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neck after being crushed by the pile of other students in the bus. Sigma Nu President Will Andrews and philanthropy chairman Paul DeForest agreed that Robinson’s story stood out to them. “When we heard about Stevelyn’s story, we knew he would be our next recipient,” Andrews said. “When his parents arrived at the scene of the accident, he was more concerned about them helping his little sister than himself,” Andrews added. “This kind of unselfish attitude paired with unmatched perseverance, and the fact that he is our age, made us extremely excited to help.” The Sigma Nu Charity Bowl began 25 years ago after legendary Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins received a devastating football injury that left him

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The Oxford Parking Commission is holding off on recommending a contract bid on about 300 parking meters for the downtown area. The Oxford Eagle reports the commission will make recommendation to the city’s board of alderman, which has the final decision. City Planner Tim Akers said three bids came in with Bennett Construction having the lowest bid of $114,000 for basic services. The bids also came with alternative bids that included upgrades on technology and software for parking sensors that would allow parking officials to know if a vehicle has left a parking space or has been sitting there with its owner “feeding” the meters. The alternative would add about another $100,000 to the cost. Parking Commission member Kevin Frye said the sensors were necessary, particularly to help manage parking on home football game weekends. “We haven’t really talked about game-day weekends yet,” Frye said. “I thought our main goal was to manage parking. If we decide to limit the time people can be parked on the Square on those Saturdays, we would need this for enforcement.” Parking Manager Matt Davis said the city wants to start off simple and once the community is used to the new metered parking system, other technology can be added. Other questions were about the use of credit or debit cards and how fees on the use of those cards would be handed. Commissioner Jeff Triplette said he was not comfortable voting to recommend the bid to the



THOMAS GRANING | The Daily Mississippian

Braxton Lee safely steals home past Arkansas State catcher Stuart Levy to score the first run of Wednesday’s game. Ole Miss won 4-3. See page 12 for a full recap.

Fraternity charity event to benefit high school quadriplegic BY JESSI BALLARD


Stevelyn Robinson works with occupational therapist Julie Walker to improve his hand function at Quest, a Methodist Rehab outpatient program.


The Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity will award Stevelyn Robinson with funds raised by the 25th anniversary Sigma Nu Charity Bowl scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Robinson, an award-winning three-sport athlete at Montgomery High School in Winona, was paralyzed from the neck down after a school bus accident in December 2011. He caught the eye of the Ole Miss Sigma Nu chapter after it heard of his bravery and selflessness. The now-19-year-old helped shield his younger sister, Jazalyn, from harm when their school bus collided with a log truck. He broke four vertebrae in his

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In just a few weeks, I will finally reach my goal of becoming an attorney. There have been many long hours spent studying in libraries, lengthy discussions on somewhat abstract subjects and much more that will finally culminate when I walk across the stage in my cap and gown. As I reflect on my years in higher education and look forward toward the future, I have come to realize that I could have done a lot of things differently. Every major varies drastically in its workload. No matter what time of day or night T H E D A I LY

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you drove by the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, you could see students working on projects. When my friends in computer engineering starting talking about their homework, they might as well have been speaking in tongues to me. Marketing and advertising majors always had the latest computer graphic programs and social media applications. Business and finance majors could accomplish almost anything in Microsoft Excel. And then there are the political science, history, pre-law majors like me. We read a lot? While I gained a wealth of knowledge in my undergrad endeavors and later in law school, the actual day-to-day aspects of the working world are a bit frightening. I certainly don’t want to completely discredit my major. Thanks to most of my classes, there

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are hardly any classic books I haven’t read, political theories I can’t discuss or 20-page papers I can’t string together with some research. However, now that I am getting closer to starting a career, I realize that my classroom experience has lacked a certain practical component. I can honestly say my jobs, internships and even electives taken for the sole purpose of boosting my GPA have, on average, better prepared me for what lies ahead than a good portion of my core classes, especially for my undergrad degree. With a dismal job market, especially in the legal field, there is a great need for graduates to be fully prepared after they walk off the stage at graduation. By making a few slight changes, majors that are disconnected to the working world can better serve their

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graduates. Classes can incorporate more practical assignments in their homework. Majors can require a variety of electives to diversify graduates’ skill sets. Students could be required to have hours of work experience either as a part-time job or an internships. Students also need to be more proactive in their education, taking advantage of their advisers when signing up for classes and structuring their schedules. A diverse class schedule, work experience and practical knowledge all can contribute to a more well-rounded education and a more confident degree for the post-college future. Anna Rush is a law student from Hattiesburg. She graduated from Mississippi State in 2011.



