Jan. 3, 2011
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 15: Ole Miss (11-3) at SMU (9-4)
Wednesday 1.5.11 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Dallas, Texas | Moody Coliseum (8,998)
Live TV: n/a
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Video: RebelVision
FINAL TUNEUP BEFORE LEAGUE PLAY
Ole Miss hits the road for a trip to SMU on Wednesday in its final tilt before the start of conference play Saturday at Florida. The Rebels have won three straight games and eight of their last nine entering the week. After winning two of three at the Cancun Governor's Cup, Andy Kennedy's squad returned home and secured a pair of wins over Alcorn State (100-62) and Southeastern Louisiana (68-59). Senior point guard Chris Warren continues to lead the team, averaging 18.4 ppg (second in SEC) and 4.4 apg (third in SEC). SMU is the second of three games in seven days for the Rebels. The Rebels are 1-1 in non-league road games so far this season.
- The Rebels are 64-16 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy.
- SMU defeated Ole Miss 94-70 in 1968, which is the teams' only prior matchup.
- Ole Miss has a 16-6 record versus current C-USA teams since the league was formed in the spring of 1995.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams with a 74.5 FT percentage and is second with a 47.0 FG percentage.
- The Rebels rank third in the league and 36th in the country with a 78.3 scoring average.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren is second on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and seventh in career points. He is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
- Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner ranks second in the SEC (11th in the nation) with 3.1 blocks per game and a 64.6 field-goal percentage.
- Senior guard Zach Graham is 10 points shy of 1,000 in his Rebel career.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Matt Doherty's SMU Mustangs are owners of a 9-4 record and five-game win streak. Led by superb defensive efforts, they have won eight of their last nine games and allowed less than 60 points in five of those outings. SMU is 8-2 in home games and 1-2 on the road. Senegal native Papa Dia paces the team in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (8.4), while Robert Nyakundi adds 16.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg, both second-most on the squad. As a team, SMU averages 69.2 ppg and allows 59.5 ppg to opponents (23rd-best in nation). The Mustangs rank third in the nation in free-throw percentage (80.1).
OLE MISS-SMU SERIES
The Rebels and Mustangs are meeting for just the second time. SMU claimed a 94-70 victory in Dallas on 12/27/68.
OLE MISS VERSUS CONFERENCE USA FOES
In non-SEC play, Conference-USA is Ole Miss' most faced league. SMU is the Rebels' second C-USA foe this year (beat Southern Miss 86-81 on 12/4). The Rebels have an all-time record of 81-98 (.453 winning percentage) against current members of Conference USA. Ole Miss has a 16-6 record versus current C-USA teams since the league was formed in the spring of 1995.
Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams (and ranks 36th in nation) with 78.3 ppg. The Rebels have eclipsed 80 points six times this year and have reached triple digits twice (101 vs. Mississippi Valley State, 100 vs. Alcorn State). Ole Miss leads the league (30th in nation) with a 74.5 free-throw percentage, ranks second with a 47.0 field-goal percentage and third with 14.5 assists per game.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Ole Miss has vastly improved its rebounding numbers in the last few outings. The Rebels came into the Cancun Governor's Cup with a -0.6 rebounding margin (which was worst in the SEC) through their first nine games. But in the last five outings, Ole Miss has out-rebounded its foes by an average of 16.8 boards, including a 45-22 advantage vs. Texas State, 42-23 vs. Saint Louis and 47-27 vs. Alcorn State. The season rebounding margin has vaulted all the way to +5.6, which is fifth-best among SEC teams. Reginald Buckner is averaging 10.3 boards over his last four games, while Terrance Henry is pulling down 8.3 per game over the last three and Zach Graham is getting 7.2 per game in the last five.
REBELS ADD HIGHLY TOUTED TRANSFER
Head coach Andy Kennedy announced on Thursday that former Memphis guard Jelan Kendrick has chosen to transfer to Ole Miss. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Atlanta native will begin practicing with the team for the upcoming semester, but he must sit out until next December due to NCAA transfer rules. Kendrick was a consensus top-15 rated recruit out of Atlanta's Wheeler High School and will be the first McDonald's All-American to suit up for Ole Miss.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 30th in the nation with a 74.5 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in five games this season, including three of the last five. Their 95.7 FT percentage against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts. Chris Warren leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation with a 93.9 FT percentage. He has made 77 of 82 attempts on the season and converted 35 of his last 36 from the line. Zach Graham is third in the league at 86.4 percent.
