Date: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 Time: 12:30 p.m. CT Location: Oxford, Miss. Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,876) Television: SEC Network Dave Baker, play-by-play Barry Booker, analyst Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Keith Carter, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Satellite Radio: Sirius 123, XM 199 Series: Arkansas leads 41-29 In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 17-5 Last Meeting: OM, W 77-75 (2/28//12) Streak: OM, W5
Ole Miss puts the SEC's longest current win streak on the line when it hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks in Oxford. The Rebels are looking for their first 4-0 start in the SEC since 1936-37, when Ole Miss started league play with five-straight wins. A win would also give Ole Miss its best start since starting the 2007-08 season 15-1. The Rebels' are 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2005-06. Ole Miss' win over No. 10 Missouri was the Rebels' first victory over a top-10 foe since knocking off No. 10 Kentucky in 2011. The Rebels earned victories at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt in the same season for the first time since 1980. Senior F Murphy Holloway pulled down eight boards at Vanderbilt and continues to inch towards the top of the Ole Miss rebound list with 913 career boards. The senior now only trails Walter Actwood's school record of 945 career boards. After a 26-point outburst at Vanderbilt, junior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 19.1 ppg and ranks sixth in the nation averaging 3.8 made 3-pointers per game. Head coach Andy Kennedy (139) is just five wins away from tying B.L. Graham (144) for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Kennedy's record at Ole Miss is 139-80 in seven season, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 season as head coach.
REBELS LOOKING FOR 4-0 LEAGUE START After picking up a pair of its first win at Vanderbilt since 2001, Ole Miss is seeking its first 4-0 start in the SEC since 1936-37, when the Rebels started league play with five-straight wins. A win would also give the Rebels their best start since beginning the 2007-08 season 15-1.
OLE MISS WINS THRILLER IN NASHVILLE Ole Miss' thrilling overtime victory at Vanderbilt gave the Rebels a 3-0 SEC start for the first time since 2005-06. The win was Ole Miss' first in Nashville since 2001 and it also marked the first time since 1980 that the Rebels have won road games at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt. Down 13 points with eight minutes remaining, Ole Miss closed the game on a 34-12 run including overtime.
HENDERSON OFF TO A HOT START Junior G Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native has definitely lived up to that billing so far this season, as he is averaging a team-best 19.1 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.8 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. Against ETSU, Henderson poured in a game-high 22 points, including 6-of-13 from three and pulling down six boards. Henderson scored a game-high 22 points in the season opener versus Mississippi Valley State, hitting 5-of-11 from behind the arc and becoming the first Rebel to nail five 3-pointers in a game since Dundrecous Nelson in 2011. He finished the game 6-of-12 from the field and added two steals and an assist in his first collegiate start. In his second game vs. Coastal Carolina, Henderson poured a season-high 27 points, including 6-of-13 from three, and added four assists, two rebounds and two steals. The 49 points Henderson scored in his first two games is the most by a Rebel to start his career since "World Class" Gerald Glass scored 59 points in 1988. Against Indiana State, he posted 27 points on 7-of-16 from 3-point, which is just one 3-pointer shy of the school record and is tied for third all time. Henderson scored a career-high 32 points in the SEC opener at Tennessee, which is the most points scored by a Rebel in their first league game since Ole Miss great Johnny Neumann scored 39 versus Auburn in 1970. It was also the most points scored by an SEC player in a conference game since Ole Miss' own Chris Warren tallied 33 versus South Carolina in 2011.
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS Entering his final season at Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway has moved into striking position of the Ole Miss career rebound mark. With 14 boards against the LMU, Holloway passed John Stroud and Joe Gibbon for second place on the Rebel rebound list and now has 913 career boards. The senior now only trails Walter Actwood's school record of 945 career boards. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in rebounds and double-doubles, ranks second in steals and third in points. He leads the SEC this season with eight double-doubles and leads the conference and ranks 12th in the nation in rebounding at 10.8 rpg.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Jan. 14), as the Rebels rank fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal defense (26.0%), fifth in turnover margin (+5.7), seventh in scoring (82.4 ppg) and scoring margin (+18.7), 10th in steals (9.9), 13th in blocks (5.9) and 31st in field goal defense (38.2%).
BUCKNER SHINES AGAINST HOGS Some of senior F Reginald Buckner's greatest performances have come against the Razorbacks. In last year's matchups, he totaled eight points, 11 boards and two blocks in Oxford and eight points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in Fayetteville. In 2010-11, he posted 15 blocked shots in two games against Arkansas, including a school record-tying eight blocks in Fayetteville. He also posted 12 points and 11 boards in the road win, then followed it up with nine points, eight boards and seven blocks in the home win a month later.
RPI WATCH With Tuesday's victory at Vanderbilt, Ole Miss remained at No. 46 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Arkansas enters Saturday's show down with an RPI ranked No. 73.
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 14.0 ppg in three SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks 12th in the conference in scoring in league games and third in free throw percentage (.909).
DOUBLE TROUBLE Rebel big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner have been impressive for Ole Miss in the paint during their careers. Holloway leads all active SEC players, and ranks fifth in the nation, with 33 career double-doubles and leads the league and ranks ninth in the nation this year with eight double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 13 career double-doubles and is tied for second in the conference this year with five double-doubles. The duo's combined 46 career double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC. Ole Miss is 7-1 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 5-1 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS SERIES Saturday's game will be the 71st meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 41-29. The series began in 1937 and Arkansas won 32 of the first 38 meetings, but Ole Miss has won 21 of the last 29 meetings and eight of the last nine. The Rebels have won five straight, including a 77-75 triumph in Fayetteville last year. Ole Miss holds a 17-5 advantage in games in Oxford and have won six of the last seven and 14 of the last 16.
