Ole Miss Hosts Auburn In SEC Opener
Jan. 7, 2014
Ole Miss (9-4) vs. Auburn (8-3)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.7 points per game (17.8 from 9.1), field goal percentage 14.8 percent (55.2% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 20.5 percent (54.5% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring a team-high seven times including a career-best 30 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton. He has posted 5 20+ points games this season and is averaging 24.7 points per game over the last three contests.
SAIZ STRONG OFF THE GLASS
Freshman F Sebastian Saiz tied a career-high with 11 boards in his second career start versus Dayton. The Spain native ranks fourth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 6.5 rebounds per game and is averaging 10.3 boards a game over his last three games.
Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks third in the nation, averaging 7.3 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and is tied for 36th in the nation, averaging 2.5 blocked shots per game, while junior C Demarco Cox is sixth in the conference averaging 1.6 blocked shots a game.
REBELS IN SEC OPENERS
The Rebels have an overall record of 27-53 in Southeastern Conference openers in their previous 80 years of play in the league. Ole Miss knocked off Tennessee 92-74 in Knoxville last year to begin league play en route to a school-record 6-0 start to SEC action. The Rebels are opening SEC play on at home for the fourth time in the last 16 years.
COMEBACK ROAD WIN
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 24 points and senior G Marshall Henderson added 23 points as Ole Miss erased a 14-point deficit to down Western Kentucky 79-74 on the road. Henderson hit seven 3-pointers for the Rebels, while Summers was 7 of 11 from the floor, 2 of 2 from 3 and 8 of 10 from the line. Freshman F Sebastian Saiz recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds for Ole Miss in his first career start.
HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS
Senior G Marshall Henderson broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers vs. No. 13 Oregon en route to a career-high 39 points. Henderson attempted a school-record 23 3-pointers in the game, which is just one shy of the SEC record held by Pat Bradley of Arkansas. Henderson ranks third in the nation averaging 4.42 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. He also ranks sixth in the league in 3-point FG percentage hitting 38.4% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Auburn posted an 8-3 record in non-league play and have won four straight entering Thursday's SEC opener, including wins over Clemson and Boston College. The Tigers are fifth in the league scoring averaging 76.8 points per game, but rank 13th giving up 70.8 ppg. Virginia transfer KT Harrell leads Auburn and ranks first in the league averaging 19.4 points per game, while junior Chris Denson is close behind and ranks third in the conference scoring 19.0 ppg. Harrell also ranks fourth in the league shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and sixth averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers a game.
OLE MISS-AUBURN SERIES
Thursday's game will be the 128th meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1928. The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 73-54, but Ole Miss has won seven of the last nine meetings including the last four. The Rebels posted their first season sweep of Auburn last year since 2010 winning both matchups. Ole Miss is 38-23 all time versus the Tiger in Oxford, haven't lost at home to Auburn since 2008 and have taken five of the last six in Tad Smith. Andy Kennedy is 10-5 in his career against the Tigers including four-straight wins.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks sixth among active players with 947 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (286) and eighth in points scored (894). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 86 career blocks.
REBELS POST BIG WIN OVER MTSU
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 25 points and Senior G Marshall Henderson added 15, as Ole Miss edged Middle Tennessee 72-63 Saturday afternoon. The Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak to the Blue Raiders and defeated their first NCAA Tournament team from a year ago.
Ole Miss claimed the Barclays Center Classic championship with a 79-76 victory over Penn State. It marked the second exempted tournament title for the Rebels, joining the 2007 San Juan Shootout, under head coach Andy Kennedy, who improved to 19-6 in exempted tournament at Ole Miss. The Rebels hit 11 3-pointers in the game, led by senior G Marshall Henderson (4) and junior G Jarvis Summers (3). The duo also lead the team in scoring with 19 points each, and Summers added 5 assists and no turnovers for Ole Miss, who improved to 8-8 all-time versus the Big Ten.
REBELS BURY GEORGIA TECH
Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus poured in 16 points and Junior C Demarco Cox posted his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards as Ole Miss downed Georgia Tech 77-67 to advance to the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 15 points for the Rebels, which improved to 5-0 this season. Ole Miss took control with an 18-7 run spanning 6:08 in the first half. Henderson started the run with consecutive three pointers, and he later added a third made three. The Rebels held the Yellow jackets to 20.6 percent shooting in the first half, forced 12 turnovers in the game and blocked 10 shots.
DEFENSE SPURS ROUT OF AGGIES
Ole Miss allowed just 17 second-half points and limited North Carolina A&T to just 25.5-percent shooting from the field for the game in the Rebels' 84-50 victory on Tuesday. Junior F Aaron Jones notched his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST VERSUS VALLEY
Ole Miss scored its most points in 15 years and six Rebels scored in double figures in the 111-82 win over Mississippi Valley. Junior C Demarco Cox posted career highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus led all scorers with a career-high 21 points.
Sophomore F Anthony Perez hit a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to push Ole Miss past Coastal Carolina 72-70. Senior G Marshall Henderson had 19 points, including 14 in the second half as the Rebels overcame a two-point halftime deficit. Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 14 points and dished out 5 assists, and Derrick Millinghaus chipped in 12 points for the Rebels.
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points as Ole Miss coasted past Troy 69-54 in the season opener. Summers was 9 of 11 from the field in the first half, including three shots from three-point range as the Rebels built an insurmountable 39-26 halftime lead. Derrick Millinghaus added 13 points, 10 in the second half, as Ole Miss controlled the season opener for both schools. The Rebels out-rebounded Troy 53-38 with junior F Aaron Jones pulling down a game-high 13. Ole Miss won its 10th straight season opener and have won 17 of 18 home openers.
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 105-22 (.827 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 5-3 record this season. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped earlier this season with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 236 of its last 290 games (.814 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 469-201 (.700 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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