Jan. 14, 2016
Ole Miss Game Notes - Florida
Ole Miss (12-4, 2-2 SEC) vs. Florida (10-6, 2-2 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
Doug Sherman, play-by-play
Sean Farnham, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Florida leads series 62-45
Oxford: OM leads 29-22
Streak: OM, W2
Last Meeting: OM W, 62-61 (2/12/15)
• Ole Miss returns home Saturday to face the Florida Gators led by former Rebel point guard Mike White.
• The Rebels are undefeated (2-0) at the brand-new Pavilion at Ole Miss and are looking to improve to 3-2 in the SEC with a win over the Gators. Ole Miss is 7-0 in home games this season.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech eariler this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 204-118 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 225-131 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 fourth nationally, in scoring at 24.4 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in 11-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 three times this season and has made a 3-pointer in 30-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history. He also ranks third in SEC history in free throw per centage (min. 300 attempts) at 88.29 percent 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 22nd nationally, pulling down 10.1 rpg. He is also tied for fourth in the league with six double-doubles this year.
• Junior G Rasheed Brooks posted his first career double-double versus Georgia (14 points, 10 rebounds) last week and added 18 points and 6 boards at LSU. Brook Brooks averaging 14.0 ppg over his last three games.
MOODY HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST LSU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 33 points and junior G Rasheed Brooks added 18 points and 6 boards, but Ole Miss dropped a tight SEC road contest 90-81 at LSU Wednesday. It marked the third time this season Moody topped the 30-point mark and bested his previous career high of 30 points set against Towson and UMass. The 5-10 guard knocked down 10 of 18 from the field, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. He also added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
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 204-118 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. earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 204-118 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.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 33 points at LSU and leads the SEC, and ranks fourth nationally, in scoring this season at 24.4 ppg. It was his 11th-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 14 times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark three times. He is the second highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 19.1 ppg career scoring average, which ranks eighth 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. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 24.4 PPG
5. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.4 PPG
6. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 23.9 PPG
7. Pascal Siakam, New Mexico St. 23.0 PPG
8. Zeek Woodley, Northwestern St. 22.9 PPG
9. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 22.8 PPG
10. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 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 954 career points in 50 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.
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.
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 fourth 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 fourth in the league, and 47th nationally, this season hitting 85.9 percent (122 of 142) of his attempts. His 122 free throw made this year ranks fifth in the nation. Moody ranks third all time in the SEC in career free throw percentage at 88.29 percent (min. 300 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 10.7 boards a game over his last nine 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 fourth in the SEC with six double-doubles this year and is pulling down 10.1 boards a game, which ranks second in the conference and 22nd nationally.
The Gators are led by first-year head coach and former Ole Miss letterwinner Mike White. A point guard for the Rebels from 1996-99, White helped Ole Miss to 74 wins, two SEC West titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances in his four years in Oxford. A co-captain as a senior, White ranks seventh in Ole Miss history with 370 career assists. After his playing career, White served as an Ole Miss assistant coach for seven seasons, including five under head coach Andy Kennedy.
SERIES HISTORY VS. FLORIDA
Saturday’s game will be the 108th meeting between the Rebels and the Gators. Florida holds a 62-45 lead in the series, which began in 1940. The Gators had won five in a row in the series until 2012, and now the Rebels have taken four of the last six meetings including a home-and-home sweep of Florida last year, which was their season sweep of UF since 1990. Ole Miss owns a 29-22 advantage in Oxford including a 72-71 victory at home last year. Eight of the last ten games in the series have been decided by six points or less including a pair of one-point wins for the Rebels last year. Andy Kennedy is 4-8 against Florida in his career, but has won two in a row and three of the last four meetings.
SCOUTING THE GATORS
The Gators are 10-6 and 2-2 in the SEC after falling 71-68 at Texas A&M Tuesday night. Florida is led by senior F Dorian Finney-Smith, who is averaging a team-best 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. The Gators have three players scoring in double figures and three players pulling down at least 6.4 boards a game. Memphis native and sophomore G Chris Chiozza leads the team with 64 assists and has an SEC-best 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. Florida leads the conference in scoring defense allowing just 63.9 ppg, but ranks last in the league in field goal percentage (.415), 3-point percentage (.290) and free throw percentage (.606). The Gators ranks first in the SEC in offensive rebounding at 14.4/game, while Ole Miss is fifth in the league pulling down 13.0/game.
REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 53 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while Florida checks in at No. 29. 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 18.8 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 +3.8 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just four times this season and are 10-1 when out rebounding their opponent.