Feb. 5, 2018
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Matchup: Missouri (15-8, 5-5 SEC) at Ole Miss (11-12, 4-6 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
Television: SEC Network
Tom Hart, play-by-play
Jon Sundvold, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss IMG Sports Network (Sirius-137, XM-190)
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Series: Ole Miss leads 9-1
Last Meeting: March 9, 2017
Ole Miss won 86-74
Nashville, Tenn. (SEC Tournament)
Scholar Athlete Night - student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA will be recognized at the game.
- Ole Miss has won eight straight against Missouri, the second-longest winning streak over an SEC opponent in program history.
- The Rebels beat the Tigers three times last year, including in the second round of the SEC Tournament, Ole Miss' first three-game sweep in a single season since the 1988-89 campaign.
- Deandre Burnett (21.7 ppg) and Terence Davis (15.7 ppg) averaged a combined 37.0 ppg in the three wins over Missouri last season.
- Burnett averages 20.8 ppg in the Rebels' four SEC wins.
- The Rebels are one of two SEC teams to have a .500-or-better SEC record in each of the last six seasons.
- Four Rebels are averaging double figures in conference play (Deandre Burnett-14.7 ppg, Breein Tyree-11.5 ppg, Terence Davis-11.0 ppg, Bruce Stevens-11.0ppg), compared to only two for the entire season.
- Senior Markel Crawford is 15 points away from 1,000 for his career.
- The Rebels are 82nd in the RPI; Ole Miss has finished in the top 100 of the RPI in all 11 seasons under Andy Kennedy, one of only 20 programs to do that.
- Ole Miss has six wins versus RPI top 100 teams; the Rebels had three during all of last season.
- Five of the Rebels' eight remaining regular season games are against teams in the RPI top 50.
- Ole Miss' worst loss, in terms of RPI, is against Illinois State (No. 79 in RPI).
- The Rebels are 10-4 when shooting over 30 percent from beyond the arc.
- Guards are accounting for 70.7 percent of the Rebels' scoring.
- Ole Miss is in the 12th season of the Andy Kennedy era; Kennedy, the Dean of the SEC, is the winningest coach in school history with 245 victories. With 102 SEC wins, he is one of only 23 coaches all-time with 100 SEC victories.
- Kennedy is 3-2 all-time versus Cuonzo Martin, dating back to Martin's time as Tennessee's head coach (2012-14).
- Ole Miss is one of seven teams nationwide to have at least 13 different starting lineups this season.
- The Rebels are under .500 for only the second time ever under Andy Kennedy; the only other time was following the 2014-15 season opener.
So far this season, Ole Miss has six victories over RPI top 100 teams, including two over opponents ranked in the top 50. Comparing to last year's run to the NIT Quarterfinals, Ole Miss had only three top 100 wins. With eight regular season games remaining, the Rebels still have a plethora of opportunities in front of them to build their résumé. Five of the eight games left come against teams in the top 50 of the RPI, including three at home. Missouri enters Tuesday's contest ranked No. 33 in the RPI, which is a Quadrant 2 opportunity for the Rebels. Ole Miss still has to play two games against RPI top 25 teams.
Missouri enters Tuesday's matchup with a 15-8 record following a pair of big SEC wins. The Tigers snapped a three-game losing skid by beating Alabama on the road (Jan. 31) and No. 21 Kentucky at home (Feb. 3) to increase their conference mark to 5-5. Senior guard Kassius Robertson averaged 19.0 ppg to lead Mizzou to a perfect week, earning SEC Player of the Week honors. On the season, Robertson paces the team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and steals (21). He leads the SEC in playing time, averaging 34.5 minutes per game. Fellow senior Jordan Barnett adds 14.0 ppg. As a team, the Tigers top the conference in rebounding defense during SEC games, allowing only 32.8 boards per contest. Cuonzo Martin is in his first season as Missouri's head coach after spending three years at California. Prior to heading out west, Martin coached in the SEC by guiding Tennessee for three seasons (2012-14). He began his head coaching career at Missouri State (2009-11).
Ole Miss and Missouri have met just 10 times with all 10 meetings coming in since the Tigers joined the SEC in 2012-13. The Rebels lead the all-time series 9-1 and have won eight straight, including a three-game sweep of Missouri last season. Ole Miss and Mizzou have squared off four times in Oxford, twice in The Pavilion and twice in Tad Smith Coliseum, with the Rebels winning every contest. Missouri's lone victory in the series was in Columbia (Feb. 9, 2013), and the two teams have also faced one another twice in the SEC Tournament.
