Jan. 14, 2011
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 18: Ole Miss (12-5, 0-2 SEC) vs. #24 Georgia (12-3, 1-1 SEC)
Saturday 1.15.11 | 4:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: FSN (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Larry Conley, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 213, XM 199
Live Video: ESPN3.com
REBELS SEEK FIRST LEAGUE WIN
Seeking its first SEC victory of the season, Ole Miss' task does not get any easier with No. 24 Georgia visiting Oxford. The Bulldogs represent the first nationally ranked opponent for the Rebels this season. Andy Kennedy's squad has started 0-2 in league play for the first time since 2007. Ole Miss has not started 0-3 since the 2004 season. The biggest highlight for the Rebels in a 69-64 SEC home opening loss to Mississippi State was Chris Warren setting the school record for career 3-pointers (and tying his personal best of seven 3s in a game while doing so). With open shots against the MSU zone defense, Ole Miss set a school record by attempting 35 3-pointers.
- Ole Miss claimed the 2010 SEC Western Division title and was picked by the media to finish second in the West this year.
- Saturday's game is the 105th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia holding a 65-39 lead in the series. Ole Miss has won four of the last five.
- Andy Kennedy has led Ole Miss to a 67-13 record at home during his tenure.
- Kennedy is three wins shy of 100 at Ole Miss.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams a 74.7 FT percentage and ranks third with a 46.7 FG percentage.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren leads the SEC in scoring with 18.9 ppg.
- Warren has the school record with 285 career 3-pointers, which ranks eighth in SEC history. He is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
- Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner leads the SEC with a 65.4 FG percentage and ranks third with 2.9 blocks per game.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Georgia enters the weekend with a 12-3 overall record and 1-1 mark in SEC play. The 24th-ranked Bulldogs are coming off a 73-66 loss at Vanderbilt that snapped their nine-game win streak. Mark Fox's club won its league opener at home, 77-70 over Kentucky. In his second year at the helm, Fox has turned around a team that went 14-17 in his inaugural campaign. Georgia averages 69.5 ppg and allows 63.7 ppg to opponents. The Bulldogs out-rebound their foes 37.7-34.0 (+3.7) and rank first among SEC teams with 15.0 assists per game. Trey Thompkins is the league's fourth-leading scorer at 17.7 ppg and adds 7.6 rpg (9th in SEC). Travis Leslie adds 14.4 ppg (13th in SEC) and a team-high 8.0 rpg (6th in SEC), while Gerald Robinson chips in 13.4 ppg and 4.3 assists per game (2nd in SEC).
OLE MISS-GEORGIA SERIES
Saturday's game is the 105th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia holding a 65-39 lead in the series (UGA lists its lead as 63-39, with wins in 2002 and 2003 vacated due to NCAA sanctions). Ole Miss has prevailed in five of the last seven encounters, including last year's 80-76 triumph in Athens behind a balanced offensive effort (four players with double figure points) and Eniel Polynice's nifty inbounds pass off a defender's back and to himself for the eventual winning play (see recap on page 7). The Rebels are 25-20 against the Bulldogs in Oxford, including wins in each of the last three meetings at the Tad Pad. Andy Kennedy has won four of five meetings against UGA.
A pair of Rebels will face some very familiar foes on Saturday. With most of UGA's roster from the state of Georgia, Ole Miss senior guard Zach Graham (Suwanee) and junior guard Trevor Gaskins (Alpharetta) will be facing many familiar high school and AAU faces. In addition, recently added transfer Jelan Kendrick (Atlanta) was a teammate of UGA freshman Marcus Thornton at Westlake High School prior to Kendrick transferring to Wheeler for his senior season.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
Georgia represents the first nationally ranked opponent for Ole Miss this season. The Bulldogs are No. 24 in the AP poll (RV in ESPN/USA Today coaches poll). Ole Miss is 4-13 against top-25 opponents under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels' last win over a ranked team was an 85-80 triumph over No. 24 Kentucky on Jan. 27, 2009.
Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams (and 42nd in nation) with 76.8 ppg. The Rebels have eclipsed 80 points six times this year and have reached triple digits twice (101 vs. Mississippi Valley State, 100 vs. Alcorn State).
The Rebels rank third in the SEC making 46.7 percent of their shots from the field. They have shot better than 40 percent in all but two games and better than 50 percent in five outings. That includes a season-best 59.6 percent at UALR, which was the highest mark ever allowed by the Trojans at the Jack Stephens Center. Reginald Buckner leads the league with a 65.4 FG percentage and would rank top 10 in the nation if he had enough attempts. Terrance Henry ranks eighth in the league at 51.8 percent. Every regular in the Rebels' lineup is hitting shots at better than a 40 percent clip.
Ole Miss has displayed some impressive bursts of scoring this season. With feats of athleticism and sharp outside shooting, the Rebels have posted at least one 40-point half in all but two games this season, including a high of 52 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State. The Rebels have a pair of 100-point games for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The last time Ole Miss reached triple digits three times in a season was in 1998-99.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Ole Miss has vastly improved its rebounding numbers in the last few outings. The Rebels came into the Cancun Governor's Cup with a -0.6 rebounding margin (which was worst in the SEC) through their first nine games. But in the last eight outings, Ole Miss has out-rebounded its foes by an average of 11.4 boards, including a 45-22 advantage vs. Texas State, 42-23 vs. Saint Louis and 47-27 vs. Alcorn State. The season rebounding margin has vaulted all the way to +5.1, which is fifth-best among SEC teams. Reginald Buckner is averaging 8.3 boards over the last four games, while Terrance Henry is pulling down 8.0 per game over the last five.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 28th in the nation with a 74.7 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in six games this season. Their 95.7 FT percentage against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts. Chris Warren leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the nation with a 94.4 FT percentage. He has made 84 of 89 attempts on the season and has converted 42 of his last 43 and 27 straight from the line. Zach Graham is third in the league at 85.1 percent.
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently leads the SEC in scoring (18.9) and FT percentage (94.4), ranks fourth in assists (4.1), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.7), fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and third in minutes (33.9). He has scored 20+ points in nine games (most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 11 times. He has led the team in assists in all but three games, with a season-high of seven at UALR.
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. Against Mississippi State, he passed current Ole Miss Radio analyst Keith Carter and moved into sixth place with 1,694 career points. Justin Reed is next on the list in fifth place with 1,785. If Warren can reach 2,000 points and 400 assists for his career, he will be only the fourth player in SEC history to do so (LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston and Georgia's Litterial Green are the others).
WARREN SHATTERS CAREER 3-POINT RECORD
With a career high-tying seven 3-pointers against Mississippi State, Chris Warren surged past Aaron Harper to set the school record for most career triples. Warren enters the Georgia game with 285, which is eighth-most in SEC history. With three more, he will tie Scott Draud (Vanderbilt) and Lee Humphrey (Florida) for sixth-most in league history at 288. Warren also holds the school record for career 3-point attempts.
WARREN PASSES HIS WAY INTO TOP FIVE
With six assists against Alcorn State, Chris Warren moved into the top five in school history for career assists. He is now up to 394 dimes in his career. Next up is Jason Harrison, who ranks fourth with 427.
With 25 points against Mississippi State, Chris Warren posted his SEC-leading ninth 20-point game this season. He has reached 20 points in four of the last five outings. His 35 career 20-point games leads all active SEC players. He also leads all active league players in career points, assists and 3-pointers.
GRAHAM REACHES 1,000 POINTS
Zach Graham became the 32nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when he scored 13 points at SMU. He enters the Georgia game in 32nd place with 1,027 career points. The Suwanee, Ga., native has accomplished the feat with steady improvement every year (averaged 5.9 ppg as a freshman, 8.5 as a sophomore, 9.2 as a junior and 13.9 as a senior). He joins Chris Warren as current 1,000-point scorers at Ole Miss.
