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With two more chances left to find a sixth win and clinch bowl eligibility, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze took some time in his weekly Monday press conference to talk about just how much it has taken for the Ole Miss program to get to this point at 5-5 with LSU and Mississippi State left to go.

 
Some perspective is required when thinking about where the 2012 Ole Miss team realistically is in the aftermath of Saturday’s 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt that clinched bowl eligibility for the Commodores and put the Rebels’ bowl hopes on hold for at least another week. 

 
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team will look to remain undefeated tonight, as they host the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a midweek nonconference matchup.    

 
The situation Saturday night was all too familiar for Ole Miss. Having the lead with just over two minutes left in the game, a defensive stop would have propelled the Rebels to six wins and bowl eligibility. Instead, they were handed another heartbreaking. This time by the Vanderbilt Commodores, who became bowl eligible themselves with the win.

 
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team got the season started the right way with a 93-57 win over Mississippi Valley State Friday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. 

 
Just before their season opener Friday, Ole Miss announced they self-imposed a one-year postseason ban on the women’s basketball program, but the Lady Rebels (1-0) put that behind them on their way to a 95-85 win over Southeastern Louisiana. 

 
FRIDAY: TENNESSEE 3, OLE MISS 0
 
In dominating fashion, the Tennessee Lady Vols defeated the Ole Miss Lady Rebels in straight sets (25-15, 25-18, 25-19).

 
Up 26-20 and in position to clinch bowl eligibility for the first time since 2009 after another field goal from Bryson Rose, Ole Miss’ defense couldn’t stop Vanderbilt from driving nine plays for 72 yards in 1:51. The Commodores topped it off with a Jordan Rodgers 26-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Chris Boyd to tie the game at 26-26.

 
The Ole Miss Rebels (5-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) will look to become bowl eligible this weekend when they take on the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores (5-4, 3-3 SEC) Saturday at 6 p.m. in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU. 

 
In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp gives his keys to this week’s matchup.

 
Coming off a win in its lone exhibition contest of the season on Monday, the Ole Miss men’s basketball team will begin the regular season tonight against Mississippi Valley State in Tad Smith Coliseum.

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In this week’s edition of Four Downs, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Bennett Hipp and Matt Sigler, sports editor David Collier and managing editor Austin Miller answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup.

 
After an offseason that seemed like it would never end, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team finally gets to start its season tonight as it takes on Southeastern Louisiana in Tad Smith Coliseum.

 
Over the last two games against Arkansas and Georgia, Ole Miss has found itself unable to move the football on the ground. 
 
The rushing attack was a key factor in the Rebels’ early season offensive success, as the team topped 150 yards rushing in six of their first seven games. However, over the last two weeks, the Rebels have combined for just 123 yards on 66 carries, averaging out to just 1.86 yards per carry. 

 
While the Ole Miss men’s basketball squad will look different with seven newcomers, that’s not the only change that will be seen around the Tad Smith Coliseum, as the student section debuts Friday as “Club Red.” 

 
On Oct. 24, athletics director Ross Bjork named Brett Frank as the acting head coach of the Ole Miss Lady Rebel basketball program for the 2012-13 season. Just a day later, Frank was with Andy Kennedy in Hoover, Ala., at SEC media days.

 
In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian’s sports editor David Collier ranks the 14 Southeastern Conference teams. Opponents, game times and television networks are also included for each team.

 
The Ole Miss Lady Rebels (10-13, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) have dropped three games in a row heading into two home matches against Tennessee (17-6, 10-4 SEC) and Florida (19-4, 13-1 SEC) this weekend. 
 
“It doesn’t get any easier for us,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “We have the No. 16-ranked Gators coming in on Sunday. We open up with Tennessee on Friday night, who just beat Florida to keep them from going undefeated.”
 

 
Ole Miss will have another tough task this Saturday when they face a much-improved Vanderbilt defense. The Commodores (5-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) enter the game ranked fifth in the conference in scoring defense (20.7 ppg.), seventh in total defense (351.5 ypg), 12th in rushing defense (197.8 ypg), and first in pass defense (153.7 ypg.)

 
It’s been a wild and crazy ride for Ole Miss senior forward Murphy Holloway the past few years. He has ventured between South Carolina and Mississippi multiple times, but now, his focus is all on one thing: getting the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament.

 
Back in October at Ole Miss basketball Media Day, head coach Andy Kennedy said this year’s squad may be the most experienced team he’s coached in Oxford. The Rebels are led by three seniors in forward Murphy Holloway, forward Reginald Buckner and guard Nick Williams.
 

 
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is ready to turn the page coming off a 37-10 loss to Georgia in Athens this past Saturday. He knows the Rebels have another opportunity to clinch a bowl berth with a win against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday. 

 
It wasn’t the prettiest display of basketball, but Ole Miss got a sloppy victory Monday night as they beat the Montevallo Falcons 77-62.

 
In his career at Ole Miss, senior forward Reginald Buckner has been a defensive force and rebounding machine, but offensively, Buckner has struggled to be consistent.