Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 Time: 7:00 p.m. CT Location: Knoxville, Tenn. Arena: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) Television: SEC Network Dave Neal, play-by-play Barry Booker, analyst Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Richard Cross, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Live Video: ESPN3 Satellite Radio: XM 200 Series: Tennessee leads 69-39 In Knoxville: Tennessee leads 39-10 Last Meeting: OM, W 77-72 (3/6/12) Streak: OM, W1
• Ole Miss opens Southeastern Conference action Wednesday on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. • This marks the 12th time in the last 15 years the Rebels will open conference play on the road. • Senior F Murphy Holloway notched his league-best seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards in the Rebels' final non-conference game versus Fordham. Holloway leads all active SEC players with 32 career double-doubles. • With 13 boards against the Rams, Holloway continues to inch towards the top of the Ole Miss rebound list with 885 career boards. The senior now only trails Walter Actwood's school record of 945 career boards. • Junior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 18.2 ppg and ranks second in the nation averaging 4.0 made 3-pointers per game. • With six blocks against Fordham, senior F Reginald Buckner leaped into the top 10 in SEC history and is tied with Jamaal Magloire, of Kentucky, for ninth in league history with 268 career blocks. Buckner trails Dwayne Schintzius, of Florida, for eighth on the list by just four blocks. • Head coach Andy Kennedy (136) is just eight wins away from tying B.L. Graham (144) for the most wins in Ole Miss history.
REBELS IN SEC OPENERS The Rebels have an overall record of 26-53 in Southeastern Conference openers in their previous 79 years of play in the league. The Rebels are looking for their first league-opening win under head coach Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss dropped an 81-55 game at LSU a year ago. The Rebels are opening SEC play on the road for the 12th time in the last 15 years. The last SEC opening win came in 2005-06 when the Rebels beat Alabama 71-61 in Tuscaloosa. The last time Ole Miss opened league play with the Volunteers was in 2008, when the Rebels dropped a tight game 85-83 at No. 8 Tennessee.
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS Entering his final season at Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway has moved into striking position of the Ole Miss career rebound mark. With 14 boards against the LMU, Holloway passed John Stroud and Joe Gibbon for second place on the Rebel rebound list and now has 885 career boards. The senior now only trails Walter Actwood's school record of 945 career boards. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in rebounds and double-doubles, ranks second in steals and third in points. He leads the SEC this season with seven double-doubles and leads the conference and ranks 11th in the nation in rebounding at 10.9 rpg.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Dec. 30), as the Rebels rank fifth in the nation in turnover margin (+6.2) and scoring (83.1), 10th in 3-point FG percentage defense (27.0%) and scoring margin (+19.1), 11th in block shots (6.1), 13th in steals (9.9) and 34th in FG percentage defense (38.3%).
HENDERSON OFF TO A HOT START Junior G Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native has definitely lived up to that billing so far this season, as he is averaging a team-best 18.2 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks second in the nation in 3-pointers made (4.0 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. Against ETSU, Henderson poured in a game-high 22 points, including 6-of-13 from three and pulling down six boards. Henderson scored a game-high 22 points in the season opener versus Mississippi Valley State, hitting 5-of-11 from behind the arc and becoming the first Rebel to nail five 3-pointers in a game since Dundrecous Nelson in 2011. He finished the game 6-of-12 from the field and added two steals and an assist in his first collegiate start. In his second game vs. Coastal Carolina, Henderson poured a season-high 27 points, including 6-of-13 from three, and added four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Against Indiana State, he tied has career high with 27 points on 7-of-16 from 3-point, which is just one 3-pointer shy of the school record and is tied for third all time. Over his last six games, Henderson has made 26-of-58 3-pointers good for 44.8 percent. The 49 points Henderson scored in his first two games is the most by a Rebel to start his career since "World Class" Gerald Glass scored 59 points in 1988.