GRAHAM EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 16th in the SEC with a 13.9 scoring average and third with an 85.1 free-throw percentage. He averages 4.5 rebounds per game, including 7.3 over the last seven. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor's Cup All-Tournament team. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State. He tallied 13 points and 8 boards at SMU. He had 11 points, 5 boards and 2 blocks in the SEC opener at Florida. He scored 13 points with 5 boards vs. MSU.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 76 career wins, he needs 11 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
BUCKNER DOMINATING THE GLASS
Reginald Buckner has started to make himself a force to reckon with on the glass. The 6-9 sophomore is pulling down 9.0 rebounds per game over his last seven contests, including totals of 13 (vs. Texas State), 12 (vs. Colorado State), 11 (vs. Southeastern La.) and 10 (at Florida). He has three double-doubles on the year, including his first career SEC double-double with 13 points and 10 boards at Florida. He ranks 15th in the SEC with 6.8 rpg for the season.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Already one of the most prolific shot-blockers in school history, sophomore forward Reginald Buckner recently became the fifth player in school history to reach 100 career blocks. Buckner enters the Georgia game with 110 blocks in his career and needs four more to match Johnnie Rogers' third-place total of 114. Against Florida he set a new Ole Miss sophomore record, surpassing Malcolm White's total of 43 in 2008-09. He ranks third in the SEC and 12th in the country with 2.9 blocks per game and has recorded five or more swats in five games this year, including a career-high seven vs. ETSU.
Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has been a key addition on the court this year. A starter in all 17 games, he is averaging 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds and has been an instrumental vocal leader on the floor. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. He grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State and Colorado State and scored 13 point against the Rams. He scored 7 points with 3 boards in his SEC debut at Florida. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Has played in 16 games, with 14 starts ... Ranks 3rd in the SEC and 12th in the nation in blocks (2.9/game) ... Leads the SEC in field-goal percentage (65.4) and would rank top 10 in the nation if he had enough attempts ... 15th in the league in rebounding (6.8/game) ... Averaging 9.0 rebounds over his last 7 games ... Missed the Alcorn State game with a sore knee ... 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... 5 blocks vs. Penn State ... First double-double of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds at UALR, while also blocking 5 shots ... Posted yet another 5-block game vs. MVSU ... Posted career highs with 16 points and 7 blocks vs. ETSU ... 8 points, career-high 13 rebounds vs. Texas State ... 7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Colorado State ... Second double-double of the year with 12 points, 11 boards vs. SE Louisiana, adding 4 blocks ... First career SEC double-double with 13 points, 10 boards (and 4 blocks) at Florida.
Demarco Cox: Has started 4 games and played in 16 ... Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Dayton ... Made first career start vs. Penn State ... Posted 10 points (5-6 FGs) and 6 boards vs. MVSU ... Made second career start vs. Saint Louis and grabbed 7 boards ... Started against Alcorn State and posted season bests of 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double.
Trevor Gaskins: Has played in 14 games with 8 starts ... Returned from a three-game absence to play 19 minutes at SMU ... Averaged 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds over 4 games prior to injuring his hamstring in the Colorado State game ... Scored 8 points with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Had 8 points, 4 boards and 3 steals vs. Murray State ... Poured in career-high 24 points vs. Penn State, making 9-of-14 FGs and 6-of-11 3s ... Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds at UALR ... Tallied 15 points, 4 assists, no turnovers, 3 rebounds and 3 steals vs. MVSU ... 7 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals vs. ETSU ... Led the Rebels with 21 points, 4 assists and 3 steals vs. Texas State ... Matched a career high with 4 steals vs. MSU.
