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Ole Miss (12-5, 2-3 SEC) vs. #24/18 South Carolina (16-1, 3-1 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network
     John Saunders, play-by-play
     Jon Sundvold, analyst
     Laura Rutledge, sideline
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 191
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss leads series 18-16
     Oxford: OM leads 12-1
     Streak: USC, W1
     Last Meeting: USC, W 58-60 (3/12/15)

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss continues its two-game homestand Tuesday when the Rebels welcome the No. 18-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks to Oxford. Ole Miss is 12-1 all time against South Carolina at home and the Rebels have won four of the last six meetings overall in the series. The Rebels are 7-1 at home this season.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 204-119 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 225-132 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 sixth nationally, in scoring at 24.3 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in 12-straight games, which is the longest streak in school history since Gerald Glass recorded 13-straight in 1989. Moody has broken the 30-point mark three times this season and has made a 3-pointer in 31-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history and tied for the 21st-best streak in SEC history. He also ranks fifth in SEC history in free throw percentage (min. 300 attempts) at 87.70 percent.
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted back-to-back double-doubles against Alabama (21 points, 16 boards) and Georgia (14 points, 10 boards) and ranks second in the SEC, and 26th nationally, pulling down 9.8 rpg. He is also tied for fifth 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), 14 points and 8 rebounds against Florida. Brooks averaging 14.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg over his last four 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. 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.

#NEXTCHAPTER
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball began in January, 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 9,051 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 204-119 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.

#AK200
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 204-119 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 225-132 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.

CONSISTENT WINNER
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).

OFFENSIVE MACHINE
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 sixth nationally, in scoring this season at 24.3 ppg. It was his 12th-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 15 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 ninth in school history.

NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 28.5 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 26.0 PPG
3. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 25.7 PPG
4. Kahil Felder, Oakland 25.6 PPG
5. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.7 PPG
6. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 24.3 PPG
7. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 22.8 PPG
7. Khallid Hart, Marist 22.7 PPG
8. Ladarius Tabb, Alabama A&M 22.6 PPG
10. Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga 22.4 PPG

MOODY NEARING 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior G Stan Moody is rapidly approaching the 1,000-point mark after just two seasons in Oxford. Moody has 976 career points in 51 career games and need just 24 points to be just the 38th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. With 24 points against the Gamecocks, Moody would tie for the fifth-fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 points, bested only by Gerald Glass (37 games), Denver Brakeen (41 games), Don Kessinger (47 games) and Marshall Henderson (51 games).

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 71.0 percent this year, which ranks fifth 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 third in the league, and 59th nationally, this season hitting 84.9 percent (129 of 152) of his attempts. His 129 free throw made this year ranks fourth in the nation. Moody ranks fifth all time in the SEC in career free throw percentage at 87.70 percent (min. 300 attempts).

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.

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 10.2 boards a game over his last 10 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 fifth in the SEC with six double-doubles this year and is pulling down 9.8 boards a game, which ranks second in the conference and 26th nationally.

SERIES HISTORY VS. SOUTH CAROLINA
Tuesday’s game will be the 35th meeting between the two schools on the hardwood, with Ole Miss holding a 18-16 series advantage after the two teams split two games last year. The Rebel knocked off the Gamecocks 65-49 in Oxford in January before a 60-58 last-second loss in the SEC Tournament in March. Ole Miss swept a home-and-home series with the Gamecocks in 2014 and have won four of the last six meeting overall in the series. The Rebels are 12-1 all time in Oxford against South Carolina with the lone loss coming in 2008. The home team has taken 13 of the last 15 matchups in the series. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 6-7 against the Gamecocks (6-6 with Ole Miss, 0-1 with Cincinnati).

SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks are 16-1 overall, 3-1 in the SEC and ranked No. 18 in nation in the USA Today Coaches'poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press rankings. South Carolina won 15-straight games to start the season before spliting a pair of games at Alabama (L, 73-50) and versus Missouri (W, 81-72). Five Gamecock player are averaging in double figures, led by junior G Sindarius Thornwell, who is scoring a team-best 12.5 ppg. Senior F Michael Carrera is close behind averaging 11.6 ppg and is pulling down a team-best 6.4 rebounds a game. Three USC players average more than 5.0 rpg and South Carolina leads the SEC in rebounding offense pulling down 41.9 boards a game. The Gamecocks also lead the conference in rebounding margin grabbing 9.5 more rebounds per game than their opponents.

REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 76 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while South Carolina checks in at No. 26. The Rebels are 6-4 against RPI top 150 teams including wins over Alabama, Georgia, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and UMass.

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 18.9 fouls a game, which is the second fewest in the SEC.

REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks fifth in the SEC with a +2.9 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just five times this season and are 10-1 when out rebounding their opponent.

Ole Miss ranks fifth in the SEC with a +2.9 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just five times this season and are 10-1 when out rebounding their opponent.


 

 

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