Streaking Rebels Head to the Plains to Face Tigers
Feb. 5, 2015
Riding a four-game winning streak, Ole Miss heads to the Plains Saturday to face the Auburn Tigers. A win would give Ole Miss its longest winning streak against SEC foes since 2012-13. This is the sixth winning streak of four games or better against SEC teams under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels recorded just 12 such winning streaks in the 71 years before Kennedy's arrival.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 79.9 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 227 of their last 274 from the line (.828). 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' 82.1 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 eighth in the nation shooting 90.4 percent (94-of-104). Moody snapped his streak of 32-straight FTs made in the Texas A&M game, which ended just five shy of the SEC record in conference games held by former Rebel David Rhodes.
REBELS MOVE INTO 2ND IN SEC WITH WIN OVER AGGIES
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a game-high 19 points, as the Rebels defeated Texas A&M 69-59 to move into a three-way tie for second place in the SEC standings at the halfway mark of league play. Defensively, the Rebels held Texas A&M to 38.6 percent (22-of-57) shooting and forced 16 turnovers. They also limited the Aggies' two leading scorers, Jalen Jones and Danuel House, who each averaged 14.2 points per game, to a combined 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 44 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 3-3 against the RPI top 35, including wins over No. 22 Arkansas, No. 32 Cincinnati and No. 33 Texas A&M. Auburn is ranked No. 166 coming into Saturday's game.
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 36th in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have face eight teams in ESPN.com's top 50 basketball power index, posting a 4-4 mark.
REBELS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has only turned the ball over only 31 times during its four-game winning streak for an average of just 7.8/game. The Rebels rank second in the league averaging just 10.7 turnovers a game in conference play and are also second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2.
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 spark 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.
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 461career assists. Summers also ranks sixth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.383) and 11th all time in scoring (1,522). 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 TIGERS
Saturday's game will be the 129th meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1928. The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 73-55, but Ole Miss has won eight of the last ten meetings including the last five. The Rebels knocked off Auburn 65-52 at home last season and swept the Tigers in a home-and-home series in 2013. Ole Miss is 12-49 all time versus the Tiger in Auburn, but has won two of the last four meetings on the Plains. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 11-5 in his career against the Tigers including five-straight wins.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 186-108 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.
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 SO DO HIS FIRST NINE YEARS
Kennedy is also fourth 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) - 186
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
OLE MISS `D' AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league ranking third in field goal percentage defense (.391) and seventh in blocked shots (4.0/game).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Auburn is 10-11 on the year and 2-6 in the SEC heading into Thursday night's game at LSU. The Tigers have lost four-straight SEC games after opening conference play 2-2. Senior KT Harrell leads the Tigers averaging 17.0 ppg, which ranks second in the SEC, and has hit a team-high 56 3-pointer, which leads the league. Junior college transfer Cinmeon Bower leads the team pulling down an SEC-best 11.0 boards a game. However, the Tigers ranks dead last in the league in rebounding margin, being outrebounded by 3.8 boards a game. Auburn also ranks last in the SEC in field goal percentage defense allowing opponents to shoot .449 on the season.
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