Zach Graham: Has appeared in all 17 games with 9 starts ... Ranks 16th in the SEC in scoring (13.9) and third in free-throw percentage (85.1) ... Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton) ... Scored 19 off the bench at Miami ... Posted 16 points off the bench vs. Southern Miss (8-8 FTs) ... Had 17 points off the bench at UALR ... 14 points off the bench vs. ETSU ... 10 points off the bench vs. Texas State ... Posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State ... Averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds at the Cancun Governor's Cup and was named to the All-Tournament team ... 18 points, 8 rebounds vs. Alcorn State ... 14 points vs. SE Louisiana ... 13 points, 8 boards at SMU ... 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks at Florida ... 13 points, 5 boards vs. MSU.
Terrance Henry: Has started 16 of 17 games ... Ranks 8th in the SEC in FG percentage (51.8) ... Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Scored 12 points with a team-high 7 boards vs. Dayton ... 13 points (7-8 FTs), team-high 6 boards vs. Penn State ... 8 points, team-high 7 boards vs. Southern Miss ... Posted a season-high 14 points (3-4 FGs, 7-10 FTs) with 8 boards vs. MVSU ... 13 points (4-6 FGs, 5-5 FTs), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks vs. Texas State ... 10 points, 5 boards vs. Saint Louis ... 9 rebounds and season-high 4 blocks vs. Alcorn State ... Scored 8 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds vs. SE Louisiana ... 11 points, 8 boards at SMU ... Scored 12 points with 8 boards at Florida.
Dundrecous Nelson: Has played in all 17 games ... Ranks second on the team in 3-pointers made (21) ... Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Murray State ... Tallied 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-5 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 3 assists tied for the team lead at Miami ... 11 points (3-5 3-pt FGs), 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 9 points (3-4 3-pt FGs) at UALR ... 10 points vs. MVSU ... Dished out a career-high 6 assists vs. ETSU ... Had his first highlight-reel dunk vs. Colorado State ... Poured in 16 points (4-5 FGs, 6-6 FTs) vs. Saint Louis ... Second straight game with a career high in points, scoring 17 against Alcorn State, adding 4 assists and 2 steals.
Steadman Short: Has played in 16 games ... Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton ... Had 8 points with 4 boards vs. MVSU ... Missed the ETSU game due to a sick stomach ... 8 points (4-4 FGs) and 10 rebounds vs. Alcorn State ... Season-high 10 points (5-6 FGs) with 5 boards at SMU ... Had a spectacular put-back dunk off a missed 3-pointer against the Mustangs ... Scored 8 points (4-5 FGs) and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds vs. MSU.
Chris Warren: Has started all but one game in his Rebel career (did not start on Senior Day when he was a freshman) ... Has led the team in scoring 11 times and in assists 14 times this season ... Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State ... 20 points, 4 assists vs. Penn State ... 18 of his 23 points in second half at Miami ... 15 of his 20 points in the second half vs. Southern Miss ... 18 points, season-high 7 assists at UALR ... 18 points (9-11 FTs), 5 assists vs. MVSU ... Posted 22 points, 6 assists, 1 turnover vs. ETSU ... Scored 18 points (12-12 FTs) with 3 assists vs. Texas State ... 15 points vs. Saint Louis ... Had 24 points (8-11 FGs, 3-5 3-pt FGs, 5-5 FTs), 6 assists and no turnovers vs. Alcorn State ... 22 points, 6 assists vs. SE Louisiana ... 19 points at SMU ... Scored all 20 of his points (6-11 FGs, 4-8 3-pt FGs, 4-4 FTs) in a second-half comeback attempt at Florida ... Had 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half vs. MSU, while tying a career high with seven 3-pointers.
Nick Williams: Has started his first 17 games in a Rebel uniform ... Career-high 21 points vs. Murray State ... 14 points (6-9 FGs, 2-4 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 15 points (3-4 3-pt FGs), 4 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Penn State ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 10 points, 7 rebounds vs. MVSU ... Season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State ... Scored 13 points and tied a season-high 8 boards vs. Colorado State ... Led the team with 4 assists vs. MSU.