Bracket Projection: Ole Miss

Marshall Henderson's energy helped push Ole Miss into the NCAA tournament. Spruce Derden/USA TODAY Sports

The Ole Miss Rebels started strong, sputtered midway through their SEC schedule and nearly blew their NCAA bid with two devastating road losses at South Carolina and Mississippi State. But the Rebels rallied, with victories over Alabama and LSU to close the regular season, and made it into the field of 68. Can that momentum carry into the NCAAs?

ESPN Insider has your answer, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

Marshall Henderson, meet Bo Ryan. Specifically, meet a Wisconsin defense that will force the ball out of his hands and squeeze the life out of Ole Miss. Credit the Rebels for winning the SEC tournament, but nothing Ole Miss has seen this year can prepare them properly for the Badgers. This will be another popular 5/12 upset pick, but it's not happening.


Best wins: at Tennessee, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama

Worst losses: at South Carolina, at Mississippi State