OXFORD – Tucked in a dark corner in Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Tuesday, Scott Weathersby, Sikes Orvis and Errol Robinson sat on a stage side by side.One by one, they echoed each other’s opinions on Ole Miss’ early exit from the Southeastern Conference Tournament.They certainly would have liked to make a deeper run, they all said. But a run would have likely accomplished little, they all added.“This wasn’t what we wanted,” Robinson said after Ole Miss’ 6-1, first-round loss to No.11 seed Alabama. “Now, we just have to get ready for the regional and make our run there.”Added Orvis: “It’s time to focus on the postseason, get ready for that now.”This isn’t cockiness. It’s simply fact.Ole Miss’ positioning in the NCAA Tournament wouldn’t have changed much if it won three games, one or none in the conference tournament. The Rebels are firmly planted in the field of 64, projected to be a No. 2 seed in the Fort Worth (TCU) regional, according to D1Baseball.com’s latest forecast.“We’ve done enough. If you look at our resume, it’s terrific,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “There’s not a bad spot on it.”Ole Miss owns a very pedestrian record at 30-26.To put that into perspective, Alabama is 31-26, and likely needs to win the conference tournament to earn a regional bid.What Ole Miss does have, however, is the nation’s toughest schedule. Its resulted in the Rebels being ranked No. 27 in the latest RPI. They were No. 24 before losing to Alabama.Bookending Ole Miss in the RPI at Nos. 26 and 28, respectively, are Rice and Iowa. Rice owns a 35-18 record. Iowa is 38-14. For the Rebels, the number of wins isn’t important. It’s about quality wins. And they certainly have plenty. Ole Miss has beaten the likes of LSU, Florida, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Texas A&M – all teams still in the picture to be national seeds.“We made it through the gauntlet,” Bianco said.Ole Miss also did its legwork before entering the conference tournament, winning six of its last seven games (including one against the No. 8 Aggies).“(Getting eliminated) early never leaves a good taste in your mouth,” Bianco said. “There’s a lot of bad things about getting bumped in the first game – all the obvious reasons.”But for the Rebels, there’s also plenty of positives.So much so that there’s definitely an argument to be made that being eliminated early was best for Ole Miss.It starts with rest.Ole Miss lacks pitching depth behind Friday and Saturday guys Christian Trent and Brady Bramlett. With Scott Weathersby being moved from the bullpen to the third starting role, steady relief arms are also limited.“We’ll take a day, at least, maybe a couple (off),” Bianco said. “Some guys didn’t get to pitch. Sometimes that can be a good thing… in the sense that they didn’t have to get extended.”Contact Riley Blevins at [email protected] Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.