LAST SEASON'S SWEEP
Last year, Ole Miss won three games over Missouri, taking both regular season contests before knocking out the Tigers in the second round of the SEC Tournament. The sweep was the first time the Rebels won three games against a team in a single season since 1988-89 (three wins over Auburn). It started with a 75-71 road win (Jan. 21, 2017) as Sebastian Saiz (19 points and 10 rebounds) and Terence Davis (18 points and 11 rebounds) produced double-doubles to lead Ole Miss to victory. Deandre Burnett added 14 points, shooting 3 for 6 from 3-point range. Burnett doubled that output in game two with his 28 points helping hold off the Tigers 80-77 at The Pavilion (Feb. 25, 2017). He found most of his success from the foul line, going 13 of 14 from the charity stripe. As a team, the Rebels made 27 of 29 free throws for a 93.1 percent clip. Breein Tyree added 15 points, and Ole Miss prevented a comeback despite Missouri shooting 57.1 percent (20 of 35) in the second half. After the Tigers upset Auburn in the first round of the conference tournament, Ole Miss and Mizzou met for a third time. Just like the previous two matchups, the Rebels emerged victorious. Burnett scored a game-high 23 points, and Davis chipped in 19 to help Ole Miss advance to the quarterfinals with an 86-74 win.
INDIVIDUAL REBELS VERSUS MISSOURI
During last season's three-game series with Missouri, a guard duo coupled with the consistent post production from Sebastian Saiz led Ole Miss to victories. Saiz graduated, but Deandre Burnett and Terence Davis look to continue their success against the Tigers. Burnett and Davis averaged 37.0 ppg throughout the three games; Burnett posted 21.7 ppg, while Davis added 15.7 ppg. Increasing his scoring production in SEC play as a freshman, Breein Tyree averaged 9.7 ppg (averaged 7.3 ppg during his entire freshman campaign) versus Missouri.
SEC WINNING STREAKS
Ole Miss' eight-game winning streak over Missouri matches the second-longest winning streak over an SEC foe in the program's 108 seasons. The Rebels won eight straight against LSU from 1936-38 and versus Mississippi State from 1980-83. The longest winning streak over a conference opponent was under Andy Kennedy's watch when Ole Miss took 10 straight games from Auburn through five consecutive seasons (2012-17), giving Kennedy two of the longest winning streaks in school history.
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 143-38 (.790 win pct.) in home games during Kennedy's tenure. In two seasons playing in the $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, the Rebels hold a 30-12 (.714) advantage against the opposition. Ole Miss has won 268 of its last 338 games (.793 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.
REBELS FALL ON ROCKY TOP
No. 18 Tennessee protected its home floor, shooting 71.4 percent from the field (20 of 28) and from long distance (10 of 14) in the second half, in a 94-61 victory over Ole Miss (Feb. 3). Bruce Stevens scored a team-high 16 points, going 2 of 2 from beyond the arc as part of the Rebels' 11 three-pointers throughout the contest. Terence Davis added 13 points and nine rebounds, falling one board shy of a double-double. Facing a 10-point halftime deficit, Ole Miss went on a 7-0 run to begin the second half and make it a one-possession ballgame. The Volunteers outscored the Rebels by 19 points over the final 11 minutes, handing Ole Miss its worst loss (in terms of point differential) during the Andy Kennedy era.
NO. 11 AUBURN SNAPS OLE MISS' HOME WINNING STREAK
Ole Miss fell to Auburn for just the second time in the last 12 meetings and the first time in Oxford since 2008 as the No. 11 Tigers claimed a 79-70 victory Tuesday night at The Pavilion. The Rebels saw their season-high six-game home winning streak come to an end, and it was also the first SEC loss in The Pavilion this season (five games). Early foul trouble hurt Ole Miss as seven Rebels picked up two fouls in the first half. Deandre Burnett led Ole Miss with 16, the third straight game he's paced the Rebels in points and a team-high eight for the season. Terence Davis, Markel Crawford and Devontae Shuler each had 11 points on the night. Despite holding the nation's No. 11-ranked team to a 38.8 percent (26 of 67) field goal percentage, Ole Miss suffered its first loss of the year when limiting opponents to under 40 percent from the field. The Rebels were previously 6-0 when accomplishing that task.
