After losing four out of five games previously, Ole Miss had to rally from a 17-point deficit against BYU. They must have had a little of that St. Patty’s Day luck hangover left in that come from behind win. Unfortunately, that means nothing to the NCAA Tournament as Xavier rolled them over, 76-57.
Ole Miss looked to come out strong and opened the game with a few points but all it took was for Xavier to show up. They took the lead early and never looked back. At every point that Ole Miss tried to make a comeback and pull the lead their way, Xavier put a stop to it and eventually put their foot on the pedal.
Center and star player Matt Stainbrook took his big game and big body to the Rebels for 20 points, 5 assists, and 9 rebounds. He was always waiting to be fed and once given the ball, could score on almost any shot. (8-10 field goals, 4-4 free throws)
Strange, Yet True
Ole Miss put up a lot of shots … but out of 73, only five were free throws with three made. Xavier made 10 3-pointers. That’s what happens when desperation sets in.
The Xavier Musketeers will meet Georgia State in the 3rd round while Ole Miss caps their season off at 21-13. They at least put on a spectacle in the tournament before being shown the door.