Ole Miss Rebels (17-2, 6-0 SEC) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (13-6, 4-2 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 Time: 8:00 p.m. CT Location: Oxford, Miss. Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867) Television: ESPN Brad Nessler, play-by-play Jimmy Dykes, analyst Shannon Spake, sideline Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Keith Carter, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 199 Series: Kentucky leads 99-13 In Oxford: Kentucky leads 27-10 Last Meeting: UK, W 77-62 (2/18/12) Streak: UK, W2
Ole Miss puts the SEC's longest current win streak on the line when it hosts the Kentucky Wildcats at home on Super Tuesday. The Rebels are 6-0 in league play for the first time in school history and off to the best start to a season after 19 games (17-2) ever. A win would tie the school record for consecutive SEC wins in a season at seven. This marks the first time since 2001 Ole Miss is ranked entering a game versus Kentucky that the Wildcats were unranked. That year the No. 21 Rebels knocked off the unranked Wildcats 65-55 in Tad Smith Coliseum. 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 at Auburn and continues to inch towards the top of the Ole Miss rebound list with 941 career boards. The senior now only trails Walter Actwood's school record of 945 career boards. Junior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 19.4 ppg and ranks fifth in the nation averaging 3.9 made 3-pointers per game. Head coach Andy Kennedy (142) is just two wins away from tying B.L. Graham (144) for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Kennedy's record at Ole Miss is 142-80 in seven seasons, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 season as head coach.
REBELS OFF TO BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY After winning a thrilling nail biter at Auburn on Saturday, Ole Miss is 6-0 in the SEC for the first time in school history. The previous best start was 5-0 during the 1936-37 season. At 17-2, the Rebels are also off to the best start in school history after 19 games besting the 16-2 start by the `36-37 squad. A win Tuesday would also tie the Rebel record for consecutive SEC wins in the same season at seven set during the 1998 SEC season.
OLE MISS WINS THRILLER IN AUBURN Sophomore G LaDarius White scored a season-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and junior G Marshall Henderson added 15 points, including a pair of free throws that broke a 61-61 tie with 6.4 second remaining, as Ole Miss survived to knock off Auburn 63-61 on Saturday. Point guard Jarvis Summers chipped in 14 points and senior F Murphy Holloway pulled down 11 boards to aid the Rebel effort.
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 19.2 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 941 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 12.5 ppg in six SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks 15th in the conference in scoring in league games and fifth in assists dishing out 4.2/game.
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 1,700 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.
HENDERSON CLIMBS 3-POINTER LIST In just over half a year in Oxford, junior G Marshall Henderson has already began to climb the 3-pointer season charts as he currently ranks ninth on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (207) and 10th for 3-pointers made (74).
OLE MISS-KENTUCKY SERIES Tuesday's game will be the 113th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 99-13 lead in the series, but two of the Rebels' 13 all-time wins have come in the last six meetings. Ole Miss is 10-27 all time versus the Wildcats in Oxford, including the Rebels' 71-69 upset of 10th-ranked Kentucky in 2011 when Chris Warren scored 22 points and nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left for the win.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE 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 (38.6%) and first in the league and seventh nation in 3-point percentage defense (27.5%). The Rebels rank third in the SEC and 15th in the NCAA steals (9.1 spg) and rank second in the league and 13th in the nation in blocks (5.7 bpg). Ole Miss has forced 324 turnovers this season and are tied for second in the league forcing an average of 17.1 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation in turnover margin at +5.2.
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 at Auburn, Ole Miss jumped to No. 31 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Kentucky enters Tuesday's showdown with an RPI ranked No. 64 in the nation.
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 115 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 281 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 102-of-115 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. 281 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 WILDCATS Kentucky comes to Oxford after picking up a 75-70 victory over LSU on Saturday in Rupp that improved its record to 13-6, 4-2 in the SEC. The Wildcats dropped a 59-55 affair at Alabama on Wednesday and spilt their two conference games last week. Kentucky is just 2-3 on the road this season. Freshman guard Archie Goodwin leads UK averaging 14.6 ppg and has dished out a team-best 62 assists. Fellow frosh Nerlens Noel leads the squad pulling down 9.4 boards per game. He ranks first in the SEC blocking 4.4 shots per game. The Rebels and the Wildcats four common opponents this year - Auburn, Limpscomb, Tennessee and Vanderbilt - Ole Miss posted a 5-0 mark against the common opponents, while Kentucky went 4-0.
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 20th in school history with 1,236 career points, just 23 points behind B.L. "Country" Graham for 19th on the list. He currently ranks first in the SEC and 31st in the nation in field goal percentage (.556) and ranks ninth in the league in scoring at 14.8 ppg.
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 162-93 (.637 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 3.0. Summers has only committed 24 turnovers on the season compared to 73 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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