March 6, 2014
Game 32: Ole Miss (12-19) vs Auburn (16-13)
Date: March 6, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Location: Duluth, Ga. (Gwinnett Arena)
Series: Auburn leads, 31-24
Streak: Ole Miss has won 1
Radio: Q93.7/Sirius 93/XM199
TV: Sports South
RebelVision: Audio Only
SEC Tournament Bracket
1. Ole Miss opened the 2014 SEC Tournament with a bang recording a 63-62 win over No. 11 seed Arkansas on Wednesday. The win gave the Rebels their first win in the SEC Tournament since the 2010 tournament and gave Ole Miss back-to-back wins after a win over Auburn in the regular-season finale.
2. Tia Faleru was back in the starting lineup after sitting out the regular-season finale against Auburn. She recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead Ole Miss. Faleru has now recorded 23 games in double figures and has scored in double digits in each of the last five games and 10 of the last 11.
3. With her seven assists against Arkansas, McFarland now has 195 assists on the season. She is 17 assists away from tying the single-season record at 212. Her 195 assists ties her for fourth currently. McFarland is averaging 6.3 assists per game and has led the team in each of her four years.
4. Ole Miss will be taking on Auburn for the second time in four days after playing them in the regular-season finale on Sunday (March 2). The Rebels last played Auburn in the 2009 SEC Tournament with the Tigers taking a 71-65 win. The teams have met eight times in the SEC Tournament and Auburn leads the series, 5-3.
5. Valencia McFarland was named a finalist the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award. The award is given to the nation's top point guard. McFarland is one of 22 finalists and is the lone guard from the SEC on the list. Arkansas' Calli Berna, Tennessee's Ariel Massengale and Texas A&M's Jordan Jones joined McFarland on the watch list released on Jan.
Ole Miss vs. Auburn Notables
-This will be the second meeting between Ole Miss and Auburn this season and will be the first meeting in the SEC Tournament since 2009. Ole Miss took the regular-season meeting in overtime fashion with a 73-71 win in Oxford on Sunday (March 2).
-The teams have one non-conference opponent in common in Tulane. Ole Miss defeated the Green Wave, 89-66, In New Orleans on Nov. 30 and Auburn recorded a 62-52 win over Tulane on Dec. 3 in Auburn.
-The Rebels have two players hailing from the state of Alabama. Juniors Tia Faleru and Monique Jackson are Alabama natives. Faleru hails from Ozark, Ala., while Jackson is from Phenix City.
A Win Would
-Give Ole Miss its third consecutive win and advance the Rebels to quarterfinal action in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 1993. It would also give the Rebels two victories over Auburn in the last four days.
A Loss Would
-End the 2013-14 season for Ole Miss giving them a 12-20, 2-14 SEC record under first year head coach Matt Insell. It would also conclude the careers of Ole Miss seniors Valencia McFarland, Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore.
Auburn enters the SEC Tournament with a 16-13 record after falling to Ole Miss in the regular-season finale on Sunday (March 2). The Tigers, the No. 6 seed, are led by Tyrese Tanner who is averaging 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Brandy Montgomery is also in double figures with 11.6 points, while Tra'Cee Tanner and Hasina Muhammad are contributing 10.4 and 10.0, points respectively. The Tigers enter the SEC Tournament having lost three of their last five games. Auburn is averaging 65.6 points and 39.5 rebounds.
About Ole Miss
The Rebels enter the second round of the SEC Tournament on a two-game win streak after defeating Arkansas, 63-62, in opening round action on Wednesday. The win gave Ole Miss its first win in the SEC Tournament since 2010, also a one-point win, 64-63, over South Carolina. Tia Faleru and Valencia McFarland lead the way with 16.8 points per game each. Diara Moore is also In double-figures with 10.5 points per game. Faleru is leading the rebounding efforts with 97 rebounds per game and is the only SEC player to rank in the top five in the SEC. Ole Miss is averaging 72.7points and 40.7 rebounds.
Should Ole Miss advance to the quarterfinals, they will take on the No. 3 seed, Texas A&M on Thursday at 8: 30 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on Sports South. The tournament runs through March 9 with the finals airing on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.