Rebels Return Home To Face South Carolina
Jan. 30, 2014
Ole Miss (14-6, 5-2 SEC) vs. South Carolina (8-12, 1-6 SEC)
HOT START TO SEC PLAY
Ole Miss is 5-2 in the SEC and tied for second in the league standings entering Saturday's showdown with South Carolina. A win would tie last year's squad and the 1937-38 team for the best start to SEC play through eight 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 8.8 points per game (17.9 from 9.1), field goal percentage 11.4 percent (51.8% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 20.8 percent (54.8% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring a team-high 10 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 20.0 points per game over the last 10 contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.9 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.518) and third in assists (3.7/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 vs. Vanderbilt and ranks 31st in school history with 1,047 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 became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss against MSU and is close behind Henderson with 1,021 career points.
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.
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 6.4 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.2 boards a game over his last 10 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 6.9 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 Saturday showdown with South Carolina ranked No. 55 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (ESPN.com), while the Gamecocks are rated No. 124. The Rebels are 3-5 against top-100 RPI teams this season including wins over LSU, Penn State and Vanderbilt.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks fifth among active players with 1,047 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (317) and seventh in points scored (1,021). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 103 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 4.41 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 53-straight games with a 3-pointer ranks third in SEC history behind Pat Bradley (60 games) and John Jenkins (59). He is tied for second in the league in scoring at 19.1 ppg and ranks ninth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.9% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina is 8-12 on the season and 1-6 in the SEC after picking up a home win over Texas A&M 80-52 Wednesday night. The Gamecocks had dropped six straight league games before Wednesday night's win. South Carolina ranks last in the SEC in league games field goal percentage defense (.482), but leads the conference in 3-point field goal shooting (.383). Freshman G Sindarius Thornwell and senior G Brenton Williams lead the team averaging 13.2 and 12.9 points per game, respectively, while sophomore F Michael Carrera paces the squad pulling down 4.8 boards per game. The Gamecocks rank just 11th in the SEC in rebounding offense in league games at 32.1 rpg, but are second in rebounding defense limiting opponents to just 31.4/game. In the first matchup two weeks ago, South Carolina out rebounded Ole Miss 40-31, but allowed the Rebels to shoot 52.2% from the field in the second half.
OLE MISS-SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 32nd meeting between the two schools on the hardwood, with Ole Miss holding a slight 16-15 advantage after the victory in Columbia on Jan. 18. Ole Miss' win in Columbia was its first since 2001 and the Rebels have won 3 of the last 4 in the series. The Rebels are 10-1 all time in Oxford against South Carolina with the lone loss coming in 2008 and the home team has taken 11 of the last 13 matchups. Andy Kennedy is 4-6 against the Gamecocks (4-5 with Ole Miss, 0-1 with Cincinnati).
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 12-4 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
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.
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 108-22 (.831 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 8-3 record this season. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped earlier this season with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 239 of its last 293 games (.816 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 472-201 (.701 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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