Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 Time: 6:00 p.m. CT Location: College Station, Texas Arena: Reed Arena (12,989) Television: CSS Matt Stewart, play-by-play Stephen Howard, analyst Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Richard Cross, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Satellite Radio: Sirius 123, XM 200 Series: Texas A&M leads 1-0 In College Station: First Meeting Last Meeting: TAMU, W 100-83 (12/30/72) Streak: TAMU, W1
• Ole Miss travels to Texas A&M on Wednesday for the Rebels’ second-ever matchup against the Aggies. Texas A&M won the first meeting, a neutral site affair in 1972 (see page 9 for recap and box score). • The Rebels are 7-3 in the SEC and off to the best start to a season after 23 games (18-5) since 2000-01. Ole Miss also started league play 6-0 this year for the first time in school history. • This marks Ole Miss’ first game in the Lone Star State since 2001, when the Rebels tripped to San Antonio for the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. • Senior F Murphy Holloway pulled down nine boards versus Kentucky and passed Walter Actwood’s Ole Miss record of 945 career rebounds. He is now the school’s all-time leader with 965 career boards. • Junior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC in scoring at 19.9 ppg and ranks third in the nation averaging 4.0 made 3-pointers per game. • Senior F Reginald Buckner moved into sixth place in SEC history with 291 career blocks. • Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 12.0 ppg in ten SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. • Head coach Andy Kennedy (143) is just one win away from tying B.L. Graham (144) for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Kennedy’s record at Ole Miss is 143-83 in seven seasons, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 season as head coach.
REBELS OPEN STRONG IN CONFERENCE PLAY The Rebels are 7-3 in the league for the first time since 2000-01. Ole Miss started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history this year. The previous best start was 5-0 during the 1936-37 season. At 18-5, the Rebels are also off to the best start after 23 games since the ‘0-01 season.
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS In his final season in Oxford, F Murphy Holloway has become Ole Miss’ all-time rebounding leader with 965 career boards. With nine boards against Kentucky, Holloway passed Walter Actwood’s career total of 945 rebound for first place on the Rebel rebound list. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in rebounds and double-doubles, ranks second in steals and third in points. He leads conference and ranks 23rd in the nation in rebounding at 9.7 rpg.
HENDERSON OFF TO A HOT START Junior G Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native has definitely lived up to that billing so far this season, as he is averaging a team-best 19.9 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation in 3-pointers made (4.0 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. His Against ETSU, Henderson poured in a game-high 22 points, including 6-of-13 from three and pulling down six boards. Henderson scored a game-high 22 points in the season opener versus Mississippi Valley State, hitting 5-of-11 from behind the arc and becoming the first Rebel to nail five 3-pointers in a game since Dundrecous Nelson in 2011. He finished the game 6-of-12 from the field and added two steals and an assist in his first collegiate start. In his second game vs. Coastal Carolina, Henderson poured a season-high 27 points, including 6-of-13 from three, and added four assists, two rebounds and two steals. The 49 points Henderson scored in his first two games is the most by a Rebel to start his career since “World Class” Gerald Glass scored 59 points in 1988. Against Indiana State, he posted 27 points on 7-of-16 from 3-point, which is just one 3-pointer shy of the school record and is tied for third all time. Henderson scored a career-high 32 points in the SEC opener at Tennessee, which is the most points scored by a Rebel in their first league game since Ole Miss great Johnny Neumann scored 39 versus Auburn in 1970. It was also the most points scored by an SEC player in a conference game since Ole Miss’ own Chris Warren tallied 33 versus South Carolina in 2011. Henderson earned SEC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 ppg in a pair of wins at Vanderbilt and against Arkansas. Against the Commodores, he scored a game-high 26 points, including a 35-foot buzzer beater that sent the game into overtime. He added 16 points and a career-high five steals in the Rebels’ win against Arkansas on Saturday. Versus the Vols, Henderson scored a career-high 24 second half points to spur a Rebel rally and help Ole Miss knock off Tennessee at home. On the road at No. 4 Florida, he scored a game-high 25 points, including hitting on 7-of-11 shots from behind the arc. Against Mississippi State the junior posted 31 points, on 6-of-14 from three, and dished out four assists.
