Ole Miss Returns Home To Host South Carolina
Jan. 8, 2015
Ole Miss (9-5, 0-1 SEC) vs. South Carolina (9-4, 0-1 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Pete Pr,anica play-by-play
Sean Tuohy, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92, XM 191
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 17-15
Streak: OM, W2
In Oxford: OM leads 11-1
Last Meeting: OM W, 75-71 (2/1/14)
• The Rebels have an overall record of 40-41 in their first SEC home game of the year. Ole Miss has won its last two league home openers.
• Ole Miss leads nation in free throw percentage, hitting 78.9 percent of its attempts. The Rebels have hit 84 of their last 101 (.832) attempts from the line. Junior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation shooting 92.7 percent from the free throw line.
• Ole Miss is 11-1 all time against South Carolina at home and the Rebels have won three of the last four meetings.
• Nine of the Rebels’ 13 scholarship players posted a 3.0 GPA or above in the fall semester, as Ole Miss posted a record team GPA.
• Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points and knocked down 5 3-pointers in the Rebels’ overtime loss to No. 1 Kentucky. Moody is averaging 17.1 ppg and shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range over his last nine games.
• Senior G LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points off the bench, including connecting on a career-best 6 3-pointers, in the Rebels’ win come-from-behind win over Coastal Carolina. White is averaging 13.7 ppg over the last six games.
• Senior G Jarvis Summers scored 23 in Ole Miss’ overtime loss to the Wildcats and is averaging 20.3 ppg over his last three games and is shooting 46.7 percent from behind the arc.
• Summers was named to the Cousy Award Watch List, which is given to the nation’s top point guard, and is the SEC active career leader in points (1,415), assists (419), minutes (3,296) and wins (74).
OLE MISS WELCOMES USC FOR SEC HOME OPENER
Ole Miss will welcome South Carolina to Oxford for its SEC homer opener Saturday. The Rebels are 40-41 in their first SEC home game of the year and have won their two league home openers.
SEC RPI STRENGTH
Entering league play, the SEC was one of only three leagues with 10 teams in the top 100 of the RPI and one of only four leagues with five teams in the top 50.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 78.9 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 19-of-22 attempts (.864) against Kentucky and have hit 84 of their last 101 from the line (.832). Five Ole Miss players are shooting at least 80.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation shooting 92.7 percent (51-of-55), including hitting his 11 attempts from the line.
OLE MISS DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO NO. 1 CATS
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points and senior G Jarvis Summers added 23 for the Rebels, who beat Kentucky 30-26 in the paint and controlled the boards for much of the game, before falling to No. 1 Kentucky 89-86 in overtime. Trailing Kentucky 12-0 and 18-5, Moody helped Ole Miss’ offense regroup to mount runs of 10-0 and 7-0 to get within 23-22 before eventually taking a 30-26 lead with 7:01 left in the half. The junior guard went 4-of-5 from long range en route to 16 points in the first half. Summers added 18 in the second half and overtime.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 66 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 4-3 against the RPI top 125, including wins over No. 34 Cincinnati and No. 97 Oregon. South Carolina is ranked No. 88 coming into Saturday’s game.
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 13.7 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 25 points, including 16 in the first half, as Ole Miss took No. 1 Kentucky to overtime. Moody knocked down 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 8-of-13 from the field. He 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 17.1 ppg and has hit 28-of-59 (.475) from 3-point range over his last nine games.
REBELS VERSUS GAMECOCKS
Saturday’s game will be the 33rd meeting between the two schools on the hardwood, with Ole Miss holding a slight 17-15 series advantage after sweeping a pair of games from South Carolina last season. The Rebels have won 3 of the last 4 in the series and are 11-1 all time in Oxford against South Carolina with the lone loss coming in 2008. The home team has taken 12 of the last 14 matchups in the series. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 5-6 against the Gamecocks (5-5 with Ole Miss, 0-1 with Cincinnati).\
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
AK GETS CAREER WIN 200
With the victory over Southeast Missouri, head coach Andy Kennedy earned his 200th career victory as a head coach in his 317th career game. Kennedy is the all-time winningest coach in school history with 180 career win as the Ole Miss head coach.
OLE MISS ‘D’ AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league ranking third in field goal percentage defense (.376) and sixth in blocked shots (4.2/game).
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina lost its first game since November with a 72-68 home loss to Florida to open SEC play. The Gamecocks had won seven-straight games before that loss, including a neutral site win over then-No. 9 Iowa State and are 9-4 overall and 0-1 in the league. South Carolina ranks fourth in the league allowing opponents just 59.2 ppg and is second in the conference in rebounding margin at +7.4. Duane Notice leads the team averaging 12.7 ppg, while reigning SEC Player of the Week Sindari Thornwell is second on the squad at 11.0 pgg. Four Gamecocks are averaging double figures in scoring. South Carolina ranks third in the SEC in rebounding at 40.1 per game, but Mindaugas Kacinas leads the team at just 6.2 rpg.
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 CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Jack Waters for 15th on the Ole Miss all-scoring list with 1,415 career points. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.385) and sixth all time in assists (419). See page 7 for updated career records.
SUMMERS LEADS THE SEC
Senior G Jarvis Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,415); assists (419); minutes played (3,296); and wins (74).
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