Whitman, tramps, Katrina, pessimism BY NEAL MCMILLIN

In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman writes, “I tramp a perpetual journey.” I cherish that quote, for I love the reminder that each moment is new, each place special and each experience worth living. If I am on a journey, I am alert. I am alive. Yet when I encounter Earth Policy Institute President Lester Brown’s term “environmental refugees,” my worldview is destabilized like an iceberg falling from a glacier. One of Brown’s key points is that sea rise, already measurable, will displace millions in low-lying areas around the globe. He refers to these people as climate refugees. The desperate travels of environmental refugees define Whitman’s perpetual tramping in a hope-slaying way. Environmental refugees seem to be the indicator that it’s already too late. In his Plan B, Brown outlines a sweeping mobilization plan to save the earth out of both desperation and an attempt to be heard. I think the message that mankind’s already gone too far is closer to the truth. Therefore, I believe the poet’s words can help stabilize our perspective as millions of us are conscripted to live nomadic lives because of our planet’s environmental wreckage. For a Mississippian, Brown’s use of Hurricane Katrina as the origin example for climate refugees is moving. Though I have visited New Orleans several times post-Katrina and agree with the idea that New Orleans is “back,” more than 300,000 people have not re-

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turned. The 30 percent of the city’s dwellers swept away by the storm surge are my neighbors. Though Brown does not mention it, the city’s evacuation plan knew that a similar number of residents could not escape. So if you add the people who had no chance to leave plus the people who never came back (I realize there is cross-over), then you have almost half the population disenfranchised from the right to live through climate change — in a great American city. If Katrina is a case of justice overcoming hubris for the Cancer Alley corridor, then the wrong people suffered. The “haves” have the high ground. New Orleans’ revitalization does not help the remaining poor or the people of the Katrina diaspora. Sadly, we measure the damage in billions of dollars of damage, not in human suffering. To lose a billion, one needs to have a billion. Money’s value is not equal in a disaster. The loss of 20 $50,000 homes is different from $1 million in flood damage to warehouse stock. Though often poor, New Orleans residents are not at the same desperation level as millions of Yemenis, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Chinese or Indians. I shudder at the human toil from similar disasters in other countries. No wonder the news cycle doesn’t dwell on climate disasters for long anymore. The U.S. struggles with a few climate refugees; the world may dissolve in chaos when the hundred millions seek higher ground. Of course, Brown explains several other obstacles other

than sea rise which will sweep away homes. Water scarcity, air pollution and food insecurity — damn it, those terms are stripped of their teeth — thirst, poisons and starvation will force people away from their homes. A world with a million perpetually journeying climate tramps will be a world that has failed. The U.S. has little empathy for poor brown people. European idealism is withering. China and India have millions of people to lose. The oil-rich countries are arrogant. The poor countries are held in a downward cycle like a puppy being drowned. I don’t see the will to save. Brown’s Plan B is not going to happen, if I were making a cold-sighted bet. The world may soon resemble a depressing, dystopian sci-fi novel. Therefore, we need to prepare our minds for a world of perpetually traveling climate tramps. We need to be prepared to realize that the displaced are world citizens. If we want to continue ruining the earth, we have to admit that a closed-minded sense of nationalism will go out the window. We have to embrace the refugees or add the deaths and suffering of millions onto our conscience, already stained by our status as the number-one polluter. We have to expect and be reconciled to a world bullied by violence, military force, drones and bombs. As the stakes rise, we will see that even we, the privileged Americans, will be under such scrutiny because the stakes are simply too desperate to others. Widespread climate refugees — including

the American nomads — prevent the carefree, disassociated life. Everything we do will be altered, more expensive and tougher to accomplish. Mostly, we will all be tramps, though I expect a few will be greater, wealthier lords than any history has ever known. So embrace the dark manifestation of Whitman’s tramp.