REBELS AMONG NATION’S BEST Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Feb. 11), as the Rebels rank fifth in the nation in scoring (79.8 ppg), eighth in turnover margin (+4.5), 14th in block shots (5.5 pg), 21st in 3-point FG percentage defense (29.4%), 24th in scoring margin (+12.3), and 41st in steals (8.5 pg).
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 12.0 ppg in ten SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers is tied for 20th in the conference in scoring in league games, ranks fourth in assists dishing out 4.0/game and sixth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.8.
DOUBLE TROUBLE Rebel big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner have been impressive for Ole Miss in the paint during their careers. Holloway leads all active SEC players, and ranks fifth in the nation, with 34 career double-doubles and is tied for first in the league and ranks 26th in the nation this year with nine double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 14 career double-doubles and is fifth in the conference this year with six double-doubles. The duo’s combined 1,748 career rebounds is second best among active players in the nation and 48 combined double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC and third in the nation. Ole Miss is 8-1 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 5-1 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
RPI WATCH Ole Miss checks in at No. 45 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Texas A&M enters Wednesday’s showdown with an RPI ranked No. 76 in the nation.
TEXAS REBELS Junior G Marshall Henderson (Hurst) is the only current Rebel that hails from the Lone Star State. Assistant coach Serigo Rouco coached at Texas-El Paso from 2004-03.
TURNOVERS THE KEY Ole Miss is 13-0 this season when the Rebels force 15-plus turnovers and just 5-5 when they force fewer than 15. The Rebels are 17-2 this season when they have the same or less TOs than opponent and 1-3 when turning the ball over more than their opponent.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank first in the league and 21st nation in 3-point percentage defense (29.4 %)and fourth in the SEC and 68th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (40.4%). The Rebels rank second in the league and 14th in the nation in blocks (5.5 bpg) fourth in the SEC and 41st in the NCAA steals (8.5 spg) and rank. Ole Miss has forced 371 turnovers this season and are second in the league forcing an average of 16.1 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and eighth in the nation in turnover margin at +4.5.
REBELS TAME TIGERS Ole Miss’ win over No. 10 Missouri earlier this season was the Rebels’ first victory over a top-10 team since knocking off No. 10 Kentucky in 2011 (see page 9 for complete recap and box score). Senior F Murphy Holloway’s 22 points marked a career-best versus SEC opponents at the time. The Rebels held Missouri to 22 points in the first half, the fewest points the Tigers had scored in a game this season, and to 49 points for the game, which is the fewest points Mizzou had scored since 2003. Ole Miss also improved to 5-2 in its last 6 home SEC openers and 9-0 at home this season.
HENDERSON CLIMBS 3-POINTER LIST In just over half a year in Oxford, junior G Marshall Henderson has already began to climb the 3-pointer season charts, as he currently ranks fifth on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (251) and 3-pointers made (91).
BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels’ all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 118 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 291 blocks, and moved passed Robert Horry, of Alabama, into sixth place in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner’s 2.7 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 18th in the nation. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in every game this season, 31-of-33 games last year and 106-of-118 games over his four-year career. His total os 62 blocks this season is the most ever by a Rebel senior and fourth-most in school history. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the second-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.
SEC Career Blocks Leaders 1. 564 Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (2007-10) 2. 412 Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (1990-92) 3. 360 Kyle Davis, Auburn (2001-04) 4. 327 Lavon Mercer, Georgia (1977-80) 5. 318 Steven Hill, Arkansas (2005-08) 6. 290 Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss (2009-) 7. 285 Robert Horry, Alabama (1989-92) 8. 275 Sam Muldrow, South Carolina (2008-11) 9. 272 Dwayne Schintzius, Florida (1986-90) 10. 268 Jamaal Magloire, Kentucky (1997-2000) 11. 266 Roy Rogers, Alabama (1993-96) 12. 249 Brandon Wallace, South Carolina (2004-07) 249 Erick Dampier, Mississippi State (1994-96) 14. 247 Charles Claxton, Georgia (1992-95) 15. 241 Mamadou N’diaye, Auburn (1997-2000)
SCOUTING THE AGGIES The Aggies split a pair of SEC contests last week, defeating No. 20 Missouri in College Station before dropping a road contest at Georgia. The victory over the Tigers was A&M’s first win over a ranked opponent since a 64-56 win in College Station over No. 24 Kansas State on Jan. 22, 2011. Against Missouri, A&M featured four players in double-figure scoring to mark the first time since Nov. 26th’s win over Northwestern State that A&M has had at least four players record 10 or more points. After shooting over 50 percent in the win over Missouri, Texas A&M struggled shooting the ball against the Bulldogs and started 0-for-7 from the floor en route to shooting 19 percent (4-of-21) during the first half. For the game, A&M shot 24 percent (12-of-50). The Aggie defense held the SEC’s second leading scorer, UGA’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, to no made field goals on Saturday, limiting him to only 10 points, which all came from the free throw line. Junior guard Fabyon Harris notched 17 points in both games last week to give him 11 double-figure scoring games in his last 14 contests and raise his SEC point per game average to 13.9.
