World renowned movie actor Morgan Freeman, a Charleston, Miss. native, has been adamant about his fandom for Ole Miss men’s basketball. He’s been attending games at the SJB Pavilion for a couple of years and his latest appearance came earlier this week, when he witnessed Ole Miss’ four-point victory over their in-state arch rival.
Freeman also helped make history that night in the Pavilion, watching the game with over 10,000 fans which set a new program record in attendance.
However, that record-setting crowd of 10,630 fans may be broken again this weekend…with the expectation that Freeman will be in attendance once again.
Later today Ole Miss will be taking on No. 16 Auburn. The last time these two squared off, Auburn defended home court well as they handedly took down Ole Miss, 82-59. Now that the Rebels have established one of the best home courts in college basketball, they could knock off anyone if they’re in the game late.
Freeman has probably been wondering if he’d ever see the Pavilion like how it was Tuesday night and how it’s expected to be Saturday night.
On another note, his Ole Miss fandom may be getting even bigger. Freeman was spotted wearing a sweater that read “#ComeToTheSip” right across his body. That’s a slogan Ole Miss football head coach Lane Kiffin brought to Oxford and now the term has taken the University’s athletic world by storm in recent years. Kiffin acknowledged Freeman wearing the hoodie and would certainly give it a nod of approval.
We don’t know for certain that Freeman will once again be in attendance for Saturday’s big game against Auburn, but we would be surprised if he didn’t based on the electric atmosphere that was earlier this week.
There’s no denying it, Ole Miss basketball is in the middle of some quite interesting times and in a really unique way. What other school has the most popular and viral floor manager in the country (one of the top stories in college basketball), Morgan Freeman attending multiple games in a season and is as successful as Ole Miss is now? None. Don’t forget this team is also undefeated at home this season (13-0).
The Rebels 18-3 (5-3 SEC) speaks for itself and another big conference win against a ranked team on Saturday might blow the roof off the building.
Tipoff for Saturday’s game with Auburn is set for 5 p.m. CT and can be seen on SEC Network or listened to on the Ole Miss Radio Network. The Rebels enter Saturday as 3.5-point underdogs. Inside the Rebels will once again be on site to provide updates, quotes, notes, facts, observations and more. Not a board member yet? Join thousands of passionate Ole Miss fans here!
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