Feb. 3, 2011
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 23: Ole Miss (14-8, 2-5 SEC) at Arkansas (14-7, 4-4 SEC)
Saturday 2.5.11 | 5:00 p.m. CT
Fayetteville, Ark. | Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Live TV: ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn, play-by-play; Mark Gottfried, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 214, XM 201
Live Video: ESPN3.com
REBELS VISIT HOG COUNTRY AFTER BIG WIN
Coming off Tuesday's thrilling final-seconds upset of No. 10 Kentucky, Ole Miss heads west for a division tangle with Arkansas. Chris Warren scored 22 points and nailed a 25-footer over the outstretched hands of UK's Terrence Jones with 2.9 seconds left to give Ole Miss its first win over a top-10 team since beating No. 6 Alabama in 2002. Out of the first seven SEC contests, Andy Kennedy's squad has played five Eastern Division teams and just two from the West. Ole Miss has been victorious in its last two trips to Arkansas. The Rebels are 1-2 in SEC road games this year, while the Razorbacks have a 3-1 home record in league play.
- This is the 67th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 41-25.
- However, Ole Miss has won 17 of the last 25 meetings and four of the last five.
- Andy Kennedy enters the game with 99 wins at Ole Miss.
- 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).
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams and ranks 18th in the nation with a 75.5 FT percentage.
- Chris Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (93.9) and is on pace to set the school and SEC record for a season.
- Warren ranks 5th in SEC history with a school-record 300 career 3-pointers and is the SEC's active leader in career points, assists, 3s and 20-pt games.
- Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner leads the SEC with a 60.9 FG percentage and ranks third with 3.0 blocks per game (11th in nation).
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Arkansas enters Saturday's game in second place in the SEC West with a league record of 4-4. The Razorbacks' overall record is 14-7. They are coming off a 60-59 loss at home to Georgia after putting together a two-game win streak with victories over Auburn (73-64) and at top-25 ranked Vanderbilt (89-78). John Pelphrey's team is 12-2 at home this season, including 3-1 in league games. The team averages 71.0 ppg and allows 65.3 ppg to opponents (+5.7 scoring margin). The Hogs shoot 44.2 percent from the field and hold opponents to a 39.7 percentage. They force an SEC-best 15.7 turnovers per game and lead the league with a +2.0 turnover margin. Reigning SEC Player of the Week Rotnei Clarke (36 points at Vanderbilt) leads the squad with 13.4 ppg. Marshawn Powell adds 10.5 ppg and Delvon Johnson contributes 10.3 ppg and a team-best 7.6 rpg (8th in SEC). Johnson leads the league with 3.6 blocked shots per contest.
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 67th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 41-25. The series began in 1937. Since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in the 1991-92 season, Ole Miss leads the series 20-18 and has won 17 of the last 25 meetings and four of the last five. Arkansas owns a 14-8 advantage in games played in Fayetteville, but the Rebels have prevailed in each of their last two trips there. Last year, Chris Warren scored 31 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute to give Ole Miss a 68-66 win at Bud Walton Arena.
ROB EVANS FACES FORMER TEAM
Arkansas assistant coach and former Ole Miss head coach Rob Evans will make his seventh appearance against his former team as a member of the Razorback staff. Evans manned the Rebel bench from 1992-93 to 1997-98, amassing an 86-81 record and guiding Ole Miss to NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and `98 and SEC West titles both of those years, as well. He was the `97 SEC Coach of the Year (Associated Press) and was tabbed National Coach of the Year by College Hoops Insider. Current Rebel assistant Michael White was the team's point guard for three seasons under Evans - White's freshman through junior year from 1996-98. Evans did not square off against the Rebels during his eight-year tenure as the head coach at Arizona State.
REBELS GET SIGNATURE WIN VS. UK
Senior guard Chris Warren nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left and Ole Miss upset No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday. It was a huge win for the Rebels, who came into the contest with an 0-3 record in league home games. It was Ole Miss' first win over a top-10 opponent since beating No. 6 Alabama in 2002, making it the biggest win in Andy Kennedy's tenure as head coach. Ole Miss had a season-high 11 steals and forced Kentucky into 18 turnovers, the most by UK this season. After the game, Ole Miss earned two of the top three spots on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays. Reginald Buckner's block of a Brandon Knight dunk attempt was No. 3, while Warren's game-winning triple was the top play of the night.
