Ole Miss Puts Win Streak On The Line At Florida
Feb. 8, 2016
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Gainesville, Fla.
Arena: Stephen C. O'Connell Center (12,000)
Rich Hollenberg, play-by-play
Dino Gaudio, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Richard Cross, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 81, XM 191
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: UF leads series 63-45
In Gainesville: UF leads 36-12
Streak: UF, W1
Last Meeting: UF, W 80-71 (1/16/16)
Ole Miss puts its two-game SEC winning streak on the line Tuesday when it travels to Gainesville to face the Florida Gators. The Rebels have won three of the last five meetings with UF, including a 62-61 win in Gainesville last year.
Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks seventh nationally, in scoring at 23.5 ppg this year. He had his 20-plus point per game scoring streak snapped at 14 games at Kansas State, which is tied for the third-
longest streak in school history. Moody has broken the 30-point mark three times this season and has made a 3-pointer in 36-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history and tied for the 12th-best streak in SEC history. He also leads league in the scoring in SEC play averaging 24.7 ppg.
Senior F Tomasz Gielo, who was averaging 5.3 ppg and shooting 21.8 percent from the field over his last seven games before the Mizzou game, knocked down 6 of 8 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3, and scored 16 points in the Rebels' road win over the Tigers. Gielo followed that performance up with 16 points and 4 boards off the bench to help Ole Miss knock off Vanderbilt. He is averaging 16.0 ppg and shooting 50.0% from 3 over his last two games.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 207-122 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 227-135 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 20th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school and has the fifth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the league at one school. He needs one more win to tie Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by an SEC in his first 10 years in the league at one school.
With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stefan Moody became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody is the fifth-fast player in school history to reach 1,000 career points (52 games) and ranks ninth in Ole Miss history with a 19.3 ppg career scoring average.
OLE MISS KNOCKS OFF VANDERBILT AT HOME
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points and ignited a decisive 21-5 run midway through the second half as Ole Miss knocked off the Commodores. Moody knocked down 10 of 10 free throw attempts including four in the final seconds of the game to secure the victory. Senior F Tomasz Gielo added 16 points and 4 boards off the bench. Gielo is averaging 16.0 ppg and shooting 52.4 percent (11 of 21) from the field and 50.0 percent (6 of 12) from behind the arc over his last two games.
FREE THROWS GIVE REBELS ROAD WIN AT MIZZOU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with 13.4 seconds left to give Ole Miss the lead, as the Rebels knocked off Missouri 76-73. Moody also matched his career best with 8 rebounds and had 5 assists for the Rebels. Senior F Tomasz Gielo, who was averaging 5.2 ppg and shooting 21.8 percent from the field (12 of 55) over his last seven games, knocked down 6 of 8 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3, and scored 16 points to help Ole Miss rally from a five-point deficit. Junior G Rasheed Brooks added 15 points and hit 4 3s, as the Rebels made a season-high 14 3-pointers.
MOODY, HYMON LEAD REBELS IN ROUT OF AUBURN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 24 points, including 19 in an explosive second half, and sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 boards as Ole Miss routed Auburn 80-63. Moody scored 19 of his 24 points after the break and knocked down 6 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. He also dished out 5 assists and committed only one turnover, as the Rebels erased a one-point halftime deficit and outscored the Tigers 51-33 in the second half.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 207-122 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 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 nine full years in Oxford.
HYMON GROWING INTO POST ROLE
Since being forced into the starting lineup after junior F Sebastian Saiz went down with an eye injury, sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon has adapted to the role well. Hymon entered the South Carolina game averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 boards a game, and has posted 11.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg since Saiz's injury. He is shooting 51.2 percent (22 of 43) from the field over the last six games and after a 4 for 11 performance from the line against South Carolina, Hymon is shooting 62.1 percent (18 of 29) from the line over his last five games.
