Rebels Head To Gainesville To Face No. 25 Gators
Jan. 1, 2017
Ole Miss (9-4, 0-1 SEC) at No. 25/RV Florida (10-3, 1-0 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Gainesville, Fla.
Arena: Stephen C. O’Connell Center (12,000)
Mike Couzens, play-by-play
Brooke Weisbrod, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: UF leads 64-45
In Gainesville: UF leads 37-12
Streak: UF, W2
Last Meeting: UF, W 77-72-61 (1/02/16)
• Ole Miss travels to Gainesville Tuesday to face the No. 25 nationally-ranked Florida Gators for its first SEC road game of the year.
REBELS COME UP SHORT AGAINST NO. 8 WILDCATS
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his fourth straight double-double with 23 points and 13 boards, but Ole Miss dropped its SEC opener 99-76 to No. 8 Kentucky. Junior G Deandre Burnett scored 19 points and senior G Rasheed Brooks added 15 for the Rebels, who finished the game 16 of 17 from the free throw line (.941), which is the third best single game percentage in school history under 20 attempts.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 11TH YEAR
In 11 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 221-130 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, eight 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and pair of trips to the NIT Final Four. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his 10 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.
DEAN OF SEC COACHES
Entering his 11th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. This season, Kennedy will have faced 38 different head coaches in the SEC during his time in Oxford. He is also the longest tenured head coach in the league in both basketball and football having entered the league prior to Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
OLE MISS WINS 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss posted 20 wins last year for the eighth time in 10 seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy’s arrival in Oxford. Kennedy is just the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in at least eight of his first 10 years in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in five-straight seasons. Ole Miss and Kentucky are also the only two schools to finish .500 or better in the SEC each of the last five seasons.
REBELS CONSISTENTLY UNDERRATED
The Rebels were predicted to finish ninth in the SEC this year by the media. Ole Miss finished tied for sixth in the league standings after being projected ninth in the preseason last year. The Rebels have not finished worse than sixth in the league and have finished above their preseason projected finish each of the last five seasons since the league moved away from a divisional format.
SAIZ TRACKING TOWARDS 1,000/800 CLUB
Senior F Sebastian Saiz needs just 65 points and 43 rebounds to join the 1,000 point/800 rebound career list. Saiz would be the 38th player in Ole Miss history to break 1,000 career points and the 10th under head coach Andy Kennedy. He would also be seventh player in school history to post 800 career rebounds and only the sixth player ever to join the 1,000 point/800 rebound club.
KENNEDY MOVING UP SEC COACHING WINS LIST
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy moved past former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino for 19th in SEC history with 221 career victories. See complete list below:
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 875
2. Billy Donovan (Florida) - 467
3. Dale Brown (LSU) - 448
4. C.M. Newtown (UA/VU) - 340
Harry Rabenhorst (LSU) - 340
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 332
7. Tubby Smith (UGA/UK) - 308
8. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 297
Hugh Durhman (Georgia) - 297
10. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 293
11. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 278
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 278
13. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 265
John Mauer (UK/UT/UF) - 265
15. Hank Crisp (Alabama) - 264
16. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
17. Norm Sloan (Florida) - 232
18. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 228
19. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 221
20. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
21. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214
REBELS RATE HIGHLY IN LATEST RPI RELEASE
Ole Miss checks in at No. 48 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA. The Rebels rank fifth in the SEC, while Tuesday’s opponent Florida checks in at No. 2. Ole Miss is 3-4 against the RPI top 125 with wins over Saint Joe’s (No. 62), UMass (No. 94), and Memphis (No. 123). The Rebels’ only four losses this season have come against No. 5 Kentucky, No. 6 Creighton, No. 23 Middle Tennessee and No. 42 Virginia Tech. Ole Miss boasts the 22nd toughest strength of schedule this season and the Rebels have played the 26th toughest non-conference schedule according to ESPN.com.
OLE MISS NEARING .500 MARK AS A PROGRAM
With a 1268-1272 all time record, Ole Miss is nearing a .500 winning percentage as a program. The Rebels were 95 games under .500 when Andy Kennedy took over in Oxford and have not been .500 or better as a program since Ole Miss was 440-440 on Jan. 17, 1958.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior F Sebastian Saiz is the SEC active career leader in rebounding with 757 boards. He leads the league, and ranks third nationally, in rebounding this year pulling down 12.2 boards a game and is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double this season. Saiz has eight double-doubles this year and ranks second among active players in the conference with 17 career double-doubles.
NCAA Rebounding Leaders
1. Rokas Gustys, Hofstra 13.4 PRG
2. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue 12.4 PRG
3. Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss 12.2 PRG
4. Bryce Washington, ULL 11.8 RPG
5. Angel Delgado, Seton Hall 11.6 PRG
6. Tacko Fall, UCF 11.5 RPG
7. Steve Taylor Jr., Toledo 11.5 RPG
8. Jimmy Hall, Kent St. 11.2 RPG
9. Amadou Sidibe, Fairfield 11.2 RPG
10. Dedric Lawson, Memphis 11.1 RPG
The Gators are led by second-year head coach and former Ole Miss letterwinner Mike White. A point guard for the Rebels from 1996-99, White helped Ole Miss to 74 wins, two SEC West titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four years in Oxford. A co-captain as a senior, White ranks seventh in Ole Miss history with 370 career assists. After his playing career, White served as an Ole Miss assistant coach for seven seasons, including five under head coach Andy Kennedy.
