Men's Hoops Set to Host Arkansas Tuesday
Feb. 12, 2018

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Matchup: Arkansas (17-8, 6-6 SEC) at Ole Miss (11-14, 4-8 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
Television: SEC Network
    Tom Hart, play-by-play
    Jon Sundvold, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss IMG Sports Network
    David Kellum, play-by-play
    Keith Carter, analyst
Series: Arkansas leads 46-32
Last Meeting: Jan. 20, 2018
    Arkansas won 97-93
    Fayetteville, Ark.

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- Ole Miss is 19-6 versus Arkansas all-time at home.
- The Rebels are 12-8 against the Razorbacks under Andy Kennedy, including a 7-2 mark in Oxford.
- Terence Davis scored 30 points the last time Ole Miss played Arkansas (Jan. 20), his third 30-point game of his career and the most scored by a Rebel this season.
- Deandre Burnett (19.3 ppg) and Terence Davis (26.7 ppg) have combined for 55.5 percent of the team’s points versus Arkansas over the past two seasons.
- Ole Miss is one of two SEC teams to have a .500-or-better SEC record in each of the last six seasons.
- The Rebels are coming off an 82-66 road loss to LSU on Saturday.
- Going 4 for 4 at the free throw line Saturday, Markel Crawford reached 1,000 points for his career.
- Deandre Burnett averages 20.8 ppg in the Rebels’ four SEC wins.
- Four Rebels are averaging double figures in conference play (Deandre Burnett-13.9 ppg, Bruce Stevens-11.8 ppg, Terence Davis-11.6 ppg, Breein Tyree-11.2 ppg).
- Ole Miss has five wins versus RPI top 100 teams; the Rebels had three during all of last season.  
- The Rebels are 10-4 when shooting over 30 percent from beyond the arc.
- Ole Miss is one of six teams nationwide to have at least 15 different starting lineups this season.
- Guards are accounting for 70.1 percent of the Rebels’ scoring.
- Ole Miss is in the 12th season of the Andy Kennedy era; Kennedy, the Dean of the SEC, is the winningest coach in school history with 245 victories. With 102 SEC wins, he is one of only 23 coaches all-time with 100 SEC victories.
- Andy Kennedy will be coaching his 400th game as Ole Miss head coach Tuesday.
- The Rebels have posted conference records over .500 in each of the last three seasons, the first time they have done that since 1936-1938.
- Ole Miss is multiple games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season, right before Andy Kennedy became head coach.
-Senior Marcanvis Hymon has played in a team-high 99 games as a Rebel.

So far this season, Ole Miss has five victories over RPI top 100 teams, including two over opponents ranked in the top 50. Comparing to last year’s run to the NIT Quarterfinals, Ole Miss had only three top 100 wins. With six regular season games remaining, the Rebels still have opportunities in front of them to build their résumé. Four of the six games left come against teams in the top 50 of the RPI, including two at home. Ole Miss still has to play three games against RPI top 25 teams.

Arkansas enters Tuesday’s matchup with a 17-8 record, including a 6-6 mark in SEC play. The Razorbacks won both of their games last week, claiming home wins over South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Arkansas leads the SEC in third-point field goal percentage, shooting at a 40.3 percent clip to rank 18th in the nation. Overall, Arkansas is shooting 48.6 percent from the field to pace the conference. Senior guard Jaylen Barford leads the team in scoring, ranking second in the SEC with 18.7 ppg. Fellow classmate Daryl Macon adds 17.4 ppg, while leading the team in assists (100). Bursting onto the scene as a freshman, forward Daniel Gafford has scored 11.2 ppg to go along with a team-high 51 blocks (sixth in SEC). Mike Anderson is in his seventh season as Arkansas head coach. He spent 17 seasons as an assistant for the Razorbacks, then went on to lead UAB (2002-06) and Missouri (2006-11) before returning to Arkansas.

Tuesday’s game will be the 79th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 46-32. The series began in 1937 and Arkansas won 32 of the first 38 meetings, but Ole Miss has won 24 of the last 37 meetings and 11 of the last 17. Arkansas swept last season’s series with a win at home and in the SEC Tournament before winning the first game of a home-and-home series this year. The Rebels have dominated the series at home, holding a 19-6 advantage in Oxford. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 12-8 all time versus the Razorbacks, including 7-2 in Oxford.

