Streaking Rebels Return Home To Host Rival Bulldogs
Jan. 23, 2014
• Ole Miss is 24-8 (.750 winning percentage) over its last 32 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark over 32 games in school history. It also leads in the SEC, besting both Florida and Kentucky (23-9).
REBELS WIN IN NASHVILLE
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 16 points and junior F Aaron Jones chipped in 8 points, 10 boards and 5 blocks as Ole Miss knocked off Vanderbilt 63-52 in Nashville. It also marked the first time in school history that Ole Miss has won back-to-back games in Memorial Gym.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.8 points per game (17.9 from 9.1), field goal percentage 11.1 percent (51.5% 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 20.8 points per game over the last eight contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.9 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage (.515) and third in assists (3.7/game). He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and top-5 in both assists and field goal percentage.
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 6.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.4 boards a game over his last five games. He has three double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Dayton and Mercer.
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 2.8 blocked shots per game.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved past Rick Stansbury for the fifth-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. Bill Donoan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 165
HENDERSON JOINS 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS ... SUMMERS CLOSE BEHIND
Senior G Marshall Henderson recently became the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss and ranks 34th in school history with 1,002 career points. He is 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. Junior G Jarvis Summers is close behind with 986 career points and needs just 14 points to become the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss.
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 1,002 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (310) and seventh in points scored (986). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 102 career blocks.
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 4.33 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 51-straight games with a 3-pointer ranks third in SEC history behind Pat Bradley (60 games) and John Jenkins (59). He ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 18.7 ppg and eighth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 37.8% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Mississippi State is 13-5 on the season and 3-2 in the SEC after knocking off Auburn 82-74 on Wednesday. The Bulldogs are 11-1 at the Hump this season with the only loss coming to TCU during the Big 12/SEC Challenge, but are just 2-4 in away and natural site games. Craig Sword leads the team with a 14.5 points per game average, while Gavin Ware is close behind averaging 11.1 points a game and paces the squad pulling down 8.4 boards per game. The Bulldogs have gotten to the line 148 more times than their opponents, including shooting 153 free throws in conference games compared to just 95 for their opponents. MSU out shot Ole Miss 42-12 at the line in the first matchup of the season.
OLE MISS-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES
The Bulldogs are Ole Miss' most-played opponent, as Saturday's game will be the 249th meeting between the in-state rivals, which is also the SEC's most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 141-107 lead in the series, which began in 1914, and but Ole Miss owns a 79-43 advantage in games in Oxford. The Rebels and the Bulldogs have split the last two season series, with each team winning out its home court. Andy Kennedy is 5-10 against MSU in his career.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 11-3 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
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.
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.
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 107-22 (.829 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 7-3 record this season. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped earlier this season with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 238 of its last 292 games (.815 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 471-201 (.701 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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