OLE MISS-TENNESSEE SERIES The Rebels and Vols have met 108 times, with Tennessee holding a 69-39 lead in a series that began in 1924. The home team has won seven of the last eight regular season meeting dating back to 2005. UT owns a 39-10 record against Ole Miss in Knoxville and the Rebels haven't won at Tennessee since 1991. Ole Miss claimed an overtime win in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament last season to snap a four-game losing streak to the Volunteers. Andy Kennedy is 3-5 against the Vols in his career.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Rebel big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner have been impressive for Ole Miss in the paint during their careers. Holloway leads all active SEC players with 32 career double-doubles and leads the league and ranks 14th in the nation this year with seven double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 12 career double-doubles and is tied for second in the conference this year with four double-doubles. Ole Miss is 6-1 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 3-1 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
SCOUTING THE VOLS Tennessee enters SEC play with an 8-4 overall mark after dropping its final non-conference game versus Memphis last Friday. It was the Vols' first home loss of the season and dropped their home record to 6-1 this season, which includes a win over No. 23 Wichita State earlier this year. Tennessee ranks second in the SEC allowing 58.8 ppg. True freshman wing Derek Reese made his collegiate debut in the Xavier game after missing the season's first 10 games while rehabbing from Aug. 21 shoulder surgery. The Orlando, Fla., native was the catalyst for UT's victory and finished with seven points. Sophomore guard Josh Richardson was Tennessee's top scorer vs. the Musketeers, totaling a career high-tying 12 points for the second straight game. After averaging just 2.9 ppg last season, Richardson has started every game for UT this year and averages 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Junior point guard Trae Golden and sophomore power forward Jarnell Stokes continue to lead the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 and 11.4 ppg, respectively.
HOLLOWAY NAMED TO DIAMOND HEAD ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Senior F Murphy Holloway was named to the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 19.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg over three contests. Holloway posted double-doubles to two games, including a 23-point, 13-rebound effort vs. San Francisco, and missed a third-straight double-double in the final game by just one rebound.
HOLLOWAY JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB With 15 points vs. McNeese State, senior F Murphy Holloway became the 34th member of the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. Holloway passed Terrance Henry for 28th all-time scoring list with 16 points vs. Indiana State and now has 1,103 career points, which ranks just two points behind Fred Cox for 27th in school history. He currently ranks third in the SEC and 30th in the nation in field goal percentage (.572) and ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 15.8 ppg.
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN FIRST BIG EAST FOE Ole Miss earned its first-ever home win over a Big East member school when the Rebels took down Rutgers. The Rebels had previously beaten Louisville, South Florida and Temple at home, but none were members of the Big East at the time. Last year, Ole Miss knocked off Miami for its first home win versus an ACC opponent and defeated Penn State for its first-ever Big Ten road win.
BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels' all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 109 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 268 blocks, and is now tied Jamaal Magloire, of Kentucky, for ninth in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 3.1 average this season ranks second among SEC players and ninth in the nation. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in every game this season, 31-of-33 games last year and 96-of-109 games over his four-year career. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the second-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.
SEC Career Blocks Leaders 1. 564 Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (2007-10) 2. 412 Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (1990-92) 3. 360 Kyle Davis, Auburn (2001-04) 4. 327 Lavon Mercer, Georgia (1977-80) 5. 318 Steven Hill, Arkansas (2005-08) 6. 285 Robert Horry, Alabama (1989-92) 7. 275 Sam Muldrow, South Carolina (2008-11) 8. 272 Dwayne Schintzius, Florida (1986-90) 9. 268 Jamaal Magloire, Kentucky (1997-2000) 268 Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss (2009-) 11. 266 Roy Rogers, Alabama (1993-96) 12. 249 Brandon Wallace, South Carolina (2004-07) 249 Erick Dampier, Mississippi State (1994-96) 14. 247 Charles Claxton, Georgia (1992-95) 15. 241 Mamadou N'diaye, Auburn (1997-2000)
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank fourth in the SEC and 34th in nation in field goal percentage defense (38.3%) and first in the league and 10th nation in 3-point percentage defense (27.0%). The Rebels rank second in the SEC and 13th in the NCAA steals (9.9 spg) and second in the league and 11th in the nation in blocks (6.1 bpg). Ole Miss has forced 239 turnovers this season and lead the league forcing an average of 18.4 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation in turnover margin at +6.1.
HOLLOWAY NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK Senior F Murphy Holloway was named the SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 26 after averaging 19 points and 8.5 boards in a pair of wins over McNeese State and Lipscomb. He scored 15 points versus McNeese to become the 34th player in Rebel history to top 1,000-career points and posted a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 24 minutes against Lipscomb. Holloway was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against the Cowboys and shot 80.0 percent for the week to raise his SEC-best field goal percentage to 71.7 for the season.
KENNEDY NOTCHES CAREER WIN 150 With a victory over McNeese State, head coach Andy Kennedy notched his 150th career victory. Kennedy is 157-93 (.628 winning pct.) in his eighth season as a head coach.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 4.8. Summers has only committed 10 turnovers on the season compared to 48 assists.
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