Ole Miss ranks fourth in the SEC averaging 8.3 made 3-pointers a game, while junior G Cullen Neal ranks fifth in the league shooting 42.4 percent from three and seventh averaging 2.2 3s/game and junior G Deandre Burnett ranks 10th shooting 37.2 percent from behind the arc and sixth among players in the league making 2.3 3s/game. The duo has made 57 3-pointers this season.
Andy Kennedy is one of nine active head coaches with 10 or more consecutive winning seasons to start a career. The list includes: Jim Boehiem (40), Roy Williams (28), Tom Izzo (21), Thad Matta (17), Mark Few (17), Jamie Dixon (13), Sean Miller (12) and Dave Rose (11).
KENNEDY’S FIRST 10 YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past MSU’s Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first 10 years who took over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 186
10. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
11. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
13. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
16. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 11-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 11 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 261
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 250
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 239
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 231
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 221
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 213
7. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 210
8. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 204
9. Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 201
10. Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 199
11. Dale Brown (LSU) – 194
12. John Brady (LSU) – 192
13. C.M. Newtown (Alabama) – 193
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 188
15. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 185
BURNETT MAKING FREEBIES
Junior G Deandre Burnett made 25 consecutive free throws to start the season and finished just 12 shy of Dave Rhodes’ school record. Burnett is 96 of 105 (.914) from the charity stripe this season, which leads the SEC, and no player in the nation made more consecutive free throws to start the season.
REBELS SECURE WINNING SEASON
Ole Miss secured its 10th consecutive winning season last year, all under head coach Andy Kennedy, and is one of just two teams in the SEC and 16 programs in the nation to have 10 straight winning seasons. That list includes Syracuse (46), Kansas (33), Arizona (32), Kentucky (26), Maryland (23), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Xavier (20), Wisconsin (18), Pittsburgh (16), Louisville (15), North Carolina (14), Ohio State (12), Georgetown (11) and Florida State (10).
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC in scoring this season at 80.7 ppg and leads the league over the last 10 years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game. The Rebels have produced a top-five individual scorer in the league eight of his 10 seasons including three SEC scoring champions in the last four years.
SCOUTING THE GATORS
Florida is 10-3 on the season and 1-0 in the SEC after an 81-72 victory at Arkansas to open conference play. The Gators are ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll and are the first team out of the USA Today/Coaches’ Top 25. Sophomore G KeVaughn Allen leads a balance UF attack averaging 14.2 ppg as the Gators have five players posting 8.6 ppg or more. Senior F John Egbunu leads the team pulling down 8.0 boards a game, but UF is grabbing just 36.8 rpg which ranks 12th in the league. Florida ranks 14th in the SEC posting just 12.4 assists per game this year, but are second in the league with a +4.7 turnover margin and are averaging just 11.3 turnovers a game as a team.
SERIES HISTORY VS. FLORIDA
Tuesday’s game will be the 110th meeting between the Rebels and the Gators. Florida holds a 64-45 lead in the series, which began in 1940, including a pair of wins last year. The Gators had won five in a row in the series until 2013, but now the Rebels have taken three of the last six meetings including a home-and-home sweep of Florida in 2015, which was their season sweep of UF since 1990. Florida owns a 37-12 advantage in games in Gainesville, but the Rebels claimed a 62-61 victory in the O’Connell Center in 2015. Nine of the last 12 games in the series have been decided by six points or less. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 4-10 against Florida in his career, but has won three of the last six meetings.
DEFENDING HOME COURT
Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy’s squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 140-35 (.800 win pct.) in home games during Kennedy’s tenure. The Rebels are 14-4 all time in The Pavilion and just snapped an eight-game home winning streak earlier this year. Ole Miss has won 265 of its last 332 games (.898 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.
REBELS CLEANING UP ON THE GLASS
The Rebels rank second in the SEC pulling down 42.2 rebounds a game this year and lead the league with a +6.3 rebounding margin. Ole Miss has outrebounded all but one opponent this year and are cleaning up on the offensive glass pulling down 14.0 offensive rebounds a game, which ranks third in the league and 20th in the country.
REBELS ROLL SOUTH ALABAMA
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his seventh double-double of the season with 23 points and 16 rebounds as Ole Miss rolled past South Alabama 92-58 in the final tune up before SEC play. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 21 points and junior G Cullen Neal chipped in 11 points and 9 assists against no turnovers as five Rebels scored in double figures.
REBELS STIFLE BRADLEY
Sophomore G Terence Davis tied his career high with 19 points and added 6 boards as Ole Miss knocked of Bradley 66-49. Senior G Sebastian Saiz recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 10 points and 13 rebounds, as the Rebels outscored the Braves 26-18 in the paint. Saiz also posted a career-high six blocked shots and Ole Miss tied a school record with 13 blocked shots against Bradley. The previous mark was set in 1993 against Loyola.
OLE MISS TAMES TIGERS
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds as Ole Miss knocked off Memphis 85-77. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 19 points and five assists as the Rebels racked up 17 assists against a season-low 11 turnovers. The win was head coach Andy Kennedy’s third straight victory over the Tigers and he is the first coach in school history to post three-straight wins over Memphis since R.L. Sullivan in 1923-25.
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