Ole Miss turned a 12-point halftime deficit into a one-possession game in the final seconds. However, the Razorbacks emerged with a 97-93 decision in Bud Walton Arena (Jan. 20). Terence Davis tallied 30 points, the most scored by a Rebel this season, while Breein Tyree added 16. Bruce Stevens and Deandre Burnett had 15 points apiece. Shooting better than 30 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 29) and making 24 of 29 free throws usually serves as a winning formula, but Arkansas’ offensive output (29 of 53 from the field, 11 of 22 from beyond the arc and 28 of 35 at the line) proved to be just enough to hold off Ole Miss. Despite coming up short in a high-scoring affair, the Rebels were able to stick with the Razorbacks by scoring their most points in a road game since March 4, 2009. Coincidentally, that contest nine years ago was a 98-91 overtime win at Arkansas. The 93 points were the most scored on the road in regulation in 27 years; Ole Miss won 93-88 at Tennessee, Feb. 27, 1991. The last time the Rebels scored at least 93 points on the road and lost was the 104-102 setback to MSU in 4OT (Jan. 25, 1990), the longest game in program history. A 130-112 loss at Vanderbilt (Dec. 22, 1970) was the last time the Rebels scored at least 93 points on the road and fell in regulation.

Deandre Burnett and Terence Davis have carried the bulk of the Rebels’ scoring versus Arkansas. Over the last three times the SEC foes met, the duo scored 46.0 of the team’s 81.7 points (55.5 percent). Davis has averaged 26.7 ppg against the Razorbacks throughout the past two seasons. He has increased his output each meeting, scoring 24 points at Arkansas (Feb. 18, 2017) before putting up 26 in the SEC Tournament matchup (March 10, 2017). Last month, he put together a 30-point game in Fayetteville (Jan. 20), the most points scored by a Rebel this season. Meanwhile, Burnett has averaged 19.3 ppg as a Rebel when facing the Hogs. Last year, he tallied a team-high 27 points in Fayetteville, while adding 16 during the conference tournament battle. A month ago, he recorded 15 points in Bud Walton Arena. This season, the pair is back as the top two scorers on the team. Burnett averages 14.5 ppg with Davis close behind at 13.6 ppg.

Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy’s squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 143-39 (.790 win pct.) in home games during Kennedy’s tenure. In two seasons playing in the $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, the Rebels hold a 30-13 (.698) advantage against the opposition. Ole Miss has won 268 of its last 339 games (.791 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.  

During the Andy Kennedy era, expectations for Ole Miss Basketball have been raised due to the success under the Louisville, Mississippi native. The Rebels have averaged more than 21 wins per season under Kennedy’s watch, posting nine 20-win seasons after the program recorded only seven 20-win seasons in the 96 years prior to his arrival. Kennedy has led Ole Miss to two of the program’s five NCAA Tournament victories. With eight of the school’s 20 postseason appearances under Kennedy’s guidance, winning has become the norm which is why the Rebels are in unfamiliar waters at this point of the season. Ole Miss is multiple games under .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, right before Kennedy arrived in Oxford. The last time the Rebels were three games under .500 occurred at the end of the 2004-05 campaign.

Three Rebels are being considered for the Howell Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding college basketball player in the state of Mississippi. Deandre Burnett (14.4 ppg), Terence Davis (13.8 ppg) and Bruce Stevens (10.3 ppg) are Ole Miss players to watch for the annual trophy given out by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. An Ole Miss Rebel has won the Howell Trophy each of the past five seasons, beginning with Marshall Henderson in 2013. Jarvis Summers took home the award in 2014 before Stefan Moody earned the honor in back-to-back seasons. Last year, double-double machine Sebastian Saiz won the Howell Trophy. The award is named in honor of the legendary Bailey Howell who spent 12 seasons in the NBA and is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ole Miss used a 13-3 run to bring the game to a 37-37 standstill at the half, but a strong start to the second half by LSU helped the Tigers claim an 82-66 victory on its home floor Saturday afternoon. Deandre Burnett and Bruce Stevens recorded 16 points apiece to pace the Rebels, while Breein Tyree added 10 points off the bench. Duop Reath posted a game-high 26 points on 10 of 12 shooting to lead LSU. While Ole Miss controlled the boards 40-36, the Tigers dominated the paint 44-22.

