Rebels Look To Bounce Back Against Big Blue

Jan. 31, 2011

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GAME 22: Ole Miss (13-8, 1-5 SEC) vs. #10/11 Kentucky (16-4, 4-2 SEC)
Tuesday 2.1.11 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)


MEDIA
Live TV: ESPNU/ESPN2 (Rob Stone, play-by-play; Mark Gottfried, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 121, XM 141
Live Video: ESPN3.com

REBELS TRY TO BOUNCE BACK VS. BIG BLUE
Ole Miss looks to get back in the win column with a home game against the 10th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday. The Rebels are 1-5 through the first six SEC games for the first time since the 2000 season, when they finished with a 5-11 league record and earned an NIT berth. One game after shooting a season-best 62.2 percent from the field at LSU, Ole Miss shot a season-worst 26.7 percent against the Vols. The Rebels continue to shoot well from the foul line, though, making 22 of 26 for 84.6 percent vs. UT, increasing their SEC-best season percentage to 75.4. Ole Miss is 0-3 in SEC home games, while Kentucky is 1-2 on the road in league play.

RED OUT
The Tad Pad is expected to be a sea of red on Tuesday with a "Red Out," presented by Chevron. A red t-shirt will be placed on 9,000 seats prior to the game. Ole Miss is encouraging all fans to help create the first all-red audience in the coliseum's history, as the team, cheerleaders, Rebelettes and band will all be wearing red. Chevron will also give out gas cards during the game.

QUICK NOTES
- This is the 110th meeting between the two schools. Kentucky holds a 97-12 lead in the series.
- Kentucky is Ole Miss' second nationally ranked foe of the year. The Rebels' last win over a top-25 team was against UK in 2009.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams and ranks 21st in the nation with a 75.4 FT percentage.
- Chris Warren ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage (93.9) and is on pace to set the school and SEC record for a season.
- Andy Kennedy is in good position to have the first staff to lead Ole Miss to five straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan (1920-25). He is also just two wins shy of 100 at Ole Miss.
- Warren is tied for 5th in SEC history with a school-record 296 career 3-pointers and is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3s and 20-pt games.
- Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner leads the SEC with a 60.4 FG percentage and ranks third with 3.0 blocks per game.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
No. 10 Kentucky is 16-4 overall and 4-2 in SEC games this season. The Wildcats are currently tied for second place in the SEC East behind Florida (5-2). After a loss at Alabama, John Calipari's team has notched wins at South Carolina (67-58) and against Georgia (66-60). UK is 3-0 in league play at home, but 1-2 on the road. The team averages 77.9 ppg (second-most among SEC teams) and allows 62.0 ppg (third-best among league teams). UK leads the SEC in scoring margin (+16.0), 3-point FG percentage (39.9), turnover margin (+2.1) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2). Three freshmen pace the team in scoring, led by Terrence Jones' 17.7 ppg (4th in SEC). Brandon Knight adds 17.3 ppg (5th in SEC) and Doron Lamb chips in 13.9 ppg. Junior Darius Miller adds 10.4 ppg. Josh Harrellson leads the league in rebounding with 9.2 rpg, while Jones ranks 2nd with 8.8 rpg.

OLE MISS-KENTUCKY SERIES
Tuesday's game will be the 110th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 97-12 lead in the series, which began in 1925. In their last meeting, Terrico White scored 19 points and No. 25 Ole Miss gave the third-ranked Wildcats a tough game at Rupp Arena, but were unable to get the upset in an 85-75 UK victory last year. Kentucky holds a 27-9 series advantage in games played in Oxford, but Ole Miss won the last matchup at Tad Smith Coliseum by a score of 85-80. That Rebel win snapped a nine-game UK winning streak in the overall series.

REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
Kentucky represents the second nationally ranked foe for Ole Miss this season. The Wildcats are No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Ole Miss is 4-14 against top-25 opponents under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels' last win over a ranked team was an 85-80 triumph over No. 24 Kentucky on 1/27/09.

FORMER WILDCAT NOW A REBEL
Ole Miss sophomore guard Donald Williams will face a familiar foe on Tuesday. Williams redshirted as a member of Billy Gillispie's Kentucky squad in 2008-09. After the UK coaching change, Williams transferred to Antelope Valley Community College before ending up at Ole Miss.

WINNING SEASONS
With a 13-8 record, Ole Miss is on its way to yet another winning season. If the Rebels finish with a record above .500, Andy Kennedy and his staff will be the first to achieve five straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan led Ole Miss to six straight winning seasons from 1920-25. Ole Miss did have six straight winning campaigns from 1997 to 2002 under two different head coaches.

KENNEDY NEARS 100 WINS AT OLE MISS
With 98 wins in his fifth season as the Ole Miss head coach, Andy Kennedy is two shy of becoming the third coach in school history with 100 career victories. He trails only B.L. "Country" Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in eight years) on the school's career coaching victories chart. Kennedy's .628 winning percentage (98-58) is significantly better than Graham's (.462) or Barnes' (.564). Kennedy is 119-71 in his sixth year overall as a head coach (includes one season at Cincinnati).

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 67-15 (.817 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including an 8-4 record this season. Ole Miss has won 198 of its last 245 games (.808 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 431-194 (.690 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.

FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 21st in the nation with a 75.4 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in eight games this season, including 87.5 (14-of-16) at Vanderbilt and 84.6 (22-of-26) against Tennessee. Their 95.7 FT pct. against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts.