The environmentally negligent, and ignorant, life that prevents progress will pass away. We’ll all be environmentalists. Our neighborhood’s refugees will remind us. Neal McMillin is a senior Southern studies major from Madison.

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The Mark Condominiums is soon getting a bus stop along the Green Route of the O.U.T network.


Residents of Oxford condominium development The Mark have long been in need of a bus stop on the O.U.T. network, with the nearest option to catch the bus being nearly half a mile away at The Connection. The Oxford-University Transit Commission approved a $2.5 million budget for 2014 authored by city planner Tim Akers to be submitted for approval by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Among the bus purchases and repairs allocated for in the new budget is an extension of the Green Route that services Old Taylor Road. The Green Route buses will run to city limits, extend-

ing current routes to include complexes such as The Mark and the soon-to-be-completed Faulkner Flats. While lack of service to a single complex may not scream for attention on the surface, most residents of The Mark are limited to traveling to campus by battling campus parking, biking or making the trek to The Connection. Most would agree the addition to the bus route cannot come soon enough. Junior nursing major Corey Simmons said the lack of viable transportation options led to his moving closer to campus so as to have access to the O.U.T. bus stop at University Trails. “It was the worst,” Simmons said. “I had to leave my apartment in the back of The Mark by 7 o’clock in

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the morning to make it to the bus stop at the Connection by 7:30 or I’d end up being late for my 8 o’clock class. It sounds like I’m just whining about having to walk, but it gets really cold at 7:15 in the morning, especially when there’s rain pouring down. The lack of a sidewalk didn’t help much either.” Sophomore integrated marketing communications major Shawn Buelow said he is considering access to O.U.T. bus routes as he looks into housing options for the fall. “I’ve got a couple friends that live out there (beyond bus routes),” Buelow said. “Their place is really nice, you don’t get a lot noise from neighbors or anything, but one thing I hear always complain about is how much of a pain it is to have to walk from The Con-

nection to their apartments.” While Buelow does own a car, he said that the hassles of parking on campus prevent him from seeing driving as a first choice. “Where I live now isn’t the worst place, but I’d really like to get closer to campus,” he said. “There are other places on Old Taylor to live, but they’re not all as quiet or have as much room as The Mark does.” In addition to the extension of the Green Route to the city limits, the Orange Route will now be running an hour later, servicing until 6:30 p.m., and the Yellow Route is extending its line to include West Oxford Loop.






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aldermen without more information. “I don’t run a business that way and I, for one, won’t vote on inaccurate information,” he said. “I have yet to see a viable operational budget for this system. We were told this would be significantly cheaper than what we have right now and I’m not seeing that.” Parking Commission Chairman Tom Sharpe said the system will probably cost the city close to the same $250,000 a year that it is currently paying to be contracted with Standard Parking to manage the parking downtown.

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a quadriplegic. Since its inception in 1990, the Bowl has become the largest Greek philanthropy in the country, according to Andrews and DeForest. Robinson was referred to Sigma Nu by Susan Christensen, director of public and media relations at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. During a 29-day stay at the center, Robinson began to show signs that his paralysis might not be permanent. Once thought to be an impossibility, Robinson can now walk almost 100 feet with a rolling walker, Christensen reported. Robinson currently uses a wheelchair to get around but hopes to eventually be able to walk again unassisted, according to Christensen. “Stevelyn’s work ethic and perseverance are truly inspirational,” DeForest said. “As always, we hope that the money can help improve our recipient’s quality of life.” Robinson, too, hopes that the money can be used to help his family and offset his lifelong medical costs. Tickets for the Sigma Nu Charity Bowl can be purchased at the gates of Vaught-Hemingway stadium for $10.


