Ole Miss Looks To Build Momentum At South Carolina
Jan. 16, 2014
Ole Miss (11-5, 2-1 SEC) at South Carolina (7-9, 0-3 SEC)
The Rebels travel to Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday.
REBELS BLOW PAST LSU IN OVERTIME
Senior G Marshall Henderson scored 25 points, including 19 after halftime, and dished out a career-high 7 assists as Ole Miss blew past LSU 88-74 in overtime. Freshman F Sebastian Saiz added a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards, while junior F Aaron Jones scored 13 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds. Junior G Jarvis Summers posted his fifth 20-plus point scoring effort in six games with 20 points.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.9 points per game (18.0 from 9.1), field goal percentage 11.0 percent (51.4% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 19.6 percent (53.4% 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 7 20+ points games this season and is averaging 21.8 points per game over the last six contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (18.0 ppg), sixth in field goal percentage (.534) and is tied for fourth in assists (3.5/game).
SAIZ COMING ON STRONG
Freshman F Sebastian Saiz scored a career-high 20 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels' overtime victory over LSU. The Spain native ranks fifth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.8 boards a game over his last five games. He has three double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Dayton and Mercer.
Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks fourth in the nation, averaging 6.9 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 10th in the conference averaging 1.3 blocked shots a game.
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.
SNOOP STARTS SEC PLAY STRONG
Junior F LaDarius White is averaging 11.0 points a game through three conference games after posting 7.7 ppg in non-conference action. Snoop is tied for second in the SEC in league games with a 50.0 3-point field goal percentage and tied for 10th with six 3-pointers made. He is also averaging 4.7 boards a game through three conference games.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina is 7-9 on the season and 0-3 in the SEC after falling on the road at Texas A&M 75-67 Wednesday night. The Gamecocks have also dropped league games at Florida (74-58) and vs. LSU (71-68). South Carolina ranks last in the league is scoring margin (+0.9), and 13th in field goal percentage (.435) and field goal percentage defense (.426). Freshman G Sindarius Thornwell and senior G Brenton Williams lead the team averaging 11.3 points per game, while sophomore F Mindaugas Kacinas paces the squad pulling down 5.7 boards per game. The Gamecocks have only three players averaging double figures in scoring but do boast six players averaging at last 5.7 points per game.
OLE MISS-SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 31st meeting between the two schools on the hardwood, with the series tie at 15 games apiece. Ole Miss lost to South Carolina 63-62 in Columbia in last year, but have won 2 of the last 3 matchups. The Rebels are just 1-10 all time in Columbia with the lone victory coming in 2001 and the home team has taken 11 of the last 12 matchups. Andy Kennedy is 3-6 against the Gamecocks (3-5 with Ole Miss, 0-1 with Cincinnati).
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 4.53 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 49-straight games with a 3-pointer ranks third in SEC history behind Pat Bradley (60 games) and John Jenkins (59). He ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.2 ppg and sixth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 39.3% of his attempts.
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin coached together at Cincinnati from 2004-06, including the `05-06 season when Kennedy was interim head coach of the Bearcats. This will mark the third-ever meeting between the two, as Kennedy's Rebels knocked off Martin's Kansas State squad 86-74 in 2009 and lost to Martin's South Carolina team last season.
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 972 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (300) and seventh in points scored (951). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 93 career blocks.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 10-3 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 1-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
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 163 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 South Carolina game, senior G Marshall Henderson has 972 career points. He needs just 28 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.
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