In Thursday night's 61-58 loss at Kansas State, senior guard Marshall Henderson was 4-for-18, including 2-for-13 from 3-point range, and finished with 13 points. Three days later, Henderson responded with a career-high 39 points and school-record 10 3-pointers in a 115-105 overtime loss to No. 13 Oregon.
"I have said this all the time from one game to the next, they go in or they don't go in," Henderson said. "Sometimes you feel it; sometimes you don't. After the Kansas State game, I was kicking myself because I put that on me. It's a two-point game, and to take a game-winning shot and shoot an air ball, a senior leader and a guy trying to make his statement in his last year of college basketball does not need to be doing that, and I know that."
His previous season high was 19 points twice earlier this season and his previous career high was 32 at Tennessee last season, as Henderson scored 39 on 11-of-27 shooting, including 10-of-23 from 3-point range.
"He shoots a lot of ball, and the other way to stop him from shooting is to sit him down, and I have tried that a few times here and there, and I will continue to try that," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "He's a volume guy; he's been a volume guy from day one, and he was a volume guy when I recruited him. I have realized that, and I have tried to put him in a position where he can help our team, and he has certainly done that."
Henderson hit his first shot, a deep three, to give Ole Miss a 12-8 lead at the 14:14 mark, and went on to equal Thursday night's point total with 13 first-half points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range, as the Rebels took a 38-37 lead into halftime.
"I had been waiting for it this year," Henderson said. "I looked at it last year -- I didn't do much at the beginning of the year. Toward the middle was when I started picking things up a lot more. I thought maybe it would be the same way this year. Tonight, I made the first shot, and after that, I missed a few but they were open, and I knew there were going to be a lot of open shots. And then one, two, three (made shots), and then I was, 'Alright, let's go.'"
"They hit some shots, and Henderson got it going," Oregon head coach Dana Altman said. "We did a poor job and gave him some good looks early, and once he got those down, his motor started running. He hit a couple of double-clutch ones, and he hit some tough ones after that, but we did a really poor job early, and he took advantage of it."
Down 86-80 with 39 seconds left, Henderson hit his seventh three, and after two Oregon made free throws, he double-clutched and knocked down his eighth three to cut the lead to 88-86 with 14 seconds left.
Junior guard Jarvis Summers hit a game-tying three with 0.8 seconds left, and after an Oregon turnover, Henderson nearly won it at the buzzer with another 3-pointer, as the teams went into overtime tied at 89-89.
Ole Miss took a 93-91 lead with 3:47 left in overtime, and Oregon answered with 11 unanswered points to take 102-93 lead. Henderson hit his ninth and 10th 3-pointers to finish with 39 points, and the Rebels got within five, but the Ducks closed out the 115-105 win.
"I thought I hit that shot at the buzzer," Henderson said. "I thought it was in. Normally that's the way it goes in basketball, when a team hits a buzzer beater and goes to overtime, the momentum rides all the way through, like last year at Vanderbilt when I hit a shot at the buzzer to go to overtime. I thought we were going to have it, but we let it slip."
Junior guard Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points to lift Ole Miss past Troy, 69-54, in Saturday's season opener in the Tad Smith Coliseum. He shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range.
"He was huge," Kennedy said. "When you're void of offense, you need guys to step up and he was tremendous early."
Summers scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half on 9-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range. The rest of the team was just 7-for-32 in the first half, as the Rebels took a 39-26 lead into halftime.
"Offensively, we seemed like we were out of rhythm," Kennedy said. "We had spurts where we looked pretty good with Derrick (Millinghaus) pushing the ball in the open floor. With Marshall not in the lineup, I went with my more experienced guys in Derrick and Jarvis, and I think Jarvis really responded offensively off the ball, which is something we're looking for him to do.
He got the start in the backcourt with sophomore guards Derrick Millinghaus and Martavious Newby. Millinghaus was second on the team with 13 points, including 10 in the second half.
