Statement From Ole Miss Coach Rod Barnes

First, I feel sorry for the kids at Georgia. The kids have worked so hard and played well enough to go to the NCAA Tournament, and then they don't get that opportunity now. I especially feel for Ezra Williams, who is a senior this year ...

As far as the change (in the bracket) for us, we're just looking at the tournament as an opportunity for us. That¹s all we need to be concerned about. Both teams (Tennessee and South Carolina) beat us earlier this year, so basically, we need to be prepared to play.

(On his focus being on Ole Miss, not the opponent)
We haven¹t played well enough over the past six weeks to be concerned about our opponent more than about ourselves. Our kids seem to have some confidence now and are excited about playing in the tournament. We need to work on what we do best, and hopefully that will be good enough.

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