RELYING ON THE THREE
Ole Miss has relied on the long ball this season, making 8.4 threes per game (fifth in the SEC). The Rebels are 10-4 when they shoot over 30 percent from beyond the arc. When Ole Miss shoots under 30 percent from long distance, its record is 1-8.
GREEN LIGHT GUARDS
Andy Kennedy has proven to develop guards during his time at Ole Miss. Over Kennedy's 11 seasons in Oxford, 12 guards have earned All-SEC accolades to rank third among conference teams. This season, the depth at guard shows in terms of scoring. Ole Miss guards have accounted for 70.7 percent of the Rebels' points. Five of the top six scorers on the team are guards led by Deandre Burnett (14.8 ppg), Terence Davis (13.6 ppg), Markel Crawford (9.7 ppg) and Breein Tyree (9.7 ppg). Freshman Devontae Shuler adds 7.3 ppg (sixth on team).
FINDING THE RIGHT FIVE
With more depth than last year's squad, head coach Andy Kennedy has experimented with starting lineups to try to find the best starting five. Through 23 games, the Rebels have sent out 13 different starting lineups. Ole Miss is one of seven teams nationally that has had at least 13 different starting lineups this season. Ten Rebels have started at least one game this season, and only six teams nationwide have had at least 10 different players start at any point of the year.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT DRE
A first team preseason all-conference selection, senior Deandre Burnett is embracing his role as a leader. Burnett is averaging a team-high 14.8 ppg, while also leading the Rebels with 4.4 assists per game (fourth in the SEC). Not only does he pace Ole Miss in assists, but Burnett takes care of the ball by ranking sixth in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio (2.2). In the Rebels' conference wins, he is averaging 20.8 ppg. The Miami Gardens, Florida, native tallied team highs in points (18) and assists (6) in a victorious SEC opener versus South Carolina (Dec. 31). Against Mississippi State (Jan. 6), Burnett scored 13 in the first half to keep Ole Miss in the game before he finished with 21 to help his squad rally to victory. After missing the previous game at Auburn with the flu, Burnett returned to the court and recorded 20 points versus Florida (Jan. 13). He tallied a season-high 24 points to lead the Rebels to a win over Alabama (Jan. 23). As an 86.3 percent shooter at the line for his career, Burnett is on pace to finish as the second-best free throw shooter in Ole Miss history. Last season, his first as a Rebel, Burnett averaged a team-high 16.5 ppg and finished fifth in the SEC in both free throw percentage (.881) and three-point percentage (.376). Finishing eighth in the league in scoring, Burnett reached double figures in 26 of 33 games, including 10 20-plus performances and a career-high 41-point output (Nov. 18, 2016 vs. Oral Roberts). He also shared the rock, providing 104 assists throughout the season (3.2 apg). A transfer from Miami, where he scored 195 points, Burnett went over 1,000 points for his career versus Alabama (Jan. 23). He scored the first five points of the game, all in the first minute, to reach the historic mark. Since then, Burnett increased his total to 1,064 (869 at Ole Miss).
After a breakout sophomore season last year, averaging 14.9 points per game after only providing 1.8 points per game as a freshman (largest increase in scoring among any returning player in the conference), Terence Davis has become a go-to scorer for Ole Miss. The Southaven, Mississippi, native has scored in double figures in 31 of the last 38 games dating back to last season. Averaging 13.6 ppg, Davis has already reached the 20-point plateau five times, including at Arkansas (Jan. 20) in which he poured in 30 on 10 of 15 shooting. Against the Razorbacks, Davis scored at least 30 points for the third time in his career, and it was the most points scored by a Rebel this season. Davis recorded 21 in the season opener versus Louisiana (Nov. 10) before putting up 24 in a win over Georgia State one week later (Nov. 17). Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), Davis scored 20 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. He tallied 25 versus Bradley (Dec. 22). He has also showcased his skills on the defensive end, leading the team in blocks (23) and ranking third in steals (19). As a sophomore last year, Davis ranked fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.482) and recorded 20+ points in six different games. He became a playmaker on both sides of the floor, leading the Rebels with 50 steals as well.