"It's one of the reasons that I went with him and Derrick because I wanted to change his mindset initially," Kennedy said. "I have been challenging him to score and look to score more. When he has the ball at the point, he's more of a facilitator. I was trying to get him to be aggressive, and my hope is that he knows that he needs to be a double-figure scorer for us night in and night out."
"I feel like I'm capable of scoring, but most of all, I want to get my teammates involved, do what coach wants me to do and try to get the win," Summers said. "If he wants me to score and be more aggressive, then that's what I'm going to do."
As Ole Miss prepares for its exhibition game Friday night against South Carolina-Aiken and its season opener Nov. 8 versus Troy, it will be without senior guard Marshall Henderson due to suspension.
"We knew there was going to be a suspension, and as we were preparing our team, he's been on the second team the entire time simply because we wanted to get some continuity," head coach Kennedy said.
"We had a closed scrimmage against Arkansas-Little Rock last week, and I didn't play him a lot simply not knowing what to anticipate as it related to him being a part of our team early. Now we know, and we can game plan accordingly."
Henderson will also miss the Rebels' first two Southeastern Conference games Jan. 9 versus Auburn and Jan. 11 at Mississippi State, But for now, Kennedy said he is focused on preparation for the exhibition, then the season opener Nov. 8 versus Troy.
"I have never dealt with that," Kennedy said. "It's kind of unprecedented in the way that it's laid out. For us, we'll deal with it as it relates to him not being there for the opener, and then he'll be back in the mix.
"And then when we approach Auburn, by then, a lot of the guys like Anthony (Perez) and (Martavious) Newby will have gotten experience. We'll deal with it like we would if we lose anybody at that stage in the season. I don't think about it big-picture right now. We just think about him not playing Friday and not playing in our opener."
For the exhibition and three regular season games, without Henderson, the Rebels will turn to two juniors in Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White and a trio of sophomores in Perez, Newby and Derrick Millinghaus.
"We have a veteran group in our backcourt when you start talking about Jarvis (Summers) as a two-year starter, Snoop (White) who had an opportunity to emerge in his role last year, Derrick MIllinghaus, and we have seen a huge improvement, as I have said from day one, from Anthony (Perez) and Newby in year two," Kennedy said.
"I think we'll be OK. Obviously, when you lose your leading scorer, different guys are going to have to step up and fill that void."
White, who was sixth on the team in scoring (6.4), having also scored in double figures seven times with one 20-point game, will be expected to carry a larger load and be more consistent this year.
"I need him to take that next step," Kennedy said. "I thought we saw a natural progression between year one and two. He needs to that next step and be a guy we can depend on to be a double-figure scorer.
"He needs to be a lockdown defender for us on the wing. And he needs to be a rebounder and a facilitator off the dribble. I need him to be involved in every statistical category in order for him to play to his potential and help our team like we need."
For Perez and Newby, who averaged just 6.8 and 6.0 minutes per game last year, there is an opportunity for more minutes this year and to make a progression similar to White last year.
"They're more comfortable," Kennedy said. "Physically, they're stronger. The opportunity is much bigger for them now. We had Nick there last year as a fifth-year senior, and he was guy we were comfortable with because we knew we could trust him. Now, there are minutes to be had, especially early."
The second annual Square Jam will be held on the Oxford Square Friday from 6:30-7:30 p.m., as part of this weekend's Homecoming festivities. The men's and women's basketball teams will participate in variety of drills and skills competitions to unofficially kick off the start of the season.
The event started when Ole Miss decided to do something with Midnight Madness, where they wanted to take basketball where their fans were going to be, so they did that by taking a basketball court to the Square in the parking lot in front of City Hall.
"We were in this external team for men's basketball, and I showed a picture of an outdoor basketball tournament," Hudspeth said. "And we started throwing around the concept of putting a basketball court on the Square. Initially, it was just a thought. The more we talked about it, Brian Russell, one of our event managers, said 'Why not, let's look into it.'"
