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If recent history is any indication, Ole Miss and Georgia are likely to go down to the wire on Wednesday night.
Four of the last five meetings over the last three seasons have been decided by five points or less, with Georgia winning the last three meetings, including a 69-64 win on Jan. 20 in Athens.
In their first meeting, junior guard Stefan Moody, the reigning SEC Player of the Week, led all scorers with 26 points on 7-for-16 shooting and a 10-for-10 mark at the free-throw line, but Georgia held the rest of the team to single-digit scoring.
Since their first meeting, the Rebels have won eight of nine, including a six-game winning streak, and head coach Andy Kennedy hopes to see a different, evolved version of his team in their second meeting.
"In preparation for the game, I watched it, and it wasn't easy to watch because we made a lot of miscues," Kennedy said. "I hope we have evolved since that game."
"I feel like we're a different team as far as the way we handle things and how we just go at it coming down the stretch," Moody said. "I guess we're a much better closing team, I would say."
Georgia, on the other hand, has gone 5-4, with a road win at Texas A&M, an NCAA Tournament bubble team, as well as a pair of losses to South Carolina and a home loss to Auburn, both of which are tied for 12th place in the Southeastern Conference standings.
All five Georgia probable starters average in double figures, a veteran group that includes two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore. In league games, the Bulldogs rank second in the SEC in defensive rebounding percentage (.719) and third in rebounding margin (+4.1/game).
"Georgia is the same Georgia in that they really don't have any weaknesses," Kennedy said. "They're a solid team. (Georgia coach) Mark (Fox), unfortunately, has had to deal with some injuries. They've had a number of guys who have had concussions and guys have missed a game here and missed a game there.
"They had one really bad week where they dropped a couple of home games and in this league, and we certainly have experienced it, if you don't play well you're going to get beat. But they're a very good team who has had our number. We have to make sure we play well Wednesday to give ourselves a chance."
For Ole Miss, Moody, the league's fifth-leading scorer (16.4 ppg), has averaged 20.3 points over his last seven games, including 25.5 ppg in leading the Rebels to wins at Mississippi State and against Tennessee this past week. He went 15-for-30 from the field, including 14-for-23 from 3-point range.
Senior guard Jarvis Summers also finished in double figures for the second time in seven games, scoring 13 points and dishing out eight assists in the win over Tennessee. The other member of the "Big Three," senior guard LaDarius White, has been held to single-digit scoring in each of the last three games since scoring a combined 36 points in road wins at Auburn and Florida.
"I think it's all confidence, honestly," Kennedy said. "He needs to see the ball go in a little bit. I thought it was very promising to see Jarvis back and playing with the pop that I like to see. He still missed some shots, but I thought he was more assertive offensively, and we need Snoop doing that as well. I think shots come, shots go, but I just want him playing in the offense. He looks a little tentative to me and the reason being he's not making shots."
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The defensive backs, including former Ole Miss players Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt, participated in on-field workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis. Looking ahead, Ole Miss will hold its annual pro day on March 5 (closed to the public), and the 2015 NFL Draft will be held from April 30-May 2.
Golson and Prewitt went through measurements, medicals and interviews, as well as the bench press portion of workouts Sunday, before going through on-field workouts Monday. Golson showed out and improved his draft stock in the on-field workouts, drawing praise for his ball skills and other tools from NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock, among others.
"This guy is so fun to watch," said Mayock on NFL Network's coverage of the combine. "Baseball player. He was drafted in the eighth round by Boston. He's a small corner who had 10 picks. He tracks a ball in the air like the center fielder he was. He's 5-foot-8 and 1/2 inches, 176 (pounds), short arms, but he tracks the ball as well as any corner I have seen in the last five years."
Golson ran an official 4.46 40-yard dash, tied for 10th among all defensive backs, and posted a 6.81 time in the three-cone drill, tied for ninth among all defensive backs. He also showed off his ball skills in the gauntlet drill, reportedly recording no drops in two attempts in the drill. His NFL.com draft profile compares him to Brent Grimes of the Miami Dolphins.