As the season has progressed, so has the Rebels' field-goal percentage. They rank second in the SEC, making 47.0 percent of their shots from the field. They have shot better than 40 percent in all but one game and better than 50 percent in four outings. That includes a season-best 59.6 percent at UALR, which was the highest mark ever allowed by the Trojans at the Jack Stephens Center. Two Rebels rank among the top 10 in the SEC in FG percentage - Reginald Buckner (2nd, 64.6 - would rank third in the nation if he had enough attempts) and Terrance Henry (9th, 52.3). Every regular in the Rebels' lineup is hitting his shots at better than a 40 percent clip.
Ole Miss has displayed some impressive bursts of scoring in the early season. With feats of athleticism and sharp outside shooting, the Rebels have posted at least one 40-point half in all but one game this season, including a high of 52 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State. The Rebels have a pair of 100-point games for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The last time Ole Miss reached triple digits three times in a season was in 1998-99.
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks second in the SEC in scoring (18.4), third in assists (4.4), first in FT percentage (93.9), seventh in 3-pointers made (2.2), fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.9) and fourth in minutes (33.6). He has scored 20+ points in seven games (most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring eight times. He has led the team in assists in all but one game, including a season-high seven at UALR.
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. With 24 points against Alcorn State, he jumped into seventh place all-time. Entering the SMU game, he has 1,630 career points and needs 53 more to overtake Keith Carter for sixth place (see list on page 4).
CAREER 3-POINT RECORD IN SIGHT
At his current pace, Chris Warren will set the Ole Miss record for most career 3-pointers sometime in the next few games. With 270, he needs eight more to match Aaron Harper's school record of 278 (see list on page 4). Against Southeastern Louisiana, Warren moved past Aaron Harper into the all-time lead for 3-point attempts (Warren has let it fly 724 times in his career).
WARREN PASSES HIS WAY INTO TOP FIVE
With six assists against Alcorn State, Chris Warren moved into the top five in school history with 380 career assists. He is now up to 386 dimes in his career and needs 41 more to match Jason Harrison's fourth-place total of 427.
WARREN NAMED COUSY AWARD CANDIDATE
Senior Chris Warren has been named a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. He was one of 20 finalists for the award last season. Warren has also been named a preseason candidate for the Naismith Award (nation's top player) and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (nation's top senior).
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Already one of the most prolific shot-blockers in school history, sophomore forward Reginald Buckner recently became the fifth player in school history to reach 100 career blocks. He enters the SMU game with 104 in his career and needs four to match David Dean's fourth-place total of 108. Buckner ranks second in the SEC and 11th in the country with 3.1 blocks per game and has recorded five or more swats in five games this year, including a career-high seven vs. ETSU. Led by the sensational sophomore, Ole Miss as a team averages 5.6 blocks per game, fifth-most among SEC teams and tied for 17th in the nation.
BUCKNER DOMINATING THE GLASS
Reginald Buckner has started to make himself a force to reckon with on the glass. The 6-9 sophomore is pulling down 8.7 rebounds per game over his last seven contests, including totals of 11 (at UALR), 13 (vs. Texas State), 12 (vs. Colorado State) and 11 (vs. Southeastern La.). In the most recent outing against the Lions, he posted his second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 boards, after missing the Alcorn State game with a sore knee. He is tied for 12th in the SEC with 6.7 rpg for the season.
GRAHAM EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 13th in the SEC with a 14.2 scoring average and third with an 86.4 free-throw percentage. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor's Cup All-Tournament team. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State and scored 14 against Southeastern La.
GRAHAM CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
With steady improvement in each of his four seasons, Zach Graham is poised to become the 32nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Entering the SMU game, the senior guard has 990 career points, needing 10 more to reach the milestone.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 75 career wins, he needs 12 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has already been a key addition on the court this year. He is averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds and has been an instrumental vocal leader on the floor. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. He grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State and Colorado State and scored 13 point against the Rams. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
FRESHMEN COMING ALONG
The Rebels' freshman duo of Demarco Cox and Dundrecous Nelson, like most freshmen, took a few games to adjust to the college game. But now they are coming on quickly. The 6-8, 295-pound Cox posted career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds against Alcorn State for his first double-double. He had seven boards in the previous game vs. Saint Louis. Nelson, a 5-11, 194-pound point guard, has been brilliant of late, putting up career bests in back-to-back games with 16 points vs. Saint Louis and then 17 against Alcorn State.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Has played in 13 games, with 11 starts ... Ranks 2nd in the SEC and among the nation's leaders in blocks (3.1/game) ... Also 2nd in the SEC in field-goal percentage (64.6) and 12th in rebounding (6.7/game) ... Averaging 9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds over his last 7 games ... Missed the Alcorn State game with a sore knee ... 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... 5 blocks vs. Penn State ... First double-double of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds at UALR, while also blocking 5 shots ... Posted yet another 5-block game vs. MVSU ... Posted career highs with 16 points and 7 blocks vs. ETSU ... 8 points, career-high 13 rebounds vs. Texas State ... 7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Colorado State ... Second double-double of the year with 12 points, 11 boards vs. SE Louisiana, adding 4 blocks.
