all work as hard as each other.
All in all I feel very privileged to be in the position that I am now, competing as a member of a division 1 school in arguably the strongest conference in the nation giving myself every opportunity to better myself as an athlete. I am appreciative to have been given the chance to run alongside a young group of athletes that has the potential to achieve big things in the not too distant future especially under the guidance of Head Coach O'Neal and the men's distance coach, Coach Vanhoy."
What a great win for our program tonight! This team has come so far! Watch us take on Auburn tomorrow night at 8:30 E.T. #HottyToddy-- Gracie Frizzell (@GracieFrizz12) March 6, 2014
So proud of the women on this @OleMissWBB team for never quitting - going from no tourney last year to a win is huge step for our program.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) March 6, 2014
Feels great to get this 1st rd win in the conference tourney. So proud of the girls and the heart and fight they played with. #hottytoddy-- Tai Dillard (@OleMissCoachTai) March 6, 2014
Tomorrow night vs. Auburn! Meet us here Rebel fans! Duluth, GA SEC Tournament!-- Armintie Herrington (@Armintie) March 6, 2014
Winners press conference!! pic.twitter.com/8I0BuASJLr-- Lynnette Johnson (@LynnetteJohnson) March 6, 2014
Lady Rebels Win!!!!!! HOTTYTODDY!!!!!!!!!! @OleMissWBB playing that good D!!-- Armintie Herrington (@Armintie) March 6, 2014
Hede managed his way through SEC play unscathed with a perfect 11-0 record, and helped lead the Rebels to a 21-3 overall record and the team's first ever SEC Championship. Hede ended the 1996 campaign ranked No. 4 in the country, highest among SEC players. The three-time All-American was also named 1996 SEC Player of the Year, marking the second consecutive season for a Rebel to win the award (Mahesh Bhupathi in 1995). Hede defeated 18 ranked players throughout his memorable season. The victims include, but are not limited to, No. 9 ranked Thomas Dupre (twice) of Mississippi State, and No. 7 ranked Cedric Kauffman (current head coach of Kentucky) to clinch his perfect conference season.
Additionally, Hede won the SEC Singles Championship, and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship.
Hede helped lead the Rebels to a NCAA Tournament quarterfinals appearance, and his individual efforts did not go unnoticed by Chadwick. "It is a tribute to Johan to show such determination," Chadwick said following the 1996 season. "When you watch him play, you notice how hard he makes the other players work. Johan had a phenomenal year. He was a key part to the overall success of our team."
Friday, we will remain in 1996 and feature the man who has orchestrated the abundant success for the tennis program. Stay tuned for moment No. 22.
The Ole Miss women's basketball team looks to carry the momentum from a 73-71 overtime win over Auburn on Senior Day this past Sunday into this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
The Rebels are the No. 14 seed and will open tournament play against 11-seed Arkansas in the first round Wednesday (7:30 p.m. CT, Fox Sports South/SportSouth).
"We're coming off a win over a good Auburn team on Sunday," said head coach Matt Insell on Monday's SEC teleconference. "We have been playing really good basketball over the last three or four games, probably the best ball we have played all year. We very easily could have be coming into this game on a three- or four-game winning streak."
The win over Auburn snapped a nine-game losing streak and gave Ole Miss (11-19, 2-14) its second SEC victory after defeating intrastate rival Mississippi State on Jan. 23.
Senior guard Valencia McFarland leads the Rebels in scoring averaging 16.9 points per game, while junior Tia Faleru nearly averages a double-double with 16.8 points per game and an SEC-best 9.8 rebounds per game.
McFarland and Faleru rank fourth and fifth in the SEC in scoring, respectively. Defensively, Ole Miss has held its opponents to 75 points or less in each of its last four games after doing so just twice through its first 12 SEC games.
"Getting that win there was huge for us for our confidence going into the SEC Tournament," Insell said. "We feel really confident going into the tournament because every team that we played we had a chance to win games. We played just about everybody in the league outside of South Carolina and maybe Kentucky. We had chances throughout each of those games to have a chance to win those games.
