Ole Miss Heads To Kansas State For Big 12/SEC Challenge
Jan. 28, 2016
BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE
Ole Miss (13-7, 3-5 SEC) at Kansas State (12-8, 2-6 Big 12)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Jason Benetti, play-by-play
Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessigner, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 199
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss Leads Series 3-1
In Manhattan: Tied 1-1
Streak: KSU, W1
Last Meeting: KSU, W 58-61 (12/05/13)
• Ole Miss steps out of conference and travels to Kansas State Saturday for the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Rebels are 10-2 in non-conference games this year and are 3-1 all-time against the Wildcats.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 205-121 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 226-134 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 20th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school and has the fifth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the league at one school.
• With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stefan Moody became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody is the fifth-fast player in school history to reach 1,000 career points (52 games) and ranks eighth in Ole Miss history with a 19.3 ppg career scoring average.
• Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon recorded his first career double-double against Auburn (19 points, 10 boards).
• Senior F Anthony Perez posted his first career double-double at MSU (14 points, 10 boards), and freshman G Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey scored a career-high 16 points in his first career start.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring at 24.3 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in 14-straight games, which is the longest streak in school history since John Stroud recorded 14 straight in 1980. Moody has broken the 30-point mark three times this season and his 24.3 point scoring average would be the best in the SEC since former Rebel Joe Harvell led the league in scoring at 25.0 ppg in 1992. Moody has made a 3-pointer in 33-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history and tied for the 17th-best streak in SEC history.
MOODY, HYMON LEAD REBELS IN ROUT OF AUBURN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 24 points, including 19 in an explosive second half, and sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 boards as Ole Miss routed Auburn 80-63 Wednesday. Moody scored 19 of his 24 points after the break and knocked down 6 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. He also dished out 5 assists and committed only one turnover, as the Rebel erased a one point halftime deficit and out scored the Tigers 51-33 in the second half.
MOODY JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stan Moody became just the 37th player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody reached the historic club in just 52 career games and is the tied with Cob Jarvis for the fifth-fastest Rebel to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The only players to reach 1,000 points faster in school history are Gerald Glass (37 games), Denver Brakeen (41 games), Don Kessinger (47 games) and Marshall Henderson (51 games). Head coach Andy Kennedy has now coached nine of Ole Miss’ 37 1,000-point scorers. Moody’s 19.3 ppg career scoring average ranks eighth on the Rebel career list.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech. earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 205-121 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 226-134 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
MOODY HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST LSU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 33 points and junior G Rasheed Brooks added 18 points and 6 boards, but Ole Miss dropped a tight SEC road contest 90-81 at LSU. It marked the third time this season Moody topped the 30-point mark and bested his previous career high of 30 points set against Towson and UMass. The 5-10 guard knocked down 10 of 18 from the field, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. He also added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
BROOKS, FITZPATRICK-DORSEY AND PEREZ LEAD REBELS AT MSU
Senior F Anthony Perez recorded his first career double-double against Mississippi State with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Perez is averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 boards a game over his last three games. Freshman G Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey posted career highs with 16 points and 4 assists in his first career start against the Bulldogs. Junior G Rasheed Brooks led the Rebels with 20 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, both of which tied career bests.
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball began in January, as the Rebels christened the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion has a capacity of 9,051 fans and includes a number of first-class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 205-121 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances 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 nine full years in Oxford.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 33 points at LSU and leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring this season at 24.3 ppg. He has 14-straight games with 20-plus points, which is the longest streak in school history since John Stroud posted 14 straight in 1980. Johnny Neumann holds the school record with 22 consecutive 20-point games in 1972. His 24.3 point scoring average would be the best in the SEC since former Rebel Joe Harvell led the league in scoring at 25.0 ppg in 1992. He has scored 20-plus points 16 times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark three times. He is the second highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 19.2 ppg career scoring average, which ranks eighth in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 27.9 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.9 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 25.3 PPG
4. Josh Adams, Wyoming 25.0 PPG
5. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.8 PPG
6. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 24.3 PPG
7. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.0 PPG
8. Kevin Punter, Tennessee 22.9 PPG
9. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 22.8 PPG
10. Khallid Hart, Marist 22.5 PPG
MOODY’S GAME-WINNER LIFTS REBELS TO WIN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points, including the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left to give Ole Miss a 72-171 victory over Georgia. Moody tied a career high with 7 assists and added 3 steals, as the Rebels erased a 15-point deficit. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior G Rasheed Brooks recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels swept Alabama and Georgia in the opening weekend at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
SAIZ, REBELS RULE OPENING NIGHT
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 21 points and 16 boards, as Ole Miss knocked off Alabama 74-66 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,500 at the grand opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior G Stefan Moody also recorded his ninth-straight 20-point game with 21 points in the win, as the Rebels out scored the Tide 34-24 in the paint and erased an eight-point halftime deficit.
KENNEDY’S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
5. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
7. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
8. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 170
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 169
10. John Brady (LSU) - 167
11. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 164
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 161
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 161
14. Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 159
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks fifth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 205
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
10. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his sixth double-double of the season against Georgia (14 points, 10 rebounds) and now has eight double-doubles in his career. He is averaging 10.2 boards a game over his last 10 games. Saiz recorded a double-double in back-to-back games for the second time this year after recording two straight against Alabama (21 points, 16 boards) and Georgia. He is tied for fifth in the SEC with six double-doubles this year and is pulling down 9.8 rpg, which ranks second in the conference and 29th nationally.
REBELS VS. BIG 12
Ole Miss is 16-19 all-time versus current members of the Big 12, having faced every current member. The Rebels have faced Texas most often, owning a 6-8 record against the Longhorns. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 3-2 vs. the Big 12 at Ole Miss.
SERIES HISTORY VS. KANSAS STATE
Ole Miss is 3-1 all time against the Wildcats, defeating Kansas State in 2000, ‘01 and ‘09. Most recently the Rebels dropped the inaugural Big 12/SEC Challenge game to the Wildcats 61-58 in Manhattan in 2013. The Rebels knocked off Kansas State in 2009 as part of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and in Oxford in 200. Ole Miss is 1-1 all-time in Manhattan with a 67-65 win over K-State in 2001.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting 70.8 percent this year, which ranks fourth in the league. Ole Miss hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks third in the league this season hitting 85.1 percent (137 of 161) of his attempts. His 137 free throw made this year also ranks sixth in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 87.73 career free throw percentage(min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats are 12-8 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12 under fourth-year head coach Bruce Webber. Kansas State knocked off Oklahoma State 89-73 at home last weekend before falling on the road at No. 9 West Virginia 70-55 Tuesday. K-State is 10-2 at home this season, but 2-6 away from Manhattan. Junior G Wesley Iwundu leads the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg and is one of three Wildcats averaging in double figures. Freshman F Dean Wade leads K-State in rebounding pulling down 6.0 a game and is third on the team in scoring at 10.4 ppg. Senior G Justin Edwards is second on the squad in scoring and rebounding at 12.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Kansas State is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot just 28.1 percent from behind the arc, but are last in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage shooting only 29.3 percent as a team.
REBELS FOLLOWING NEW RULES
With the introduction of new rules this season regarding how players defend, the Rebels have done a good job following them. Ole Miss is committing just 18.9 fouls a game, which is the fewest in the SEC.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks fifth in the SEC with a +2.5 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just six times this season and are 11-2 when out rebounding their opponent.
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