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Does Boosie really matter? BY JARED BOYD

Over the past five years, it has been impossible to surf through a Twitter timeline without coming across the popular hashtag “#FreeBoosie.” The hashtag was used as a device to unify those in observance of the plight of the recently liberated Baton Rouge rapper, Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch. Although the #FreeBoosie movement aimed to keep Hatch’s music prominent in the minds of longtime fans while recruiting new Boosie supporters during his stay in prison, upon his release many were still unconvinced that his massive following in the rap world is warranted. Boosie’s lyrics, much like his storied return to rap, are among the most exciting things happening in the music world. Among the popular rappers today, such as A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T and Drake, there is one common thread: They owe a bit of their success to “trill.” Similar to the #FreeBoosie trending topic that was used a vehicle to keep the conversation about Lil Boosie alive on the Internet, “trill” is a buzzword that has found a home on social media. The word, coined by UGK, a Southern rap duo comprised of Bun B and the late Pimp C, is used to refer to someone who is authentic to the lifestyle, often detailed within the group’s “country rap tunes.” These themes include old-school cars with wood interiors and expensive stereo systems, late-night block parties and conversations with neighborhood elders, infused with thick Southern

drawls, and enjoyed over 40-ounce bottles of Steel Reserve malt liquor. In 2000, when Pimp C sought to found a label with business partners in Louisiana under the name Trill Entertainment, he recruited Lil Boosie and his frequent collaborator, Webbie, to carry on the spirit of trill that he began with Bun B. In the context of 2014, trill as a concept has evolved. The phrase that began on the streets of Port Arthur, Texas, has grown into a statement of youth ambition and attitude around the world. It is plastered all over T-shirts and even found in the lyrics of “Real and True,” Miley Cyrus’ duet with Future. As the true heir to the throne of trill and its ideals, Boosie is poised to be more at home in the current rap climate than the one he left in 2009. When Boosie began his incarceration after being found guilty of drug charges, hip-hop music was far from the South-centric landscape it is today. Tha Carter III was brand-new, and Lil Wayne was still on fire from his stellar mixtape run. It was the same year that Gucci Mane laid his game-changing verse on Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed (Remix),” introducing the pop world to the new Southern underground. It was years before the influence of Lex Luger and Mike WiLL Made It on the composition of club music. Boosie’s arrest came directly after the release of smash singles “Out Here Grindin” with DJ Khaled, “Independent” with Webbie and “Better Believe it” with Young Jeezy. As the visibil-

ity of Lil Wayne, T.I., Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane began to skyrocket, Lil Boosie sat in a cell, unable to reach the world in the same way as the artists that were once his contemporaries. What sets Boosie apart from these artists is his ability to deliver thoughtful reflection and timely correspondence to world events in his music, there is no further evidence of his prolific content than songs like “Dirty World,” in which he delves into topics such as the Michael Vick trial, the Recession and the Jena 6 controversy. “People get they money and give it to other countries, when people in they same hood livin’ like junkies,” Boosie says on the aforementioned track before rapping a letter to former president George W. Bush through the airwaves. His voice always pierces through each song he raps on, making his words pierce deep, long after they are uttered. He’s an artist who can slice through the surface of any subject to expose the emotion behind it. It is easy to judge staples in his catalog at face value without truly understanding the sentiment behind them. Where a record like “Beat It Up” seems like a shallow ode to sex after tuning in just one time, further listens uncover a deeper slice-of-life approach to love and relationships. In just two verses, Boosie outlines several anecdotes involving run-ins with groupies, domestic disputes and custody battles. He finds by the end of the song that the physical expression of genuine love is the remedy to keeping a relationship together. Immediately after being set

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free, Boosie took to YouTube to perform a freestyle in the car entitled “The Ride Home,” in which he reminded fans of his melodic, high-pitched delivery. In a nod to the social media world that was responsible for maintaining interest in its artist, Atlantic Records held a press conference that streamed live on the Internet to clear the air regarding Boosie’s legal status and allow him to thank those who kept him in mind while he was away. Already thinking of how to adjust to the new music world he is stepping into, Boosie teased at one of the more than 1,000 songs he wrote in prison, included a collaboration with Justin Bieber.

