Men’s basketball faces rapid turnaround against Siena Friday

ORLANDO, Fla. – Ole Miss faces a quick turnaround for the first semi-final of the ESPN Events Invitational, when the Rebels take on Siena on Friday morning. Tipoff is set to live at 10 a.m. CT on ESPN2.

With 5-0, the Rebels have their best start since the start of the 2013/14 season with 6-0. Tomorrow morning’s battle between Ole Miss and Siena will be the first-ever matchup between the two schools, with a trip to Sunday’s championship game on the line.

TEAM FACTS

Ole Miss Rebels (5-0, 0-0 SEC)

Head coach: Kermit Davis • 5th season at Ole Miss (69-61) • 538-324 career record (28th season)

Siena Saints (3-2, 0-0 MAAC)

Head Coach: Carmen Maciariello • 4th season with Siena (50-31) • 50-31 record (4th season)

IN THE AIR

Television/Online: ESPN2
Game by game: Rich Holenberg
Colour: Chris Spatola

OLE MISS RADIO

Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Game by game: Eli Savoie
Colour: Mark Dukes

CONTINUE

The Rebels won their first-round game against Stanford 72-68, after a stellar freshman career day Amari Abram (26 points), as well as two extra-strong performances by James Brakefield (17 points) and Jayveous McKinnis (15 points).

ABOUT THE ESPN EVENTS INVITATION
Ole Miss is ready to roll for three matches at The Most Magical Place on Earth during the 2022 ESPN Events Invitational, held Nov. 24-27 at the State Farm Field House in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The invitational features a total of 12 games over three days of action, with each team playing one game per day and progressing through the series. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on Sunday, November 27. All games will be broadcast on the ESPN networks, with the Sunday championship game scheduled for ESPN at 12:30 PM CT.

MEET THE FIELD

State of Florida • 1-5
Series History: Florida State leads 3-1
Head Coach: Leonard Hamilton (396-247, age 21)

Memphis • 2-2
Series history: Memphis leads, 28-15
Head Coach: Penny Hardaway (86-45, 5th year)

Nebraska • 3-2
Series History: Ole Miss leads 2-1
Head Coach: Fred Hoiberg (27-69, 4th year)

Oklahoma • 4-1
Series History: Draw, 2-2
Head Coach: Porter Moser (23-17, 2nd year)

Seton Room • 4-1
Series history: Seton Hall lead 1-0
Head Coach: Shaheen Holloway (4-1, 1st year)

Siena • 3-2
Series history: never met
Head Coach: Carmen Maciariello (50-31, 4th year)

Stanford • 2-3
Series history: Ole Miss leads 1-0
Head Coach: Jerod Haase (100-93, age 7)

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Game 1 • 11/24, 10 AM CT • ESPN2
Siena def. State of Florida, 80-63

Game 2 • 11/24, 12:30 CT • ESPNU
Ole Miss def. Stanford, 72-68

Game 3 • 24/11, 4 p.m. CT • ESPN
Oklahoma beats. Nebraska, 69-56

Game 4 • 11/24, 6:30 PM CT • ESPNews
Seton Hall def. Memphis, 70-69

Game 5 • 11/25, 10 AM CT • ESPN2
Siena to Ole Miss

Game 6 • 11/25, 12:30 CT • ESPNews
State of Florida vs. Stanford

Game 7 • 11/25, 4:30 PM CT • ESPNews
Nebraska vs. Memphis

Game 8 • 11/25, 7pm CT • ESPN2
Oklahoma vs. Seton Hall

Game 9 • 11/27, 10 AM CT • ESPNU
Game for 5th place

Game 10 • 11/27, 12:30 CT • ESPN
Championship game

Game 11 • 11/27, 4pm CT • ESPN2
3rd place game

Game 12 • 11/27, 6:30 PM CT • ESPNews
Game for 7th place

LAST TIMEOUT: vs. STANFORD (W, 72-68)
• Ole Miss was never behind, leading by 37:36
• Rebels fired 50 percent overall, 60.7 percent in second half
Amari Abram: 26 points, 12-18 FG, 2-2 3PT
• Most points by a freshman Rebel since Blake Hinson scored 26 at Mississippi State on January 12, 2019
• Abram’s 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining helped keep Cardinal at bay
James Brakefield: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 5-6 FG, 2-2 3PT
Jayveous McKinnis: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 7-10 FG


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