Ole Miss yet again put itself in a position to win the game, fighting back from a nine-point halftime deficit, but came up short down the stretch in a 75-69 loss to Missouri last week (Feb. 6) at The Pavilion. The Rebels jumped on the Tigers 11-0 in the first four and a half minutes of the game, largely thanks to some transition buckets from Terence Davis. The Tigers settled in and pieced together a 30-9 run over the next 12 minutes of the opening half. Jontay Porter had 12 points and seven rebounds at the intermission for Mizzou, and Kassius Robertson scored a game-high 27 to lead the Tigers to victory. Davis had 12 first half points and finished with 20 on the night. Bruce Stevens finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Markel Crawford had 11 points and a career-high six assists, while recording five steals for the second time this season.

Ole Miss has relied on the long ball this season, making 8.2 threes per game (fifth in the SEC). The Rebels are 10-4 when they shoot over 30 percent from beyond the arc. When Ole Miss shoots under 30 percent from long distance, its record is 1-10.   

Andy Kennedy has proven to develop guards during his time at Ole Miss. Over Kennedy’s 11 seasons in Oxford, 12 guards have earned All-SEC accolades to rank third among conference teams. This season, the depth at guard shows in terms of scoring. Ole Miss guards have accounted for 70.1 percent of the Rebels’ points. Five of the top six scorers on the team are guards led by Deandre Burnett (14.5 ppg), Terence Davis (13.6 ppg), Breein Tyree (9.7 ppg) and Markel Crawford (9.6 ppg). Freshman Devontae Shuler adds 6.8 ppg (sixth on team).

With more depth than last year’s squad, head coach Andy Kennedy has experimented with starting lineups to try to find the best starting five. Through 25 games, the Rebels have sent out 15 different starting lineups. Ole Miss is one of six teams nationally that has had at least 15 different starting lineups this season. Ten Rebels have started at least one game this season, and only six teams nationwide have had at least 10 different players start at any point of the year.

A first team preseason all-conference selection, senior Deandre Burnett is embracing his role as a leader. Burnett is averaging a team-high 14.5 ppg, while also leading the Rebels with 4.3 assists per game (fifth in the SEC). Not only does he pace Ole Miss in assists, but Burnett takes care of the ball by ranking seventh in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio (2.0). In the Rebels’ conference wins, he is averaging 20.8 ppg. The Miami Gardens, Florida, native tallied team highs in points (18) and assists (6) in a victorious SEC opener versus South Carolina (Dec. 31). Against Mississippi State (Jan. 6), Burnett scored 13 in the first half to keep Ole Miss in the game before he finished with 21 to help his squad rally to victory. After missing the previous game at Auburn with the flu, Burnett returned to the court and recorded 20 points versus Florida (Jan. 13). He tallied a season-high 24 points to lead the Rebels to a win over Alabama (Jan. 23). As an 85.3 percent shooter at the line for his career, Burnett is on pace to finish as the fifth-best free throw shooter in Ole Miss history. Last season, his first as a Rebel, Burnett averaged a team-high 16.5 ppg and finished fifth in the SEC in both free throw percentage (.881) and three-point percentage (.376). Finishing eighth in the league in scoring, Burnett reached double figures in 26 of 33 games, including 10 20-plus performances and a career-high 41-point output (Nov. 18, 2016 vs. Oral Roberts). He also shared the rock, providing 104 assists throughout the season (3.2 apg). A transfer from Miami, where he scored 195 points, Burnett went over 1,000 points for his career versus Alabama (Jan. 23). He scored the first five points of the game, all in the first minute, to reach the historic mark. Since then, Burnett increased his total to 1,085 (890 at Ole Miss).

After a breakout sophomore season last year, averaging 14.9 points per game after only providing 1.8 points per game as a freshman (largest increase in scoring among any returning player in the conference), Terence Davis has become a go-to scorer for Ole Miss. The Southaven, Mississippi, native has scored in double figures in 32 of the last 40 games dating back to last season. Averaging 13.6 ppg, Davis has already reached the 20-point plateau six times, including last week’s matchup versus Missouri (Feb. 6). At Arkansas (Jan. 20), he poured in 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting, scoring at least 30 points for the third time in his career; it was the most points scored by a Rebel this season. Davis recorded 21 in the season opener versus Louisiana (Nov. 10) before putting up 24 in a win over Georgia State one week later (Nov. 17). Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), Davis scored 20 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. He tallied 25 versus Bradley (Dec. 22). He has also showcased his skills on the defensive end, leading the team in blocks (25) and ranking third in steals (19). As a sophomore last year, Davis ranked fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.482) and recorded 20+ points in six different games. He became a playmaker on both sides of the floor, leading the Rebels with 50 steals as well.  