Demarco Cox: Has started 4 games and played in all 14 ... Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Dayton ... Made first career start vs. Penn State (2 pts, 4 rebs) ... Posted season highs of 10 points (5-6 FGs) and 6 boards vs. MVSU ... Made second career start vs. Saint Louis and grabbed 7 boards ... Started against Alcorn State and posted season bests of 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double.
Trevor Gaskins: Has played in 11 games with 8 starts ... Ranks 28th in the SEC in scoring (10.3) and 15th in steals (1.4/game) ... Averaged 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds over 4 games prior to injuring his hamstring in the Colorado State game ... Has missed the last three games ... Scored 8 points with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Had 8 points, 4 boards and 3 steals vs. Murray State ... Poured in career-high 24 points vs. Penn State, making 9-of-14 FGs and 6-of-11 3s ... Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds at UALR ... Tallied 15 points, 4 assists, no turnovers, 3 rebounds and 3 steals vs. MVSU ... 7 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals vs. ETSU ... Led the Rebels with 21 points, 4 assists and 3 steals vs. Texas State.
Zach Graham: Has appeared in all 14 games with 6 starts ... Ranks 13th in the SEC in scoring (14.2) and third in free-throw percentage (86.4) ... Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton) ... Scored 19 off the bench at Miami ... Posted 16 points off the bench vs. Southern Miss (8-8 FTs) ... Had 17 points off the bench at UALR ... 14 points off the bench vs. ETSU ... 10 points off the bench vs. Texas State ... Posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State ... Averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds at the Cancun Governor's Cup and was named to the All-Tournament team ... 18 points, 8 rebounds vs. Alcorn State ... 14 points vs. SE Louisiana.
Terrance Henry: Has started 13 of 14 games ... Ranks 9th in the SEC in FG percentage (52.3) ... Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Scored 12 points with a team-high 7 boards vs. Dayton ... 13 points (7-8 FTs), team-high 6 boards vs. Penn State ... 8 points, team-high 7 boards vs. Southern Miss ... Posted a season-high 14 points (3-4 FGs, 7-10 FTs) with 8 boards vs. MVSU ... 13 points (4-6 FGs, 5-5 FTs), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks vs. Texas State ... 10 points, 5 boards vs. Saint Louis ... 9 rebounds and season-high 4 blocks vs. Alcorn State ... Scored 8 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds vs. SE Louisiana.
Dundrecous Nelson: Has played in all 14 games ... Ranks second on the team in 3-pointers made (19) and attempted (53) ... Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Murray State ... Tallied 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-5 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 3 assists tied for the team lead at Miami ... 11 points (3-5 3-pt FGs), 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 9 points (3-4 3-pt FGs) at UALR ... 10 points vs. MVSU ... Dished out a career-high 6 assists vs. ETSU ... Had his first highlight-reel dunk vs. Colorado State ... Poured in 16 points (4-5 FGs, 6-6 FTs) vs. Saint Louis ... Second straight game with a career high in points, scoring 17 against Alcorn State, adding 4 assists and 2 steals.
Steadman Short: Has played in 13 games ... Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton ... Had 8 points with 4 boards vs. MVSU ... Missed the ETSU game due to a sick stomach ... Best game as a Rebel with 8 points (4-4 FGs) and 10 rebounds vs. Alcorn State.
Chris Warren: Has started all but one game in his Rebel career (did not start on Senior Day when he was a freshman) ... Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State ... Dished out a game-high 5 assists vs. Murray State ... 11 points, 6 assists vs. Dayton ... 20 points, 4 assists vs. Penn State ... 18 of his 23 points in second half at Miami ... 15 of his 20 points in the second half vs. Southern Miss ... 18 points, season-high 7 assists at UALR ... 18 points (9-11 FTs), 5 assists vs. MVSU ... Posted 22 points, 6 assists, 1 turnover vs. ETSU ... Scored 18 points (12-12 FTs) with 3 assists vs. Texas State ... 15 points vs. Saint Louis ... Had 24 points (8-11 FGs, 3-5 3-pt FGs, 5-5 FTs), 6 assists and no turnovers vs. Alcorn State ... 22 points, 6 assists vs. SE Louisiana.
Nick Williams: Has started his first 14 games in a Rebel uniform ... Career-high 21 points vs. Murray State ... 14 points (6-9 FGs, 2-4 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 15 points (3-4 3-pt FGs), 4 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Penn State ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 10 points, 7 rebounds vs. MVSU ... Season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State ... Scored 13 points and tied a season-high 8 boards vs. Colorado State.