GAME NOTES: Rebels Take The Road Again

GAME 19: #22/24 Ole Miss (14-4, 2-2 SEC) at LSU (9-9, 0-4 SEC)
Saturday 01.23
.10 | 12:30 p.m. CT
Baton Rouge, La. | Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)

Live TV: SEC Network (Carter Blackburn, play-by-play; Mark Gottfried, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 200, Sirius 215
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Ole Miss is back on the road for the third time in the last four games with Saturday's matchup at defending SEC Champion LSU. The Rebels used a steady defensive performance to claim a 66-57 win over South Carolina on Wednesday. Chris Warren led the way with 17 points and Murphy Holloway had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Warren connected on three 3-pointers against the Gamecocks and has made at least one trey in 28 straight games. Ole Miss is looking for its first win over the Tigers in four tries and its first win in Baton Rouge since 2003. A Rebel win would give the team its first 3-2 start in league play since the 2005-06 season.


- Ole Miss is nationally ranked for the seventh straight week, coming in at No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

- LSU leads the all-time series with Ole Miss 116-80, although it's even at 14-14 in the last 28 meetings.

- Ole Miss is one of four schools in the country whose football, men's basketball and baseball teams are currently ranked in their respective top 25 polls.

- At 81.6 ppg, Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC and 17th in the nation in scoring offense.

- The Rebels are two wins shy of equaling last year's total of 16.

- The Rebels rank second in the SEC and entered the week 11th in the nation with 8.7 3-pointers per contest. They have drained eight or more treys in 10 of the last 12 outings.

- Ole Miss has won the turnover battle in 13 of its 18 games and is 11-2 when committing an equal number or less turnovers than its opponent. 

- Junior guard Chris Warren ranks sixth in the SEC in scoring at 16.6 ppg, and sophomore guard Terrico White is ninth with 15.9 points per game.


The defending SEC Champion LSU Tigers have struggled out of the gate in league play this season. LSU enters Saturday's game 9-9 overall and 0-4 in SEC play. Trent Johnson's squad is 9-3 at home this season, but 0-2 at the PMAC against SEC foes (lost at home to Alabama and Auburn). LSU does feature one of the league's better rebounding tandems in Tasmin Mitchell (9.4 rpg) and Storm Warren (8.7 rpg). As a team, the Tigers rank fourth in the SEC with a +3.7 rebounding margin. Mitchell paces the offense with 18.1 ppg. Bo Spencer adds 14.9 ppg and Warren 13.7. 


The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 116-80, although the series is even at 14-14 in the last 28 meetings. After Ole Miss put together a three-game winning streak in the series, LSU has won the last three meetings, including a 73-66 decision in the most recent outing in Baton Rouge, a game that Ole Miss led for most of the contest. LSU holds a 76-25 lead in games played in Baton Rouge. The last Rebel triumph at the PMAC was a 67-57 win in 2003.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy owns a 4-4 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.


LSU junior forward Malcolm White is sitting out this season after transferring from Ole Miss in March of last year. The Baton Rouge native averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 27 starts as a sophomore with the Rebels last season. 


Sophomore forward Terrance Henry returns to his home state for Saturday's game. The Monroe native was a three-time All-State selection with Carroll High School and finished runner-up for Louisiana's Mr. Basketball as a senior in 2008. In addition, Ole Miss assistant coach and former point guard Michael White spent his prep days at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, under coach Chris Jennings. During Michael's youth in Louisiana, his father Kevin White served as Athletic Director at Tulane. He is currently in that same position at Duke University. 


Freshman forward Reginald Buckner has already established himself as one of the best shot-blockers in the SEC and soon to be one of the best in school history. His 40 blocks through 18 games are six shy of Sean Murphy's school freshman record (46 in 1987-88) and 16 shy of David Dean's school record for blocks in a season (56 in 1992-93).


Ole Miss is nationally ranked for the seventh straight week, coming in at No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. It's the longest stretch of being ranked since the Rebels made it 14 straight weeks in the polls during the 2000-01 season.


For the first time in school history, the Ole Miss football, men's basketball and baseball teams are all ranked in their respective national polls at the same time. The football team finished at No. 20 in the final AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches poll, while the Diamond Rebs are No. 22 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. Ole Miss is one of only four schools currently ranked in the top 25 in all three sports (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Texas).


With a roster dominated by backcourt stars, rebounding has not been the strength of this year's Ole Miss squad. However, getting on the boards is a crucial element of winning games for the Rebels. When Ole Miss secures the same or more rebounds than its opponent, it has a perfect 10-0 record. The Rebels are 4-4 when they get out-rebounded.


Prior to Wednesday's 9-point win over South Carolina, each of Ole Miss' first three SEC contests were decided by 5 points or less, including a 2-point overtime loss at No. 9 Tennessee (71-69). Both the Mississippi State and Georgia games also featured a 2-point game at some point within the final 2 minutes.


Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC and 17th in the country with an average of 81.6 points per game. Fast-break buckets, slashing drives and a nice outside touch have been key components to such a prolific offense. The team has put up 80+ points 11 times, 90+ in five contests and a season-high 108 against Centenary. Ole Miss has posted a 40+ point half in all but two games this season. Four players average 10 or more ppg, led by Chris Warren's 16.6 and Terrico White's 15.9.


With an abundance of shooters in its backcourt-heavy lineup, Ole Miss is getting plenty of production from behind the arc this season. The Rebels rank second among SEC teams and entered the week 11th in the nation with 8.7 three's made per game. They have drained 8 or more three's in 10 of their last 12 outings. They tied the school record with 14 treys against Jacksonville State and have drained 12 against Southern Miss and UTEP.

Individually, Chris Warren leads the way with 56 3-pointers, ranking second in the SEC with 3.1/game. Terrico White has drained 35 shots from downtown (1.9/game), including a career-high seven against Jacksonville State. Zach Graham has added 30 triples. Eight different Rebels have knocked down at least one.


Ole Miss has shown itself to be one of the better SEC teams at limiting its turnovers this season. The Rebels average 12.6 turnovers per game, second-fewest in the SEC. They rank second in the SEC with a 1.2 assist-turnover ratio and third with a +3.3 turnover margin. They have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in 13 of 18 games. Ole Miss had just five turnovers in the season opener vs. UALR and gave up the ball six times vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Jacksonville State.


There's a new strength on this year's team that the Rebels have not featured much in years past - the blocked shot. The presence of freshman Reginald Buckner, who ranks third in the SEC and entered the week 45th in the nation with 2.2 blocks per game, has helped the Rebels average 5.9 swats per contest, fourth-best among SEC teams and 18th in the country entering the week. The team's 12 blocks against Indiana were one shy of a school record.


With 14 points against UCF, junior point guard Chris Warren became the 31st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Warren enters the LSU game with 1,069 career points, 27th-most in school history. He reached 1,000 points in his 60th career game, which was tied for the fifth-fastest pace in school history with all-time leading scorer John Stroud. Gerald Glass is the fastest Rebel to reach the milestone, doing so in 37 games.


Junior Chris Warren is one of 20 finalists for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Jan. 5. The list will be narrowed down to a final 10 by Feb. 1 and final five by March 1.


Junior guard Chris Warren has climbed the Ole Miss career 3-point chart at a record pace and has moved into fourth place all-time with 184 treys in 64 career outings (2.9 per game).


Junior guard Chris Warren and sophomore guard Terrico White have entered rare territory with their streaks of consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal. Against South Carolina, Warren extended his streak to 28 straight games, the second-longest such streak in school history and tied for 18th-longest in SEC history. White had his streak of 23 straight games end when he missed all seven attempts from downtown at West Virginia. 


He set the Ole Miss record for 3-pointers in a season as a freshman and then averaged 19.6 ppg as a sophomore before being injured. Now, Chris Warren is providing his magic again. The junior point guard currently ranks sixth in the SEC with 16.6 ppg and second with 3.1 3-pointers per game (16th in NCAA). He led the Rebels with 17 points vs. South Carolina. He dropped in 19 points (including 5 3-pointers) at Tennessee. He led the Rebels with 12 points at Georgia and 15 points against MSU. He reached 1,000 career points when he scored 14 (with 4 3-pointers) against UCF. He posted his third straight 20-point game with a career-high 32 (5-of-10 3's, 13-of-15 FT's) - with 11 points in overtime - in the win over UTEP. He poured in 20 points, including a clutch pair of three's in the final minute, in the comeback win over Southern Miss, while adding six assists. He was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament Team after he led all scorers in San Juan with a 22.3 average. He had 16 in the win over Indiana before putting together back-to-back 20-point games against Kansas State (27) and No. 5 Villanova (24).


With his laid-back, smooth approach on offense, sometimes Terrico White's eye-popping scoring totals can take a person by surprise. The sophomore guard is averaging 15.9 ppg, which is ninth-best among SEC players. He posted 11 points with 6 rebounds vs. South Carolina. He had 17 points - including a big 4-point play in OT - at Tennessee. He poured in 21 points with 5 3-pointers against UCF. He tied a career high with 29 points vs. Jacksonville State, draining a career-high 7 3's and grabbing 7 boards. He led all scorers with 17 points in a rout of Centenary. He tallied 19 points (8-of-10 FTs), in the OT win over UTEP. He had 15 points vs. Southern Miss. He poured in 25 points in a win over Kansas State and dropped in 19 points three more times (vs. Alabama State, vs. Texas A&M-CC and at Arkansas State). He posted 14 points and a career-high 9 rebounds vs. No. 5 Villanova.


