Rebel Hoops Takes In Sights Of Big Apple, Prepares For NIT Semifinals

NEW YORK - The Ole Miss men's basketball team arrived in New York City and took in some of the sights of the Big Apple Sunday afternoon. The Rebels will face Ohio State in the semifinals of the NIT Tuesday night at the historic Madison Square Garden.

But before hitting the hardwood, the Rebels took some time to visit some of the landmarks of the city. The team first traveled to Ground Zero, the former location of the World Trade Center, and then to Battery Park, with great views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Some members of the team also visited Chinatown and Times Square during the team's sight-seeing.

Monday's activities include a press conference with head coach Andy Kennedy and select players, a team practice and the NIT Final Four banquet.

Ole Miss makes just its second trip to New York in the 98-year history of the program (1989 NIT first round game at St. Johns). Tuesday will mark the team's first appearance at Madison Square Garden in school history.

In his second year at the helm, Kennedy has guided the Rebels to the second-most wins in school history (24) and back-to-back 20-win campaigns. Ole Miss makes has earned its first berth in the NIT semifinals after making quarterfinal appearances in 1983 and 2000.

Tipoff for Tuesday's game is slated for 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The winner will face the winner of the Florida-Massachusetts game in the NIT Championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.


 

 

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