Jan. 5, 2016
Ole Miss Game Notes - Alabama
Ole Miss (10-3, 0-1 SEC) vs. Alabama (9-3, 0-0 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
Dave Neal, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Laura Rutledge, sideline
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81, XM 81
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Alabama leads series 118-56
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 42-38
Streak: Ole Miss, W2
Last Meeting: Ole Miss W, 82-74 (3/7/15)
• Ole Miss welcomes the Alabama Crimson Tide to Oxford Thursday for the grand opening of the new home of the Rebels, the $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss.
• The Rebels are looking to even their SEC record at 1-1 after dropping the league opener at Kentucky. Ole Miss had won seven-straight games before the loss to the Wildcats.
• Ole Miss has won two in-a-row against the Tide and six of the last nine meetings.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 202-117 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 223-130 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 20th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school and has the fifth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the league at one school.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring at 23.7 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in eight-straight games, which is the best streak in school history since 1992. Moody has broke the 30-point mark twice and has made a 3-pointer in 27-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history. He is also the SEC career leader in free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts) at 89.39 percent ahead of Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent) .
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz grabbed 12 rebounds in Ole Miss’ win over Memphis and ranks third in the SEC, and 27th nationally, pulling down 9.8 rpg. He also ranks fifth in the league with four double-doubles this year.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down 6 boards in the Rebels’ win versus Troy. Gielo is averaging 11.4 ppg over his last nine games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four.
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball begins this week, as the Rebels will christen the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion is more than 225,000 square feet and has a capacity of 9,500 fans. It includes a number of first-class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl. The Pavilion features the largest center hung video display in college basketball at approximately 2,400 square feet of LED space.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 202-117 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 223-130 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy has beaten 92 different teams, including all 13 SEC foes, in his 10 years at Ole Miss and is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 201-116 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 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 nine full years in Oxford.
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
OLE MISS CLOSES OUT TAD PAD WITH WIN
Ole Miss knocked off Troy in overtime 83-80 in the 700th and final game in C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored a career-high 23 points and finished 5 of 11 from 3-point range in the victory, while senior G Stefan Moody also added 23 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. The Rebels finished with an overall record of 490-210 in the Tad Pad and were 126-31 (.803) under head coach Andy Kennedy, the best home winning percentage in school history. Ole Miss also 70.7 percent of its SEC games under AK in Tad Smith. Opened in 1966, Tad Smith Coliseum was built for an original cost of $1.8 million and hosted 3,463,639 fans in its 50 years.
REBELS TAKE DOWN TIGERS
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 21 points leading five Ole Miss players in double figures as the Rebels won their sixth straight with an 85-79 victory over Memphis. The Rebels built an 18-point lead in the first half, thanks to an 18-2 run, and the Ole Miss defense held Memphis without a field goal for more than 10 minutes. Senior G Martavious Newby recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards. The Rebels improved to 11-5 in road games over the last two years.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody posted 23 points in the Rebels’ loss at Kentucky and leads the in the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.7 ppg. It was his eighth-straight game with 20-plus points, which is the longest streak in school history since Joe Harvell posted nine-straight 20-point games in 1992. He has scored 20-plus points 11 times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark twice against Towson and UMass. He is the second highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 18.5 ppg career scoring average, which ranks 10th in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 29.0 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 26.3 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 26.1 PPG
3. Josh Adams, Wyoming 26.1 PPG
5. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.0 PPG
6. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.7 PPG
7. Pascal Siakam, New Mexico St. 23.6 PPG
8. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.5 PPG
9. Zeek Woodley, Northwestern St. 23.3 PPG
10. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 22.9 PPG
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Memphis (12 points, 12 rebounds) and now has six double-doubles in his career. He is averaging 10.5 boards a game over his last six games. Saiz became the first Rebel since Murphy Holloway in 2013 to record a double-double in back-to-back games after recording two-straight to start the season. Saiz ranks fifth in the SEC with four double-doubles this year and is pulling down 9.8 boards a game, which ranks third in the conference and 27th nationally.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting 72.1 percent to start the year, which ranks second in the league. Ole Miss hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks second in the league, and 31st nationally, this season hitting 87.9 percent (87 of 99) of his attempts. Moody is the SEC’s career leader in free throw percentage at 89.39 percent (min. 200 attempts) ahead of Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent).
KENNEDY’S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
5. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
7. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
8. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 170
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 169
10. John Brady (LSU) - 167
11. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 164
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 161
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 161
14. Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 159
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks fifth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 202
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
10. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
SERIES HISTORY VS. ALABAMA
Thursday’s game will be the 175th meeting between the two schools. The Crimson Tide hold a 118-56 lead in the series, which began in 1921, but the Rebels have won six of the last nine against Alabama including an 82-74 victory in the lone meeting in Tuscaloosa last year. Ole Miss leads the series 42-38 in games played in Oxford, and the Rebels have won 14 of the last 17 meetings at home. Andy Kennedy has a 9-7 career record versus the Tide.
SCOUTING THE TIDE
The Crimson Tide are 9-3 after wrapping up non-conference play with a 68-49 victory over Norfolk State Saturday. Thrusday’s game marks the SEC opener for Alabama. The Tide are led by senior G Retin Obasohan, who is averaging a team-best 13.4 ppg and tied a career high with 23 points in the win over Norfolk State. Junior F Shannon Hale is the only other Crimson Tide player scoring in double figures at 11.7 ppg, while fellow junior F Jimmy Taylor has pulled down a team-best 70 boards. Alabama is limiting opponents to shooting just 38.8 percent from the field, but have a -2.9 rebounding margin on the year and are last in the league averaging 34.5 rebounds a game. The Tide is also last in the league in scoring at 66.4 ppg.
REBELS FOLLOWING NEW RULES
With the introduction of new rules this season regarding how players defend, the Rebels have done a good job following them. Ole Miss is committing just 18.2 fouls a game, which is the second fewest in the SEC.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks fifth in the SEC with a +4.1 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just three times this season and are 8-1 when out rebounding their opponent.