REBELS TAME TIGERS Ole Miss' win over No. 10 Missouri was the Rebels' first victory over a top-10 team since knocking off No. 10 Kentucky in 2011. Senior F Murphy Holloway's 22 points marked a career-best versus SEC opponents. The Rebels held Missouri to 22 points in the first half, the fewest points the Tigers have scored in a game this season, and to 49 points for the game, which is the fewest points Mizzou has scored since 2003. Ole Miss also improved to 5-2 in its last 6 home SEC openers and 9-0 at home this season.
HISTORIC WIN IN KNOXVILLE Ole Miss' win at Tennessee was historic for several reasons: It was only the Rebels' second-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first since 1991 ... It was Ole Miss' first win in an SEC opener since 2006 ... The win moved Ole Miss' record 12-2 which equals its best start since 2009-10 ... Ole Miss' 38-of-44 effort from the charity stripe marked a pair of Thompson-Boling Arena opponent records ... Marshall Henderson's 32 points were the most allowed by Tennessee since 2011 and the Rebels' 92 points were the most the Vols has given up at home since allowing 105 points to Texas in overtime in 2006 and 103 points to Kentucky in regulation in 2001 ... It was also the most points Ole Miss has scored against an SEC opponent since tallying 98 in overtime against Arkansas in 2009 and was the most in regulation since scoring 105 points vs. Alabama in 2001.
HOLLOWAY JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB With 15 points vs. McNeese State, senior F Murphy Holloway became the 34th member of the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. Holloway now ranks 22nd in school history with 1,208 career points, just eight points behind Walter Actwood for 21st on the list. He currently ranks second in the SEC and 30th in the nation in field goal percentage (.560) and ranks ninth in the league in scoring at 15.9 ppg.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank fourth in the SEC and 31st in nation in field goal percentage defense (38.6%) and first in the league and fourth nation in 3-point percentage defense (28.0%). The Rebels rank second in the SEC and 10th in the NCAA steals (9.6 spg) and second in the league and 13th in the nation in blocks (5.8 bpg). Ole Miss has forced 278 turnovers this season and rank second in the league forcing an average of 17.4 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation in turnover margin at +5.4.
BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels' all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 112 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 273 blocks, and moved passed Dwayne Schintzius, of Florida, for eighth in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 2.8 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 18th in the nation. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in every game this season, 31-of-33 games last year and 98-of-111 games over his four-year career. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the second-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.
SEC Career Blocks Leaders 1. 564 Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (2007-10) 2. 412 Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (1990-92) 3. 360 Kyle Davis, Auburn (2001-04) 4. 327 Lavon Mercer, Georgia (1977-80) 5. 318 Steven Hill, Arkansas (2005-08) 6. 285 Robert Horry, Alabama (1989-92) 7. 275 Sam Muldrow, South Carolina (2008-11) 8. 273 Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss (2009-) 9. 272 Dwayne Schintzius, Florida (1986-90) 10. 268 Jamaal Magloire, Kentucky (1997-2000) 11. 266 Roy Rogers, Alabama (1993-96) 12. 249 Brandon Wallace, South Carolina (2004-07) 249 Erick Dampier, Mississippi State (1994-96) 14. 247 Charles Claxton, Georgia (1992-95) 15. 241 Mamadou N'diaye, Auburn (1997-2000)
SCOUTING THE `HOGS Arkansas earned its second conference victory of the season with a 88-80 overtime victory over Auburn on Wednesday. Marshawn Powell recorded his second double-double of the season and the third for Arkansas this season when he netted 28 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Even though Arkansas played 50 minutes of basketball, the Razorbacks only turned the ball over an astonishing eight times. Five of Arkansas' turnovers came in the opening 20 minutes of play and the Hogs played the final 30 minutes with just three miscues. The Razorbacks were able to force Auburn into 19 turnovers that led to 20 Arkansas points. Powell leads the Hogs averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, while BJ Young paces the squad averaging 17.4 ppg. This game features the top two turnover team in the league as Arkansas leads the conference only turning the ball over 11.3/game, while forcing 17.7/game, while the Rebels rank second in the SEC in both categories giving up 12.5/game and forcing 17.4/game.
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN FIRST BIG EAST FOE Ole Miss earned its first-ever home win over a Big East member school when the Rebels took down Rutgers. The Rebels had previously beaten Louisville, South Florida and Temple at home, but none were members of the Big East at the time. Last year, Ole Miss knocked off Miami for its first home win versus an ACC opponent and defeated Penn State for its first-ever Big Ten road win.
HOLLOWAY NAMED TO DIAMOND HEAD ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Senior F Murphy Holloway was named to the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 19.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg over three contests. Holloway posted double-doubles to two games, including a 23-point, 13-rebound effort vs. San Francisco, and missed a third-straight double-double in the final game by just one rebound.
HOLLOWAY NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK Senior F Murphy Holloway was named the SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 26 after averaging 19 points and 8.5 boards in a pair of wins over McNeese State and Lipscomb. He scored 15 points versus McNeese to become the 34th player in Rebel history to top 1,000-career points and posted a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 24 minutes against Lipscomb. Holloway was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against the Cowboys and shot 80.0 percent for the week to raise his SEC-best field goal percentage to 71.7 for the season.
KENNEDY NOTCHES CAREER WIN 150 With a victory over McNeese State, head coach Andy Kennedy notched his 150th career victory. Kennedy is 160-93 (.632 winning pct.) in his eighth season as a head coach.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 4.0. Summers has only committed 14 turnovers on the season compared to 56 assists.
DEFENDING HOME COURT Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy's squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 93-18 (.838 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 9-0 record this season. Ole Miss has won 224 of its last 274 games (.818 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 457-197 (.699 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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