TYREE STEPS UP IN SEC PLAY
Sophomore Breein Tyree enjoys playing SEC opponents. As a freshman last year, he averaged 7.3 ppg throughout the season but increased his scoring output to 9.3 ppg in conference play. This year has been no different. Tyree scored 8.3 ppg in non-conference play before bumping the scoring average to 11.5 ppg through the first 10 games of the SEC slate. On the road versus Georgia (Jan. 3), Tyree came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points with the help of making 3 of 4 from long distance. Versus Mississippi State (Jan. 6), Tyree led the Rebels' comeback by scoring all 16 of his points in the second half. Trailing by as many as 11 in the second half, Ole Miss ended the game on a 20-5 run. Tyree scored seven of the team's final 11 points, including two buckets in the final minute to help the Rebels maintain the lead. At No. 22 Auburn (Jan. 9), Tyree tied his career high with a game-best 24 points. He knocked down a career-high four three-pointers and went 6 of 6 at the free throw line.
BIG BRUCE'S BREAKOUT
When he's inserted into the starting lineup, junior college transfer Bruce Stevens puts together his best performances as a Rebel. Coming off the bench in 12 games, Stevens has scored a total of 91 points (7.6 ppg). In 11 starts, he is averaging 12.4 ppg. At Texas A&M (Jan. 16), Stevens made a career-high nine field goals on his way to a 20-point output to go along with nine rebounds, another mark that tied his personal best. In the win over Florida (Jan. 13), the Louin, Mississippi, native tallied a team-high 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting. Stevens was unstoppable versus Illinois State (Dec. 16), posting a career-high 27 points that included going 7 of 9 from the floor and 13 of 16 from the free throw line. Stevens has made 41 of his last 52 free throws (78.8 percent) to increase his season percentage to .728.
MARKEL MAKING HIS MARK
As a graduate transfer, Markel Crawford is making his mark in his only season with the Rebels. The Memphis product has started 16 games and leads the Rebels in minutes per game (29.7). He also is second on the team in steals (24) and averages 9.7 ppg. Crawford tallied 17 points in two of the Rebels' four SEC wins, victories over South Carolina (Dec. 31) and Florida (Jan. 13). He added 15 points to help Ole Miss take down Alabama (Jan. 23). Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), Crawford scored 19 points, his most as a Rebel, on 7 of 11 shooting. Scoring 761 points at Memphis to go along with 224 points this season, he is 15 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
A 4-star guard out of perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, there was a lot of hype surrounding Devontae Shuler entering the season. The freshman has made an immediate impact by averaging 7.3 ppg in 20.5 minutes per game and swiping a team-high 30 steals (ninth in the SEC). Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), he recorded a career-high 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go along with a team-high three steals. In his debut, Shuler recorded 14 points in 16 minutes off the bench; the Irmo, South Carolina, native knocked down four shots from beyond the arc versus Louisiana (Nov. 10), and his offensive output was the most points by a freshman in a season opener since Trevor Gaskins recorded 21 versus Mississippi Valley State, exactly 10 years ago (Nov. 10, 2007).
HYMON HELPING FILL SAIZ VOID
Heading into the season, a big question mark for Ole Miss was who would fill the void left by Sebastian Saiz. With the help of a school-record 409 rebounds, Saiz recorded 23 double-doubles a season ago. Senior Marcanvis Hymon has been part of the front court that has replaced Saiz. In his fourth year at Ole Miss, the Memphis, Tennessee, native is the only active player to spend all four seasons in Oxford. Through 23 games, Hymon ranks second in blocks (21) and rebounds (5.3 per game). Through 97 career games, Hymon is moving up the school's career blocks chart. He ranks 10th with 92 career rejections following a team-high 40 last season. He has led the Rebels in rebounding nine times this season, including a 12-point, 13-rebound performance in the season opener versus Louisiana (Nov. 10). The big opening game marked the third double-double in Hymon's career.
Averaging 4.6 blocks per game, Ole Miss ranks 46th in the country. Five Rebels have reached double digits in blocks, led by 23 from junior guard Terence Davis. Senior Marcanvis Hymon, who ranks 10th all-time in program history with 92 career rejections, is close behind with 21 blocks. Senior forward Justas Furmanavicius has 17. With 13 blocks in the last 12 games, seven-footer Dominik Olejniczak reached double figures with 15 rejections. In his first season as a Rebel, Bruce Stevens has 14 blocks.
