Ole Miss Puts Win Streak On The Line At LSU
Jan. 11, 2016
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, La.
Arena: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Brad Nessler, play-by-play
Sean Farnham, analyst
Jeff Goodman, sideline
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 202
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: LSU leads series 119-87
Baton Rouge: LSU leads 78-29
Streak: LSU, W2
Last Meeting: LSU W, 73-63 (2/28/15)
Ole Miss takes its two-game conference winning streak to Baton Rouge Wednesday to face the LSU Tigers.
The Rebels look to improve to 3-1 in the SEC with a win over the Tigers, which would be their best SEC start since 2013-14. Ole Miss has won nine of its last 10 games and is 11-5 in road games over the last two years.
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 204-117 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 225-130 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 23.9 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in 10-straight games, which is the best streak in school history since Gerald Glass recorded 13-straight in 1989. Moody has broke the 30-point mark twice and has made a 3-pointer in 29-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 88.59 per cent just behind Kentucky's Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent).
Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted back-to-back double-doubles last week against Alabama (21 points, 16 boards) and Georgia (14 points, 10 boards) and ranks second in the SEC, and 19th nationally, pulling down 10.3 rpg. He is also tied for third in the league with six double-doubles this year.
Junior G Rasheed Brooks posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Rebels' win over Georgia. Brooks is 10.5 ppg over his last six games.
MOODY'S GAME-WINNER LIFTS REBELS TO WIN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points, including the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left to give Ole Miss a 72-171 victory over Georgia. Moody tied a career high with 7 assists and added 3 steals, as the Rebels erased a 15-point deficit. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior G Rasheed Brooks recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels swept Alabama and Georgia in the opening weekend at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
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 began last week, as the Rebels christened 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 204-117 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 204-117 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 225-130 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.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody posted 29 points in the Rebels' win over the Bulldogs and leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.9 ppg. It was his 10th-straight game with 20-plus points, which is the longest streak in school history since Gerald Glass posted 13 straight in 1992. He has scored 20-plus points 13 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 18.8 ppg career scoring average, which ranks 10th in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 28.5 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 26.6 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 25.8 PPG
4. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.8 PPG
5. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 23.9 PPG
6. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.9 PPG
7. Pascal Siakam, New Mexico St. 23.0 PPG
8. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 22.9 PPG
9. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 22.8 PPG
10. Kevin Punter, Jr., Tennessee 22.8 PPG
MOODY NEARING 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior G Stan Moody is rapidly approaching the 1,000-point in after just two seasons in Oxford. Moody has 921 career points in 49 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 71.8 percent this 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 second in the league, and 41st nationally, this season hitting 86.5 percent (115 of 133) of his attempts. His 115 free throw made this year ranks sixth in the nation. Moody ranks third all time in the SEC in career free throw percentage at 88.59 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) - 204
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 sixth double-double of the season against Georgia (14 points, 10 rebounds) and now has eight double-doubles in his career. He is averaging 11.3 boards a game over his last eight games. Saiz recorded a double-double in back-to-back games for the second time this year after recording two straight last week against Alabama (21 points, 16 boards) and Georgia. He is tied for third in the SEC with six double-doubles this year and is pulling down 10.3 boards a game, which ranks second in the conference and 19th nationally.
SERIES HISTORY VS. LSU
The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 119-87. The last three seasons marked the first time since 1940 the two former SEC West rivals have not played a home-and-home series in the same year. The Rebels have won seven of the last 10 meetings over the Bayou Bengals, but dropped a road game in Baton Rouge 73-63 last year. The Tigers hold a 78-29 advantage in games in Baton Rouge, but Ole Miss has taken three of the last five meetings at the PMAC. Andy Kennedy owns an 11-7 record against LSU in his career. He is 10-7 with Ole Miss and faced the Bayou Bengals once as the Cincinnati head coach in 2005-06, earning a 75-72 victory at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Bulldogs are 9-6 and 2-1 in the SEC after knocking off Kentucky 85-67 at home last Tuesday before falling on the road at Florida 68-62 Saturday. LSU is lead by freshman phenom Ben Simmons, who ranks first in the SEC in rebounding at 13.1/game and is third in scoring at 20.6 ppg. Simmons also leads the league in double-doubles with 12 and third in assists with 5.1/game. Senior Keith Hornsby, who missed the first seven games of the season due to injury, is second on the team in scoring at 15.5 ppg and is shooting 41.0 percent (16 of 39) from behind the arc. The Tigers rank second in the conference in scoring averaging 82.8 ppg, but are 11th in the league allowing 75.4 ppg.
REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 50 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while LSU checks in at No. 129. The Rebels are 5-2 against RPI top 125 teams including wins over Alabama, Georgia, 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 18.5 fouls a game, which is the second 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 10-1 when out rebounding their opponent.
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