Ole Miss, Miss. State secure spots in NIT

Ole Miss, Miss. State secure spots in NIT
Mississippi's Romello White (0), KJ Buffen (5) and Matthew Murrell (11) celebrate in the final seconds of a win over South Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Source: Mark Humphrey)

FRISCO, Texas (WLBT) - Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State’s men’s basketball teams will play postseason ball in the National Invitational Tournament.

Each squad missed out on the 68-team championship tourney but will vie for another accolade this March.

Ole Miss received a number 1 seed in the tournament, narrowly missing the NCAA Tournament as one of four replacement teams should a school need to drop out for COVID-related reasons.

Kermit Davis’ Rebels finished the season 10-8 in conference play and will take on Louisiana Tech in the first round March 19.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs enter the tournament as a 4 seed and will take on St. Louis March 20.

Ben Howland’s group finished 8-10 in conference play with a strong enough resume to land in the NIT.

Should each team win their first two games, a rematch could loom in the NIT. The Rebels and Bulldogs split their two games this season, with each taking a win on the road.

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