MOODY JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stan Moody became just the 37th player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody reached the historic club in just 52 career games and is the tied with Cob Jarvis for the fifth-fastest Rebel to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The only players to reach 1,000 points faster in school history are Gerald Glass (37 games), Denver Brakeen (41 games), Don Kessinger (47 games) and Marshall Henderson (51 games). Head coach Andy Kennedy has now coached nine of Ole Miss' 37 1,000-point scorers.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech. earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 207-122 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 228-135 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball began in January, as the Rebels christened the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion has a capacity of 9,051 fans and includes a number of first-class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 33 points at LSU and leads the SEC, and ranks seventh nationally, in scoring this season at 23.5 ppg. He had his 14-game, 20+ point scoring streak snapped at Kansas State, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history. He has scored 20-plus points 18 times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark three times. He is the third highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 19.3 ppg career scoring average, which ranks ninth in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 27.8 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.6 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 25.5 PPG
4. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.7 PPG
5. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.7 PPG
6. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.5 PPG
7. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.5 PPG
8. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.2 PPG
9. Kevin Punter, Tennessee 23.2 PPG
10. Zeke Woodley, Northwestern St. 22.7 PPG
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
MOODY HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST LSU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 33 points and junior G Rasheed Brooks added 18 points and 6 boards, but Ole Miss dropped a tight SEC road contest 90-81 at LSU. It marked the third time this season Moody topped the 30-point mark and bested his previous career high of 30 points set against Towson and UMass. The 5-10 guard knocked down 10 of 18 from the field, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. He also added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
BROOKS, FITZPATRICK-DORSEY AND PEREZ LEAD REBELS AT MSU
Senior F Anthony Perez recorded his first career double-double against Mississippi State with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Perez is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 boards a game over his last six games. Freshman G Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey posted career highs with 16 points and 4 assists in his first career start against the Bulldogs. Fitzpatick-Dorsey is averaging 7.4 ppg over his last five games. Junior G Rasheed Brooks led the Rebels with 20 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, both of which tied career bests.
MOODY'S GAME-WINNER LIFTS REBELS TO WIN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points, including the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left to give Ole Miss a 72-171 victory over Georgia. Moody tied a career high with 7 assists and added 3 steals, as the Rebels erased a 15-point deficit. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior G Rasheed Brooks recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels swept Alabama and Georgia in the opening weekend at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks sixth in the SEC with a +2.2 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just seven times this season and are 13-2 when out rebounding their opponent.
KENNEDY'S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama's Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
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
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks fifth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) - 208
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 207
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 185
10. John Brady (LSU) - 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) - 169
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his sixth double-double of the season against Georgia (14 points, 10 rebounds) and now has eight double-doubles in his career. He is averaging 10.2 boards a game over his last 10 games. Saiz recorded a double-double in back-to-back games for the second time this year after recording two straight against Alabama (21 points, 16 boards) and Georgia. He is tied for fifth in the SEC with six double-doubles this year and is pulling down 9.8 rpg, which ranks second in the conference and 28th nationally.
SERIES HISTORY VS. FLORIDA
Tuesday's game will be the 109th meeting between the Rebels and the Gators. Florida holds a 63-45 lead in the series, which began in 1940, including an 80-71 victory in Oxford earlier this year. The Gators had won five in a row in the series until 2012, but now the Rebels have taken three of the last five meetings including a home-and-home sweep of Florida last year, which was their season sweep of UF since 1990. Florida owns a 36-12 advantage in games in Gainesville, but the Rebels claimed a 62-61 victory in the O'Connell Center last season. Eight of the last 11 games in the series have been decided by six points or less including a pair of one-point wins for the Rebels last year. Andy Kennedy is 4-9 against Florida in his career, but has won three of the last five meetings.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting 71.3 percent this year, which ranks fourth in the league. Ole Miss hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks fourth in the league this season hitting 85.1 percent (154 of 181) of his attempts. His 154 free throw made this year is also ranks sixth in the nation and he has converted 16-straight attempts from the line. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 87.6 career free throw percentage(min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE GATORS
The Gators are 15-8 and 6-4 in the SEC after falling 80-61 to Kentucky on the road Saturday, but had five of their last six games before the set back at Rupp. Florida is led by senior F Dorian Finney-Smith, who is averaging a team-best 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. The Gators have three players scoring in double figures and three players pulling down at least 5.7 boards a game. Memphis native and sophomore G Chris Chiozza leads the team with 107 assists and ranks third in the league with a 3.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Florida ranks second in the conference in scoring defense allowing just 64.4 ppg, but ranks next to last in the league in free throw percentage, shooting just 64.6 percent from the line. The Gators ranks fourth in the SEC in rebounding margin at +2.9, while Ole Miss is sixth in the league at +2.2.
SAIZ, REBELS RULE OPENING NIGHT
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 21 points and 16 boards, as Ole Miss knocked off Alabama 74-66 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,500 at the grand opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior G Stefan Moody also recorded his ninth-straight 20-point game with 21 points in the win, as the Rebels out scored the Tide 34-24 in the paint and erased an eight-point halftime deficit.
REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 85 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while Florida checks in at No. 22. The Rebels are 7-6 against RPI top 150 teams including wins over Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Vanderbilt.
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