Date: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 Time: 8:00 p.m. CT Location: Oxford, Miss. Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867) Television: CSS Dave Baker, play-by-play Daymeon Fishback, analyst Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Keith Carter, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Satellite Radio: Sirius 149, XM 199 Series: MSU leads 139-106 In Oxford: OM leads 78-43 Last Meeting: MSU, W 70-60 (2/9/12) Streak: MSU, W1
The Last Meeting
February 9, 2012
Home Team Prevails In Starkville
Ole Miss rallied late in the second half, but it wasn't enough in a 70-60 road loss at No. 18 Mississippi State Thursday night.
• Ole Miss looks to end a two-game losing streak when Rebels host Mississippi State on Wednesday. • The Rebels are 6-2 in the SEC for the first time since 1937-38 and off to the best start to a season after 21 games (17-4) since 2000-01. Ole Miss also started league play 6-0 this year for the first time in school history. • Ole Miss is ranked in the top-25 for the third-straight week, checking in at No. 23 USA Today/Coaches’ poll. The Rebels are the highest team among the other receiving votes in the Associated Press poll. • The Rebels and the Bulldogs will meet for the 246th time on Wednesday, which is the most-played rivalry in the SEC. • 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 956 career boards. • Junior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 19.5 ppg and ranks third in the nation averaging 4.0 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 142-82 in seven seasons, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 season as head coach.
REBELS ROLLING IN CONFERENCE PLAY The Rebels are 6-2 in the league for the first time since 1937-38. Ole Miss started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history this year. The previous best start was 5-0 during the 1936-37 season. At 17-4, the Rebels are also off to the best start after 21 games since 2000-01.
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS In his final season in Oxford, F Murphy Holloway has become Ole Miss’ all-time rebounding leader with 956 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 15th in the nation in rebounding at 10.1 rpg.
HENDERSON OFF TO A HOT START 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 19.5 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation in 3-pointers made (4.0 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. His 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. On the road at No. 4 Florida, he scored a game-high 25 points, including hitting on 7-of-11 shots from behind the arc.
REBELS AMONG NATION’S BEST Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Feb. 4), as the Rebels rank fifth in the nation in scoring (79.2 ppg), seventh in turnover margin (+4.7), 10th in 3-point FG percentage defense (28.6%), 17th in block shots (5.3 pg), 20th in scoring margin (+13.5), 34th in steals (8.8 pg) and 54th in FG percentage defense (38.6%).
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 11.6 ppg in seven SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks 24th in the conference in scoring in league games, fourth in assists dishing out 3.9/game and sixth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.9
DOUBLE TROUBLE 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 17th 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 fourth in the conference this year with six double-doubles. The duo’s combined 1,728 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.
MAGNOLIA STATE RIVALRY Some of the top basketball talent from the state of Mississippi will be on display when the Rebels and Bulldogs meet. Four Rebels and four Bulldogs are playing college ball in their home state. Many of them were teammates and rivals in high school and on the AAU circuit. Ole Miss players from the Magnolia State are Demarco Cox (Yazoo City), Aaron Jones (Gautier), Jarvis Summers (Jackson) and LaDarius White (McComb). From the MSU side are Tyson Cunningham (Columbus), Baxter Price (Brandon), Fred Thomas (Jackson) and Gavin Ware (Starkville).
HENDERSON CLIMBS 3-POINTER LIST 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 fifth on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (229) and is tied for fifth in 3-pointers made (83).
OLE MISS-MSU SERIES The Bulldogs are Ole Miss’ most-played opponent, as Wednesday’s game will be the 246th meeting between the in-state rivals, which is also the SEC’s most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 139-106 lead in the series, which began in 1914, but the Rebels own a 78-43 advantage in Oxford. The two teams split last season’s series with the home team prevailing in both games. Ole Miss won the last year’s matchup in Oxford 75-68 behind Reginald Buckner’s 19 points and 15 rebounds. Andy Kennedy is 4-8 against MSU in his career.
RPI WATCH Ole Miss checks in at No. 42 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (NCAA). Mississippi State enters Wednesday’s showdown with an RPI ranked No. 232 in the nation.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank first in the league and 10th nation in 3-point percentage defense (28.6 %)and fourth in the SEC and 54th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (39.8%). The Rebels rank third in the league and 17th in the nation in blocks (5.6 bpg) fourth in the SEC and 26th in the NCAA steals (8.6 spg) and rank. Ole Miss has forced 345 turnovers this season and are second in the league forcing an average of 16.4 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation in turnover margin at +5.0.
BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels’ all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 117 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 285 blocks, and is tied Robert Horry, of Alabama, for sixth in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner’s 2.8 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 20th 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 104-of-117 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) 285 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)
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS Mississippi State enter the midweek tilt 7-13 overall and 2-6 in the SEC. In their last two games, the Bulldogs have lost despite leading by double-digits in the second half, including last Saturday’s heart-breaking 69-68 loss to LSU. In the first half against Texas A&M and LSU, MSU was a combined 26-of-43 shooting (60.5%) with 18 turnovers. In the second half, it was 15-45 shooting (33.3%) with 23 turnovers. The Bulldogs have now lost six-straight games. They haven’t lost seven in a row since 2006. Mississippi State has now lost four-consecutive home games for the first time since Richard Williams first year in 1987 (Jan. 25-Feb. 7). In the three games where five players have scored in double-digits, MSU is 2-1. Fred Thomas and Craig Sword are tied for 5th all-time in MSU freshman history with 37 steals.
OLE MISS WINS THRILLER IN NASHVILLE 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.
REBELS TAME TIGERS 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.
HISTORIC WIN IN KNOXVILLE 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.
HOLLOWAY JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB 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 19th in school history with 1,261 career points, just 13 points behind Zach Graham for 18th on the list. He currently ranks third in the SEC and 61st in the nation in field goal percentage (.523) and ranks 11th in the league in scoring at 14.6 ppg.
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN FIRST BIG EAST FOE 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.
HOLLOWAY NAMED TO DIAMOND HEAD ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM 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.
HOLLOWAY NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK 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.
KENNEDY NOTCHES CAREER WIN 150 With a victory over McNeese State earlier this season, head coach Andy Kennedy notched his 150th career victory. Kennedy is 163-95 (.632 winning pct.) in his eighth season as a head coach.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he leads the SEC and ranks 11th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.0. Summers has only committed 27 turnovers on the season compared to 81 assists.
DEFENDING HOME COURT 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.
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