"And so I threw a couple of lines in the water to see what kind of response we would get, and the responses started becoming more positive, so we pursued it. We found out how much a floor would cost, and if the city would allow us to do it. When the city said they would allow us to do it, that's when it took off full speed. Within a couple of weeks, we had basically planned the entire event and had the floor ordered, and it was ready to roll."
The original plan was for the inaugural event to be held this year, but head men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy, Hudspeth said, really pushed and wanted to do it last year, and so they were able to put it all together in a short amount of time.
"Coach Kennedy, for a long time, really wanted to figure out a way to do some type of opening to basketball season," Hudspeth said. "And he felt like this was the perfect transition with us wrapping it into the Homecoming parade and a home football weekend, so people could start getting a basketball mentality into their brains."
During last year's event, Derrick Millinghaus won the knockout contest while the team of Nick Williams and Gracie Frizzell won the three-point content, and Aaron Jones won the dunk contest. Both teams will participate in all three events again this year, with a game of H-O-R-S-E as a possible addition.
Micah GInn, Director of Creative Services, will serve as the emcee, and Athletics Director Ross Bjork, women's basketball coach Matt Insell and Rebel Rewards member Colleen Haadsma (@chaadsma) will serve as the judges for the dunk contest.
This year's event will also feature a few more additions to enrich the fan experience, some more noticeable than others.
"This year, we're going to have the Ole Miss logo in the center of the court," Hudspeth said. "That will be a neat addition. This year, we're adding a video board, which we have never done. It will be right next to the court and will face back toward the fans. It is an 11 x 17 foot video board, which is a pretty big size. We're going to have a camera crew out there and be able to show videos and starting lineups."
Among the other improvements are more bleachers on the three sides surrounding the court, better lighting, and added restrooms behind City Hall are among the other improvements for this year's event. Also, particularly in the event of colder weather, both players' benches will be completely heated.
The event itself lasts an hour, and within two hours last year, Hudspeth said, the Square was back open and running. However, it's a full day for him and his staff, which will then turn around to staff Saturday's Homecoming game against Idaho, with a kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
"We have been working on the planning process for months," he said. "On Friday, we will start probably around 11 a.m., myself and our marketing will go to the Square and set up a command center-type area where we have all the materials that we need for Square Jam, and we hang out all day."
"It will take us about three to four hours to set everything up and have it ready to roll. The Homecoming parade starts at 5:30, and it's usually over by 6:30. We'll start our event at 6:30, and it should be over by 7:30. At about 7:45, we start taking everything down, and we're usually done by 9. Last year, I remember getting in my car to go home at 9:20. It's a full day."
The Ole Miss men's basketball officially opened preseason practice on Friday, and senior guard Marshall Henderson was a full participant.
Head coach Andy Kennedy said Tuesday there has already been a determination that Henderson will miss games. How many he will miss has yet to be determined, and it's ongoing based on his progression.
"When he was suspended in early July, there was a process put into place to which he had to conform in order to be where he is today," Kennedy said. "From the second week in July until we started school at the end of August, there were things that were put in place that he had to meet.
"He met those. Therefore when we started school and preseason training -- conditioning, weights, individual development -- he was a part of those things. How he continues along this progression will determine what happens next."
Henderson, Kennedy said, has been 100 percent compliant as it relates to the plan that has been put in place.
"I see a sense of urgency as it relates to the position that he has put himself in," he said. "He's completely aware of the predicament that he has created for us, but he's owned it."
On the court, Kennedy noted that Henderson, an All-SEC performer last year and the conference's reigning leading scorer, is stronger physically and has a better understanding of the consistency with which you have to play to be successful at this level.
"Marshall's play has not changed," he said. "He's the same guy from an energy and emotional standpoint. He's taken a leadership role. He's always going to be the way he is, as it relates to passion, being engaged and playing on that edge from a basketball standpoint.
"The thing that I have been the most proud of is he's winning the sprints at the end. He's encouraging the young guys when they make mistakes. Those are the areas that I have seen a marked improvement in Marshall and his approach to the game."