"He's a kid I really like," Mayock said. "He ran a 4.5. He might be short at 5-foot-8 and 1/2. I keep talking about his baseball skills and how they translate to tracking the ball. He had 10 interceptions this year. A lot of teams are going to knock him his size. He's a quick-footed corner with tremendous ball skills. When has vision on the quarterback, the ball is his."
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Prewitt ran an official 4.60 40-yard dash, and he was rated a top performer in the broad jump and 60-yard shuttle workouts. His 125-inch mark in the broad jump was tied for third among safeties and tied for 10th among all defensive backs. His 11.44 time in the 60-yard shuttle was fourth among safeties and 12th among all defensive backs.
Prewitt was also among a list of 12 players who impressed in combine interviews. His NFL.com draft profile compares him to Phillip Thomas of the Washington Redskins.
"This is a hard evaluation," Mayock said. "He looks really good. He's 6-foot-2, 208 (pounds). He played a lot of good football, 41 starts in the SEC. He had 12 career interceptions and over 200 career tackles. All the numbers and production are there. Evaluating him on tape, I don't think he tackles as well as he should given his height, weight and speed."
In his latest top 10 ranking of prospects at every position, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Prewitt as his No. 6 safety on the board. Prewitt was also among the players who just missed the first-round cut in the latest NFL Draft Big Board from NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang.
In the latest prospect rankings from CBS Sports, Prewitt is the No. 1 free safety and No. 61 overall prospect, a projected second-round pick, while Golson is the No. 13 cornerback and No. 104 overall prospect, a projected third-round or fourth-round pick.
Here are the complete NFL Scouting Combine results for Golson and Prewitt:
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review
Feb. 17-23, 2015
- Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with a 71-65 win at Mississippi State and a 59-57 victory over Tennessee. The Rebels improved to 10-4 in the league and have won eight of their last nine conference games for the first time since 1937-38.
- Ole Miss has won 35 game against SEC foes over the last three years, which trails only Florida and Kentucky in the league.
- Junior guard Stefan Moody scored a career-high 29 points, including a career-best 8 3-pointers in the Rebels win at MSU which is tied for the second most 3s in a single game in school history.
- It was Ole Miss' first win in Starkville since 2009 and gave the Rebels their first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1998. Moody helped the Rebels overcome a 10-point deficit with three 3-pointers in 82 seconds in the second half.
- The Rebels have also won a school record four-straight SEC road and have seven road wins this season, which is the most since 1937-38.
- Ole Miss knocked off the Volunteers at Tad Smith Coliseum Saturday night behind 22 points, six steals and four boards from Moody. Moody scored eight of his 22 over a 4:16 stretch, during which Ole Miss went on a 16-3 run to take a 52-47 lead with 8:05 left.
- Ole Miss snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 51-46 road win over Auburn in its lone game last week. The win moved the Rebels to 15-11, 5-8 SEC and guaranteed Ole Miss of its first winning regular-season record since 2009-10 and the possibility of a postseason berth -- also its first since 2009-10.
- Ole Miss also picked up its second SEC road win at Auburn -- the most SEC road wins since Ole Miss had two in 2009-10 and the most in the Insell era.
- Tia Faleru topped 800 career rebounds with 13 rebounds against Auburn, she joins a club of seven Ole Miss players who have 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 150 steals and with five most assists Faleru will become one of four players in program history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 150 steals and 100 assists.
- Faleru also posted her second consecutive double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds, giving her 31 career rebounds and 11 rebounds this season moving her into the top five at Ole Miss with 30+ career double-doubles.
- Freshman A'Queen Hayes is averaging 12.5 points over the last two games, including a career-high 16 points against Mizzou. Hayes is averaging 8.0 ppg against SEC foes and is Ole Miss' top freshman scorer at 7.2 ppg.
- The Rebels claimed another weekend series by taking two out of three from Wright State this past weekend.
- In the 10-3 victory on Friday night, Ole Miss starter Christian Trent pitched effectively, lasting six innings and giving up one run on five hits. With the help of nine strikeouts, Trent improved to 2-0 on the season and 11-0 for his career.
