Rebels Open SEC Play at No. 1 Kentucky
Jan. 4, 2015
OLE MISS OPENS SEC PLAY AT NO. 1 KENTUCKY
Ole Miss will open league play at No. 1 Kentucky Tuesday night. It marks the 13th time in the last 17 years the Rebels have opened conference play on the road. Ole Miss has won its last two SEC openers and is 28-53 all-time in league openers.
REBELS VERSUS THE NATION'S BEST
The Rebels will face the nation's No. 1 team for the first time since a 77-62 loss at top-ranked Kentucky on Feb. 18, 2012. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the top-ranked team in the country, including 12 times against the Wildcats.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 78.4 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 19-of-21 attempts (.905) against Northern Arizona and have hit 65 of their last 79 from the line (.823). Five Ole Miss players are shooting at least 80.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and is tied for ninth in the nation shooting 92.2 percent (47-of-51).
REBS ROLL PAST AUSTIN PEAY
Four players scored in double figures, led by senior G Jarvis Summers with 18 points, as Ole Miss rolled past Austin Peay 92-63. Summers was 6-of-12 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, as he finished in double figures for the third straight game. Junior G Stefan Moody was second on the team with 14 points, his team-leading 10th game in double figures this season. Sophomore C Dwight Coleby finished a career-high 12 points and tied a career high with 7 rebounds and senior G Terence Smith added 10 points, as the Ole Miss bench outscored the Austin Peay bench 39-10.
OLE MISS ROUTS SEMO
Senior G Terence Smith a scored career-high 16 points, including hitting 3 3-pointers, in his first career start as Ole Miss coasted to an 82-51 victory over Southeast Missouri. Smith had scored just 21 points all season coming into the game and was only 1-of-14 from behind the arc. Senior F M.J. Rhett added 14 as four Rebels scored in double-figures in the win.
OLE MISS OVERCOMES Deficit TO TAKE DOWN CCU
Senior G LaDarius White scored a career-high 26, including hitting a career-best 6 3-pointers, as Ole Miss overcame a 17-point deficit to knock off Coastal Carolina. White was an efficient 7-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. It marked the first time the Rebels had overcame a deficit of 12 points or more since the 2013 SEC Championship game against Florida.
Senior G LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points in the Rebels' win over Coastal Carolina and is averaging 13.3 ppg over his last six games. White scored 18 points off the bench in the Rebels' win over No. 23 Creighton, including 16 in the second half to spur the Ole Miss comeback. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the half including 2-for-2 from 3, and knocked down both free throw attempts. Ole Miss trailed the Bluejays by six at the half before White spurred the Rebels' comeback with a player efficiency rating of +21.
OLE MISS DOWNS DUCKS ON THE ROAD
Junior G Stefan Moody led Ole Miss with 22 points, including a career-best 4 3-pointers, as the Rebels picked up a road win over the Oregon Ducks 79-73. Sophomore F Sebastian Saiz added a season-high 17 points and 5 rebounds for Ole Miss, which also had three players off the bench in double figures and outscored the Ducks 35-5 off the bench. The Rebels also dominated the points in the paint outscoring Oregon 41-28. The Rebels are now 13-6 against Power-5 conference teams under head coach Andy Kennedy.
REBELS TAKE DOWN RANKED FOE
Senior G Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 23 points, while fellow senior G LaDarius White added 18, including 16 in the second half, as Ole Miss defeated No. 23 Creighton 75-68 at the Emerald Coast Classic. Junior G Martavious Newby and senior F M.J. Rhett added nine points apiece for the Rebels. Summers was 9-of-10 at free-throw line and Newby was 4-of-4 - all in the final 20 seconds - as the Rebels finished 19-of-21 overall from the line. It marked Ole Miss' first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 18 Wisconsin in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
MOODY BREAKS OUT
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7(.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3. Moody scored 22 points in the Rebels win at Oregon and added 25 points, including a career-high 6 3-pointers against Western Kentucky. Moody is averaging 16.1 ppg and has hit 23-of-52 (.442) from 3-point range over his last eight games.
REBELS VERSUS WILDCATS
Tuesday's game will be the 116th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 102-13 lead in the series, but two of the Rebels' 13 all-time wins have come in the last nine meetings. Ole Miss is 48-2 all time versus the Wildcats in Lexington, including one win all time at Rupp Arena in 1998. The Rebels other won in Lexington came in the schools' second all-time meeting in 1927.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 179-105 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, six 20-win campaigns and six postseason berths, which includes an NCAA Third Round appearance 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 eight full years in Oxford.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Florida's Billy Donovan and Alabama's Wimp
Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head coach in their first eight years in the league at one school.
See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 183
3. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 171
4. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
... AND HE IS MOVING UP THE NINE-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks sixth on the list for most win by a coach in their first nine years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 205
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 193
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 186
4. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
5. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 181
OLE MISS `D' AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league ranking fourth in field goal percentage defense (.372) and sixth in blocked shots (4.2/game).
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kentucky is a perfect 13-0 on the season and the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation in both the AP and coaches' polls. The Wildcats have only two players averaging in double figures in scoring - Andrew Harrison (10.3 ppg) and Willie Cauley-Stein (10.1 ppg) - but has nine players scoring at least 5.5 points per game. Kentucky leads the nation in scoring defense allowing just 47.2 ppg and is outrebounding its opponents by more than 10 boards a game. UK is limiting opponents to shooting just 29.7 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from behind the arc.
REBS PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ole Miss was projected to finish sixth in the SEC preseason media poll. Kentucky was predicted as the league champion followed by Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia.
SUMMERS LEADS THE SEC
Senior G Jarvis Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,392); assists (415); minutes played (3,260); and wins (74).
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Jack Waters for 16th on the Ole Miss all-scoring list with 1,392 career points. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.387) and sixth all time in assists (415). See page 7 for updated career records.
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