Rebel Return Home For Battle With Missouri
Feb. 6, 2014
Ole Miss (15-7, 6-3 SEC) vs. Missouri 16-6 (4-5 SEC)
Ole Miss is 26-10 (.722 winning percentage) over its last 36 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also one game behind Florida for the best mark in the SEC over the last 36 games.
Ole Miss has blocked 147 shots this season, and ranks second in the SEC and sixth in the nation averaging 6.7 blocked shots per game.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the SEC as he ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 17.5 points per game and has increased his scoring 8.4 ppg over his last season average . He also ranks sixth in the conference with a 50.8 field goal percentage and third in assists at 3.8/game. He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and field goal percentage and top-five in assists.
Senior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation averaging 4.26 3-pointers per game. Henderson has hit a 3-pointer in a school record 55-straight games and became just the fourth player in school history to join the 1,000-point club in just two seasons.
Head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss' all-time winningest coach, has led the Rebels to six 20-plus win campaigns in seven years in Oxford. Ole Miss had only posted seven 20-plus win seasons in the 96 years before Kennedy's arrival.
REBELS START SECOND HALF OF SEC PLAY
Ole Miss posted a 6-3 through the first half of conference action and sit in third place in the league standing after being projected to finish seventh in the preseason media poll. The Rebels tied last year's squad and the 1937-38 team with a 6-2 start to SEC play.
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 8.4 points per game (17.5 from 9.1), field goal percentage 10.4 percent (50.8% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 18.2 percent (52.2% 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 (17.5 ppg), sixth in field goal percentage (.508) 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 field goal percentage and top-5 in assists.
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 29th in school history with 1,084 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 versus Mississippi State and ranks 32nd in school history with 1,047 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 against LSU. The Spain native ranks fifth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.8 boards a game over his last 12 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 sixth in the nation, averaging 6.7 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 40th 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 Saturday's showdown with Missouri ranked No. 55 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (ESPN.com), while the Tigers are rated No. 45. The Rebels are 4-6 against top-100 RPI teams this season including wins over LSU, Middle Tennessee, Penn State and Vanderbilt.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second the SEC hitting 73.7 percentage of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 117-of-154 free throws (.760) over their last eight games. Senior G Marshall Henderson has hit 28 of his last 31 attempts (.903).
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks sixth among active players with 1,084 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (328) and seventh in points scored (1,074). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 105 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 4.26 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 55-straight games with a 3-pointer ranks third in SEC history behind Pat Bradley (60 games) and John Jenkins (59). He ranks third in the league in scoring at 19.2 ppg in conference games and 10th in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.2% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Missouri is 16-6 on the season and 4-5 in the SEC after falling on the road at No. 3 Florida 68-58 Tuesday. The Tigers are 10-2 at home this season, but just 3-3 in road games with all three losses coming in SEC play. Oregon transfer Jabari Brown leads the SEC in scoring at 20.1 points per game in conference play, while Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson ranks sixth in the league at 18.7 ppg. Mizzou ranks fifth in the SEC in scoring in league games at 74.2 ppg, two spots behind Ole Miss. The Tigers also ranks second in the conference in 37.5 percent of their 3-pointers in SEC action. Missouri averages 11.4 turnovers per game in SEC play, while only forcing 10.8/game.
OLE MISS-MISSOURI SERIES
Ole Miss and Missouri have play just three times with all three meetings coming last season in the Tigers' first year in the SEC. The Rebels knocked off Missouri 64-49 in January before falling 97-87 in Columbia the next month. Ole Miss took third contest with a thrilling 64-62 win at the SEC Tournament in Nashville. Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus made a driving basket with 1.1 seconds left as Ole Miss rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit en route to the SEC Tournament title.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 13-5 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.
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 109-22 (.832 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 4-0 record in SEC play this season. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped earlier this season with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 240 of its last 294 games (.816 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 473-201 (.702 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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