Ole Miss to Host Southwest Missouri State in NIT Second Round on Tuesday

March 17, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels will host Southwest Missouri State in a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) second round game on Tuesday, Mar. 21. The contest, which will be played at Tad Smith Coliseum, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT).

"We're excited about having the opportunity to host another NIT game on campus," Ole Miss Athletic Director John Shafer said. "It's obvious that our fan support and their enthusiasm at the first round game with UNC Charlotte was important to the NIT committee. Having a large turnout for our second round game with Southwest Missouri State next Tuesday is really important since a victory would mean the NIT committee would then consider us to possibly host a third round game."

Tickets for Tuesday's game are $14 for the 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) on Friday (Mar. 17), Monday (Mar. 20) and Tuesday (Mar. 21). The ticket office will also be open on Saturday (Mar. 18) from 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (CT), and Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

"I want to thank our fans for coming out and supporting us last Wednesday," said second-year head coach Rod Barnes. "The fans were loud, and the atmosphere was excellent. The fan support helped our team a lot.

"We needed to make a statement to the NIT committee, and our fans did just that. I want to encourage our fans to come and support us again next Tuesday versus Southwest Missouri State. The Bears will be a tough opponent, and we're going to need all the fan support we can get."

Ole Miss men's basketball season ticket holders will have priority on seat location for Tuesday's game, but must purchase their tickets by 3:00 p.m. (CT) Monday to reserve that right. After 3:00 p.m. Monday, 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 Tuesday's game must be picked up at the ticket office window at Tad Smith Coliseum. Fans unable to attend Tuesday'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 (18-13) advanced to the NIT second round with a 62-45 win over UNC Charlotte in the first round on Mar. 15. Southwest Missouri State (23-10), a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, defeated SMU, 77-64, on Thursday to advance to the second round. The winner of Tuesday's contest will advance to the third round to play the winner of the Arizona State/N.C. State game. The third round game will be held on Mar. 23 or 24 with the site and time to be announced.

 

 

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