Ole Miss Continues Road Swing At Auburn
Jan. 5, 2017
Ole Miss (9-5, 0-2 SEC) at Auburn (10-4, 0-2 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Auburn, Ala.
Arena: Auburn Arena (9,121
Television: SEC Network
Mike Morgan, play-by-play
Pat Bradley, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: AU leads 74-57
In Auburn: AU leads 49-14
Streak: OM, W8
Last Meeting: OM, W 69-59 (2/20/16)
• Ole Miss continues its road swing this week when the Rebels head to the Plains to face Auburn Saturday. The Rebels have won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Tigers, including the last eight.
SERIES HISTORY VS. AUBURN
Saturday’s game will be the 132nd all-time meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1928. The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 73-58, but Ole Miss has won 11 of the last 13 meetings including the last eight. Ole Miss knocked off Auburn 69-59 on the Plains last season and have swept the Tigers in a home-and-home series the last three times. The Rebels are 14-49 all time versus the Tigers in Auburn, but has won three straight meetings on the Plains. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 13-5 in his career against the Tigers including eight straight wins.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 11TH YEAR
In 11 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 221-131 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 50 points and 40 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. 47 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA. The Rebels rank fifth in the SEC, while Saturday’s opponent Auburn checks in at No. 84. Ole Miss is 3-5 against the RPI top 125 with wins over Saint Joe’s (No. 62), UMass (No. 99), and Memphis (No. 122). The Rebels’ only five losses this season have come against , No. 3 Florida, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 7 Creighton, No. 21 Middle Tennessee and No. 44 Virginia Tech. Ole Miss boasts the 18th toughest strength of schedule this season and the Rebels have played the 27th toughest non-conference schedule according to ESPN.com.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior F Sebastian Saiz is the SEC active career leader in rebounding with 770 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 leads the SEC with nine double-doubles this year and ranks second among active players in the conference with 18 career double-doubles.
NCAA Rebounding Leaders
1. Rokas Gustys, Hofstra 13.2 PRG
2. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue 13.0 PRG
3. Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss 12.2 PRG
4. Steve Taylor Jr., Toledo 11.8 RPG
5. Bryce Washington, ULL 11.7 RPG
6. Angel Delgado, Seton Hall 11.6 PRG
7. Tacko Fall, UCF 11.2 RPG
8. Dedric Lawson, Memphis 11.1 RPG
9. Jimmy Hall, Kent St. 11.1 RPG
10. Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern 10.8 RPG
OLE MISS NEARING .500 MARK AS A PROGRAM
With a 1268-1273 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.
REBELS COME UP SHORTS 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.
Ole Miss ranks fourth in the SEC averaging 8.1 made 3-pointers a game. Junior G Cullen Neal ranks seventh in the league shooting 40.0 percent from three and 10th averaging 2.0 3s/game and junior G Deandre Burnett ranks 10th shooting 37.3 percent from behind the arc and fifth among players in the league making 2.3 3s/game. The duo has made 59 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 100 of 109 (.917) 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 fourth 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 TIGERS
Auburn is 10-4 on the year and 0-2 in the SEC after dropping a midweek league game 80-61 at Vanderbilt Wednesday. The Tigers opened SEC play with a 96-84 home loss to Georgia last week. Auburn posted a 10-2 record in non-conference action with wins over Oklahoma and UConn. Freshman G Mustapha Heron leads the team in scoring averaging 15.9 ppg and rebounding at 6.4 rpg in his first season on the Plains. Two other players are also scoring in double figures this season including redshirt freshman G Danjel Purifoy, who is second on the squad averaging 14.2 ppg and has a team-best 32 3-pointers. The Tigers are averaging 79.0 ppg as a team this year, but also giving up 74.3 ppg. Auburn is pulling down just 37.4 board a game and is allowing opponents to outrebound them by 3.2 a game.
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 4 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 32nd in the country.
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