HIGH-PERCENTAGE SHOTS
Despite a season-low 26.7 percent shooting performance against Tennessee, the Rebels still rank third in the SEC making 46.0 percent of their shots from the field. They have shot better than 40 percent in all but three games and better than 50 percent in six outings. The Rebels shot a season-high 62.2 percent at LSU in their last outing before Tennessee. Reginald Buckner leads the league with a 60.4 FG percentage. Terrance Henry ranks 12th in the league at 48.6 percent. Every regular in the Rebels' lineup is hitting shots at better than a 40 percent clip.

SCORING BURSTS
Ole Miss has displayed some impressive bursts of scoring this season. With feats of athleticism and sharp outside shooting, the Rebels have posted at least one 40-point half in all but four games this season, including a high of 52 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State. The Rebels have a pair of 100-point games for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The last time Ole Miss reached triple digits three times in a season was in 1998-99.

REBELS POUND LSU
Ole Miss secured an impressive road win with a 78-51 victory at LSU. The 27-point margin was the largest by an Ole Miss team in an SEC road game since 1952. It was also the worst home SEC loss for the Tigers since 1996.

Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks second in the SEC in scoring (18.2), first in FT percentage (93.9), fourth in assists (3.9), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.7), third in assist-turnover ratio (2.0) and third in minutes (34.1). In league games only, he ranks fourth in scoring (17.5), third in FT percentage (92.9) and leads the league in 3-pointers made (3.7). Overall, he has scored 20+ points in nine games (2nd-most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 14 times and in assists 16 times.

WARREN 2ND IN NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior point guard Chris Warren leads the SEC and ranks second in the nation with a 93.9 free throw percentage. He has made 93 of 99 attempts on the season and has converted 51 of his last 53 from the line. At his current pace, he would set the school and SEC record for FT percentage in a season and would rank among the all-time best seasons in NCAA history.

CONSECUTIVE FREE THROW STREAK ENDS
Senior guard Chris Warren's amazing streak of consecutive free throws ended against Tennessee when he missed the second of two shots after being fouled. He made 36 straight free throws, which was one shy of the school record of 37 set by Dave Rhodes in 1972. Warren's streak of 36 tied for the 14th-longest in SEC history.

WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. Entering the Kentucky game, he stands in sixth place with 1,754 career points. Justin Reed is next on the list in fifth place with 1,785, 31 points ahead of Warren.

WARREN MOVES UP SEC 3-POINT CHART
With a career high-tying seven 3-pointers against Mississippi State, Chris Warren surged past Aaron Harper to set the school record for most career triples. Warren enters the Kentucky game with 296, which is tied with Ronnie McMahan (Vanderbilt) for fifth-most in SEC history. Warren also holds the school record for career 3-point attempts.
All-Time SEC 3-Point Leaders
1. 431 Chris Lofton, Tennessee (2005-08)
2. 367 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (2005-08)
3. 366 Pat Bradley, Arkansas (1996-99)
4. 346 Allan Houston, Tennessee (1990-93)
5. 296 Chris Warren, Ole Miss (2008-pres.)
296 Ronnie McMahan, Vanderbilt (1992-95)

WARREN DISHES OUT 400TH ASSIST
Chris Warren served up his 400th career assist vs. Vanderbilt, becoming the fifth player in school history with 400 career assists. Warren enters the Kentucky game with 406. The next player on the Rebel career list for him to catch is Jason Harrison, who ranks fourth with 427.

CAN WARREN JOIN SUPER ELITE?
If senior guard Chris Warren can reach 2,000 points, he will become only the fourth player in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists in a career, joining LSU's Pete Maravich, Tennessee's Allan Houston and Georgia's Litterial Green. With 11 games left, Warren would need to average 22.4 points per contest to reach 2,000, not counting postseason play.

GRAHAM EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 15th in the SEC with a 14.0 scoring average and third with an 85.9 free-throw percentage. He averages 4.2 rebounds per game. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor's Cup All-Tournament team. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State. He tallied 13 points and 8 boards at SMU. He scored 13 points with 5 boards vs. MSU. He poured in 21 points (8-13 FGs, 5-5 FTs) against Georgia, one off his career high. He had 14 points and 5 boards at Vanderbilt. He scored 17 (7-9 FGs, 3-3 3-pt FGs) at LSU.

GRAHAM REACHES 1,000 POINTS
Zach Graham became the 32nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when he scored 13 points at SMU. He enters the Kentucky game in 27th place with 1,084 career points. The Suwanee, Ga., native has accomplished the feat with steady improvement every year (averaged 5.9 ppg as a freshman, 8.5 as a sophomore, 9.2 as a junior and 14.0 as a senior). He joins Chris Warren as current 1,000-point scorers at Ole Miss.

Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has made winning a habit since he arrived in Oxford. With 77 career wins, he needs 11 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.

BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Already one of the most prolific shot-blockers in school history, sophomore forward Reginald Buckner recently became the fifth player in school history to reach 100 career blocks. Buckner enters the Kentucky game with 123 blocks in his career, which is third-most in school history and nine shy of Rahim Lockhart's second-place total of 132. His 59 swats this year are second-most in a season in school history behind his own record of 64 he set last year. He ranks third in the SEC and 14th in the country with 3.0 blocks per game and has recorded five or more swats in six games this year, including a career-high seven vs. ETSU and six in a recent outing at LSU.

Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has been a key addition on the court this year. A starter in 20 of 21 games, he is averaging 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds and has been an instrumental vocal leader on the floor. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. He grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State and Colorado State and scored 13 point against the Rams. He had his best performance in SEC play with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists at LSU. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.


 

 

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