Ole Miss Heads to Missouri to Face the Tigers
Jan. 29, 2015
OLE MISS HEADS MIZZOU
Ole Miss heads to Columbia, Missouri Saturday for a clash with the Tigers. The Rebels lead the all-time series 3-1, but are seeking their first ever win in Columbia.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 79.9 percent of its free throw attempts, which would also lead the NBA. The Rebels hit 26-of-30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 199 of their last 239 from the line (.833). If the season ended today, Ole Miss would post the second-best FT percentage by a team in SEC history trailing only Vanderbilt in 1974 (.802). The Rebels' 82.5 percent from the line in conference play would break the Commodores' 1974 record (.814). Seven Ole Miss players are shooting at least 75.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks seventh in the nation shooting 90.7 percent (78-of-86). Moody has made 21-straight FTs dating back to the Arkansas game.
SUMMERS BIG SECOND HALF LEADS REBELS OVER MSU
Senior G Jarvis Summers scored all 22 of his points in the second half, as Ole Miss rallied to knock of Mississippi State 79-73. Summers finished with 22 points, one shy of his season high, all in the second half, to go along with a game-high seven assists. The senior leads the SEC in assists in conference play, averaging 5.3/game and has dished out 27 assists in the last four games. Summers has averaged 19.0 ppg over the last two games and ranks fifth in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 16.9 ppg.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 48 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 2-3 against the RPI top 30, including wins over No. 18 Arkansas and No. 29 Cincinnati. Missouri is ranked No. 160 coming into Saturday's game.
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 24th in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have face four teams in ESPN.com's top 25 basketball power index and six teams in the top 50.
SUMMERS SEALS WIN OVER GATORS
Senior G Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 9.8 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including a jumper with 9.8 seconds left and a pair of free throw with 3.5 ticks left to give the Rebels the last second win. The senior also dished out a season-high 8 assists and committed only one turnover.
OLE MISS THRASHES RANKED RAZORBACKS ON THE ROAD
Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas on the road Saturday, picking up the Rebels' first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003. The Rebels' 96 points are the second-most ever allowed in Bud Walton Arena by Arkansas, second only to the 98 points Ole Miss scored in 2009. Five Rebels scored in double figures for Ole Miss for the first time since Oregon last year. Junior G Stefan Moody led Ole Miss with 18 points and shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Senior G Jarvis Summers added 17 points and dished out a season-best 7 assists, while sophomore C Dwight Coleby recorded his first career double-double with a career-best 12 points and 10 boards.
SUMMERS JOINS ELITE GROUP
With 22 points against MSU, senior G Jarvis Summers became just the 14th player in SEC history to post 1,500 career points and 400 career assists. He joins a group that includes LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston, South Carolina' Devan Downey and former Rebel Chris Warren.
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers tied Chris Warren for third in Ole Miss history with 452 career assists. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.383) and 11th all time in scoring (1,510). See page 7 for updated career records.
SEC RPI STRENGTH
Entering league play, the SEC was one of only three leagues with 10 teams in the top 100 of the RPI and one of only four leagues with five teams in the top 50.
REBELS VERSUS TIGERS
Ole Miss and Missouri have play just four times with all four meetings coming in the last two years. Last season, the Rebels knocked off Missouri 91-88. Ole Miss and the Tigers split a pair of regular season meetings in 2012-13 with the home team winning before the Rebels took the third contest with a thrilling 64-62 win in Nashville en route to the SEC Tournament title. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 3-1 in his career against Missouri.
RHETT HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST THE TIGERS
Senior C M.J. Rhett scored a career-high 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the Rebels' 75-71 loss to LSU. Rhett was 4-of-7 from the field and hit a career-best 7-of-8 attempts from the line on the night. Sophomore C Dwight Coleby also chipped 10 points and grabbed a career-high 8 boards against the Tigers.
OLE MISS BLASTS GAMECOCKS
Senior G Jarvis Summers led all scorers with 20 points, while junior G Stefan Moody added 16 points, all in the second half, as Ole Miss rolled over South Carolina 65-49. Defensively, the Rebels held South Carolina to a season-low 49 points and forced 15 turnovers, turning them into 17 points.
OLE MISS DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO NO. 1 CATS
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points and senior G Jarvis Summers added 23 for the Rebels, who beat Kentucky 30-26 in the paint and controlled the boards for much of the game, before falling to No. 1 Kentucky 89-86 in overtime. Trailing Kentucky 12-0 and 18-5, Moody helped Ole Miss' offense regroup to mount runs of 10-0 and 7-0 to get within 23-22 before eventually taking a 30-26 lead with 7:01 left in the half. The junior guard went 4-of-5 from long range en route to 16 points in the first half. Summers added 18 in the second half and overtime.
MOODY BREAKS OUT
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points, including 16 in the first half, as Ole Miss took No. 1 Kentucky to overtime. Moody knocked down 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 8-of-13 from the field. He scored a career-best 26 points in the Rebels' loss at Georgia, including hitting all 10 of his attempts from the charity stripe. He tied a career-high with 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7(.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3. Moody scored 22 points in the Rebels win at Oregon and added 25 points, including a career-high 6 3-pointers against Western Kentucky. Moody ranks fourth in the SEC in league play averaging 17.0 ppg.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 184-108 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, six 20-win campaigns and six postseason berths, which includes an NCAA Third Round appearance 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 eight full years in Oxford.
AK GETS CAREER WIN 200
With the victory over Southeast Missouri, head coach Andy Kennedy earned his 200th career victory as a head coach in his 317th career game. Kennedy is the all-time winningest coach in school history with 184 career win as the Ole Miss head coach.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Florida's Billy Donovan and Alabama's Wimp
Sanderson for the third-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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 171
4. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
... AND HE IS MOVING UP THE NINE-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most win by a 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. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
4. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 184
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
OLE MISS `D' AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league ranking fifth in field goal percentage defense (.395) and eighth in blocked shots (4.1/game).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Missouri is 7-12 on the season and 1-5 in the SEC after dropping a pair of games to Arkansas (L, 61-60) and at Texas A&M (L, 62-50) last week. The Tigers have lost five-straight SEC games heading into a matchup against Kentucky after winning the conference opener against LSU. On the year, Missouri averaging 63.2 ppg and just 58.5 ppg in conference play, which ranks last in the SEC. Memphis native Johnathan Williams III leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding at 12.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg, respectively. Missouri also ranks last in the SEC in free throw percentage hitting just 64.6 percent of its attempts in league play.
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