Sophomore Breein Tyree enjoys playing SEC opponents. As a freshman last year, he averaged 7.3 ppg throughout the season but increased his scoring output to 9.3 ppg in conference play. This year has been no different. Tyree scored 8.3 ppg in non-conference play before bumping the scoring average to 11.2 ppg through the first 12 games of the SEC slate. On the road versus Georgia (Jan. 3), Tyree came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points with the help of making 3 of 4 from long distance. Versus Mississippi State (Jan. 6), Tyree led the Rebels’ comeback by scoring all 16 of his points in the second half. Trailing by as many as 11 in the second half, Ole Miss ended the game on a 20-5 run. Tyree scored seven of the team’s final 11 points, including two buckets in the final minute to help the Rebels maintain the lead. At No. 22 Auburn (Jan. 9), Tyree tied his career high with a game-best 24 points. He knocked down a career-high four three-pointers and went 6 of 6 at the free throw line.
When he’s inserted into the starting lineup, junior college transfer Bruce Stevens puts together his best performances as a Rebel. Coming off the bench in 12 games, Stevens has scored a total of 91 points (7.6 ppg). In 13 starts, he is averaging 12.8 ppg. At Texas A&M (Jan. 16), Stevens made a career-high nine field goals on his way to a 20-point output to go along with nine rebounds, another mark that tied his personal best. In the win over Florida (Jan. 13), the Louin, Mississippi, native tallied a team-high 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting. Stevens was unstoppable versus Illinois State (Dec. 16), posting a career-high 27 points that included going 7 of 9 from the floor and 13 of 16 from the free throw line. Stevens has made 50 of his last 62 free throws (80.6 percent) to increase his season percentage to .747.

As a graduate transfer, Markel Crawford is making his mark in his only season as a Rebel. The Memphis product has started 18 games and ranks second on the team in minutes per game (29.4). He is second on the team in steals (29) as well and averages 9.6 ppg. Last week against Missouri, the guard tallied 11 points to go along with career highs in assists (6) without committing a turnover. He also matched his career high with five steals, putting together a five-steal game for the second time this season. Crawford tallied 17 points in two of the Rebels’ four SEC wins, victories over South Carolina (Dec. 31) and Florida (Jan. 13). He added 15 points to help Ole Miss take down Alabama (Jan. 23). Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), Crawford scored 19 points, his most as a Rebel, on 7 of 11 shooting.  Scoring 761 points at Memphis to go along with 239 points this season, he has 1,000 for his career. Crawford went 4 for 4 at the charity stripe against LSU on Saturday to reach the special number.

A 4-star guard out of perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, there was a lot of hype surrounding Devontae Shuler entering the season. The freshman has made an immediate impact by averaging 6.8 ppg in 20.0 minutes per game and swiping a team-high 31 steals. Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), he recorded a career-high 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go along with a team-high three steals. In his debut, Shuler recorded 14 points in 16 minutes off the bench; the Irmo, South Carolina, native knocked down four shots from beyond the arc versus Louisiana (Nov. 10), and his offensive output was the most points by a freshman in a season opener since Trevor Gaskins recorded 21 versus Mississippi Valley State, exactly 10 years ago (Nov. 10, 2007).

Heading into the season, a big question mark for Ole Miss was who would fill the void left by Sebastian Saiz. With the help of a school-record 409 rebounds, Saiz recorded 23 double-doubles a season ago. Senior Marcanvis Hymon has been part of the front court that has replaced Saiz. In his fourth year at Ole Miss, the Memphis, Tennessee, native is the only active player to spend all four seasons in Oxford. Through 25 games, Hymon ranks second in blocks (21) and rebounds (5.1 per game). Through 99 career games, Hymon is moving up the school’s career blocks chart. He ranks 10th with 92 career rejections following a team-high 40 last season. He has led the Rebels in rebounding nine times this season, including a 12-point, 13-rebound performance in the season opener versus Louisiana (Nov. 10). The big opening game marked the third double-double of Hymon’s career.