- Sikes Orvis smacked his 19th career home run in Friday night's victory, while also tallying a season-high four RBI. Orvis added his first two doubles of the season in game one on Sunday.
- Brady Bramlett surrendered just one hit and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts over six innings. He became the first Rebel to reach double digits in strikeouts in one game since Bobby Wahl accomplished the feat in 2012. Bramlett now leads the SEC with 19 strikeouts and has only walked one batter over 12 innings.
- In game two, Wyatt Short pitched 3.1 innings of relief without allowing a run to pick up the victory. Short was able to get the Rebels out of two bases-loaded jams, including one in the top of the seventh in which Errol Robinson caught a liner and flipped to second for the game-ending double play in the shortened contest.
- Rebels Kyle Watson and Colby Bortles both have 4-game hitting streaks to lead the team J.B. Woodman is the only Rebel to reach base in all six games, while freshman Tate Blackman has reached base in all five games he has played in.
- Ole Miss improved to 8-4 on the season and pushed its active win streak out to five consecutive games with victories over Delaware and Memphis this past weekend.
- Freshman OF Elantra Cox paced the squad, hitting .750 for the weekend to vault into third in the SEC in batting average (.567) and fourth in on base percentage (.606) on the year.
- Cox is second among freshmen in batting average in the league and tops among freshmen in on base percentage. Cox also went 4-for-4 in steals to move to 11-for-13 on the year and is tied for fourth in the SEC in steals this season.
- Senior 3B Allison Brown turned in an impressive 2.000 slugging percentage and hit .600 for the weekend with two home runs, a double and five RBI to go along with a team-leading five runs scored. She also posted three walks and did not strike out for a .750 on base percentage on the weekend.
- Senior P Lauren Lindsey picked up her second win and moved to 2-0 on the season with a five-inning win against Delaware.
- Junior P Madi Osias picked up her first save, shutting down Memphis after entering with the bases loaded and two outs to preserve the win over the Tigers.
- Sophomore P Emily Gaitan improved to 4-0 on the season with her win over Memphis to help the Rebels to the five-game win streak.
- Sophomore OF Miranda Strother continued to be one of the most consistent offensive producers for the Rebels, hitting .543 on the year with eight runs scored and nine RBI to sit at second on the team in both categories.
- Ole Miss competed in the NCAA Qualifier in Jacksonville, Alabama this past weekend and posted a total score of 4585.
- Sophomore Alison Weisz led the Rebels in smallbore with a 583, while freshman Jessica Haig fired a 586 to lead in air rifle.
Despite winter weather that affected many teams, it was a busy week for Ole Miss athletics. The men's basketball completed a 2-0 week and has positioned itself well entering the last two weeks of the regular season. The baseball, women's basketball and softball teams also picked up big wins for the week, while a pair of former football players compete at the NFL Scouting Combine. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:
- The Ole Miss men's basketball completed the Thursday-Saturday sweep, going on the road and defeating Mississippi State 71-65 on Thursday night and returning home and holding on for a 59-57 win over Tennessee on Saturday night. With the sweep, the Rebels have won eight of their last nine and sit in a tie with Texas A&M for third place in the SEC standings.
- Stefan Moody earned SEC Player of the Week honors earlier this season, and he's a near-look to earn the honor this week after averaging 25.5 points per game this past week, including a career-high 29 against Mississippi State. He was a volume and high-efficient scorer, wrapped in one, going 15-for-30 from the field, including 14-for-23 from 3-point range. His eight 3-pointers against Mississippi State were tied for the second-most in school history, two shy of tying Marshall Henderson's school record.
"I think he's locked in now," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "I think he's embraced this leadership role. I think he likes the media talking about him. I think he likes the attention, and he knows if he makes more, he'll get more attention. So we're all for him making some more."
- Joining Moody in double figures against Tennessee was Jarvis Summers, who added 13 points, just his second game in double figures in his last seven games. However, he flashed moments of the all-league player he was last season, such as drawing a charge on the defensive end and then stepping confidently into a big 3-pointer on the offensive end.
