Streaking Rebels Head To Tennessee
Jan. 27, 2014
Ole Miss (14-5, 5-1 SEC) at Tennessee (12-7, 3-3 SEC)
• Ole Miss is 25-8 (.758 winning percentage) over its last 33 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also the best mark in the SEC over the last 33 games, besting both Florida and Kentucky (24-9).
HOT START TO SEC PLAY
Ole Miss is 5-1 in the SEC, tied for second in the league standings and have won four conference games in a row entering Wednesday's showdown in Knoxville. A win would tie last year's squad and the 1936-37 team for the best start to SEC play through seven games.
REBELS ROUT RIVAL BULLDOGS
Junior G Jarvis Summers and senior G Marshall Henderson each scored 19 points and freshman F Sebastian Saiz chipped in 6 points, 11 boards and 3 blocks as Ole Miss routed rival Mississippi State 82-63. Junior G LaDarius White added 11 points and junior F Aaron Jones pulled down 10 boards as the Rebels posted their largest margin of victory over MSU since a 23-point win in 1997.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.9 points per game (18.0 from 9.1), field goal percentage 11.3 percent (51.7% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 21.0 percent (55.0% 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 20.4 points per game over the last nine contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (18.0 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage (.517) and is tied for third in assists (3.6/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.
OLE MISS WINS 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.
HENDERSON, SUMMERS JOIN 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS
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 1,021 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 Henderson with 1,005 career points became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss.
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 7.8 boards a game over his last nine games. He has four double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Mississippi State (1/25).
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 34th in the nation, averaging 2.6 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) - 166
Ole Miss enters the mid-week tilt at Tennessee ranked No. 58 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index release by the NCAA, while the Volunteers are rated No. 52. The Rebels are 2-4 against top-100 RPI teams this season including wins over LSU and Vanderbilt.
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 1,021 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (312) and seventh in points scored (1,005). 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 third in the nation averaging 4.18 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 52-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 36.4% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE VOLUNTEERS
Tennessee is 12-7 on the season and 3-3 in the SEC after spliting a pair of games last week vs. Arkansas (W, 81-74) and at Florida (L, 67-41). The Volunteers are 9-2 at Thompson-Bowling this season, but are just 3-5 in away and natural site games. Senior Jordan McRae leads the team with a 18.5 points per game average, while the duo of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon are the top rebounding pair in the league combining for 17.9 boards per game. Tennessee ranks second in the SEC in rebounding margin at +8.9 rebounds per game and lead the league limiting their opponents to just 30.6 rpg. In conference games, UT ranks last in the SEC turning the ball over 5.33 time more than its opponents per game.
OLE MISS-TENNESSEE SERIES
The Rebels and Volunteers have met 110 times, with Tennessee holding a 69-41 lead in a series that began in 1924. Ole Miss has won three in a row in the series, including a season sweep of the Vols last year. UT owns a 39-11 record against Ole Miss in Knoxville, but the Rebels earned their first win in Knoxville since 1991 with last season's 92-74 win. The home team has won eight of the last 10 regular season meeting dating back to 2005. A win would give Ole Miss a four-game winning streak against Tennessee, its longest against the Vols since 1990-91. Andy Kennedy is 5-5 against the Volunteers in his career.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 12-3 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.
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