SEC's Best Face Off As No. 16 Rebels Travel To No. 4 Florida

Jan. 31, 2013

The Last Meeting
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January 26, 2012
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No. 13 Florida Comes From Behind To Down Ole Miss
Ole Miss led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but a second-half rally gave No. 13 Florida a 64-60 win over the Rebels on Thursday.

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Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Gainesville, Fla.
Arena: O'Connell Center (12,000)
Television: ESPNU
     Tom Hart, play-by-play
     Matt Doherty, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Richard Cross, analyst
Live Audio:
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 199
Series: Florida leads 60-42
     In Gainesville: Florida leads 35-11
     Last Meeting: UF, W 64-60 (1/26/12)
     Streak: UF, W4


• Saturday's game in Gainesville features the top two teams in the SEC as the second-place Ole Miss Rebels travel to face the first-place Florida Gators.
• The Rebels started league play 6-0 for the first time in school history and are off to their best start to a season after 20 games (17-3) since 1936-37.
• Ole Miss is ranked in the top-25 for the first time since 2010, checking in at No. 16 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' polls. It marks the highest ranking for the Rebels since 2010.
• The Rebels are looking for their first victory over a top-five opponent since knocking off No. 5 Florida 74-69 in the SEC Tournament in 2001. Ole Miss is 1-0 this season versus ranked opponents.
• Senior F Murphy Holloway pulled down nine boards versus Kentucky and passed Walter Actwood's Ole Miss record of 945 career rebounds. He is now the school's all-time leader with 949 career boards.
• Junior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 19.3 ppg and ranks third in the nation averaging 3.8 made 3-pointers per game.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy (142) is just two wins away from tying B.L. Graham (144) for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Kennedy's record at Ole Miss is 142-80 in seven seasons, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 season as head coach.


Ole Miss started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history. The previous best start was 5-0 during the 1936-37 season. At 17-3, the Rebels are also off to the best start in school history after 20 games since 1936-37.


In his final season in Oxford, F Murphy Holloway has become Ole Miss' all-time rebounding leader with 949 career boards. With nine boards against Kentucky, Holloway passed Walter Actwood's career total of 945 rebound for first place on the Rebel rebound list. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in rebounds and double-doubles, ranks second in steals and third  in points. He leads conference and ranks 13th in the nation in rebounding at 10.3 rpg.


Junior G Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native has definitely lived up to that billing so far this season, as he is averaging a team-best 19.3 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.8 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. Against ETSU, Henderson poured in a game-high 22 points, including 6-of-13 from three and pulling down six boards. Henderson scored a game-high 22 points in the season opener versus Mississippi Valley State, hitting 5-of-11 from behind the arc and becoming the first Rebel to nail five 3-pointers in a game since Dundrecous Nelson in 2011. He finished the game 6-of-12 from the field and added two steals and an assist in his first collegiate start. In his second game vs. Coastal Carolina, Henderson poured a season-high 27 points, including 6-of-13 from three, and added four assists, two rebounds and two steals. The 49 points Henderson scored in his first two games is the most by a Rebel to start his career since "World Class" Gerald Glass scored 59 points in 1988. Against Indiana State, he posted 27 points on 7-of-16 from 3-point, which is just one 3-pointer shy of the school record and is tied for third all time. Henderson scored a career-high 32 points in the SEC opener at Tennessee, which is the most points scored by a Rebel in their first league game since Ole Miss great Johnny Neumann scored 39 versus Auburn in 1970. It was also the most points scored by an SEC player in a conference game since Ole Miss' own Chris Warren tallied 33 versus South Carolina in 2011. Henderson earned SEC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 ppg in a pair of wins at Vanderbilt and against Arkansas. Against the Commodores, he scored a game-high 26 points, including a 35-foot buzzer beater that sent the game into overtime. He added 16 points and a career-high five steals in the Rebels' win against Arkansas on Saturday. Versus the Vols, Henderson scored a career-high 24 second half points to spur a Rebel rally and help Ole Miss knock off Tennessee at home.


Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Jan. 28), as the Rebels rank fifth in the nation in scoring (80.3 ppg), turnover margin (+5.2),  and 3-point FG percentage defense (27.6%), ninth in scoring margin (+16.4), 13th in block shots (5.7 pg), 26th in steals (9.1 pg) and 33rd in FG percentage defense (38.6%).


Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 12.1 ppg in seven SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks 17th in the conference in scoring in league games, third in assists dishing out 4.2/game and sixth in assist/turnover ratio at 2.1


Rebel big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner have been impressive for Ole Miss in the paint during their careers. Holloway leads all active SEC players, and ranks fifth in the nation, with 34 career double-doubles and leads the league and ranks 15th in the nation this year with nine double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 14 career double-doubles and is tied for second in the conference behind Holloway this year with six double-doubles. The duo's combined 1,717 career rebounds is second best among active players in the nation and 48 combined double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC and third in the nation. Ole Miss is 8-1 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 5-1 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.


In just over half a year in Oxford, junior G Marshall Henderson has already began to climb the 3-pointer season charts as he currently ranks sixth on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (218) and ninth for 3-pointers made (76).


Sophomore G LaDarius White scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and junior G Marshall Henderson added 15 points, including a pair of free throws that broke a 61-61 tie with 6.4 second remaining, as Ole Miss survived to knock off Auburn 63-61 on Saturday. Point guard Jarvis Summers chipped in 14 points and senior F Murphy Holloway pulled down 11 boards to aid the Rebel effort.


Saturday's game will be the 103rd meeting between the Rebels and the Gators. Florida holds a 60-42 lead in the series, which began in 1940, and owns a 35-11 advantage in Gainesville. The Gators have won four in a row in the series, but four of the past five games in the series have been decided by six points or less, including UF's 64-60 win in Oxford last season. The last Rebel win over the Gators was in 2008 (89-87 in Oxford). The teams squared off in the SEC opener  in 2011 in Gainesville, with Florida claiming a 77-71 win despite strong games from Chris Warren (20 points) and Reginald Buckner (13 points, 10 rebounds). Andy Kennedy is 1-6 against Florida in his career.


Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank third in the SEC and 33rd in the  nation in field goal percentage defense (39.2%) and first in the league and fifth nation in 3-point percentage defense (27.9%). The Rebels rank third in the SEC and 26th in the NCAA steals (8.6 spg) and rank third in the league and 15th in the nation in blocks (5.6 bpg). Ole Miss has forced 333 turnovers this season and are  second in the league forcing an average of 16.7 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation in turnover margin at +5.0.


Ole Miss' thrilling overtime victory at Vanderbilt gave the Rebels a 3-0 SEC start for the first time since 2005-06. The win was Ole Miss' first in Nashville since 2001 and it also marked the first time since 1980 that the Rebels have won road games at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt in the same season. Down 13 points with eight minutes remaining, Ole Miss closed the game on a 34-12 run including overtime.


No. 4 Florida is the highest ranked opponent for Ole Miss this year and the highest since facing No. 1 Kentucky last year. The last time Ole Miss defeated a top-5 opponent was a 74-69 win over No. 5 Florida on March 10, 2001. The Rebels are 7-19 against top-25 opponents under head coach Andy Kennedy, including a 1-0 mark this year, as Ole Miss knocked off No. 10 Missouri in Oxford earlier this season.


Ole Miss' win over No. 10 Missouri was the Rebels' first victory over a top-10 team since knocking off No. 10 Kentucky in 2011. Senior F Murphy Holloway's 22 points marked a career-best versus SEC opponents. The Rebels held Missouri to 22 points in the first half, the fewest points the Tigers have scored in a game this season, and to 49 points for the game, which is the fewest points Mizzou has scored since 2003. Ole Miss also improved to 5-2 in its last 6 home SEC openers and 9-0 at home this season.


Ole Miss' win at Tennessee was historic for several reasons: It was only the Rebels' second-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first since 1991 ... It was Ole Miss' first win in an SEC opener since 2006 ... The win moved Ole Miss' record 12-2 which equals its best start since 2009-10 ... Ole Miss' 38-of-44 effort from the charity stripe marked a pair of Thompson-Boling Arena opponent records ... Marshall Henderson's 32 points were the most allowed by Tennessee since 2011 and the Rebels' 92 points were the most the Vols has given up at home since allowing 105 points to Texas in overtime in 2006 and 103 points to Kentucky in regulation in 2001 ... It was also the most points Ole Miss has scored against an SEC opponent since tallying 98 in overtime against Arkansas in 2009 and was the most in regulation since scoring 105 points vs. Alabama in 2001.


