Ole Miss Hosts LSU Wednesday
Jan. 13, 2014
Ole Miss (10-5, 1-1 SEC) vs. LSU (10-4, 1-1 SEC)
The Rebels host the LSU Tigers Wednesday night in Oxford.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.8 points per game (17.9 from 9.1), field goal percentage 12.0 percent (52.4% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 17.8 percent (51.8% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring a team-high eight times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton. He has posted 6 20+ points games this season and is averaging 22.2 points per game over the last five contests.
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.
Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks fourth in the nation, averaging 7.1 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and is tied for 35th in the nation, averaging 2.6 blocked shots per game, while junior C Demarco Cox is tied for eighth in the conference averaging 1.3 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 6.2 rebounds per game and is averaging 8.0 boards a game over his last five games.
SNOOP STARTS SEC PLAY STRONG
Junior F LaDarius White is averaging 13.0 points a game through two conference games after posting 7.7 ppg in non-conference action. Snoop ranks first in the SEC in league games with a 55.6 3-point field goal percentage and tied for fifth with five 3-pointers made.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
LSU is 10-4 on the season and 1-1 in the SEC after splitting its week one matchups at home against Tennessee (L, 68-50) and on the road at South Carolina (W, 71-68). The Tigers are 6-2 at the PMac and 4-2 in away and natural site games. Mississippi native Johnny O'Byrant III leads LSU averaging 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while freshman Jordan Mickey is close behind with 13.9 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Mickey also ranks second in the league in blocked shots just ahead of Ole Miss junior Aaron Jones at 3.5/game. LSU ranks fourth in the league in scoring offense at 75.5 points per game, second in field goal percentage defense at .383.
OLE MISS-LSU SERIES
The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 117-86. Last season marked the first time since 1940 the two formers SEC West rivals have not played a home-and-home series in the same year. The Rebels have won five of the last six meetings over the Bayou Bengals, including an 81-67 victory in Baton Rouge last season. Ole Miss owns a 53-34 advantage all-time in games played in Oxford and have won three in a row in the series at home. Andy Kennedy owns an 10-5 record against LSU in his career. He is 9-5 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.
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 fifth 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 (292) and seventh in points scored (931). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 91 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.
HENDERSON APPROACHES 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS
Entering the LSU game, senior G Marshall Henderson has 947 career points. He needs just 53 points to become the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss. Henderson would be just the fourth player in Rebel history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in two seasons joining Denver Brackeen, Gerald Glass and Don Kessigner.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 9-3 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 1-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
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