Rebels, Razorbacks Set for SEC Battle
Feb. 13, 2015
Ole Miss (17-7, 8-3 SEC) vs. Arkansas (19-5, 8-3 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: SEC Network
Dave Baker, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 190
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Arkansas leads 42-30
Streak: Ole Miss, W1
In Oxford: OM leads 18-5
Last Meeting: OM W, 96-81 (1/17/15)
• Ole Miss hosts Arkansas in a battle for sole possession on second place in the SEC standings. The Rebels are riding a six-game SEC winning streak. This is the second winning streak of six games or better against SEC foes under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels recorded just three such winning streaks in the 71 years before Kennedy’s arrival.
• Ole Miss leads in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting 79.4 percent of its attempts, which would rank second in the NBA. The Rebels have hit 265 of their last 325 (.815) attempts from the line. Junior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks seventh in the nation shooting 91.1 percent from the free throw line.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy ranks fourth in SEC history with 188 wins by a coach in his first nine years in the league at one school trailing only Kentucky’ Joe B. Hall (205), Florida Billy Donovan (193) and Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson (190).
• The Rebels have committed only 8.8 turnovers per game during their five-game winning streak.
• Senior G Jarvis Summers leads the league in assists in SEC play at 5.5/game and has posted 50 assists in his last eight games.
• Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,537), assists (475), minutes (3,593) and wins (80), and became just the 14th player in SEC history with 1,500 career points and 400 career assists.
• Junior G Stefan Moody is the reigning SEC Player of the Week after averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in wins against Texas A&M and at Auburn.
STREAKING REBELS TO HOST HOGS
Riding a six-game winning streak, Ole Miss hosts Arkansas Saturday for a battle of sole possession on second place in the SEC standings. A win would tie the longest regular-season SEC winning streak in school history, set in 1938 and 1998. This is the second winning streak of second games or better against SEC teams under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels recorded just three such winning streaks in the 71 years before Kennedy’s arrival.
OLE MISS SECOND IN SEC STANDINGS
Ole Miss is tied for second in the league standings after being projected sixth in the preseason media poll. The Rebels would be the No. 2 seed in Nashville if the season ended today, holding the tie breaker over Arkansas.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 79.4 percent of its free throw attempts, which would also rank second in the NBA. The Rebels hit 26-of-30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 265 of their last 325 from the line (.815). If the season ended today, Ole Miss would post the second-best FT percentage by a team in SEC history trailing only Vanderbilt in 1974 (.802). Seven Ole Miss players are shooting at least 75.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks eighth in the nation shooting 91.1 percent (102-of-112). Moody snapped his streak of 32-straight FTs made in the Texas A&M game, which ended just five shy of the SEC record in conference games held by former Rebel David Rhodes.
MOODY HITS GAME-WINNER VS. GATORS
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a game-high 18 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds on the clock to lift Ole Miss to a 62-61 win over Florida. The Rebels overcame a five-point halftime deficit to knock off the Gators, thanks to Moody, who was 5-of-10 shooting from the floor - including a 4-for-7 mark from 3-point range - and senior G LaDarius White, who scored 16 points off the bench. The win marked the Rebels first in Gainesville since 1999 and gave Ole Miss its first season sweep of the Gators since 1990.
WHITE SPARKS OLE MISS IN WIN OVER AUBURN
Senior G LaDarius White scored 20 points off the bench and junior G Stefan Moody added 15, including 12 in the second half, to lead Ole Miss to an 86-79 victory over Auburn. The Rebels overcame a one-point halftime deficit to knock off the Tigers. Ole Miss was just 1-of-9 from 3 in the first half, but hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc in the second half. The Rebels outscored Auburn 34-14 off the bench.
Ole Miss is 9-3 away from Tad Smith Coliseum this season, with wins over No. 19 Arkansas, No. 23 Creighton, Cincinnati, Florida and Oregon. The Rebels’ nine road and neutral site wins are tied for the sixth most in the nation among teams in the top 50 of the RPI, trailing only Duke, Gonzaga, Northern Iowa, Virginia and Wisconsin.
REBELS MOVE INTO 2ND IN SEC STANDINGS WITH WIN OVER AGGIES
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a game-high 19 points, as the Rebels defeated Texas A&M 69-59 to move into a three-way tie for second place in the SEC standings at the halfway mark of league play. Defensively, the Rebels held Texas A&M to 38.6 percent (22-of-57) shooting and forced 16 turnovers. They also limited the Aggies’ two leading scorers, Jalen Jones and Danuel House, who each averaged 14.2 points per game, to a combined 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 37 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 3-3 against the RPI top 50, including wins over No. 23 Arkansas, No. 29 Cincinnati and No. 43 Texas A&M. Arkansas is ranked No. 23 coming into Saturday’s game.
Ole Miss’ strength of schedule ranks 43rd in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have face eight teams in ESPN.com’s top 50 basketball power index, posting a 4-4 mark.
REBELS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has only turned the ball over only 53 times during its six-game winning streak for an average of just 8.8/game. The Rebels rank second in the league averaging just 10.7 turnovers a game in conference play and are also third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.2.
SUMMERS JOINS ELITE GROUP
With 22 points against MSU, senior G Jarvis Summers became just the 14th player in SEC history to post 1,500 career points and 400 career assists. He joins a group that includes LSU’s Pete Maravich, Tennessee’s Allan Houston, South Carolina’ Devan Downey and former Rebel Chris Warren.
