Ole Miss basketball players kneel during national anthem before Georgia game

Six Ole Miss basketball players take a knee during the national anthem before an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Oxford Miss. Saturday Feb. 23 2019

Mississippi basketball players kneel during national anthem as Confederate groups rally in Oxford

Eight Ole Miss basketball players dropped to a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the Rebels' game against Georgia in Oxford, Mississippi on Saturday.

At least six basketball players from the University of MS kneeled during the national anthem before a game against the University of Georgia on Saturday.

We haven't seen much kneeling during the National Anthem ever since the NFL season came to an end.

The two Confederate groups, Confederate 901 and Hiwaymen, announced the "Mississippi Stands Rally" in January calling it "the line in the sand" over the university's decisions to distance itself from its Confederate past.

Great Twitter coverage of everything, including the protest, by Nick Suss of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The group plans to meet Saturday on campus to protest actions by the University of MS that they claim are disrespecting traditions and heritage.

"We're just exhausted of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school", Tyree added.

In the postgame press conference, head coach Hermit Davis said he wasn't aware of what his players had planned, but he supported their stance against the hate that was marching through Ole Miss. "Our players stood up for that", Bjork said.

"They're human. They're students", Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said, according to Rivals.

Ole Miss knew about the protest, but still made a decision to go through with Saturday's game.

Tyree did not specify which player began the protest.

"We talked to them about that in the locker room". On Saturday, the protesters, many waving Confederate flags, gathered around the Confederate statue in front of the Lafayette County Courthouse on the famous Oxford Square. It had nothing to do with anything beyond, 'You know what, we don't want those people here. The university doesn't want them.

From here on out, any win is a big win for Ole Miss men's basketball-and none is bigger, at least at this point, than the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia Saturday afternoon.

Georgia opened the second half on a 14-2 run, taking a 43-51 lead on Jordan Harris' layup. They're out of state. I understand why he made an exception yesterday, but hope his team will make good on that promise once the "Confederates" leave.

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