Ole Miss Travels To Tennessee For SEC Showdown
Feb. 6, 2017
Ole Miss (14-9, 5-5 SEC) at Tennessee (13-10, 5-5 SEC)
• Ole Miss heads to Knoxville Wednesday to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The Rebels have won four of their last five SEC games and six of their last seven against the Vols.
Ole Miss wraps a two-game road swing Wednesday when the Rebels travel to Knoxville to face Tennessee. The Rebels are looking for a season sweep of the Vols and have won six of the last seven meetings with against UT, including an 80-69 victory in Oxford three weeks ago. Ole Miss has won four of its last five SEC games after starting league play 1-4.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER IN THE SEC
Sophomore Terence Davis earned SEC Player of the Week honors earlier this season after posting two double-doubles in Ole Miss’ wins over Tennessee and Missouri. Davis averaged 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the two victories. He had a career-high 20 points in the win over the Vols, including 13 in the second half as the Rebels overcame a 13-point deficit, and added 19 points and 11 boards at Mizzou. Davis has increased his scoring 11.2 ppg this year over last season’s average (1.8 ppg to 13.0 ppg), which is the largest jump in scoring for any player in the SEC. He is averaging 16.8 points and 6.5 rebounds a game over his last six games.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 11TH YEAR
In 11 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 226-135 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, eight 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances 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 10 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.
OLE MISS WINS 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss posted 20 wins last year for the eighth time in 10 seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy’s arrival in Oxford. Kennedy is just the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in at least eight of his first 10 years in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in five-straight seasons. Ole Miss and Kentucky are also the only two schools to finish .500 or better in the SEC each of the last five seasons.
DEAN OF SEC COACHES
Entering his 11th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. This season, Kennedy will have 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.
REBELS CONSISTENTLY UNDERRATED
The Rebels were predicted to finish ninth in the SEC this year by the media. Ole Miss finished tied for sixth in the league standings after being projected ninth in the preseason last year. The Rebels have not finished worse than sixth in the league and have finished above their preseason projected finish each of the last five seasons since the league moved away from a divisional format.
KENNEDY MOVING UP SEC COACHING WINS LIST
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy moved past former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino for 19th in SEC history with 226 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 Durhman (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. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
17. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 234
18. Norm Sloan (Florida) - 232
19. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 226
20. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
21. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214
SAIZ JOINS 1,000/800 CLUB
With 17 points and 10 rebounds against Tennessee, senior F Sebastian Saiz became just the sixth player in Ole Miss history to eclipse 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in his career. Saiz is the 38th player in Ole Miss history to break 1,000 career points and the 10th under head coach Andy Kennedy. He is also the seventh player in school history to post 800 career rebounds. Saiz needs 38 rebounds to join Murphy Holloway as the only players in Ole Miss history with 1,000 points and 900 rebounds. He is the only player in Rebel history with 1,000 points, 800 boards and 100 blocked shots.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior F Sebastian Saiz is the SEC active career leader in rebounding with 862 boards. He leads the league, and ranks sixth nationally, in rebounding this year pulling down 11.2 boards a game and is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double this season. Saiz leads the SEC, and ranks fifth nationally, with 16 double-doubles this year and leads all active players in the conference with 25 career double-doubles.
NCAA Rebounding Leaders
1. Angel Delgado, Seton Hall 13.1 PRG
2. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue 12.8 PRG
3. Steve Taylor Jr., Toledo 12.5 RPG
4. Rokas Gustys, Hofstra 12.0 PRG
5. Bryce Washington, ULL 11.5 RPG
6. Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss 11.4 PRG
7. James Thompson IV, E. Michigan 11.0 RPG
7. Alec Peters, Valparaiso 11.0 RPG
9. Jimmy Hall, Kent St. 10.8 RPG
10. Marquise Moore, George Mason 10.8 RPG
OLE MISS NEARING .500 MARK AS A PROGRAM
With a 1273-1277 all time record, Ole Miss is nearing a .500 winning percentage as a program. The Rebels were 95 games under .500 when Andy Kennedy took over in Oxford and have not been .500 or better as a program since Ole Miss was 440-440 on Jan. 17, 1958.