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Rod Barnes for second in Ole Miss history with 475 career assists. Summers also ranks 10th all time in 3-point FG percentage (.377) and 11th all time in scoring (1,537). See page 7 for updated career records.
SUMMERS JOINS WIN CLUB
With a win over Florida, senior G Jarvis Summers became only the ninth player in Ole Miss history to reach 80 wins in his career. Summers trails only Reginald Buckner and Jason Flanigan (87), Jason Harrison (86), Murphy Holloway (85), Zach Graham (84) and Rahim Lockhart (83) on the all-time Rebel list. Head coach Andy Kennedy has coached four of the nine members of the 80-win club.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 188-108 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, six 20-win campaigns and six postseason berths, which includes an NCAA Third Round appearance 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 eight full years in Oxford.
KENNEDY’S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Florida’s Billy Donovan and Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 171
4. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
... AND SO DO HIS FIRST NINE YEARS
Kennedy is also fourth on the list for most win by a 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. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 188
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
REBELS VERSUS RAZORBACKS
Saturday’s game will be the 74th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 42-31. The series began in 1937 and Arkansas won 32 of the first 38 meetings, but Ole Miss has won 23 of the last 32 meetings and 10 of the last 12. Ole Miss holds an 18-5 advantage in games in Oxford, and have won seven of the last eight and 15 of the last 17. A win would give Ole Miss its four season sweep of Arkansas in the last five attempts. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 11-4 all time versus the Razorbacks.
MOODY POWERS REBELS TO ROAD WIN AT MIZZOU
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the Rebels’ 67-47 rout of the Tigers. The 5-foot-10-inch junior had a spectacular one-handed put back dunk off a missed 3-pointer to spark a 20-6 Ole Miss run as the Rebels blew out Missouri. Moody ranks second in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 17.8 ppg. Junior G Martavious Newby added a season-high 9 boards as Ole Miss outrebounded the Tigers 43-37.
SUMMERS BIG SECOND HALF LEADS REBELS OVER MSU
Senior G Jarvis Summers scored all 22 of his points in the second half, as Ole Miss rallied to knock of Mississippi State 79-73. Summers finished with 22 points, one shy of his season high, all in the second half, to go along with a game-high seven assists. The senior leads the SEC in assists in conference play, averaging 5.5/game and has dished out 38 assists in the last six games. Summers also ranks 12th in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 13.2 ppg.
SUMMERS SEALS WIN OVER GATORS
Senior G Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 9.8 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including a jumper with 9.8 seconds left and a pair of free throw with 3.5 ticks left to give the Rebels the last second win. The senior also dished out a season-high 8 assists and committed only one turnover.
OLE MISS THRASHES RANKED RAZORBACKS ON THE ROAD
Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas on the road Saturday, picking up the Rebels’ first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003. The Rebels’ 96 points are the second-most ever allowed in Bud Walton Arena by Arkansas, second only to the 98 points Ole Miss scored in 2009. Five Rebels scored in double figures for Ole Miss for the first time since Oregon last year. Junior G Stefan Moody led Ole Miss with 18 points and shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Senior G Jarvis Summers added 17 points and dished out a season-best 7 assists, while sophomore C Dwight Coleby recorded his first career double-double with a career-best 12 points and 10 boards.
OLE MISS ‘D’ AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league ranking fourth in field goal percentage defense (.391) and seventh in blocked shots (3.9/game).
RHETT HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST THE TIGERS
Senior C M.J. Rhett scored a career-high 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the Rebels’ 75-71 loss to LSU. Rhett was 4-of-7 from the field and hit a career-best 7-of-8 attempts from the line on the night. Sophomore C Dwight Coleby also chipped 10 points and grabbed a career-high 8 boards against the Tigers.
OLE MISS BLASTS GAMECOCKS
Senior G Jarvis Summers led all scorers with 20 points, while junior G Stefan Moody added 16 points, all in the second half, as Ole Miss rolled over South Carolina 65-49. Defensively, the Rebels held South Carolina to a season-low 49 points and forced 15 turnovers, turning them into 17 points.
MOODY BREAKS OUT
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points, including 16 in the first half, as Ole Miss took No. 1 Kentucky to overtime. Moody knocked down 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 8-of-13 from the field. He scored a career-best 26 points in the Rebels’ loss at Georgia, including hitting all 10 of his attempts from the charity stripe. He tied a career-high with 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7(.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3. Moody scored 22 points in the Rebels win at Oregon and added 25 points, including a career-high 6 3-pointers against Western Kentucky.
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Arkansas is 19-5 on the season and 8-3 in the SEC after knocking off Auburn 101-87 Tuesday. The Razorbacks are ranked No. 24 in the nation in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ polls. Sophomore F Bobby Portis leads the SEC in scoring at 17.9 ppg and is fourth in rebounding pulling down 8.8 boards a game. Portis also leads the league in field goal percentage shooting .564 from the field. Junior guard Michael Qualls is second on the team in scoring at 15.3 ppg, while junior guard Rashad Madden has dished out 117 assists. The Hogs lead the league in scoring at 80.2 ppg, but rank next to last in the SEC in defense allowing 69.7 ppg.
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