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Calling all comedy buffs of Oxford: Tonight at the Powerhouse, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is hosting Laff Co., an award-winning Oxford-based improvisational comedy troupe. Given the nature of improv comedy, every single show the troupe performs is absolutely fresh. “I can’t really tell you what to expect since it is different every time you see it, but it is a great show,” said Stacey Sanford, outreach and education coordinator for the arts council. The group, directed by Bruce Butler, offers a unique comedy experience. “Our show is a mix of sketches, improvisational games and stand-up comedy,” Butler said. “We really try to make it immersive for our audience.” The show takes the audience on a ride led by some of the best comedic talent in Oxford. Members of the troupe include Butler, Dillon Courson, Carolyn Free, Brian Spurlock, Joseph Stinchcomb and Jayson Wirth. Spurlock, senior chemistry major at The University of Mississippi, said the show “starts with high-energy, audience-driven games, gets more cerebral towards the middle and ends with heavy audience participation. We really pride ourselves on getting the audience involved.”


Laff Co., pictured above, will perform their improvisational comedy set tonight at the Powerhouse in Oxford.

Spurlock, who is studying to be a medical researcher, will leave Laff Co. in May when he graduates. He said he believes the chemistry of the group is what makes

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perate. I don’t know. I guess it’s observational. I try hard to keep it fairly clean. I want it to be something that my parents could listen to.” Lyon’s has long wanted to work with Laff Co. because of his relationship with Butler, but with the constrictions of school, life and other auditions, this is the first time he’ll be able to join a performance. Laff Co., now in its 10th year, has received a fair share of accolades for its comedic talent. Last year, it was added to the Mississippi Arts Commission’s artist roster, a veritable “who’s

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Clockwise from top left: Arkansas State’s Dustin Jones tags out Austin Anderson on an attempted steal at second during Wednesday’s game. Cheyne Bickel releases a pitch. Austin Anderson loses control of the ball as Arkansas State’s Matt Burgess slides into third. Ole Miss won 4-3.


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Softball edges Louisiana Tech in first combined no-hitter in school history

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Carly Hummel releases a pitch during Wednesday’s game against Louisiana Tech. Hummel combined with Shelby Jo Fenter and Madi Osias to pitch a no-hitter in the 3-0 win.


The Ole Miss softball team defeated Louisiana Tech 3-0, and pitchers Carly Hummel, Shelby Jo Fenter and Madi Osias combined to throw the first combined no-hitter in team history last night. The Rebels improved to 1713, and the Lady Techsters dropped to 8-19 with their ninth consecutive loss. Senior Carly Hummel got the start for the Lady Rebels and threw four perfect innings, allowing no runs. Senior Shelby Jo Fenter took over in the top of the fifth, and she continued Hummel’s work. Sophomore Madi Osias continued the no-hitter for the rest of the game when

she took the mound in the seventh, but she gave up one walk. “You know they did a good job coming out,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said of the night’s pitchers. “Carly’s been our ace so far in the middle of the season. She’s thrown a lot of innings up, so going into the game I knew I wanted to limit her to those four innings. Shelby Jo is coming off an injury, so I knew I wanted to get her out there before we hit Arkansas, just to give her an inning or so.” All of the offensive production for the Rebels came in the bottom of the third. RT Cantillo blasted her first home run of the season. She is leading the team in batting average at


.500. Four batters later, Osias knocked a 2 RBI double down the left field line to make the score 3-0. “RT has been out for about 8 to 9 days or maybe closer to 10 even. She pulled a hamstring. To be honest I thought we were going to lose her for a month, so she rehabbed, and our strength training and our training staff did a really good job of getting her back.” Thees said. “She said, ‘Coach, I think I can go today,’ and I said, ‘You’ve got to be able to sprint,’ and then she hits a home run, and I was like, ‘Well I guess you don’t have to be able to sprint.’” The Rebels will take the field again to host Arkansas in a three game series beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m.


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didn’t hold long with the Red Wolves tying things up in the third on an RBI single from Lucas Feddersen. Arkansas State increased the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single from Kevin Fitzpatrick in the fourth and a run scored on a wild pitch in the fifth. The Rebels chipped away in the sixth, however, with an RBI single from senior Will Allen. Ole Miss then tied the game at three in the seventh when Dulin slapped an RBI single to right field, the hit that eventually set up the game-winning bunt from Lee. Junior Scott Weathersby stole the show on the mound in relief of freshman Cheyne Bickel, who relieved starting pitcher Jeremy Massie after 3.2 innings of work. Weathersby went 2.1 innings, gave up no hits, and struck out five of the seven batters he faced. “Terrific,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said of Weathersby’s performance. “Really proud of him. It came at the right time, where it looked like they wanted to play a lot more than we did tonight and that is disappointing. Really it was the shot in the arm we needed for Scott to come in there and take control of the game and get the momentum back in our dugout. It was a big time performance.” Ole Miss will resume action this Friday when they open a three-game series with Southeastern Conference foe Missouri.