Junior guard Zach Graham has turned into one of the Rebels' most consistent and dependable weapons on the offensive and defensive end. The Suwanee, Ga., native has tallied 11 or more points in 10 of the last 12 games. For the season, he is shooting 46.2 percent from the field (61-132) and 45.5 percent from downtown (30-66), while also playing lock-down defense on the perimeter. He scored 16 points (6-7 FTs) at Tennessee. He had 11 points (3-5 FGs, 4-4 FTs) at Georgia. He posted 14 points, 7 rebounds and a career-high 4 steals vs. MSU. He had 14 points and 4 assists against Jacksonville State. He scored a team-high 14 at West Virginia. He had 12 points vs. Centenary with a career-high 5 assists. Had 14 points to go with 7 boards in OT win over UTEP. He tied a career high with 4 3-pointers en route to 15 points vs. Southern Miss. He dropped in a season-high 17 points in the win at Arkansas State, connecting on a career-high 4 3-pointers.


- Reginald Buckner: Third among SEC players and tops among league freshmen with 2.2 blocks per game (45th in NCAA) ... 8 points (4-5 FGs), 5 boards vs. MSU ... 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks vs. Jacksonville State ... Season-high 11 points (5-of-6 FG's) with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the OT win over UTEP ... Made his first career start vs. A&M-Corpus Christi and scored 8 points ... Season-high 12 rebounds with 3 blocks vs. Indiana ... Posted 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks vs. Alabama State ... Had 4 blocks and 4 rebounds in collegiate debut vs. UALR ... Tennessee high school record holder for career blocked shots.

- DeAundre Cranston: Season-high 11 rebounds at Tennessee ... 8 points, 4 rebounds at Georgia ... 8 points, 6 rebounds vs. Centenary ... Posted 8 points and 5 rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Career-high 21 points (8-9 FGs, 3-4 3-pters) with 7 boards in season opener.

- Trevor Gaskins: Season-high 11 points (3-3 from downtown) in just 9 minutes at Georgia ... Career-high 7 rebounds vs. Jacksonville State ... Set a career high with 4 steals at West Virginia ... 7 points and 4 assists vs. Centenary ... Played in his first game since 2007-08 after missing last year with injury and scored 7 points with 3 boards and 3 assists in opener.

- Terrance Henry: Shooting a team-best 66.7 percent from the field (26-39) and 58.8 percent from three (10-17) ... 8 points, 4 boards at Georgia ... Tied season high with 12 points (4-6 FGs, 2-3 3's) to go with 6 rebounds and 2 blocks vs. MSU ... Near double-double with 9 points and 8 boards vs. UCF .... Blocked six shots against the Knights, a career high and tied for the fourth-highest game total in school history ... Had 9 points and 6 boards vs. Centenary ... Made his first 10 field-goal attempts of the season, including 3-of-3 from downtown, before missing a trey against McNeese State ... Career-high 12 points (5-of-5 FGs) vs. Texas A&M-CC ... Returned from injury to post 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 5 minutes of play in his first action of the season vs. Indiana ... Injured his hand slipping on stairs on campus and missed the first two games.

- Murphy Holloway: Shooting 59.4 percent from the field ... Ranks 9th in the SEC with 7.1 rebounds/game and tied for 7th with 4 double-doubles ... Posted 4th double-double with 14 points and 12 boards vs. South Carolina ... 6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals at Georgia ... Posted his third double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds vs. UCF ... 13 points (6-of-7 FGs) at West Virginia ... Turned in 12 points and 5 rebounds against Centenary ... Tallied 13 points and 5 boards against McNeese State ... Missed the Texas A&M-CC game while resting an ankle injury, but returned to tally 9 points and a season-high 13 rebounds at Arkansas State ... 10 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State, his second double-double of the year ... Posted a career-high 26 points against Indiana at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, finishing 12-for-18 from the floor and pulling down seven rebounds ... 17 points, 10 boards in opener vs. UALR.

- Eniel Polynice: Averages 9.9 ppg, 4.2 rebounds/game, 4.3 assists/game (6th SEC) and 1.6 steals/game (7th SEC) ... 10 points, 4 boards, 3 steals vs. South Carolina ... Tied season high with 9 rebounds at Tennessee ... 10 points, 3 assists at Georgia, securing the win with a nifty in-bounds pass off Travis Leslie's back and layup with 12 seconds remaining ... Reached 100 steals for his career with 2 against MSU ... 16 points, 5 assists vs. UCF ... 9 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists vs. Jacksonville State ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists at West Virginia ... 13 points, 6 assists vs. Centenary ... Came up big in late rally vs. McNeese State to finish with 12 points and tie career highs with 9 assists and 4 steals ... Had 15 points, 6 assists and the game-winning dunk with 1.3 seconds left vs. Southern Miss ... Against Kansas State he put up 13 points, 5 boards and 2 steals ... Against Indiana, he posted 10 points, 7 assists, 2 blocks and a steal ... Against Alabama State, he had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and a block.



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