When Henderson misses games, Ole Miss will be without four of its top five scorers from last season.
"I am preparing every day as if he's not out there, so I'm trying to make sure that I'm doing the best that I can with the players that I know will be available for game one to give us the best chance to be successful," Kennedy said of being without Henderson.
In the backcourt, without Henderson's 20.1 points per game, more will be demanded of juniors Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White, the fourth and sixth leading scorers on last year's team, respectively, as well as sophomore Derrick Millinghaus.
The Rebels will also be tasked with replacing Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner in the frontcourt, who averaged a combined 25 points and 18 rebounds last year. They will also be without sophomore Terry Brutus who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the preseason.
"We're going to ask those four guys to do it by committee, and I think they're certainly capable of doing it," Kennedy said of the frontcourt. "They just haven't done it. Until they do it, we'll all have to see how quickly they can respond."
Senior Demarco Cox (foot) has been cleared for full contact for more than a month, and junior Aaron Jones (ACL) has been cleared for about two weeks. Freshmen Dwight Coleby and Sebastian Saiz, Kennedy said, have made great contributions and will also be in the mix there.
Senior Demarco Cox and junior Aaron Jones are coming off season-ending injuries, and sophomores Terry Brutus and Anthony Perez are entering their second year in the program.
Head coach Andy Kennedy has been really pleased with how Cox and Jones have progressed, how they have approached the offseason and how they are playing now. Kennedy said that Cox has been fully cleared, and Jones is probably a week away from being cleared for 5-on-5 full contact.
"Demarco is a big, strong, physical body who has been in our program for four years, and he's anxious to get back on the court after having sat out the year with a stress fracture," Kennedy said. "AJ is responding equally as well. He's athletic, brings energy, pursues the ball with reckless abandon, and he has not lost that despite going down with a season-ending ACL injury against Kentucky.
"Dwight Coleby is another big, physical presence at 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, and he brings a physicalness to that position that we desperately need. And then you throw in Anthony (Perez) and Terry Brutus, who have the versatility to help us in a number of spots."
Incoming Ole Miss freshman Sebastian Saiz has represented his native Spain in two international competitions this summer, the FIBA Under-19 World Championships in the Czech Republic, then the FIBA Under-20 European Championships in Estonia.
Earlier this summer, Saiz helped Spain to a fifth-place finish at the FIBA Under-19 Word Championship in the Czech Republic. He recorded four double-doubles in the tournament, including a tournament-high 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-68 win against Canada, as Spain claimed fifth place. He was also 7-of-9 from the field, his best shooting performance of the tournament.
In an earlier consolation game, he posted a double-double with 16 points and a tournament-high 16 rebounds in a 75-64 win against Croatia. He pulled down 10 offensive rebounds in that game and averaged 4.3 offensive rebounds, which ranked second in the tournament.
Ole Miss' run to the SEC Tournament title and the Big Dance received national coverage for the team and university during the March Madness. Below is just a sampling of mountain of press the Rebels have gotten including a tweet from King James himself.
With Valentine's Day rolling in on February 14th, I Love Ole Miss week is the perfect way to show your affection for the Ole Miss Rebels. There are nine events in a five day span that are great opportunities for you to take part in cheering on the red and blue, including the home openers of Rebel Softball and Baseball. At five different events, you will be able to score a sweet I Love Ole Miss T-Shirt. Below is a schedule of events, so mark your calendars!
Softball vs. LSU 5PM Home Opener Dollar Dogs and Popcorn for Fans I Love Ole Miss T-Shirts for First 100 Fans Fans who donate gently-used sports equipment for the Geaux Play Program will receive two free general admission tickets to the baseball home opener on February 15th.
