Jan. 20, 2011
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 20: Ole Miss (12-7, 0-4 SEC) at LSU (10-8, 2-1 SEC)
Saturday 1.22.11 | 12:30 p.m. CT
Baton Rouge, La. | Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)
Live TV: SEC Network (Clay Matvick, play-by-play; Joe Dean Jr., analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 215, XM 199
Live Video: ESPN3.com
REBELS SEEK ROAD WIN IN BATON ROUGE
Ole Miss is seeking its first league win of the season as it caps a two-game road swing at LSU. After Wednesday’s 84-74 defeat at Vanderbilt, the Rebels are 0-4 in league play for the first time since 2000, when the team lost its first five conference games but still went on to earn an NIT postseason berth. The four-game losing streak is Ole Miss’ longest under Andy Kennedy and the longest since a six-game slide to end the 2005-06 campaign. The Rebels swept the series with LSU last season. Ole Miss continues to play well offensively, ranking third in the SEC with 76.6 ppg and owning the league’s top free-throw percentage mark at 74.7.
- LSU leads 116-82 in Ole Miss’ second-oldest active series.
- Ole Miss swept the season series against LSU last year for the first time since 1999.
- Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams with a 76.6 scoring average.
- Andy Kennedy is three wins shy of 100 at Ole Miss.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams a 74.7 FT percentage and ranks third with a 46.3 FG percentage.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (94.7).
- Warren ranks 6th in SEC history with a school-record 289 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 63.0 FG percentage and ranks third with 2.8 blocks per game.
SCOUTING THE BAYOU BENGALS
LSU comes into Saturday’s game with a 10-8 overall record and 2-1 mark in SEC games. The Tigers won their first two league games (62-55 at Auburn, 56-53 over Arkansas) before a loss in their most recent outing (82-44 at Kentucky). They have had a week to prepare for Ole Miss. Trent Johnson’s team does its best work on the defensive end, as the team allows just 63.2 ppg to opponents, fourth-best among SEC teams. The Tigers average just 65.7 ppg on offense, led by a pair of freshmen in Ralston Turner (13.7 ppg) and Andre Stringer (13.0 ppg). Turner has missed the last three games with a foot injury, though. Storm Warren is the team’s top rebounder with 6.3 rpg.
OLE MISS-LSU SERIES
The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 116-82, although Ole Miss holds a 16-14 edge in the last 30 meetings. The Rebels swept the season series with the Tigers for the first time since 1999 last year. They won 73-63 in Baton Rouge before earning a 72-59 home win behind 22 points from Chris Warren and 16 from Zach Graham. LSU holds a 76-27 advantage in games played in Baton Rouge. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy owns a 6-4 record against LSU in his career. He faced the Bayou Bengals once as the Cincinnati head coach in 2005-06, earning a 75-72 victory at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
In addition to the teams being familiar opponents, there are several connections among the Ole Miss and LSU players. Tiger forward Malcolm White is playing his junior season in Baton Rouge after transferring from Ole Miss following the 2008-09 season. The Baton Rouge native averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 27 starts as a sophomore with the Rebels in 2008-09. Ole Miss guard Donald Williams hails from Baton Rouge, along with several LSU players. There are also common player connections from Jackson, Miss. (Ole Miss’ Dundrecous Nelson, LSU’s Jalen Courtney and Andre Stringer) and Monroe, La. (Ole Miss’ Terrance Henry, LSU’s Storm Warren).
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 .630 winning percentage (97-57) is significantly better than Graham’s (.462) or Barnes’ (.564). Kennedy is 118-70 in his sixth year overall as a head coach (includes one season at Cincinnati).
WARREN LEADS NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior point guard Chris Warren leads the nation with a 94.7 free throw percentage. He has made 90 of 95 attempts on the season and has converted 48 of his last 49 and 33 straight from the line. Among the nation’s top 50 in FT percentage, Warren is one of only seven players with 95 or more attempts. At his current pace, he would set the school and SEC record for FT percentage in a season and would rank among the all-time best seasons in NCAA history.
CONSECUTIVE FREE THROW STREAKS
Senior guard Chris Warren enters the LSU game with a streak of 33 straight free throws made, which is tied for 17th-longest in SEC history.
HIGH SCORING OFFENSE
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC with 76.6 ppg (43rd 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).
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 27th in the nation with a 74.7 FT percentage. The Rebels have shot 80 percent or better in seven games this season, including 87.5 (14-of-16) in their most recent outing at Vanderbilt. 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.
The Rebels rank third in the SEC making 46.3 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 63.0 FG percentage. Terrance Henry ranks 10th in the league at 49.6 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 (18.3), first in FT percentage (94.7), fourth in assists (4.0), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.6), third in assist-turnover ratio (2.0) and third in minutes (34.1). He has scored 20+ points in nine games (most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 12 times and in assists 15 times.
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 LSU game with 289, which is sixth-most in SEC history. With seven more, he will tie Ronnie McMahan (Vanderbilt) for fifth-most in league history at 296. Warren also holds the school record for career 3-point attempts. All-Time SEC 3-Point Leaders 1. 431 Chris Lofton, Tennessee (2005-08) 2. 367 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (2005-08) 3. 366 Pat Bradley, Arkansas (1996-99) 4. 346 Allan Houston, Tennessee (1990-93) 5. 296 Ronnie McMahan, Vanderbilt (1992-95) 6. 289 Chris Warren, Ole Miss (2008-pres.)
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. Entering the LSU game, he stands in sixth place with 1,720 career points. Justin Reed is next on the list in fifth place with 1,785.
WARREN DISHES OUT 400TH ASSIST
Chris Warren served up his 400th career assist vs. Vanderbilt, becoming 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.
CAN WARREN JOIN SUPER ELITE?
If senior guard Chris Warren can reach 2,000 points, he will become only the fourth player in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists in a career, joining LSU’s Pete Maravich, Tennessee’s Allan Houston and Georgia’s Litterial Green. At his current scoring pace of 18.3 ppg, Warren would need 16 more games to join that elite company.
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 4.4 rebounds per game, including 6.4 over the last nine. 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. He had 14 points and 5 boards at Vanderbilt.
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 LSU game in 29th place with 1,062 career points and a chance to pass two more Rebels with a double-digit performance against the Tigers. 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.
BUCKNER DOMINATING THE GLASS
Reginald Buckner has made himself a force to reckon with on the glass. The 6-9 sophomore is pulling down 8.1 rebounds per game over his last nine 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 6.6 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 LSU game with 114 blocks in his career, which is tied with Johnnie Rogers for third place in school history. 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 15th in the country with 2.8 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 18 of 19 games, he is averaging 7.6 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. Nelson equaled his career best with a 17-point outburst at Vanderbilt for his best performance in league play to date.