Rebels Ride Win Streak Into Auburn
Jan. 25, 2013
Date: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
• Ole Miss puts the SEC's longest current win streak on the line when it travels to the Plains to face the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.
REBELS LOOKING FOR 6-0 LEAGUE START
After picking up a a come-from-behind win versus Tennessee on Thursday, Ole Miss is seeking its first 6-0 start in the SEC in school history. Currently the Rebels are 5-0 in league play for the first time since 1936-37. A win would also give the Rebels their best start after 19 games in school history.
REBEL RALLY DOWNS VOLS
Ole Miss rallied from down seven at the half to knock off Tennessee 62-56 at home on Thursday. The Rebels shot just 17.4% (4 of 23) in the first half, but came back to score 44 points in the second half, highlighted by junior G Marshall Henderson's 24 points in the final frame. Henderson poured in 28 points in the contest, including six 3-pointers.
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 19.6 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.9 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. Versus the Vols, Henderson scored a career-high 24 second half points to spur a Rebel rally and help Ole Miss knock off Tennessee at home.
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 930 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 13th in the nation in rebounding at 10.4 rpg.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST
Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Jan. 25), as the Rebels rank fifth in the nation in scoring (81.3 ppg) and turnover margin (+5.6), seventh in 3-point FG percentage defense (27.6%), eighth in scoring margin (+17.2), 13th in block shots (5.8 pg), 15th in steals (9.6 pg) and 33rd in FG percentage defense (38.7%).
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY
Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 12.2 ppg in five SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers is tied for 16th in the conference in scoring in league games and fourth in assists dishing out 4.4/game.
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 1,685 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-AUBURN SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 126th meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1928. The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 73-52. The the two teams split the season series this year, with both team prevailing at home, but the Rebels knocked off the Tigers 68-54 in the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss has won five of the last seven meetings, but have lost four of the last five on the Plains and have only won 11 times in Auburn. Andy Kennedy is 8-5 in his career against the Tiges.
Ole Miss has just one Alabama native on this year's roster - senior guard Nick Williams (Mobile), who was named the Alabama Player of the Year after his senior season at LeFlore Prep.
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.
With Thursday's victory versus Tennessee, Ole Miss remained No. 32 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Auburn enters Saturday's showdown with an RPI ranked No. 209.
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 1,231 career points, just one point behind Dwayne Curtis for 20th on the list. He currently ranks second in the SEC and 32nd in the nation in field goal percentage (.557) and ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 15.4 ppg.
Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank third in the SEC and 33rd in the nation in field goal percentage defense (38.7%) and first in the league and seventh nation in 3-point percentage defense (27.6%). The Rebels are tied for second in the SEC and 15th in the NCAA steals (9.6 spg) and rank second in the league and 13th in the nation in blocks (5.8 bpg). Ole Miss has forced 318 turnovers this season and rank second in the league forcing an average of 17.7 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation in turnover margin at +5.6.
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 114 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 279 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 2.8 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 16th 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 101-of-114 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. 279 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 TIGERS
Auburn enters the matchup with an 8-10 overall mark and a 2-3 record in league play after falling at Vanderbilt 73-61 on Wednesday. Rob Chubb had 14 points and eight rebounds while Frankie Sullivan added 14 points and Brian Greene Jr. 11 points in a losing effort. The Tigers have now dropped three SEC games in a row after winning their first two. Sullivan ranks second in the SEC in scoring behind Marshall Henderson at 17.2 ppg, while Cubb has posted 14.0 pgg and 9.0 rpg over his last four contests and leads the Tigers pulling down 7.8 rpg. Auburn is 6-4 at home this season and just 2-3 on the road.
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 11th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.2. Summers has only committed 22 turnovers on the season compared to 70 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 95-18 (.841 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 10-0 record this season. Ole Miss has won 226 of its last 276 games (.819 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 459-197 (.700 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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