Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy isn't concerned about the Rebels' lack of experience on college basketball's biggest stage.

This is Mississippi's first trip to the NCAAs since 2002. Meanwhile, this will be UW's 28th NCAA tournament game in Ryan's 12 seasons, with back-to-back trips to the Sweet 16.

Kennedy, who has been to the NCAA tournament five times as an assistant coach but never as a head coach, believes the Rebels' success on a neutral court in the Southeastern Conference tournament — Ole Miss won the title with a victory over Florida — counts as big-game experience.

"I hope we can carry that moving forward and understand that it's just basketball," Kennedy said. "What we've got to do is we've got to do the things that have allowed us to be here. Having won 26 games throughout the course of the regular season, we have to play the basketball that has allowed us to be here."

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