Feb. 11, 2016
Ole Miss Game Notes - Arkansas
The Last Meeting
February 14, 2015
Rebels Drop Heartbreaker to Razorbacks
Stefan Moody and M.J. Rhett each scored 16 points, but Ole Miss (17-8, 8-4 SEC) fell in the last seconds to Arkansas (20-5, 9-3 SEC) 71-70 Saturday night.
Ole Miss (15-9, 5-6 SEC) vs. Arkansas (12-12, 5-6 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Mike Morgan, play-by-plaay
Chris Spatola, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 191
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Arkansas leads series 43-31
In Oxford: OM leads 18-6
Streak: UA, W1
Last Meeting: UA, W 71-70 (2/14/15)
Ole Miss returns home to host the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday. The Rebels have won 10 of the last 13 meet ings with the Razorbacks, including seven of the last nine matchups in Oxford.
Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks seventh nationally, in scoring at 23.3 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 37-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history and 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 and added 20 points and 8 rebound at Florida. He is averaging 17.3 ppg and shooting 50.0% from 3 (9 of 18) over his last three 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 207-123 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 227-136 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.
GIELO CONTINUES HOT STREAK AT FLORIDA
Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 20 points and tied a career high with 8 rebounds in the Rebels' road setback at Florida. It marked Gielo's second 20-point effort this season, as he knocked down 7 of 12 shots from the field and 3 of 6 attempts from behind the arc. Gielo is averaging 17.3 ppg and shooting 54.5 percent (18 of 33) from the field and 50.0 percent (9 of 18) from 3 over his last three games after posting 5.2 ppg and shooting 21.8 percent from the field (12 of 55) over his previous seven games.
SAIZ RETURNS FROM INJURY
Junior F Sebastian Saiz returned to action against the Gators after missing the previous six games with an eye injury. The second-leading rebounder in the SEC at 9.6 rpg, Saiz played 26 minutes and posted 4 points and grabbed 6 boards in his first action since Jan. 16.
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 scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench for the Rebels.
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 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.
Ole Miss leads the SEC in steals per game in conference play at 8.0 thefts per game. Junior G Rasheed Brooks ranks seventh in the league in steals in SEC games at 1.5/game, while senor G Stefan Moody is tied for eight. Brooks has posted 9 steals over the last three games and the Rebels have recorded 85 steals over their last eight games.
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 posted 11.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg in the six games Saiz missed. He is shooting 51.2 percent (22 of 43) from the field over the last seven 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 six 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.
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 23.3 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 19 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 27.4 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.7 PPG
3. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 25.5 PPG
4. Kahil Felder, Oakland 24.7 PPG
5. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.7 PPG
6. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.5 PPG
7. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.3 PPG
8. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.2 PPG
9. Zeke Woodley, Northwestern St. 22.8 PPG
10. Kevin Punter, Tennessee 22.4 PPG
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 207-123 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 228-136 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.
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).
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
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.
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.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss is tied for sixth in the SEC with a +2.0 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just eight times this season and are 13-2 when out rebounding their opponent.
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.
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 9.6 rpg, which ranks second in the conference and 33rd nationally.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ARKANSAS
Saturday's game will be the 75th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 43-31. The series began in 1937 and Arkansas won 32 of the first 38 meetings, but Ole Miss has won 23 of the last 33 meetings and 10 of the last 13. Ole Miss holds an 18-6 advantage in games in Oxford, and have won seven of the last nine and 15 of the last 18 meetings. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 11-5 all time versus the Razorbacks.
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 third 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 84.4 percent (162 of 192) of his attempts. His 162 free throw made this year is also ranks seventh in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 87.1 career free throw percentage(min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Arkansas is 12-12 and 5-6 in the SEC after falling 78-46 on the road at Mississippi State Tuesday, however the Razorbacks had won three of four before the setback at MSU. Arkansas has three players averaging more than 15.0 ppg led by junior G Dusty Hannahs at 16.5 ppg, senior G Anthlon Bell at 16.2 ppg and junior G Moses Kingsley at 15.9 ppg. Those are the only three Razorbacks averaging in double figures. Hannahs leads the league in free throw percentage at 87.5%, while Arkansas is fifth in the SEC as a team at 70.7%. Kingsley leads the Hogs, and ranks fourth in the conference, in rebounding pulling down 9.0 boards a game. The Razorbacks lead the SEC in 3-point shooting in league play hitting 42.4 percent from behind the arc, but are tied for 12th in the scoring defense allowing 76.5 ppg.