Ole Miss, Texas A&M Set for SEC Showdown
Feb. 2, 2015
Ole Miss is seeking its fourth-straight conference win, as the Rebels welcome Texas A&M to Oxford Wednesday. The Rebels' last four-game SEC winning streak came last season. Texas A&M has won six-straight league games entering Wednesday's game.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 80.1 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 212 of their last 254 from the line (.835). 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' 82.9 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 31-straight FTs dating back to the Arkansas game, just six shy of the SEC record in conference games held by former Rebel David Rhodes.
MOODY POWERS REBELS TO ROAD WIN AT MIZZOU
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the Rebels' 67-47 rout of the Tigers. The 5-foot-10-inch junior had a spectacular one-handed put back dunk off a missed 3-pointer to sparked a 20-6 Ole Miss run as the Rebels blew out Missouri. Moody ranks second in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 17.8 ppg. Junior G Martavious Newby added a season-high 9 boards as Ole Miss outrebounded the Tigers 43-37.
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 5.5/game and has dished out 34 assists in the last five games. Summers also ranks eighth in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 15.4 ppg.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 47 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 2-2 against the RPI top 35, including wins over No. 24 Arkansas and No. 34 Cincinnati. Texas A&M is ranked No. 32 coming into Wednesday's game.
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 37th in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have face eight teams in ESPN.com's top 50 basketball power index, posting a 3-5 mark.
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 recently passed Chris Warren for third in Ole Miss history with 459 career assists. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.383) and 11th all time in scoring (1,515). 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 AGGIES
Wednesday's game will be only the fifth-ever meeting between the two schools. Ole Miss and Texas A&M split the 2012-13 season series with the home team winning each matchup in the Aggies first year in the league. Texas A&M won last year's game in College Station and also took the first -ever meeting between the two schools in 1972. Ole Miss is 1-0 all time against A&M in Oxford.
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.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 185-108 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 185 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 185
Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
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 fourth in field goal percentage defense (.391) and seventh in blocked shots (4.0/game).
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M is 15-5 on the season and 6-2 in the SEC after knocking off Auburn (W, 71-61) and Vanderbilt (W, 69-58) last week. The Aggies have won six-straight SEC games after dropping a pair of games at Alabama and against Kentucky to start SEC play. Junior transfers Danuel House and Jalen Jones are both lead the Aggies in scoring at 14.2 ppg each, while Jones is pulling down a team-best 6.0 boards a game. Texas A&M ranks last in the SEC in free throw percentage in conference play at .644.
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