OLE MISS WINS THRILLER IN NASHVILLE Ole Miss’ thrilling overtime victory at Vanderbilt gave the Rebels a 3-0 SEC start for the first time since 2005-06. The win was Ole Miss’ first in Nashville since 2001 and it also marked the first time since 1980 that the Rebels have won road games at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt in the same season. Down 13 points with eight minutes remaining, Ole Miss closed the game on a 34-12 run including overtime.
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS Ole Miss boasts an 86-23 record (.789 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 59-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 11-2 versus non-conference foes this year.
HISTORIC WIN IN KNOXVILLE Ole Miss’ win at Tennessee was historic for several reasons: It was only the Rebels’ second-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first since 1991 ... It was Ole Miss’ first win in an SEC opener since 2006 ... The win moved Ole Miss’ record 12-2 which equals its best start since 2009-10 ... Ole Miss’ 38-of-44 effort from the charity stripe marked a pair of Thompson-Boling Arena opponent records ... Marshall Henderson’s 32 points were the most allowed by Tennessee since 2011 and the Rebels’ 92 points were the most the Vols has given up at home since allowing 105 points to Texas in overtime in 2006 and 103 points to Kentucky in regulation in 2001 ... It was also the most points Ole Miss has scored against an SEC opponent since tallying 98 in overtime against Arkansas in 2009 and was the most in regulation since scoring 105 points vs. Alabama in 2001.
HOLLOWAY JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB With 15 points vs. McNeese State, senior F Murphy Holloway became the 34th member of the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. Holloway now ranks 17th in school history with 1,292 career points, just 21 points behind Cob Jarvis for 16th on the list. He currently ranks second in the SEC and 47th in the nation in field goal percentage (.534) and ranks ninth in the league in scoring at 14.7 ppg.
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN FIRST BIG EAST FOE Ole Miss earned its first-ever home win over a Big East member school when the Rebels took down Rutgers. The Rebels had previously beaten Louisville, South Florida and Temple at home, but none were members of the Big East at the time. Last year, Ole Miss knocked off Miami for its first home win versus an ACC opponent and defeated Penn State for its first-ever Big Ten road win.
HOLLOWAY NAMED TO DIAMOND HEAD ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Senior F Murphy Holloway was named to the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 19.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg over three contests. Holloway posted double-doubles to two games, including a 23-point, 13-rebound effort vs. San Francisco, and missed a third-straight double-double in the final game by just one rebound.
HOLLOWAY NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK Senior F Murphy Holloway was named the SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 26 after averaging 19 points and 8.5 boards in a pair of wins over McNeese State and Lipscomb. He scored 15 points versus McNeese to become the 34th player in Rebel history to top 1,000-career points and posted a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 24 minutes against Lipscomb. Holloway was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against the Cowboys and shot 80.0 percent for the week to raise his SEC-best field goal percentage to 71.7 for the season.
KENNEDY NOTCHES CAREER WIN 150 With a victory over McNeese State earlier this season, head coach Andy Kennedy notched his 150th career victory. Kennedy is 164-96 (.631 winning pct.) in his eighth season as a head coach.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he leads the SEC and ranks 20th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 2.8. Summers has only committed 32 turnovers on the season compared to 88 assists.
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 96-19 (.835 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure, including a 11-1 record this season. Ole Miss has won 227 of its last 278 games (.817 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 460-198 (.699 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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