Pavilion Opening Weekend Continues As Rebels Host UGA
Jan. 8, 2016Ole Miss (11-3, 1-1 SEC) vs. Georgia (8-4, 1-1 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
Television: SEC Network
Tom Hart, play-by-play
Andrew DeClerq, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Georgia leads series 70-41
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 26-22
Streak: Ole Miss, L4
Last Meeting: UGA W, 76-72 (2/25/15)
Ole Miss welcomes the Georgia Bulldogs to Oxford Saturday, as part of the opening weekend celebration of the $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss.
The Rebels look to improve to 2-1 in the SEC with a win over the Bulldogs Saturday. Ole Miss has won eight of its last nine games.
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 203-117 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 224-130 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 23.5 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in nine-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 28-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history. He also ranks third in SEC history in free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts) at 88.93 per cent just behind Kentucky's Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent) .
Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted 21 point and 16 boards in the Rebels' win over Alabama and ranks second in the SEC, and 20th nationally, pulling down 10.3 rpg. He also ranks fifth in the league with five 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 11.5 ppg over his last 10 games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four.
SAIZ, REBELS RULE OPENING NIGHT
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 21 points and 16 boards, as Ole Miss knocked off Alabama 74-66 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,500 at the grand opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior G Stefan Moody also recorded his ninth-straight 20-point game with 21 points in the win, as the Rebels out scored the Tide 34-24 in the paint and erased an eight-point halftime deficit.
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball begins this week, as the Rebels christen the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion has a capacity of 9,500 fans and 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.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 203-117 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.
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 224-130 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.
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. 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 21 points in the Rebels' win over the Tide and leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.5 ppg. It was his nine-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 12 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 18.6 ppg career scoring average, which ranks 10th in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 28.5 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 26.3 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 26.1 PPG
4. Josh Adams, Wyoming 25.7 PPG
5. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 23.8 PPG
6. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.5 PPG
7. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.5 PPG
8. Pascal Siakam, New Mexico St. 23.4 PPG
9. Zeek Woodley, Northwestern St. 23.3 PPG
10. Kevin Punter, Jr., Tennessee 23.1 PPG
MOODY NEARING 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior G Stan Moody is approaching the 1,000-point in after just two seasons in Oxford. Moody has 892 career points in 48 career games and would be just the 38th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Rebel legend Gerald Glass is the fastest player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point mark, eclipsing it in just 37 games.
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 72.2 percent to start the year, which ranks third 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 third in the league, and 31st nationally, this season hitting 87.0 percent (100 of 115) of his attempts. Moody ranks third all time in the SEC in career free throw percentage at 88.93 percent (min. 200 attempts) just behind 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) - 203
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
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fifth double-double of the season against Alabama (21 points, 16 rebounds) and now has seven double-doubles in his career. He is averaging 11.3 boards a game over his last seven 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 five double-doubles this year and is pulling down 10.3 boards a game, which ranks second in the conference and 20th nationally.
SERIES HISTORY VS. GEORGIA
Saturday's game will be the 112th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia holding a 70-41 lead in the series (UGA lists its lead as 68-41, with wins in 2002 and 2003 vacated due to NCAA sanctions). The two SEC foes have split the last 14 meetings, but Georgia won both meetings last year in Athens and Oxford. The Rebels lead the all-time series 26-22 in games in Oxford and have won four of the last six meetings. Head coach Andy Kennedy owns a 6-6 record against UGA.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs are 8-4 and 1-1 in the SEC after knocking off Missouri 77-59 at home Wednesday. Georgia has won five of its last six games after starting the season 3-3. Sophomore F Yante Maten is the team's leading scorer and rebounder at 16.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Junior G J.J. Frazier is second on the squad in scoring at 15.2 ppg and has dished out a team-high 48 assists on the season. Frazier and senior G Kenny Gaines, who is third on the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg, are both 28 of 69 (.406) from 3 this season. As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 35.6 percent from behind the arc. Georgia has dished out 167 assists as a team this year, but has also turned the ball over 167 times.
REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 55 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while Georgia checks in at No. 62. The Rebels are 4-2 against RPI top 125 teams including wins over Alabama, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech and Memphis.
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 fewest in the SEC.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks fourth in the SEC with a +4.3 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just three times this season and are 9-1 when out rebounding their opponent.
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