Ole Miss Heads To Kentucky For Showdown With No. 18 Wildcats
Feb. 3, 2014
Ole Miss (15-6, 6-2 SEC) at Kentucky (16-5, 6-2 SEC)
Ole Miss is 26-9 (.735 winning percentage) over its last 35 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also tied with Florida for best mark in the SEC over the last 35 games.
HOT START TO SEC PLAY
Ole Miss is 6-2 in the SEC and tied for second in the league standings with Kentucky entering Tuesday's showdown with the Wildcats. The Rebels are tied with last year's squad and the 1937-38 team for the best start to SEC play through eight games.
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 8 of Ole Miss' last 11 points and the Rebels closed the game on a 29-10 run, as Ole Miss came from behind to knock off South Carolina 75-71. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 21 points, as the Rebels rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Gamecocks.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.7 points per game (17.8 from 9.1), field goal percentage 11.5 percent (51.9% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 20.7 percent (54.7% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring a team-high 10 times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton. He has posted 7 20+ points games this season and is averaging 19.5 points per game over the last 11 contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.8 ppg), fifth in field goal percentage (.517) and third in assists (3.9/game). He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and top-5 in both assists and field goal percentage, and leads the league averaging 4.9 assists/game in conference action.
HENDERSON, SUMMERS JOIN 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS
Senior G Marshall Henderson recently became the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt and ranks 30th in school history with 1,068 career points. He is just the fourth player in Rebel history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in two seasons joining Denver Brackeen, Gerald Glass and Don Kessinger. Junior G Jarvis Summers became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss against Mississippi State and is close behind Henderson with 1,036 career points.
SAIZ COMING ON STRONG
Freshman F Sebastian Saiz scored a career-high 20 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels' overtime victory over LSU. The Spain native ranks fifth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 7.1 boards a game over his last 11 games. He has four double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Mississippi State (1/25).
Ole Miss ranks second the SEC and fourth in the nation, averaging 6.8 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 34th in the nation, averaging 2.4 blocked shots per game.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved past Rick Stansbury for the fifth-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. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 167
Ole Miss enters the Tuesday showdown at Kentucky ranked No. 56 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (ESPN.com), while the Wildcats are rated No. 13. The Rebels are 4-5 against top-100 RPI teams this season including wins over LSU, Middle Tennessee, Penn State and Vanderbilt.
WHITE LIGHTS UP THE WILDCATS
Junior G LaDarius White scored a season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting including 3-of-3 from behind the arc against Kentucky last year. Snoop also grabbed 3 rebounds and swiped a pair of steals in 31 minutes versus the Wildcats.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second the SEC hitting 73.3 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 109-of-144 free throws (.757) over their last seven games.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks fifth among active players with 1,068 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (325) and seventh in points scored (1,036). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 103 career blocks.
HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS
Senior G Marshall Henderson broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers vs. No. 13 Oregon en route to a career-high 39 points. Henderson attempted a school-record 23 3-pointers in the game, which is just one shy of the SEC record held by Pat Bradley of Arkansas. Henderson ranks third in the nation averaging 4.28 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 54-straight games with a 3-pointer ranks third in SEC history behind Pat Bradley (60 games) and John Jenkins (59). He ranks second in the league in scoring at 19.2 ppg and ninth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.3% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kentucky is 16-5 on the season and 6-2 in the SEC after splitting a pair of games last week. The Wildcats fell 87-82 on the road at LSU last Tuesday before rebounding to pick up an 84-79 road win at Missouri. Kentucky is 13-0 at Rupp Arena this season, but just 3-5 away from home. UK is 80-2 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari. Freshman F Julius Randle leads the team averaging 16.1 points per game and ranks first in the SEC pulling down 10.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats top four scorers are all freshmen and average in double figures. Kentucky leads the league in field goal percentage, rebounding and ranks second in scoring, but ranks 11th turnover margin.
OLE MISS-KENTUCKY SERIES
Tuesday's game will be the 114th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 100-13 lead in the series, but two of the Rebels' 13 all-time wins have come in the last seven meetings. Kentucky is 47-2 against the Rebels at Rupp Arena. Ole Miss' two wins there were on Feb. 14, 1998 (UK won the national title later that season) and Feb. 11, 1927. Ole Miss IMG Network analyst Keith Carter scored a game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Rebels upset the 7th-ranked Wildcats in 1998. Ole Miss trailed UK by nine points at halftime, but outscored the Wildcats 50-30 in the second half.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 13-4 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
REBELS ROUT RIVAL BULLDOGS
Junior G Jarvis Summers and senior G Marshall Henderson each scored 19 points and freshman F Sebastian Saiz chipped in 6 points, 11 boards and 3 blocks as Ole Miss routed rival Mississippi State 82-63. Junior G LaDarius White added 11 points and junior F Aaron Jones pulled down 10 boards as the Rebels posted their largest margin of victory over MSU since a 23-point win in 1997.
OLE MISS WINS IN NASHVILLE
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 16 points and junior F Aaron Jones chipped in 8 points, 10 boards and 5 blocks as Ole Miss knocked off Vanderbilt 63-52 in Nashville. It also marked the first time in school history that Ole Miss has won back-to-back games in Memorial Gym.
OLE MISS SURVIVES IN COLUMBIA
Sophomore F Anthony Perez scored a career-high 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:02 remaining as Ole Miss erased a 12-point deficit and held on to defeat South Carolina 75-74. Senior G Marshall Henderson had 16 of his 19 points in the second half for the Rebels, who won in Columbia for the first time since 2001.
REBELS BLOW PAST LSU IN OVERTIME
Senior G Marshall Henderson scored 25 points, including 19 after halftime, and dished out a career-high 7 assists as Ole Miss blew past LSU 88-74 in overtime. Freshman F Sebastian Saiz added a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards, while junior F Aaron Jones scored 13 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds. Junior G Jarvis Summers posted his fifth 20-plus point scoring effort in six games with 20 points.
SEC OPENING WIN
Junior F Aaron Jones posted 12 points, 7 boards, a career-high 5 blocked shots and a career-high 5 steals as Ole Miss edged Auburn 65-62 in the SEC opener. Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points, Junior G Jarvis Summers added 14 and Ole Miss won its second-straight SEC opener.
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