REBELS RATE HIGHLY IN LATEST RPI RELEASE
Ole Miss checks in at No. 57 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while Wednesday’s opponent Tennessee checks in at No. 35. Ole Miss is 5-9 against the RPI top 115 with wins over Tennessee (No. 35), Vanderbilt (No. 60) Auburn (No. 63), Memphis (No. 85) and MSU (No. 113). The Rebels’ nine losses this season have come against No. 1 Baylor, No. 7 Kentucky, No. 12 Florida, No. 16 Creighton, No. 18 South Carolina, No. 44 Virginia Tech, No. 47 Middle Tennessee, No. 54 Georgia and No. 84 Texas A&M. Ole Miss boasts the 31st toughest strength of schedule this season and the Rebels have played the 34th toughest non-conference schedule according to ESPN.com.
KENNEDY’S FIRST 10 YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past MSU’s Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first 10 years who took over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 186
10. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
11. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
13. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
16. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 11-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 11 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 261
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 250
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 239
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 231
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 226
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 213
7. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 210
8. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 204
9. Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 201
10. Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 199
11. Dale Brown (LSU) – 194
12. John Brady (LSU) – 192
13. C.M. Newtown (Alabama) – 193
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 188
15. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 185
SECOND HALF SURGE GIVE REBELS COMEBACK WIN AT VANDERBILT
Sophomore G Terence Davis and junior Deandre Burnett scored 17 points each as Ole Miss overcame a five-point halftime deficit to knock off Vanderbilt 81-74. Davis scored all 17 of his points in the second half to help Ole Miss to the come-from-behind victory. Ole Miss opened the second half with a 9-2 run take the lead for good. The Rebels knocked down 7 of 9 from behind the arc in the second half and out rebounded the Commodores 41-33. Ole Miss also forced 11 VU turnovers, while committing just eight. Junior F Justas Furmanavicius and freshman G Breein Tyree both added 11 points for the Rebels and senior F Sebastian Saiz recorded 16th double-double of the year with 16 rebounds and 10 points.
REBELS ROUT BULLDOGS
Ole Miss routed Mississippi State 88-61 as four Rebels scored in double figures led by sophomore G Terence Davis with 18 points and senior F Sebastian Saiz with 17. It marked the largest margin of victory over MSU for the Rebels since 1951. Saiz posted his 15th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while junior G Deandre Burnett added 16 points, five assists and a career-high four steals. Junior F Justas Furmanavicius chipped in six points and pulled down 10 boards as the Rebels posted a +13 rebounding margin and outscored the Bulldogs 44-28 in the paint.
Andy Kennedy is one of nine active head coaches with 10 or more consecutive winning seasons to start a career. The list includes: Jim Boehiem (40), Roy Williams (28), Tom Izzo (21), Thad Matta (17), Mark Few (17), Jamie Dixon (13), Sean Miller (12) and Dave Rose (11).
REBELS SECURE WINNING SEASON
Ole Miss secured its 10th consecutive winning season last year, all under head coach Andy Kennedy, and is one of just two teams in the SEC and 16 programs in the nation to have 10 straight winning seasons. That list includes Syracuse (46), Kansas (33), Arizona (32), Kentucky (26), Maryland (23), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Xavier (20), Wisconsin (18), Pittsburgh (16), Louisville (15), North Carolina (14), Ohio State (12), Georgetown (11) and Florida State (10).
REBELS DROP NAIL BITER TO NO. 5 BAYLOR
Ole Miss dropped a nail biter 78-75 to No. 5 Baylor in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his 14th double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Breein Tyree added a career-high 20 points, including 18 in the second half. Ole Miss made 22 of 23 attempts (.957) at the line, which is the second-best free throw percentage as a team in a game with 20 or more attempts in school history. The Bears were the highest ranked non-conference opponent to visit Oxford since the Rebels hosted No. 5 Memphis in 1984.
OLE MISS SECURES COMEBACK OVER VOLS
Senior F Sebastian Saiz and sophomore G Terence Davis each posted double-doubles to help erase a 13-point deficit in the second half as Ole Miss outlasted Tennessee 80-69. Davis scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 11 boards, while Saiz added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman G Breein Tyree and junior F Justas Furmanavicius both added a career-best 15 points. The Rebels held Tennessee without a field goal in the final 4:13 for their sixth win over the Vols in the last seven meetings.