Ole Miss checks in at No. 40 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index ( Florida enters Saturday's showdown with an RPI ranked No. 5 in the nation.


Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels' all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 116 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 282 blocks, and moved passed Sam Muldrow, of South Carolina, for seventh in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 2.7 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 17th in the nation. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in every game this season, 31-of-33 games last year and 103-of-116 games over his four-year career. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the second-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.

SEC Career Blocks Leaders
1. 564 Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (2007-10)
2. 412 Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (1990-92)
3. 360 Kyle Davis, Auburn (2001-04)
4. 327 Lavon Mercer, Georgia (1977-80)
5. 318 Steven Hill, Arkansas (2005-08)
6. 285 Robert Horry, Alabama (1989-92)
7. 282 Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss (2009-)
8. 275 Sam Muldrow, South Carolina (2008-11)
9. 272 Dwayne Schintzius, Florida (1986-90)
10. 268 Jamaal Magloire, Kentucky (1997-2000)
11. 266 Roy Rogers, Alabama (1993-96)
12. 249 Brandon Wallace, South Carolina (2004-07)
249 Erick Dampier, Mississippi State (1994-96)
14. 247 Charles Claxton, Georgia (1992-95)
15. 241 Mamadou N'diaye, Auburn (1997-2000)


Florida enters the weekend ranked No. 4 in the nation in both polls and sits atop the SEC with a 7-0 league mark. The Gators, 17-2 overall, lead the conference in scoring defense and margin, as well as, field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. The Gators enter Saturday's game on a nine-game winning streak, their longest since winning 10 straight in 2008-09. Florida is 2-1 against ranked opponents this season, with home wins vs. Missouri and Wisconsin and a road loss to Arizona. UF has played solid defense this season, holding  three opponents to 40 or fewer, 11 under 50 points and 15 under 60 points. Florida ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 50.4 points per game, while the Rebels rank fifth in the nation scoring posting 80.0 ppg.


With 15 points vs. McNeese State, senior F Murphy Holloway became the 34th member of the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. Holloway now ranks 20th in school history with 1,246 career points, just 13 points behind B.L. "Country" Graham for 19th on the list. He currently ranks third in the SEC and 29th in the nation in field goal percentage (.538) and ranks 11th in the league in scoring at 14.6 ppg.


Ole Miss earned its first-ever home win over a Big East member school when the Rebels took down Rutgers. The Rebels had previously beaten Louisville, South Florida and Temple at home, but none were members of the Big East at the time. Last year, Ole Miss knocked off Miami for its first home win versus an ACC opponent and defeated Penn State for its first-ever Big Ten road win.


Senior F Murphy Holloway was named to the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 19.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg over three contests. Holloway posted double-doubles to two games, including a  23-point, 13-rebound effort vs. San Francisco, and missed a third-straight double-double in the final game by just one rebound.


Senior F Murphy Holloway was named the SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 26 after averaging 19 points and 8.5 boards in a pair of wins over McNeese State and Lipscomb. He scored 15 points versus McNeese to become the 34th player in Rebel history to top 1,000-career points and posted a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 24 minutes against Lipscomb. Holloway was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against the Cowboys and shot 80.0 percent for the week to raise his SEC-best field goal percentage to 71.7 for the season.


With a victory over McNeese State earlier this season, head coach Andy Kennedy notched his 150th career victory. Kennedy is 163-94 (.634 winning pct.) in his eighth season as a head coach.


Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he leads the SEC and ranks 12th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.2. Summers has only committed 24 turnovers on the season compared to 78 assists.


Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy's squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 95-19 (.833 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 10-1 record this season. Ole Miss has won 226 of its last 277 games (.816 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 459-198 (.699 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.


Ole Miss boasts an 86-23 record (.789 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 59-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 11-2 versus non-conference foes this year.

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