Women's Basketball vs. MSU 7PM Free I Love Ole Miss T-Shirts to All Fans Buy 1 Get 1 Free Facebook Voucher Russian Bar Trio at the Half 5 Rebel Rewards Points Date Night Package Giveaway *1 Dozen Roses *2 Tickets to Baseball, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball Games *Gift Certificates to Malco Cinema *Couples Massage *Dinner at Irie *and much more
Women's Tennis vs. Oklahoma State 2PM Iris Verboven Collectible Poster I Love Ole Miss T-Shirts to First 100 Fans 1 Rebel Rewards Point
Baseball vs. TCU 4PM Season Opener Tanner Mathis Collectible Poster 1 Rebel Rewards Point
Baseball vs. TCU 1:30PM I Love Ole Miss T-Shirts to first 500 fans 1 Rebel Rewards Point
Men's Basketball vs. Georgia 7PM Roll Out Banners for first 1000 fans Russian Bar Trio at the Half 1 Rebel Rewards Point Sunday
Women's Tennis vs. Washington 11AM Enter to win an iPod 1 Rebel Rewards Point
Baseball vs. TCU 12PM Free Ole Miss Koozies 1 Rebel Rewards Point
Women's Basketball vs. South Carolina 1PM 1 Rebel Rewards Point
At Ole Miss, we strive to have the best possible gameday experience at all of our venues. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and useful amenities as well as using audio and video to create an environment that gives our Rebels a home court advantage.
While a new arena is on the horizon, we recognize the need to constantly improve Tad Smith Coliseum. Here are some changes that you'll see at tonight's basketball doubleheader:
- Approximately six traffic coordinators have been added around campus to improve the flow of traffic pre-game and post-game.
- All ticket takers and security personnel have been given extensive customer service training.
- Exterior graphics at the main entrance will be installed over the next several weeks.
- To encourage student participation, the student section has been rebranded "Club Red."
- The student section has been completely repainted to align with the Club Red concept.
- All exterior doors with the exception of the student entrance have been painted grey.
- All portal signage has been made more efficient, therefore eliminating clutter.
- Additional signage has been added for restrooms.
- Various in-bowl signage has been updated.
- Various areas of the concourse and restrooms have been repainted, with additional aesthetic improvements coming.
- A new "leg room" section has been created. To learn more, call the UMAA Foundation at: 888-REB-TKTS.
- All carpet in the court side seating section has been replaced.
- All chairs in the court side seating section will be replaced in January.
- In-seat wait service will be available to all patrons in the court side seating section.
- Queue lines for concessions have been added to reduce congestion in the concourse.
- TVs will be added near concessions locations.
- Chops BBQ has been added between portals 6 & 7.
- Chick-fil-A and Papa Johns have been located between portals 13 & 14.
- A brand new Rebel Grill has been added outside portal 3 and will service fresh grilled burgers with homemade chips.
- The popular refillable souvenir soda has been added to the concessions offering for only $5.
- Bottled water price has been reduced from $4 to $3 at all basketball games.
- Kids meals (hot dog, chips, and CapriSun) have been added for $5.
- The informative bottom line "ticker" will be present on the video board at all times.
- Look for a new and improved www.olemisshoops.com next week as we transition the site into a gameday central. It will feature all of the upcoming game information including promotions, a feedback button for all fans, and much more.
The women tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the men tip-off at 8:00 p.m. So come check out the Rebels. Don't worry about dinner, because with all of the new food amenities, we have everything you need. See you at the game!
College basketball players are mostly known for their
abilities to make jump shots, drive to the rim or play lock-down defense.
What hoops fans don't see is the tireless hours that
their favorite athletes spend being a regular student. Their daily challenge is
to balance their duties of going to class, attending tutor sessions and completing
homework assignments with their responsibilities to watch film, practice and
compete at a high level.
This year was a banner year for Ole Miss Hoops in the
classroom, as the program continues to make great strides academically during
Andy Kennedy's tenure as head coach.
