Ole Miss Heads To Georgia For Crucial SEC Battle
Feb. 13, 2014
Ole Miss (16-8, 7-4 SEC) at Georgia (13-10, 7-4 SEC)
Ole Miss is 27-11 (.711 winning percentage) over its last 38 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also the third-best mark in the league over that time, two games behind Florida and one game behind Kentucky.
REBELS THIRD IN LEAGUE STANDINGS
Ole Miss is 7-4 in the SEC and sits in third place in the league standings after being projected to finish seventh in the preseason media poll. The Rebels are 27-11 (.711 winning percentage) over its last 38 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also the third-best mark in the league over that time, two games behind Florida and one game behind Kentucky. Ole Miss also tied last year's squad and the 1937-38 team with a school record 6-2 start to SEC play.
OLE MISS GETS HUGE WIN OVER MIZZOU
Senior G Marshall Henderson scored 29 points, including eight 3-pointers, and four Rebels scored in double figures, as the Rebels held off the Missouri Tigers 91-88. Henderson hit 8-of-15 from 3-point range and added five assists for Ole Miss, while Junior G Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White had 16 points apiece. The Rebels hit 14 3-pointers in the game, one off the school record of 15 set earlier this season against Oregon.
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 8 of Ole Miss' last 11 points and the Rebels closed the game on a 29-10 run, as Ole Miss came from behind to knock off South Carolina 75-71. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 21 points, as the Rebels rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 7.9 points per game (17.0 from 9.1), field goal percentage 9.0 percent (49.4% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 15.3 percent (49.3% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring a 10 times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton. He has posted 7 20+ points games this season and is averaging 17.9 points per game over the last 14 contests. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg), eighth in field goal percentage (.494) and third in assists (3.8/game). He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and field goal percentage and top-5 in assists.
HENDERSON, SUMMERS JOIN 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS
Senior G Marshall Henderson recently became the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt and ranks 27th in school history with 1,127 career points. He is just the fourth player in Rebel history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in two seasons joining Denver Brackeen, Gerald Glass and Don Kessinger. Junior G Jarvis Summers became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss versus Mississippi State and tied for 30th in school history with 1,072 career points.
SAIZ COMING ON STRONG
Freshman F Sebastian Saiz pulled down 10 boards and scored 6 points in Ole Miss' win over Missouri. Saiz also scored a career-high 20 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels' overtime victory against LSU. The Spain native ranks fifth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.8 boards a game over his last 13 games. He has five double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Mississippi State (1/25).
Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and sixth in the nation, averaging 6.4 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 42nd in the nation, averaging 2.3 blocked shots per game.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved past Rick Stansbury for the fifth-most wins by a head coach in their first eight years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 183
3. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 168
Ole Miss enters Saturday's road battle at Georgia ranked No. 62 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (ESPN.com), while the Bulldogs are rated No. 100. The Rebels are 4-6 against top-100 RPI teams this season including wins over LSU, Middle Tennessee, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Ole Miss picked up its first top-50 RPI win of the year against Missouri.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC hitting 73.0 percentage of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 150-of-201 free throws (.746) over their last 10 games. Senior G Marshall Henderson has hit 31 of his last 37 attempts (.838).
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks sixth among active players with 1,127 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (336) and seventh in points scored (1,072). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 106 career blocks.
HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS
Senior G Marshall Henderson broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers vs. No. 13 Oregon en route to a career-high 39 points. Henderson attempted a school-record 23 3-pointers in the game, which is just one shy of the SEC record held by Pat Bradley of Arkansas. Henderson ranks third in the nation averaging 4.43 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 57-straight games with a 3-pointer ranks third in SEC history behind Pat Bradley (60 games) and John Jenkins (59). He ranks third in the league in scoring at 20.8 ppg in conference games and 9th in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.8% of his attempts.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Georgia is 13-10 on the season and 7-4 in the SEC after knocking off Mississippi State 75-55 Wednesday on the road. The Bulldogs have won three-straight SEC games and are tied with Ole Miss for third in the league standings after 11 games. UGA started the season 1-4 but have won 12 of its last 18 games. Georgia is 5-4 versus common opponents this season, while the Rebels are 8-3. Sophomore Charles Mann leads the Bulldogs averaging 13.7 ppg, while fellow sophomore Kenny Gaines is close behind at 11.6 ppg. Junior Marcus Thornton leads the team pulling down 5.9 rebounds/game. Georgia leads the SEC in rebounding offense in league games at 39.5 boards/games and is allowing just 32.8 rebounds/game to opponents. The Bulldogs do rank next to last in the league in turnover margin at -2.7.
OLE MISS-GEORGIA SERIES
Saturday's game is the 108th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia holding a 66-41 lead in the series (UGA lists its lead as 64-41, with wins in 2002 and 2003 vacated due to NCAA sanctions). Ole Miss has prevailed in seven of the last 10 meetings, including last year's 84-74 overtime win in Oxford. The Bulldogs lead 37-12 in games played in Athens, but Ole Miss has won each of the last three meetings at Stegeman Coliseum (76-62 in 2008, 80-76 in 2010, 66-63 in 2012). Andy Kennedy owns a 6-2 record against UGA.
Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (5-0) than on the road (2-4) in conference play. The Rebels shoot better from the field (.453 at home /.388 on road) and from 3-point (.419 at home /.317 on road) at home and rebound the ball better with a -6.0 rebound margin on the road and an even rebounding margin at home. Ole Miss is scoring more points at home in league games (80.2) than on the road (68.0). Junior F Aaron Jones is posting 10.2 ppg and 9.0 rpg in conference home games and just 3.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg in league road games, while freshman F Sebastian Saiz averaging 7.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg in home SEC games and just 3.8 ppg and 4.2 rpg in road games.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 14-6 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times. The Rebels rank second in the SEC, and are tied for 26th in the nation, in turnover margin at +2.9.
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