"He definitely played with a little more pop," said Moody of Summers. "That's the word Coach (Kennedy) uses. Jarvis played very well."
"We gave him a round of applause that he's now off the milk carton," said Kennedy of Summers. "He's back."
- A couple of impressive stats, noting the Rebels' success on the road: Their current four-game SEC road winning streak is the longest in school history. For the season, they are 10-3 away Tad Smith Coliseum, including a 7-3 record in true road games, a mark that includes road wins at Arkansas (No. 20 in the RPI) and Oregon (No. 56) and a neutral-site win over Cincinnati (No. 45).
- With a 2-0 week, Ole Miss is up to No. 32 in the latest NCAA RPI and up a line to a No. 8 seed in the latest bracketology from USA Today and CBS Sports. The Rebels have a chance to enhance their NCAA Tournament resume this week with a home game against Georgia (No. 38 in the RPI) on Wednesday night, followed by a road game at LSU (No. 54) on Saturday.
- For the second straight weekend, the No. 18 ranked Ole Miss baseball team took two of three, splitting a doubleheader on the last day of the weekend series after winning the series opener. Errol Robinson sealed the series win with a diving snag at shortstop, throwing to second to complete the line-out double play for the final out of a 3-2 win over Wright State.
- Despite taking a no-decision inn the Rebels' 3-1 loss in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, Brady Bramlett was the star of the weekend. After missing the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season due to injury, he leads the SEC in strikeouts with 19 through 12.0 innings, including a career-high 11 on Sunday. For more on Bramlett's brilliant start to the 2015 season, click here.
- Like Bramlett, Sam Smith took a no-decision, but head coach Mike Bianco was encouraged by what he saw from the senior right-hander, the most experienced starting pitcher in the SEC. Smith allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
"Sam felt good," Bianco said. "Really, I thought he pitched better. I know he didn't really get the results, but I thought the stuff was more what we talked about, pitching off the fastball more, pitching off the slider more. I thought he pitched better today. Obviously, the command was much better."
- Ole Miss will be tested in the week ahead, playing five games in seven days, including their first road trip of the season, a three-game weekend series at UCF. Arkansas State, the Rebels' first midweek opponent on Tuesday, took two of three from No. 7 Louisville in a neutral-site series played in Emerson, Georgia, while UCF went 3-0 at the South Alabama Tournament, picking up wins over No. 15 Arkansas, No. 11 Maryland and host South Alabama.
- The Ole Miss women's basketball got a much-needed confidence boost, holding on for a 51-46 road win at Auburn, snapping a seven-game losing streak and clinching a .500 or better record for the season. It was the Rebels' second SEC road win of the season, the first time they have two won two league games on the road since 2009-10.
- Ole Miss, now 15-11 and 5-8 in SEC play, has three regular-season games remaining, all against likely NCAA Tournament teams. With the win over Auburn, the Rebels have clinched eligibility for an at-large berth in the Postseason NIT. As far as the NCAA Tournament, they have three opportunities to enhance their resume, starting Monday night with a home game against No. 10 Kentucky, a team they played to the wire on the road in Lexington earlier this season.
- The matchup with No. 10 Kentucky is the SEC Network Monday night game, as well as the seventh annual "Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad" event. Reb Talk will also be at the Tad Pad. it's a big night all the way around.
- The Ole Miss softball team was also affected by winter weather this week, as the Red and Blue Classic scheduled for this past weekend was cancelled due to inclement wether. Instead, Ole Miss played Memphis and Delaware at Petal High School, defeating both teams and improving to 8-4 on the season.
- After playing their first 12 games on the road, first-year head coach Mike Smith and the Rebels play their home games on the season on Wednesday, hosting a doubleheader against Southern Miss beginning at 2 p.m.
- The No. 15 ranked Ole Miss men's tennis team and No. 24 Ole Miss women's tennis team were both off this week, with the women's match against Lipscomb scheduled for Friday also postponed due to winter weather. Both teams open Southeastern Conference play this weekend.