Here are some of the Rebels' academic achievements in
- Prestigious Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public
Recognition Award, along with women's basketball, women's golf and softball
- Top multi-year APR score (990) among SEC men's basketball
- Perfect APR score (1,000) for 2010-11
- Everyone is currently eligible
- 2012 Spring semester team GPA: 2.41
- Current resident team GPA: 2.47
- Will Norman made the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll for
- Will Norman made the Chancellor's Honor Roll for fall
- Aaron Jones and Jelan Kendrick made the UMAA Honor Roll
for spring 2012
- Six players raised their resident GPA this semester
- Four players had their highest semester GPA since being
at Ole Miss
- Terrance Henry (criminal justice) and Steadman Short
(general studies) earned their undergraduate degrees
- Nick Williams (general studies) completed his graduation
requirements and plans to pursue a second degree
Ole Miss has hired Dayton Miller to serve on Andy Kennedy's staff as Coordinator of Basketball Operations.
Miller, a Birmingham, Ala., native, was a graduate manager for the program during the 2011-12 season. He was a three-year letterman at the University of Montevallo, leading the Falcons to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2006.
Terrance Henry recently
returned to Oxford after competing at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
held in Portsmouth, Va., last week.Henry helped lead his Roger Brown's squad to the tournament
title defeating Portsmouth Sports Club 92-87 in the championship game.Over the three games played,
Henry averaged 10 ppg to go along with 5.3 rpg.
Ole Miss added some offensive firepower to its roster this week with the signing of Marshall Henderson. The 6-2, 180-pound guard averaged 19.6 ppg and led South Plains College to the NJCAA National Championship, earning first-team All-America honors along the way. He has a good chance of being named the JUCO National Player of the Year in the coming days.
The Rebels also signed junior college transfer forward Jason Carter and prep school guard Derrick Millinghaus, each of whom has displayed offensive prowess on the court.
Here's a video of Henderson's signing press conference at South Plains, with some highlights mixed in.
Former Ole Miss star Terrico White has been selected to participate in the Dream Factory Dunk Contest and the Shooting Stars Competition this Saturday during the NBA D-League's All-Star Weekend festivities.
White, a member of the Idaho Stampede, will be one of four contestants to show off his dunking skills in the competition modeled after the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Not only a high-flyer, the former Rebel will also display his shooting ability, battling 11 others in a contest that tests players' accuracy from a variety of ranges and locations on the floor.
White is averaging 13.1 points per game, while shooting at a 48.9 percent clip from the floor and 40.8 percent from behind the arc in his first season in the D-League after a stint with the Detroit Pistons. While in an Ole Miss uniform, White earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2009 and helped lead the Rebels to the NIT in 2010, averaging 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds.
You can watch Terrico in the Dunk Contest during halftime of the D-League All-Star Game, which begins at 1 p.m. CT, on NBA TV. The Shooting Stars Competition will take place at the conclusion of the game and can be watched via live streaming video on http://www.nba.com/futurecast.
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy has been making one free throw after another and has moved into the "Elite Eight" of the Shots from the Heart head coaches' free throw contest.
Organized by CollegeInsider.com and the Skip Prosser Foundation, the "Shots from the Heart" tournament was created to increase awareness for the growing problem of heart disease and to raise money to benefit the Skip Prosser Foundation. Further promoting the tournament and educational aspects of heart disease is the American Heart Association, which will be a beneficiary of the Skip Prosser Foundation.
Kennedy is one of 64 coaches participating in the tournament, and he has drained nearly all of his free throws during each round to advance to the final eight. On the way, he has defeated Ben Jacobson of Northern Iowa, Bryce Drew of Valparaiso and Xavier's Chris Mack in head-to-head matchups.
Next up for Kennedy is a matchup with Arizona's Sean Miller with a chance to move to the "Final Four." The other six head coaches still left are Illinois' Bruce Weber, Oklahoma State's Travis Ford, Albany's Will Brown, Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, Detroit's Ray McCallum and UNC-Wilmington's Buzz Peterson.
Former Ole Miss point guard and assistant coach Michael White, who is currently the head man at Louisiana Tech, and current Rebel assistant Bill Armstrong also participated in the head coach and assistant coach tournaments, respectively.
Follow this link for more information about the tournament.