Rebels Head To Missouri For SEC Battle
Feb. 1, 2016
Ole Miss (13-8, 3-5 SEC) vs. Missouri (8-13, 1-7 SEC)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Dave Neal, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessigner, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 191
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss Leads Series 4-1
In Columbia: Tied 1-1
Streak: OM, W3
Last Meeting: OM, W 64-47 (1/31/15)
• Ole Miss continues its two-game road trip Wednesday when the Rebels travel to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers. Ole Miss is 4-1 all time against the Tigers and has won the last three meetings.
• 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 205-122 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 226-135 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 ninth in Ole Miss history with a 19.1 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 against the Bulldogs.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring at 23.6 ppg this year. He had scored 20-plus points in 14-straight games until the Kansas State game, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history. Moody has broken the 30-point mark three times this season and has made a 3-pointer in 34-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history and tied for the 15th-best streak in SEC history. He is shooting 51.5 percent ( 34 of 66) from field and 45.8 percent (22 of 48) from 3 over his last five games and is averaging 25.1 ppg in SEC play.
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 outscored 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 19.1 ppg career scoring average ranks ninth 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 205-122 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 226-135 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 12.0 points and 5.8 boards a game over his last four games. Freshman G Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey posted career highs with 16 points and 4 assists in his first career start against the Bulldogs. Fitzpatick-Dorsey is averaging 10.0 ppg over his last three games. 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 205-122 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 23.6 ppg. He had his 14-game, 20+ point scoring streak snapped at Kansas State, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history. His 23.6 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 19.1 ppg career scoring average, which ranks ninth in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 27.4 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 26.2 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 25.6 PPG
4. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 25.5 PPG
5. Josh Adams, Wyoming 25.1 PPG
6. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.6 PPG
7. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.2 PPG
8. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.1 PPG
9. Kevin Punter, Tennessee 23.0 PPG
10. A.J. English, Iona 22.4 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 27th nationally.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MISSOURI
Ole Miss and Missouri have play just five times with all five meetings coming in since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012-13. Last season, the Rebels dominated Mizzou 67-47 in Columbia and knocked off the Tigers 91-88 in Oxford in 2014. Ole Miss and Missouri 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 4-1 in his career against Missouri.
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 fourth in the league this season hitting 84.1 percent (138 of 164) of his attempts. His 138 free throw made this year also ranks 10th in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 87.2 career free throw percentage(min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Tigers are 8-13 overall and 1-7 in the SEC after falling on the road at Kentucky (L, 88-54) and vs. Mississippi State (L, 76-62) last week. Mizzou is 8-4 at home this year, but have dropped its last six games. Freshman F Kevin Puryear leads the team in scoring at 11.0 ppg and is one of two Tigers averaging in double figures. Puryear is also second on the team in rebounding pulling down 4.3 boards a game. Junior G Wes Clark is second on the team averaging 10.1 ppg and has dished out a team-best 59 assists. Sophomore G Namon Wright leads Missouri in rebounding grabbing 4.7 per game. Mizzou ranks last in the league in scoring in conference games averaging just 61.8 ppg and is also last in field goal percentage in SEC games shooting only 37.8 percent from the field.
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 19.1 fouls a game, which is the fewest in the SEC.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks sixth in the SEC with a +2.0 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just seven times this season and are 11-2 when out rebounding their opponent.
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