Game Time For Wednesday's NIT Contest Set For 7:00 p.m. (CT)

March 13, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels will host UNC Charlotte in a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) first round game on Wednesday, Mar. 15. The contest, which will be played at Tad Smith Coliseum, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Tickets for Wednesday's game are $14 for general public and $5 for Ole Miss students. To order tickets, call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-732-8587 (in-state only) or 662-915-7167. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the ticket office from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (CT) or going to the ticket office window at Tad Smith Coliseum between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (CT).

"We need to make a statement to the NIT committee and the nation that, since we have a home game, we're going to have fans supporting us," said second-year head coach Rod Barnes. "We are a program that is going to contend for championships whether NCAA or NIT, but if we don't get great support, it may be the last home game we'll get in the NIT.

"If our fans give us great support this first game, then it's a strong possibility we'll get a second game at home. We want to get every advantage that we possibly can, and one advantage is playing at home. The fans have to do their part. Fans are always asking how they can help our program, and they can help us a lot by coming to the game on Wednesday."

Ole Miss men's basketball season ticket holders will have priority on seat location for Wednesday's game, but must purchase their tickets by 5:00 p.m. (CT) Tuesday to reserve that right. After 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, there will be no guarantee for priority seating for Ole Miss season ticket holders.

Because of the limited timetable, tickets will not be mailed. All tickets for Wednesday's game must be picked up at the ticket office window at Tad Smith Coliseum. Fans unable to attend Wednesday's game may purchase tickets and donate them to charities in the Oxford area by calling the Loyalty Foundation at 662-915-7159.

The Rebels enter Wednesday's game with a 17-13 record, while the 49ers, a member of Conference USA, are 17-15. The winner of Wednesday's contest will advance to the second round to play the winner of the SMU/Southwest Missouri State game. The second round game will be held on Mar. 20 or 21 with site and time to be announced at a later date.

 

 

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