Ole Miss Heads To Music City To Face The 'Dores
Jan. 20, 2014
Ole Miss (12-5, 3.1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (9-7, 1-3 SEC)
Wednesday's matchup will be the 116th meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on the hardwood. The Commodores hold a 74-41 lead in the series, which began in 1925, and are 47-7 in games in Nashville. Last year's overtime win in Nashville snapped a six-game losing streak to the `Dores in Nashville and was the first win in Memorial Gym since 2001.
OLE MISS SURVIVES IN COLUMBIA
Sophomore F Anthony Perez scored a career-high 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining as Ole Miss erased a 12-point deficit and held on to defeat South Carolina 75-74. Senior G Marshall Henderson had 16 of his 19 points in the second half for the Rebels, who won in Columbia for the first time since 2001.
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.
Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks third in the nation, averaging 7.1 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league and 32nd in the nation averaging 2.6 blocked shots per game, while junior C Demarco Cox is tied for 9th in the conference averaging 1.3 blocked shots a game.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 9.0 points per game (18.1 from 9.1), field goal percentage 11.2 percent (51.6% 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 21.4 points per game over the last seven contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (18.1 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.516) and third in assists (3.6/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 6.2 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.3 boards a game over his last seven games. He has three double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Dayton and Mercer.
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.
SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt is 9-7 on the season and 1-3 in the SEC after splitting games against Missouri (W, 78-75) and at LSU (L, 81-58) last week. The Commodores are down to seven scholarship players and nine overall on the roster after Josh Henderson was lost for the season with a left knee injury on Dec. 5 against Marshall and Eric McClellan was dismissed from the team. Senior Rod Odom leads the team with 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The `Dores lead the SEC in field goal percentage defense with a .281 but rank last in the league with a -3.0 turnover margin.
OLE MISS-VANDERBILT SERIES
Wednesday's matchup will be the 116th meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on the hardwood. The Commodores hold a 74-40 lead in the series, which began in 1925, and are 47-7 in games in Nashville. Last year's overtime win in Nashville snapped a six-game losing streak to the `Dores in Nashville and was the first win in Memorial Gym since 2001. Vanderbilt had prevailed in five-straight before Ole Miss' pair of wins last, but has won 10 of the last 13 meetings overall. Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy is 4-6 against Vandy in his career. In addition to a 3-6 mark with Ole Miss, he picked up a 92-83 victory at Vanderbilt during the 2005-06 campaign, his lone season as Cincinnati mentor.
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 second in the nation averaging 4.43 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 50-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 eighth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 38.3% of his attempts.
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 991 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (306) and seventh in points scored (970). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 97 career blocks.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 10-3 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 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 tied with Rick Stansbury for sixth among SEC coaches with 164 wins through his first eight years. Next up, is Billy Donovan and Wimp Sanderson with 169 victories.
HENDERSON APPROACHES 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS
Entering the Vanderbilt game, senior G Marshall Henderson has 991 career points. He needs just 9 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 Kessinger.
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