Ole Miss Basketball To Play In Sierra Providence SunClassic In El Paso In December

May 30, 2001

EL PASO, Texas - The Ole Miss Rebel basketball team will participate in the 2001 Sierra Providence SunClassic Basketball Tournament Dec. 21-22 at the Don Haskins Center, the Sun Bowl Association announced Wednesday. University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Mississippi Valley State and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) will also compete in the two-day tournament.

The UTEP Miners, who will make their 41st consecutive appearance at the tournament, will be looking to defend their title at the Sierra Providence SunClassic. UTEP has won the classic's title 24 times. This year will mark the first-ever SunClassic appearances for IUPUI, Ole Miss and Mississippi Valley State.

The Rebels completed their most successful season in school history in 2000-01 with a 27-8 overall record and an 11-5 Southeastern Conference mark. Ole Miss won the SEC Western Division title, advanced to the SEC Tournament championship game and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. The Rebels advanced to the program's first NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen," before falling to national runner-up Arizona in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

UTEP finished 2000-01 with a 23-9 overall record (10-6 Western Athletic Conference) and advanced to postseason play for the first time in six years. The Miners competed in the National Invitation Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals. Mississippi Valley State won its last eight regular season games in 2000-01, finishing the season 17-9 overall and 14-5 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. IUPUI won five of its final eight games last season to finish 11-18 (6-10 Mid-Continent Conference) in just its third season of Division-I competition. The Jaguars reached the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time in school history and upset Indiana State, which reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ticket prices for the two-night, four-game package are $32 (rows 1-34) and $16 (rows 35-39). For the one-night, two-game package (sold day of game only), prices are $18 (rows 1-34) and $10 (rows 35-39).

Beginning Dec. 1, tournament tickets will be available at the Sun Bowl Association office at (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL), the UTEP Ticket Center (915-747-5234) and TicketMaster outlets. Tournament tickets can be reserved now by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.

The remainder of the 2001-02 Ole Miss men's basketball schedule will be announced at a later date.

 

 

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