Rebels have some key games upcoming

With most of their home non-conference games behind them, the Ole Miss men's basketball team won't be "home" again in Oxford until after Christmas – Jan. 2 vs. Alabama A&M to be exact.

The Rebels have sold more than 4,000 season tickets this year, up from the past few seasons. Now the Ole Miss athletics ticket office is offering a limited number of ticket mini-packages to watch the Rebels take on their Southeastern Conference rivals.

The special ticket plan includes all eight SEC men's home games for $120, and the reserved seat will be the same for every game. The conference slate begins on Jan. 12 with LSU and also includes Florida (Jan. 16), Vanderbilt (Jan. 30), South Carolina (Feb. 2), Auburn (Feb. 16), Mississippi State (Feb. 20), Alabama (Mar. 1) and Arkansas (Mar. 4).

To order the package or individual game tickets, visit the online ticket office or call 662-915-7167 or 1-888-732-8587.

The Rebels have larger crowds for SEC games, as all league members do. Now fans can be assured a seat in waiting and not have to walk up to the ticket window and buy them on game day or worry about purchasing them by phone and picking them up at will call.

The two off-campus home games for Ole Miss in Jackson and Southaven are not selling as well as they should be. The Rebels host Winthrop on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. With baseball the highest profile Rebel sport to play in Jackson in recent years now that football no longer plays games there, you'd think fans would be all over this one.

The Rebels are coming to town, and yet it hasn't hit too many radar screens in the capital city, it seems.

The Southaven game on Friday, Dec. 28, has a title sponsor. TeleSouth is involved in the three-game deal with Southern Mississippi, and the first contest is slated for Southaven. The Rebels and Golden Eagles will play next season in Jackson, and the final game the following year will be in Biloxi.

Ole Miss basketball is moving up. The team is moving about the state trying to create a larger statewide fanbase. Recruiting the highest-profile, quality basketball players in Mississippi has not been Ole Miss' forte' for years.

These type games can do nothing but help – unless only a few show up to watch them. Then all the goodwill and positive pub does a 180.

It's just a week until the Mississippi Coliseum doors open for Ole Miss hoops. I'm a little concerned there will be a lot more empty seats than filled ones when a good Winthrop program tries to do what it did last year against Mississippi State in Starkville – come in and win a big game in the Magnolia State. Final score from Humphrey Coliseum was Winthrop 74, MSU 63.

The Rebels will have their hands full against a program that knows how to win.

This Ole Miss team needs for home games in the state to be just that – home games. Fans have to help make sure of it.

Sounds like Orlando Rebels are excited about the team coming down this weekend. The Central Florida Ole Miss faithful will be gathering on Saturday at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, 12103 Collegiate Way, Orlando, at 5 p.m. (Eastern) prior to the Ole Miss-Central Florida game that tips off at 7 p.m. Collegiate Way is one block off Alafaya Trail and is just off of University Blvd. For more info, call 407-282-2055.

They're calling it a modified "Grove South" gathering to get some Ole Miss fans fired up to root for the Rebels against the Golden Knights.

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