"We have a lot of confidence going into the SEC Tournament and coming off a win against Auburn, a good team that finished sixth in the league, and to beat them on your home floor without your so-called best player and you beat them, that's a huge confidence boost for our other kids."
Faleru missed this past Sunday's game against Auburn due to injury. In her place, junior forward Danielle McCray was one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Kenyotta Jenkins also finished in double figures with 10 points.
"It looks like she will be ready to go on Wednesday, but that will in the doctor's hands," said Insell of Faleru. "She had a concussion when she last played versus Missouri. She went in to try to tip a ball in there at the end and she got a concussion."
This will be the second meeting between Ole Miss and Arkansas this season. The Rebels erased a 16-point second-half deficit and then led by as many seven points before the Razorbacks (19-10, 6-10 SEC) battled back to win the first meeting 68-65 in Fayetteville on Jan. 19.
Arkansas is coming off a 72-70 home win over Missouri this past Sunday. The Razorbacks also have a top-25 win at No. 18 LSU on Feb. 23.
"We need to go one game at a time," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. "We need to take care of business against Ole Miss, which has proven they can beat anybody in this league. They took Baylor at Baylor right down to the wire. They finished last place in our conference, and that statement says a lot about the SEC."
The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to play 6-seed Auburn in the second round Thursday (7:30 p.m. CT, SportSouth), and the winner of that matchup will advance to play 3-seed Texas A&M in the quarterfinals Friday (7:30 p.m. CT, SportSouth).
"For us to get any kind of postseason play, we have to win the tournament, which is kind of unheard of from where we're at," Insell said. "I told them we have to play loose. We're playing with house money, and our players know that. We have been playing loose lately and playing the best basketball we have played all year.
"For a player like Valencia McFarland, our goal each day with her being a senior is to earn her 40 more minutes. How can we get her 40 minutes? Can you give everything you have? If you will give everything you have as team, then hopefully that can earn her 40 more minutes and she can continue her basketball career."
Ole Miss and Arkansas are both looking to improve their Southeastern Conference standing and possibly play their way into a top-four seed and a double bye to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament next week in Atlanta.
The Rebels are tied for sixth in the league standings with LSU, Missouri and Texas A&M and would be the No. 7 seed if the season ended today. Ole Miss is 2-6 on the road in conference play, having lost five straight road games including a 71-60 loss at Texas A&M this past Saturday.
"We're not playing as well as I would have hoped," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "We have struggled in a number of different areas. When we put our finger in one hole, another one opens up, whether it's offensive inefficiency or our inability to rebound. We have really struggled, especially on the road, and that continued in our last outing against A&M.
"We have to come in understanding that there are two games left in the regular season, and there is still somewhat of a logjam in the middle of the pack. We're in the middle of that and we have to try to find a way to win some games and put ourselves in the best possible position heading into Atlanta."
Historically, Kennedy and Ole Miss have had success on the road at Arkansas. The Rebels have won four straight at Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena and have taken nine of their last 10 meetings with the Razorbacks.
"I would like to tell you that those prior four games would have some influence on our game Wednesday night, but unfortunately for us, they will not," Kennedy said. "It's a different set of circumstances, different players and different timing. Arkansas is playing as well as anybody in our league, having won five straight. They are playing with a great deal of confidence and a real sense of urgency that you would expect as they are closing in on trying to get into the NCAA Tournament and we know we will have our hands full."
Arkansas has won five straight games, including a 71-67 win at No. 15 Kentucky this past Thursday to complete the regular-season sweep of the Wildcats. The Razorbacks have moved into a tie with Tennessee for fourth in the league standings, but the Volunteers won the only head-to-head meeting and would be the No. 4 seed if the season ended today.
"It should be a great game and a great atmosphere," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "It's Senior Night for our players, so we're looking forward to that challenge against Ole Miss. Everyone is trying to jockey for position at this time of year. We're no different than Ole Miss and everybody else in our conference."