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After Dismantling Gonzaga in NCAA First Round, Ole Miss is Confident Ahead of Matchup Vs. Stanford โ€“ Hoopfeed.com

After Dismantling Gonzaga in NCAA First Round, Ole Miss is Confident Ahead of Matchup Vs. Stanford โ€“ Hoopfeed.com

March 17, 2023 (Stanford, CA) โ€“ Ole Miss vs. Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Photos: ยฉ Baranduin Briggs, all rights reserved.

No. 8 Ole Miss Rebels (24-8, 11-5 SEC) vs. No. 1 Stanford (29-5, 15-3 PAC-12)

  • 6:30 p.m. PT,ย Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA
  • TV: ESPN (Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod)
  • Audio: Ole Miss || Stanford

After dominating Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Ole Miss Rebels are primed for what should be an exciting contest against No. 1-seeded Stanford. The defense of the Rebels helped them shut down the Zags, who led the nation in made three-point shots this season. Gonzaga shot a paltry 1-of-17 from beyond the arc.

In addition, three Ole Miss players scored in double figures, as they also held Gonzaga to under 50 points with a final score of 71-48. With the first-round victory under the belt, Ole Miss turns their attention to the No. 5 team in the country as they advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.

A Mutual Admiration Society

Since the start of the tournament, the head coaches of Ole Miss and Stanford have expressed admiration for each other even as they prepare for a battle.

As a young, dynamic coach, Ole Missโ€™ Yolett McPhee-McCuin discussed how she relishes the moment facing Tara VanDerveer but also focuses on the task at hand.

โ€œItโ€™s incredible,โ€ she said about the opportunity to face Stanfordโ€™s Hall of Fame coach. โ€œI grew up being a student of the game, so obviously, Tara is someone that I have admired. Iโ€™ve had time to meet with her a couple of times. But I think this is the first time she like knows who I am,โ€ she laughed.

Given the positive comments VanDerveer made about McPhee-McCuin, itโ€™s clear she knows exactly who the Ole Miss coach is and admires her as well.

โ€œWell, I saw Coach Yo as she was coming on the court, and sheโ€™s done a fabulous job,โ€ VanDerveer commented about seeing her opponent for the first time this week.

She compared her trajectory in bringing Stanford to national prominence to that of the Rebels coach.

โ€œ[A] little bit, I think, similar to me coming to Stanford, she took over a program that was โ€” and like Dawn Staley โ€“ taken a program from the outhouse to the penthouse. Dawn is definitely in the penthouse. Coach Yo is looking to do the same thing.โ€

However, some factors were not in play in womenโ€™s basketball when VanDerveer arrived at Stanford 37 seasons ago.

โ€œI think things are…

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