Rebels Renew Rivalry With Bulldogs
Jan. 10, 2014
Ole Miss (10-4, 1-0 SEC) at Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1 SEC)
The Rebels opened SEC play with a win over Auburn Thursday to start 1-0 in the league for the second-straight season. Ole Miss set a school record with a 6-0 start to conference play last year.
SEC OPENING WIN
Junior F Aaron Jones posted 12 points, 7 boards, a career-high 5 blocked shots and a career-high 5 steals as Ole Miss edged Auburn 65-62 in the SEC opener. Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points, Junior G Jarvis Summers added 14 and Ole Miss won its second-straight SEC opener. The Rebels are looking for a 2-0 start to league play after opening with a school-record 6-0 mark last year.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.4 points per game (17.5 from 9.1), field goal percentage 12.6 percent (53.0% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 19.1 percent (53.1% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring a team-high seven times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton. He has posted 5 20+ points games this season and is averaging 22.0 points per game over the last four contests.
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 2.7 blocked shots per game, while junior C Demarco Cox is seventh in the conference averaging 1.7 blocked shots a game.
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 6.1 rebounds per game and is averaging 8.3 boards a game over his last four games.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Mississippi State is 10-4 on the season and 0-1 in the SEC after falling 85-63 to Kentucky in Lexington. The Bulldogs are 8-1 at the Hump this season with the only loss coming to TCU during the Big 12/SEC Challenge. MSU is 2-3 in away and natural site games with losses to Kentucky, Utah State and UNLV. Craig Sword leads the team with a 14.6 points per game average, while Gavin Ware is close behind averaging 10.7 points a game and paced the squad pulling down 9.0 boards per game. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in steals (9.5/game) and rank second in turnovers forced (16.6/game), but are last in the league in field goal percentage defense at 43.2%.
OLE MISS-MSU SERIES
The Bulldogs are Ole Miss' most-played opponent, as Saturday's game will be the 248th meeting between the in-state rivals, which is also the SEC's most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 140-107 lead in the series, which began in 1914, and a 92-24 advantage in Starkville. The Rebel have split the last four meetings with MSU, but are seeking their first win in Starkville since 2009. Ole Miss won 93-75 earlier last season in Oxford before falling 73-67 in Starkville. Andy Kennedy is 5-9 against MSU in his career.
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.
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 (290) and eighth in points scored (908). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 90 career blocks.
KENNEDY'S FIRST SEVEN YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy moved passed Billy Donovan and Rick Stansbury last season for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first seven years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 184
2. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 155
3. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 154
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 152
He also passed Mark Gottfried for eighth among SEC coaches with 162 wins through his first eight years. Next up, is Rick Stansbury with 164 and Billy Donovan and Wimp Sanderson with 169 victories.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 9-3 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 1-1 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
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