GET TO THE LINE
When the Rebels get to the line often and convert their free throws, they usually come out on top. Ole Miss is 4-2 when making at least 20 free throws in a game. The two losses occurred versus Illinois State (Dec. 16), when the Rebels sank 28 free throws, and at Arkansas (24 of 29). In the win versus Florida (Jan. 13), Ole Miss went 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) from the line to help knock off the Gators.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
Ole Miss has taken care of the basketball this season. The Rebels have coughed up the rock only 272 times, ranking 50th nationally in fewest turnovers surrendered. Averaging only 11.8 turnovers per game, Ole Miss is 57th in the nation. Also, the Rebels' 1.3 assist/turnover ratio ranks third in the SEC and 53rd in the country. In each of the past two games, the Rebels have uncharacteristically turned the ball over 17 times which is well above their season average.
FAVORING LARGE MARGINS
Ole Miss is 7-5 in games decided by double digits. When the margin is less than 10, the Rebels are 4-7. Three of those single-digit setbacks occurred in overtime, and the close encounters have hindered a better record. In three of their wins, the Rebels have never had to face a deficit. Ole Miss led throughout in victories over Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 13), Sam Houston State (Dec. 13) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 19).
Ole Miss has been active with their hands on the defensive end of the floor, averaging 6.1 steals per game to rank eighth in the SEC. Through 23 games, seven Rebels have recorded double figures in steals. Devontae Shuler leads the way with 30 steals, ranking ninth in the SEC. Markel Crawford follows with 24 steals, while Terence Davis and Breein Tyree have 19 and 17 steals, respectively. Deandre Burnett, Justas Furmanavicius and Dominik Olejniczak have 11 steals apiece. Against Utah in Last Vegas (Nov. 20), the Rebels tallied 14 steals throughout the night, a season high for the Red and Blue.
The Ole Miss bench has played a prominent role in scoring, averaging 27.0 points per game. In five different games, the bench has scored at least 40 points. The season high for bench points occurred against Utah (Nov. 20) in Las Vegas, as the reserves tallied 46 of the team's 74 points. During a win over Bradley (Dec. 22), the Ole Miss bench accounted for 50 percent of the scoring (41 of 82).
HONOR ROLL REBELS
Four Rebels earned spots on the Ole Miss Honor Roll for the fall semester: D.C. Davis (3.20 GPA), Terence Davis (3.00 GPA), Marcanvis Hymon (3.25 GPA) and Ilya Tyrtyshnik (3.31 GPA).
12TH YEAR OF THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION
With the 12th season led by Mississippi native Andy Kennedy underway, Ole Miss has a 245-152 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, nine 20-win campaigns and eight postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and pair of trips to the NIT Final Four, throughout Kennedy's watch. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his 11 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.
KENNEDY EARNS 100TH SEC WIN
With a win versus Mississippi State (Jan. 6), head coach Andy Kennedy earned his 100th win in SEC regular season games to become the 23rd coach in conference history to accomplish the feat. Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss history, is also ranked 25th all-time in winning percentage for SEC regular season games at .520 (102-94). He joined Kentucky head coach John Calipari as the only active SEC coaches with 100 SEC victories.
DEAN OF SEC COACHES
In his 12th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. Kennedy has faced 38 different head coaches in the SEC during his time in Oxford. He is also the longest tenured head coach in the league in both basketball and football having entered the league prior to Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
KENNEDY MOVING UP SEC COACHING WINS LIST
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is climbing the SEC coaching wins chart, ranking 18th with 245 career victories. See complete list below:
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 875
2. Billy Donovan (Florida) - 467
3. Dale Brown (LSU) - 448
4. C.M. Newtown (UA/VU) - 340
Harry Rabenhorst (LSU) - 340
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 332
7. Tubby Smith (UGA/UK) - 308
8. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 297
Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 297
10. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 293
11. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 278
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 278
13. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 265
John Mauer (UK/UT/UF) - 265
15. Hank Crisp (Alabama) - 264
16. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 265
17. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
18. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 245
19. Norm Sloan (Florida) - 232
20. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
21. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214
KENNEDY'S FIRST 12 YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Andy Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 12 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 285
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 279
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 265
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) - 255
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 245
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 236
7. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 219
8. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 218
9. Dale Brown (LSU) - 212
10. C.M. Newton (Alabama) - 211
11. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 204
11. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 204
NEXT ON THE HARDWOOD
Following the matchup against Missouri, the week against Tigers continues for Ole Miss. The Rebels will head south to face LSU in a weekend battle (Feb. 10). Tipoff against those Tigers is slated for 3 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Ole Miss returns to The Pavilion next Tuesday (Feb. 13) to finish out a home-and-home series with Arkansas. The contest will be broadcast on SEC Network with a 6 p.m tip.