- Former Ole Miss football players Senquez Golson (5-foot-9, 176 pounds) and Cody Prewitt (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) have been weighed and measured at the NFL Scouting Combine, and they are both scheduled to participate in on-field workouts on Monday. Stay tuned to NFL Network for coverage of the event, and we'll have more on blog Monday.
After missing the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season due to recovery from a torn labrum, sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett has been brilliant in his first two outings back in 2015, fanning 19 batters through 12.0 innings, including a career-high 11 against Wright State on Sunday.
"I knew coming back, I had a lot to prove and self-imposed pressure, but I also knew that this would be a special year for not only myself, but also the team," Bramlett said. "I'm always working to keep my spot and improve myself."
In his return to the mound, Bramlett helped the Rebels clinch the season-opening series against William & Mary this past weekend, as worked a career-long 6.0 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Bramlett followed that outing with perhaps the best pitching performance of his short Ole Miss career. He left with a 1-0 lead after six complete and took a no-decision, as he worked six shutout innings and set a career high with 11 strikeouts. He faced three over the minimum, giving up just one hit with a walk and two hit batsmen.
He also became the first Rebel to record double-digit strikeouts since Bobby Wahl struck out 10 in a win over Houston in 2012, and his 11 strikeouts were the most by a Rebel since Matt Tracy struck out 11 in a win over Jackson State in 2011.
"He misses a lot of bats," head coach Mike Bianco said. "He has a heavy, sneaky-fast fastball. He really locates it well. It's another really good day for him. He gave us everything he could for six innings."
That heavy, sneaky-fast fastball, Bramlett said, was his key to success. A fastball pitcher, Bramlett said the game plan going into every game is working off that pitch, and Sunday was no different.
"It's heavy when you hit, it's heavy when you catch it," Bianco said. "It doesn't seem like everybody else's ball. It's like a shot put coming in there. When people do hit it, they don't seem to make good contact with it. It's similar to Lance Lynn's ball. When look at the radar gun, it's not in the mid-90's, but yet, it looks like it to other hitters."
For the second time in as many weeks, Ole Miss embarks on a Thursday-Saturday swing, returning home to host Tennessee on Saturday after a 71-65 win on Thursday at Mississippi State.
During the previous week, Ole Miss was on the right side of a one-point game in a 62-61 win at Florida on Thursday and on the wrong side of a one-point game in a 71-70 loss to Arkansas on Saturday.
"It was a little bit different because we had played Arkansas before," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "We haven't played Tennessee, and they play an unusual style with that matchup zone."
Junior guard Stefan Moody scored a career-high 29 points and knocked down a career-high eight 3-pointers in the win over Mississippi State. He has averaged 20.0 points over his last six games, upping his season average to a team-leading 16.2 points per game, which ranks fourth in the SEC.
Senior guard Terence Smith has also emerged as a key piece for the Rebels, picking up some of the slack at the point guard position. He finished with eight points and five assists in 17 minutes off the bench in the win over the Bulldogs. He was 2-for-4 from 3-point range and assisted on each of Moody's three 3-pointers in a 1:22 stretch late in the game.
"He was really good for us with his decision-making," Kennedy said. "He made a couple of huge shots in the first half, which kept us afloat when we struggling in other areas... Terence Smith has been very valuable for us."
With the win over Mississippi State, Ole Miss jumped up five spots to No. 33 in the latest RPI rankings released by the NCAA and remains a team projected to be solidly in the field as a No. 9 seed in the latest bracket projections by CBS Sports, ESPN and USA Today.
Ole Miss is 7-5 against the RPI top 100, and Tennessee, ranked No. 82 entering Saturday's game, presents another opportunity for the Rebels to continue to enhance their resume and move one step closer to a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
"I was excited at the end (of the game Thursday), simply because I didn't think we played well and I was proud of my guys for winning a hard road game when you don't play well," Kennedy said. "We've won four straight on the road, and it's probably the first time in those four I didn't feel like we played well. For us to win under those circumstances, it's something positive we can build on."
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