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Nik Scholtz celebrates after defeating USC’s Yannick Hanfmann in a match Wednesday. Scholtz won 7-5 7-6 (5).

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Bracketology, Final Four predictions BY TYLER BISCHOFF

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Creighton’s Doug McDermott shoots over Providence’s Kadeem Batts during a game in the finals of the Big East Conference March 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With the NCAA basketball tournament beginning tonight, students can put the finishing touches on their brackets with the hopes of creating the perfect bracket and obtaining monetary success or bragging rights among their friends. Students employ many different strategies, ranging from experts’ analyses to emotional attachment to a favorite team. Here is my take on this year’s Final Four. In the East Region, I have the Big 12 Tournament champions, Iowa State. Offensively, Iowa State has altered its strategy in line with the trend among many NBA teams: They have eliminated long 2-point jumpers. Long twos have about the same degree of difficulty as threes, but they are worth one less point. According to, only 8.5 percent of Iowa State’s shots have been long twos. The Cyclones shot 52 percent on threes in the Big 12 tournament. If that continues they’ll be in the Final Four. For the toughest region, the Midwest, Wichita State will remain undefeated long enough to

reach the Final Four. Last year Louisville, the eventual champion, was the only team in the top 10 in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, per This year two teams achieved that statistic, Wichita State and Louisville. A key for the Shockers will be getting to the free-throw line. They attempt 25.8 free throws per game and make 73 percent of them. Out of the West, Arizona and its top-rated defense will reign victorious. The Wildcats are No. 1 in adjusted defensive efficiency. Arizona is fourth in the country in total rebounding percentage, led by Aaron Gordon’s 7.8 boards per game. That statistic will help put Arizona in the national title game. The team that will be cutting down the nets in Arlington will be the Florida Gators. The Florida defense is right up there with Arizona’s in efficiency, but Arizona is 118th in opponents’ turnover percentage, while the Gators are 19th. Florida traps all over the floor and picks up well in a full court press. The best way to beat this defense is to knock down threes. But even when teams get Florida out of its trap, the Gators’ defense can still lock offenses down one on one. The defense and Michael Frazier’s 46 percent 3-point shot should

give Florida the title. This year’s player to watch is Doug McDermott. McDermott is one of the most efficient offensive players in NCAA history. He ranks in the top 15 percent of efficiency in six different offensive play types, per Synergy Sports. He’s in the top 25 percent in two more. He’s phenomenal in the post, in cutting to the basket and in spotting up for three or rolling to the hoop after setting a ball screen. He’s a fun player to watch. If there are basketball gods, they will allow McDermott and Creighton to meet Florida in the national title game. Watching McDermott deal with Florida doubling him in the post or with chasing him around the 3-point line would be as good as college basketball gets.

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Diamond Rebs squeeze past Arkansas State BY MATT SIGLER

It was do or die for Ole Miss in the bottom of the seventh inning last night, and junior Braxton Lee did for the Rebels. Lee laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, which scored freshman Dalton Dulin and gave the Rebels the 4-3 win over Arkansas State. With the win Ole Miss improved to 18-4 on the year, while the Red Wolves dropped to 11-9. “It was awesome,” Lee said of getting the opportunity to lay down the bunt. “I thought coach was going to give (the bunt) to me before they switched pitchers, but then he said, ‘Let’s see what they have right here.’ Then they brought in the new (pitcher), and he said, ‘all right your choice,’ and I said ‘I mean, Coach, you’re the coach, you can choose’, and he said he was a betting guy. Then I said, ‘OK let’s suicide squeeze.’ He gave me the chance, and I did what I was supposed to do.” Ole Miss jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Lee stole home in the first inning, but it THOMAS GRANING | The Daily Mississippian


Jeremy Massie releases a pitch during Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Arkansas State.


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