1980-81 Ole Miss Men's Basketball SEC Tournament Title Team To Hold Reunion Sept. 30

Sept. 21, 2000

1980-81 Squad | 2000-01 Squad

OXFORD, Miss. - The 1980-81 Ole Miss men's basketball team, which won the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, will be honored during halftime of the Ole Miss-Kentucky football game Sept. 30. Game time for the Rebels-Wildcats contest is set for 6:00 p.m. (CT).

Earlier on Sept. 30, the 1980-81 and 2000-01 Ole Miss basketball teams both will be in The Grove signing autographs on team photos and taking pictures with fans. The autograph session will take place from 1:00-1:45 p.m. (CT) in front of The Grove stage.

"I am thrilled to have the members of the 1980-81 team coming back to the campus," said Rebel head coach Rod Barnes. "Their accomplishments are the cornerstone of our program's success, and honoring the team and its championship is well deserved.

"I'd encourage all Ole Miss fans who are coming to the Ole Miss-Kentucky football game to be a part of the team's reunion in The Grove that afternoon. It will be a great time to meet this year's team as well."

The 1980-81 Rebel squad, under the direction of head coach Bob Weltlich, won the program's first-ever SEC Tournament title with three consecutive wins over Tennessee (81-71), Vanderbilt (71-51) and Georgia (66-62) in Birmingham, Ala. Ole Miss' Sean Tuohy and Elston Turner were named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. With the conference tournament title, the Rebels secured their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss finished the season with a 16-14 overall record.

"I'm very happy for the players and everyone associated with our 1980-81 basketball program," said Weltlich, who coached at Ole Miss from 1976-81. "Coach Rod Barnes and the Ole Miss athletic administration has decided to honor our team. It was a special group, and in my mind, really helped Ole Miss turn the corner in basketball. I'm looking forward very much to seeing all the former players, coaches and supporters of Ole Miss basketball and sharing stories and reflecting back on that magical time."


1980-81 Squad

Following the autograph session with both teams, the annual M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place at 2:00 p.m. (CT) on The Grove stage. Turner will be one of the five enshrinees along with Kent Austin, Paloma Collantes, George Kersh and David Peege.


2000-2001 Squad

The 2000-01 edition of Rebel basketball will tip off its season on Nov. 6 versus Spirit Express in exhibition action at Tad Smith Coliseum. Game time for the exhibition contest is 7:00 p.m. (CT). The regular-season opener for Ole Miss is scheduled for Nov. 18 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

 

 

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