Mississippi State and Ole Miss need look no further than last year's Southeastern Conference tournament champion for inspiration as the postseason begins Thursday.
After all, if Georgia could go from worst to first and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the league title, why can't the Bulldogs or Rebels?
The Rebels (16-14, 7-9), who are the fifth seed in the SEC West, open the tournament Thursday against SEC East fourth seed Kentucky (19-12, 8-8), a team they beat 85-80 earlier this season in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates.
Mississippi State (19-12, 9-7), the third seed in the SEC West, opens against Georgia (12-19, 3-13).
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