KENNEDY'S NEXT WIN WILL BE 100TH AT OLE MISS
With 99 wins in his fifth season as the Ole Miss head coach, Andy Kennedy's next win will make him 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 .631 winning percentage (99-58) is significantly better than Graham's (.462) or Barnes' (.564). Kennedy is 120-71 in his sixth year overall as a head coach (includes one season at Cincinnati).
With a 14-8 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.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 18th in the nation with a 75.5 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in nine 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.
Despite a season-low 26.7 percent shooting performance against Tennessee, the Rebels still rank third in the SEC making 45.8 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 in their 27-point win at LSU. Reginald Buckner leads the league with a 60.9 FG percentage. Terrance Henry ranks 10th in the league at 49.3 percent. Every regular in the Rebels' lineup is hitting shots at better than a 40 percent clip.
With most of its players capable of producing from long range, Ole Miss has become proficient in its 3-point shooting of late. The Rebels lead all SEC teams with 7.6 3-pointers made per game in league play, with Chris Warren making a league-best 3.7 treys per game in conference action.
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 (18.4), first in FT percentage (93.9), fourth in assists (3.9), second in 3-pointers made (2.8), third in assist-turnover ratio (2.0) and fourth in minutes (34.0). In league games only, he ranks fourth in scoring (18.1) and leads the league in 3-pointers made (3.7). Overall, he has scored 20+ points in 10 games (2nd-most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 15 times and in assists 17 times.
WARREN LEADS NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior point guard Chris Warren leads 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.
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. Entering the Arkansas game, he stands in sixth place with 1,776 career points and needs 10 more to pass Justin Reed (1,785) and move into the top five.
WARREN MOVES UP SEC 3-POINT CHART
Already with the most 3-pointers in school history, Chris Warren has moved into the top five in the SEC record books with another outstanding shooting display this year. Warren's game-winning 25-foot bomb against No. 10 Kentucky was the 300th triple of his career. He is one of just five players in league history to reach that total. Next on the SEC list is Tennessee legend Allan Houston, who made 346 career treys. Warren also holds the school record and ranks fifth in league history with 792 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. 300 Chris Warren, Ole Miss (2008-pres.)
WARREN DISHES OUT 400TH ASSIST
Chris Warren served up his 400th career assist vs. Vanderbilt, becoming the fifth player in school history to reach 400 career assists. Warren enters the Arkansas game with 409. 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 10 games left, Warren would need to average 22.4 points per contest to reach 2,000, not counting postseason play.
With 22 points against No. 10 Kentucky, Chris Warren posted his 10th 20-point game this season, second-most among SEC players. His 36 career 20-point games leads all active SEC players. He also leads all active league players in career points, assists and 3-pointers.
BUCKNER EQUALS SEASON BLOCKS RECORD
With five blocks in the upset win over No. 10 Kentucky, sophomore forward Reginald Buckner ran his season total to 64, which ties his own school record he set last year as a freshman. Buckner enters the Arkansas game with 128 blocks in his career, which is third-most in school history and four shy of Rahim Lockhart's second-place total of 132. He ranks third in the SEC and 11th in the country with 3.0 blocks per game and has recorded five or more swats in seven games this year, including a career-high seven vs. ETSU and six in a recent outing at LSU.
GRAHAM EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 16th in the SEC with a 14.0 scoring average and third with an 87.1 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. He posted 16 points (7-7 FTs) and 5 boards, making a couple of key baskets in the upset of No. 10 Kentucky.
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 Arkansas game in 27th place with 1,100 career points and could move into 26th with five or more points in Fayetteville. 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 78 career wins, he needs 10 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
HENRY STEPS IT UP
Junior forward Terrance Henry has displayed his immense talent and versatility in recent outings as he has turned up his aggressiveness and production. At Vanderbilt, he scored 11 points with four blocks and a career-high four steals. He followed that performance with his first career double-double at LSU, collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the upset win over No. 10 Kentucky, Henry scored 12 points with 5 rebounds. His season averages are up to 8.9 ppg (third on the team) and 5.7 rpg (second on the team).