Mississippi's Nick Williams knows what it's like to just miss the NCAA tournament.
That's why the fifth-year senior isn't too giddy about the Rebels' current seven-game winning streak, including a 4-0 start in Southeastern Conference play and a national ranking for the first time since 2010.
''We don't want to just be 4-0,'' Williams said after Saturday's win over Arkansas. ''We want to keep it going.''
The cautious approach is probably warranted.
The Rebels have been in the NCAA tournament hunt many times over the past several years, only to falter down the stretch during late January and February. The program has won at least 20 games in five of the past six seasons, but has no NCAA tournament appearances during that span, settling for the National Invitation Tournament in all five of those seasons.
Ole Miss hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2002, the longest drought in the SEC.
But there's little doubt seventh-year coach Andy Kennedy has his most talented team, and c...