DAVIS, SAIZ LEAD REBELS TO ROAD WIN AT MIZZOU
Senior F Sebastian Saiz picked up his 13th double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore G Terence Davis recorded his second straight double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds as Ole Miss knocked off Missouri 75-71 on the road. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 14 points and hit three 3-pointers in his first action since the Georgia game.
REBELS RALLY FOR NINTH STRAIGHT OVER THE TIGERS
Ole Miss overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to knock off Auburn 88-85 on the road Saturday. It was the Rebels’ ninth-straight win over Auburn, which is the most consecutive wins over an SEC opponent in school history besting a pair of eight game streak against LSU and Mississippi State. Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his sixth straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and junior G Deandre Burnett added a team-high 18 points and a career-best eight assists. Ole Miss forced 16 Auburn turnovers, recorded eight steals and six Rebels scored in double figures.
BURNETT MAKING FREEBIES
Junior G Deandre Burnett made 25 consecutive free throws to start the season and finished just 12 shy of Dave Rhodes’ school record. Burnett is 134 of 151 (.887) from the charity stripe this season, which ranks fourth in the SEC, and no player in the nation made more consecutive free throws to start the season. As a team, the Rebels rank third in the SEC making 74.5 percent of its attempts this year and are 66 of 81 (.840) from the line over the last three games.
SCOUTING THE VOLS
Tennessee is 13-10 on the year and 5-5 in the SEC after a 64-59 road setback at Mississippi State Saturday. The Volunteers had won five straight after the Jan. 17 loss to the Rebels before Saturday’s defeat at MSU. UT is led by senior G Robert Hubbs III, who is averaging a team-high 14.3 points and is second on the team with 5.3 boards a game. Freshman F Grant Williams is second on the squad with 11.5 ppg and leads the Vols pulling down 5.5 rebounds a game. Tennessee ranks 12th in the league 3-point field goals made hitting just 6.2 per game.
SERIES HISTORY VS. TENNESSEE
The Rebels and Volunteers have met 114 times, with Tennessee holding a 70-44 lead in a series that began in 1924. Ole Miss has won six of the last seven meetings, including an 80-69 victory in Oxford three weeks ago. UT owns a 40-12 record against Ole Miss in Knoxville, but the Rebels have won two in a row in Rocky Top including an 83-60 win last year. The Rebels are looking for their second season sweep of UT in as many tries. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 8-6 against the Volunteers in his career, but has won six the of last seven games. The home team has won 11 of the last 14 regular season meeting dating back to 2005.
OLE MISS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has committed just 24 turnovers - 8.0 per game - over the last three games after averaging 15.5 turnovers a game through the first 20 games of the year. The Rebels are 6-0 this season when committing 12 or fewer turnovers.
REBELS BLOCKING SHOTS
Ole Miss ranks fifth in the SEC and 40th in the nation this season averaging 5.0 blocked shots per game. Earlier this season, the Rebels tied a school record with 13 blocked shots against Bradley and senior F Sebastian Saiz posted a career-high six blocked shots.
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 142-38 (.789 win pct.) in home games during Kennedy’s tenure. The Rebels are 16-7 all time in The Pavilion and just snapped an eight-game home winning streak earlier this year. Ole Miss has won 267 of its last 337 games (.792 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.
REBELS CLEANING UP ON THE GLASS
The Rebels rank third in the SEC pulling down 39.0 rebounds a game this year and rank sixth the league with a +2.7 rebounding margin. Ole Miss has only been outrebounded by six opponents this year and are cleaning up on the offensive glass pulling down 12.2 offensive rebounds a game, which ranks seventh in the league.
REBELS COME UP SHORT AGAINST NO. 8 WILDCATS
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his fourth straight double-double with 23 points and 13 boards, but Ole Miss dropped its SEC opener 99-76 to No. 8 Kentucky. Junior G Deandre Burnett scored 19 points and senior G Rasheed Brooks added 15 for the Rebels, who finished the game 16 of 17 from the free throw line (.941), which is the third-best single game percentage in school history under 20 attempts.
OLE MISS TAMES TIGERS
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds as Ole Miss knocked off Memphis 85-77. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 19 points and five assists as the Rebels racked up 17 assists against a season-low 11 turnovers. The win was head coach Andy Kennedy’s third straight victory over the Tigers and he is the first coach in school history to post three-straight wins over Memphis since R.L. Sullivan in 1923-25.
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