Date: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 Time: 6:00 p.m. CT Location: Oxford, Miss. Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,876) Television: ESPN2 Rece Davis, play-by-play Bobby Knight, analyst Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Keith Carter, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Satellite Radio: Sirius 99, XM 199 Series: Tennessee leads 69-40 In Oxford: Tennessee leads 25-22 Last Meeting: OM, W 92-74 (1/9/13) Streak: OM, W2
• Ole Miss puts the SEC's longest current win streak on the line when it welcomes the Tennessee Volunteers to Oxford. • The Rebels are looking for the only the second 5-0 SEC start in school history matching the 1936-37 season, when Ole Miss started league play with five-straight wins. A win would also give Ole Miss its best start since the `36-37 campaign, when the Rebels started the year 16-2. • The Rebels' are 4-0 in league play for the first time since 1936-37. • Ole Miss is ranked in the top-25 for the first time since 2010, checking in at No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the USA Today/Coaches' poll. • Senior F Murphy Holloway pulled down 11 boards vs. Arkansas and continues to inch towards the top of the Ole Miss rebound list with 924 career boards. The senior now only trails Walter Actwood's school record of 945 career boards. • Junior G Marshall Henderson, the reigning SEC Player of the week, leads the SEC in scoring at 18.9 ppg and ranks sixth in the nation averaging 3.8 made 3-pointers per game. • Head coach Andy Kennedy (140) is just four wins away from tying B.L. Graham (144) for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Kennedy's record at Ole Miss is 140-80 in seven seasons, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 season as head coach.
REBELS LOOKING FOR 5-0 LEAGUE START After picking up a pair of wins at Vanderbilt and versus Arkansas last week, Ole Miss is seeking its first 5-0 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 `36-37 campaign 16-2.
REBELS ROLL HOGS Ole Miss knocked off Arkansas last Saturday behind a pair of double-doubles from Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway and 14 points and seven assists from point guard Jarvis Summers. The Rebel defense, led by junior G Marshall Henderson's career-high five steals, forced the Hogs into a season-high 19 turnovers. Arkansas came into the game leading the league in turnovers at just 11.3/game. Ole Miss outscored the Razorbacks 26-14 over the final 11 minutes after Arkansas tied the game at 50.
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 18.9 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. Henderson earned SEC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 ppg in a pair of wins at Vanderbilt and against Arkansas. Against the Commodores, he scored a game-high 26 points, including a 35-foot buzzer beater that sent the game into overtime. He added 16 points and a career-high five steals in the Rebels' win against Arkansas on Saturday.
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 924 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 conference and ranks 11th in the nation in rebounding at 10.6 rpg.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Jan. 21), as the Rebels rank third in the nation in scoring (82.4 ppg), sixth in turnover margin (+5.3), ninth in scoring margin (+17.8), 12th in steals (9.7 pg) and 3-point FG percentage defense (27.9%), 13th in block shots (5.8 pg) and 36th in FG percentage defense (38.7%).
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 14.0 ppg in four SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks 13th in the conference in scoring in league games and fifth in free throw percentage (.880).
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 34 career double-doubles and leads the league and ranks 11th in the nation this year with nine double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 14 career double-doubles and is second in the conference behind Holloway this year with six double-doubles. The duo's combined 1,671 career rebounds is the best among active players in the nation and 48 career double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC and third in the nation. Ole Miss is 8-1 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 5-1 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
OLE MISS-TENNESSEE SERIES The Rebels and Vols have met 109 times, with Tennessee holding a 69-40 lead in a series that began in 1924. Ole Miss won in Knoxville earlier this season, but the home team has won seven of the last nine regular season meeting dating back to 2005. UT owns a 25-22 record against Ole Miss in Oxford, but the Rebels have won three of the last four at home. Ole Miss claimed an overtime win in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament last season to snap a four-game losing streak to the Volunteers. Andy Kennedy is 4-5 against the Vols in his career.
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 in the same season. Down 13 points with eight minutes remaining, Ole Miss closed the game on a 34-12 run including overtime.
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.
RPI WATCH With Saturday's victory versus Arkansas, Ole Miss jumped to No. 32 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Tennessee enters Thursday's show down with an RPI ranked No. 99.
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 21st in school history with 1,223 career points, just nine points behind Dwayne Curtis for 20th on the list. He currently ranks second in the SEC and 32nd in the nation in field goal percentage (.558) and ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 15.8 ppg.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank fourth in the SEC and 36th in nation in field goal percentage defense (38.7%) and first in the league and 12th nation in 3-point percentage defense (27.9%). The Rebels rank second in the SEC and 12th in the NCAA steals (9.7 spg) and second in the league and 13th in the nation in blocks (5.8 bpg). Ole Miss has forced 297 turnovers this season and rank second in the league forcing an average of 17.5 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and sixth in the nation in turnover margin at +5.3.
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 113 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 277 blocks, and moved passed Sam Muldrow, of South Carolina, for seventh in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 2.9 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 15th 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 100-of-113 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. 277 Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss (2009-) 8. 275 Sam Muldrow, South Carolina (2008-11) 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 VOLS Tennessee picked up its first Southeastern Conference victory Saturday, defeating Mississippi State 72-57 in Knoxville. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Volunteers, who tallied a season-high 19 assists. Junior point guard Trae Golden dished out a season-high nine assists and also added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Freshman guard Armani Moore exploded for a season-high 11rebounds vs. the Bulldogs, marking the most boards by a Tennessee guard since Scotty Hopson grabbed 11 in a win over VCU on Nov. 24, 2010. Sophomore power forward Jarnell Stokes totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds against MSU, marking his fourth double-double of the season. Junior guard Jordan McRae continues to lead UT in scoring with 13.8 ppg. In SEC play, McRae's 20.5 ppg rank second in the league, while his .500 field-goal percentage ranks tied for eighth. In conference action, Tennessee's 1.0 assist/turnover ratio is fourth among all league teams. The Vols also rank fourth in scoring, as they average 69.0 ppg in SEC games.
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 161-93 (.634 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 ninth in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.3. Summers has only committed 19 turnovers on the season compared to 63 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 94-18 (.839 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 10-0 record this season. Ole Miss has won 225 of its last 275 games (.818 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 458-197 (.699 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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