Ole Miss Hosts Florida in SEC Clash
Jan. 22, 2015
OLE MISS HOSTS FLORIDA
Ole Miss welcomes the Florida Gators to town Saturday for an SEC battle. Six of the past eight games in the series have been decided by six points or less.
SEC RPI STRENGTH
Entering league play, the SEC was one of only three leagues with 10 teams in the top 100 of the RPI and one of only four leagues with five teams in the top 50.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 79.8 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 26-of-30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 154 of their last 183 from the line (.842). Seven Ole Miss players are shooting at least 75.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who ranks second in the SEC and 11th in the nation shooting 90.0 percent (72-of-80).
OLE MISS THRASHES RANKED RAZORBACKS ON THE ROAD
Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas on the road Saturday, picking up the Rebels' first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003. The Rebels' 96 points are the second-most ever allowed in Bud Walton Arena by Arkansas, second only to the 98 points Ole Miss scored in 2009. Five Rebels scored in double figures for Ole Miss for the first time since Oregon last year. Junior G Stefan Moody led Ole Miss with 18 points and shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Senior G Jarvis Summers added 17 points and dished out a season-best 7 assists, while sophomore C Dwight Coleby recorded his first career double-double with a career-best 12 points and 10 boards.
SUMMERS NEARING ELITE GROUP
Senior G Jarvis Summers needs just 28 points to become only the 14th player in SEC history to post 1,500 career points and 400 career assists. He would join a group that includes LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston, South Carolina' Devan Downey and former Rebel Chris Warren.
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Todd Abernethy and Jason Harrison for fourth on the Ole Miss career assist lists with 437. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.383) and 16th all time in scoring (1,472). See page 7 for updated career records.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 55 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 2-3 against the RPI top 35, including wins over No. 32 Arkansas and No. 33 Cincinnati. Florida is ranked No. 77 coming into Saturday's game.
REBELS VERSUS GATORS
Saturday's game will be the 106th meeting between the Rebels and the Gators. Florida holds a 62-43 lead in the series, which began in 1940. The Gators had won six in a row in the series, until Ole Miss knocked off UF in the 2013 SEC Tournament Championship game. Ole Miss owns a 28-22 advantage in Oxford, but the Gators have won two in a row in Oxford including a 75-71 win last year. Six of the past eight games in the series have been decided by six points or less. Andy Kennedy is 2-8 against Florida in his career.
RHETT HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST THE TIGERS
Senior C M.J. Rhett scored a career-high 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the Rebels' 75-71 loss to LSU. Rhett was 4-of-7 from the field and hit a career-best 7-of-8 attempts from the line on the night. Sophomore C Dwight Coleby also chipped 10 points and grabbed a career-high 8 boards against the Tigers.
OLE MISS BLASTS GAMECOCKS
Senior G Jarvis Summers led all scorers with 20 points, while junior G Stefan Moody added 16 points, all in the second half, as Ole Miss rolled over South Carolina 65-49. Defensively, the Rebels held South Carolina to a season-low 49 points and forced 15 turnovers, turning them into 17 points.
OLE MISS DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO NO. 1 CATS
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points and senior G Jarvis Summers added 23 for the Rebels, who beat Kentucky 30-26 in the paint and controlled the boards for much of the game, before falling to No. 1 Kentucky 89-86 in overtime. Trailing Kentucky 12-0 and 18-5, Moody helped Ole Miss' offense regroup to mount runs of 10-0 and 7-0 to get within 23-22 before eventually taking a 30-26 lead with 7:01 left in the half. The junior guard went 4-of-5 from long range en route to 16 points in the first half. Summers added 18 in the second half and overtime.
MOODY BREAKS OUT
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points, including 16 in the first half, as Ole Miss took No. 1 Kentucky to overtime. Moody knocked down 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 8-of-13 from the field. He scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7(.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3. Moody scored 22 points in the Rebels win at Oregon and added 25 points, including a career-high 6 3-pointers against Western Kentucky. Moody is averaging 19.3 ppg and has hit 14-of-33(.424) from 3-point range in SEC play.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 182-108 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, six 20-win campaigns and six postseason berths, which includes an NCAA Third Round appearance 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 eight full years in Oxford.
AK GETS CAREER WIN 200
With the victory over Southeast Missouri, head coach Andy Kennedy earned his 200th career victory as a head coach in his 317th career game. Kennedy is the all-time winningest coach in school history with 182 career win as the Ole Miss head coach.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Florida's Billy Donovan and Alabama's Wimp
Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head coach in their first eight years in the league at one school.
See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 183
3. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 171
4. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
... AND HE IS MOVING UP THE NINE-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most win by a 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. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
4. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 182
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
OLE MISS `D' AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league ranking third in field goal percentage defense (.383) and eighth in blocked shots (4.0/game).
SCOUTING THE GATORS
Florida is 10-8 on the season and 3-2 in the SEC after falling to LSU 79-61 at home Tuesday. The Gators have lost back-to-back league game to Georgia and the Tigers after starting conference play 3-0. Junior F Dorian Finney-Smith leads Florida averaging 13.6 ppg and pulling down 5.6 rebounds a game. Junior G Michael Fraizer is close behind at 13.1 ppg and has knocked down a team-high 43 3-pointers on the year. The Gators rank fourth in the SEC in steals at 8.2/game and are forcing 15.0 turnovers a game.
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