Jan. 17, 2011
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 19: Ole Miss (12-6, 0-3 SEC) at Vanderbilt (12-4, 1-2 SEC)
Wednesday 1.19.11 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Nashville, Tenn. | Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Live TV: CSS (Dave Baker, play-by-play; Barry Booker, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 218, XM 199
Live Video: ESPN3.com
REBELS BEGIN ROAD SWING IN NASHVILLE
Ole Miss begins a two-game road swing with a trip to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores, who are receiving votes in both national polls. After Saturday's 98-76 defeat to No. 24 Georgia in Oxford, the Rebels are 0-3 in league play for the first time since the 2004 season. The last time Ole Miss started 0-4 was in 2000, when the team lost its first five conference games but still went on to earn an NIT postseason berth. Georgia was the first ranked opponent Ole Miss has faced this season. Chris Warren ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring at 18.4 ppg, while his 94.5 free throw percentage is tops in the nation.
- This is the 111th meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, with the Commodores holding a 71-39 series lead.
- The home team has won 20 of the last 24 meetings between these two teams.
- The matchup features two of the top three offenses in the SEC. Vanderbilt is second at 77.7 ppg and Ole Miss is third at 76.8 ppg.
- Andy Kennedy is three wins shy of 100 at Ole Miss.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams a 74.1 FT percentage and ranks second with a 46.7 FG percentage.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (94.5).
- Warren ranks 8th in SEC history with a school-record 286 career 3-pointers. He is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3s and 20-pt games.
- Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner leads the SEC with a 64.0 FG percentage and ranks third with 2.9 blocks per game.
SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt has a 12-4 overall record and 1-2 mark in SEC play and is receiving votes in both national polls this week. The Commodores opened SEC play with an overtime loss at South Carolina before beating Georgia in Nashville and being edged by Tennessee in Knoxville. Kevin Stallings' club is 9-0 at home this year, including 1-0 in league play. They rank second in the SEC in scoring (77.7 ppg), while they also feature a stout defense that ranks third in the league in FG percentage defense (.381) and first in 3-point FG percentage defense (.283). John Jenkins paces all SEC players in scoring (18.6 ppg) and 3-pointers (3.1/game). Jeffery Taylor adds 14.5 ppg and Festus Ezeli 12.7 ppg. Lance Goulbourne is the team's leading rebounder at 7.3 rpg, while Brad Tinsley tops the SEC in assists (4.8/game).
OLE MISS-VANDERBILT SERIES
Wednesday's game will be the 111th meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on the hardwood. The Commodores hold a 71-39 lead in the series, which began in 1925. In last year's meeting, No. 17 Vanderbilt earned an 82-78 win in Oxford despite Chris Warren's 23 points. Vanderbilt holds a commanding 46-5 advantage in games played in Nashville and has held court in the last four encounters there. The last Ole Miss victory at Memorial Gym was 81-68 on Jan. 6, 2001. Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy is 2-3 against Vandy in his career. In addition to a 1-3 mark with Ole Miss, he picked up a 92-83 victory at Vanderbilt during the 2005-06 campaign, his lone season as Cincinnati mentor.
The Ole Miss-Vanderbilt series has been all about location in recent years. In fact, the home team has prevailed in 20 of the last 24 meetings. From 1989 through 2000, the home team held court in 14 straight games.
Ole Miss has one Tennessee native on this year's roster - sophomore forward Reginald Buckner (Memphis).
KENNEDY NEARS 100 WINS AT OLE MISS
With 97 wins in his fifth season as the Ole Miss head coach, Andy Kennedy is three shy of becoming the third coach in school history with 100 career victories. He trails only B.L. "Country" Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in eight years) on the school's career coaching victories chart. Kennedy's .634 winning percentage (97-56) is significantly better than Graham's (.462) or Barnes' (.564). Kennedy is 118-69 in his sixth year overall as a head coach (includes one season at Cincinnati).
MATCHUP OF HIGH-SCORING OFFENSES
Wednesday's game features two of the top offenses in the SEC. Vanderbilt ranks second with a 77.7 scoring average (33rd in nation), while Ole Miss is third with 76.8 ppg (39th in nation). 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). Individually, the game also pits two of the league's top scoring threats in Vanderbilt sophomore guard John Jenkins (league-leading 18.6 ppg) and Ole Miss senior guard Chris Warren (4th in SEC, 18.4 ppg).
MATCHUP OF GOOD FOUL LINE SHOOTING TEAMS
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 33rd in the nation with a 74.1 FT percentage, while Vanderbilt is second in the league at 72.7. The Rebels 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.
WARREN LEADS NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior point guard Chris Warren leads the nation with a 94.5 free throw percentage. He has made 86 of 91 attempts on the season and has converted 44 of his last 45 and 29 straight from the line. Among the nation's top 50 in FT percentage, Warren is one of only eight players with 90 or more attempts. At his current pace, he would set the school record for FT percentage in a season, while he currently ranks second in school history in career FT percentage (84.9).
The Rebels rank second 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. Reginald Buckner leads the league with a 64.0 FG percentage and would rank top 10 in the nation if he had enough attempts. Terrance Henry ranks ninth 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 three 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.
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 ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring (18.4), first in FT percentage (94.5), fourth in assists (4.2), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.6), fourth in assist-turnover ratio (2.0) and third in minutes (33.8). 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. Entering the Vanderbilt game, he stands in sixth place with 1,703 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 Vanderbilt game with 286, which is eighth-most in SEC history. With two 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 NEARS 400 ASSISTS
Chris Warren enters the Vanderbilt game with 399 assists, needing one more to become the fifth player in school history with 400 career assists. The next player on the Rebel career list for Warren to catch is Jason Harrison, who ranks fourth with 427. 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).
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 six 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 EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 15th in the SEC with a 14.3 scoring average and third with an 86.1 free-throw percentage. He averages 4.3 rebounds per game, including 6.6 over the last eight. 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. He poured in 21 points (8-13 FGs, 5-5 FTs) against Georgia, one off his career high.
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 Vanderbilt game in 29th place with 1,048 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 14.3 as a senior). He joins Chris Warren as current 1,000-point scorers at Ole Miss.
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 8.5 rebounds per game over his last eight 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 16th in the SEC with 6.7 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 Vanderbilt game with 113 blocks in his career and needs one 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 13th 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 the season's first 17 games, he is averaging 7.8 points and 4.2 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.
FRESHMEN COMING ALONG
The Rebels' freshman duo of Demarco Cox and Dundrecous Nelson, like most freshmen, took a few games to adjust to the college game. But they stepped it up in the final games of non-league play. The 6-8, 295-pound Cox posted career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds against Alcorn State for his first double-double. He had seven boards in the previous game vs. Saint Louis. Nelson, a 5-11, 194-pound point guard, put up career bests in back-to-back games with 16 points vs. Saint Louis and then 17 against Alcorn State.