Ole Miss has taken care of the basketball this season. The Rebels have coughed up the rock only 285 times, ranking 34th nationally in fewest turnovers surrendered. Averaging only 11.4 turnovers per game, Ole Miss is 36th in the nation. Also, the Rebels’ 1.3 assist/turnover ratio ranks third in the SEC and 47th in the country. Last week against Missouri (Feb. 6), Ole Miss only turned the ball over four times. It was the fewest turnovers in a game by the Rebels since only making four against George Mason in the Charleston Classic (Nov. 19, 2015).  

Ole Miss is 7-6 in games decided by double digits. When the margin is less than 10, the Rebels are 4-8. Three of those single-digit setbacks occurred in overtime, and the close encounters have hindered a better record. In three of their wins, the Rebels have never had to face a deficit. Ole Miss led throughout in victories over Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 13), Sam Houston State (Dec. 13) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 19).

Averaging 4.4 blocks per game, Ole Miss ranks 57th in the country. Five Rebels have recorded at least 15 blocks, led by 25 from junior guard Terence Davis. Senior Marcanvis Hymon, who ranks 10th all-time in program history with 92 career rejections, is close behind with 21 blocks. Senior forward Justas Furmanavicius has 18. Dominik Olejniczak and Bruce Stevens have 15 blocks apiece.

When the Rebels get to the line often and convert their free throws, they usually come out on top. Ole Miss is 4-2 when making at least 20 free throws in a game. The two losses occurred versus Illinois State (Dec. 16), when the Rebels sank 28 free throws, and at Arkansas (24 of 29). In the win versus Florida (Jan. 13), Ole Miss went 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) from the line to help knock off the Gators.  

Ole Miss has been active with their hands on the defensive end of the floor, averaging 6.2 steals per game to rank eighth in the SEC. Through 25 games, seven Rebels have recorded double figures in steals. Devontae Shuler leads the way with 31 steals. Markel Crawford follows with 29 steals, coming off a five-steal game against Missouri last week. Terence Davis and Breein Tyree have 19 and 17 steals, respectively. Deandre Burnett has 14 steals after a season-high three at LSU on Saturday. Justas Furmanavicius follows with 13 steals, while Dominik Olejniczak has 12 steals. Marcanvis Hymon rounds out the double-digit steal Rebels with 10 of his own. Against Utah in Last Vegas (Nov. 20), the Rebels tallied 14 steals throughout the night, a season high for the Red and Blue.

The Ole Miss bench has played a prominent role in scoring, averaging 26.3 points per game. In five different games, the bench has scored at least 40 points. The season high for bench points occurred against Utah (Nov. 20) in Las Vegas, as the reserves tallied 46 of the team’s 74 points. During a win over Bradley (Dec. 22), the Ole Miss bench accounted for 50 percent of the scoring (41 of 82).

Four Rebels earned spots on the Ole Miss Honor Roll for the fall semester: D.C. Davis (3.20 GPA), Terence Davis (3.00 GPA), Marcanvis Hymon (3.25 GPA) and Ilya Tyrtyshnik (3.31 GPA).

Ole Miss has a 245-154 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, nine 20-win campaigns and eight postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and pair of trips to the NIT Final Four, throughout Mississippi native Andy Kennedy’s watch. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his 11 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.

With a win versus Mississippi State (Jan. 6), head coach Andy Kennedy earned his 100th win in SEC regular season games to become the 23rd coach in conference history to accomplish the feat. Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss history, is also ranked 26th all-time in winning percentage for SEC regular season games at .515 (102-96). He joined Kentucky head coach John Calipari as the only active SEC coaches with 100 SEC victories.

In his 12th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. Kennedy has faced 39 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.

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is climbing the SEC coaching wins chart, ranking 18th with 245 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 Durham (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. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 265
17. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
18. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 245
19. Norm Sloan (Florida) - 232
20. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
21. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214

Andy Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 12 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:

1. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 285
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 279
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 265
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 255
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) – 245
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) – 236
7. Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 219
8. Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 218
9. Dale Brown (LSU) – 212
10. C.M. Newton (Alabama) – 211
11. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 204
11. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 204

Following the midweek matchup versus Arkansas, the Rebels will hit the road while staying in the Magnolia State. The week will conclude with a primetime battle against in-state rival Mississippi State in Starkville (Feb. 17). Ole Miss will look to sweep the Bulldogs for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network. The Rebels will travel to Missouri next Tuesday (Feb. 20), playing back-to-back SEC road games for the second time this year.






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