Feb. 15, 2016
Ole Miss Game Notes - Texas A&M
Ole Miss (16-9, 6-6 SEC) at Texas A&M (18-7, 7-5 SEC)
Date: Tuesday , Feb. 16, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: College Station, Texas
Arena: Reed Arena (12,989)
Rich Hollenberg, play-by-play
Dino Gaudio, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84, XM 84
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Texas A&M leads series 3-2
In College Station: Texas A&M leads 2-0
Streak: OM, W1
Last Meeting: OM, W 69-59 (2/4/15)
• Ole Miss hits the road Tuesday to face the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station. The Rebels are 2-3 all time against the Aggies, but took last year’s meeting 69-59 in Oxford.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks eighth nationally, in scoring at 23.0 ppg this year. He had his 20-plus point per game scoring streak snapped at 14 games at Kansas State, which tied him for the third-
longest streak in school history. Moody has broken the 30-point mark three times this season and had his 37-straight games with a 3-pointer streak snapped against Arkansas. It was 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 at 23.5 ppg.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo, who was averaging 5.3 ppg and shooting 21.8% 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 scored 15 points and grabbed 5 boards in the Rebels’ win over Arkansas. He is averaging 16.8 ppg and shooting 52.2% (12 of 23) from 3 over his last four 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 208-123 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 229-136 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 20th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school and the Arkansas win tied him 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 19.2 ppg career scoring average.
REBELS CRUISE PAST RAZORBACKS
Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 16 points, including 12 in the first half, and grabbed 5 boards, as Ole Miss cruised past Arkansas 76-60. Senior G Stefan Moody added 17 points, with 16 coming after halftime, as the Rebels erased a two-point halftime deficit in the 16-point victory. Gielo is averaging 16.8 ppg and shooting 54.8 percent (23 of 42) from the field and 52.2 percent (12 of 23) from 3 over his last four games after posting 5.2 ppg and shooting 21.8 percent from the field (12 of 55) over his previous seven games. Ole Miss out-rebounded Arkansas 47-29, as five Rebels pulled down 5+ boards.
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.
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 9.3 rpg, Saiz played 26 minutes and posted 4 points and grabbed 6 boards in his first action since Jan. 16. Saiz recorded his first start since 1/16 against Arkansas and scored 11 points and grabbed 4 boards in 13 minutes.
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 8.3 thefts per game. Junior G Rasheed Brooks ranks third in the league in steals in SEC games at 1.9/game, while senor G Stefan Moody is tied for sixth in all games at 1.5/game. Brooks has posted 9 steals over the last four games and the Rebels have recorded 93 steals over their last nine 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 IN 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 208-123 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
After being forced into the starting lineup after junior F Sebastian Saiz went down with an eye injury, sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon adapted to the role well. Hymon entered the South Carolina game averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 boards a game, and has posted 8.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg in the eight games since Saiz’s injury. He recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards against the Razorbacks. Hymon is shooting 51.9 percent (27 of 52) from the field over the last eight games and after a 4 for 11 performance from the line against South Carolina, he is shooting 62.1 percent (18 of 29) from the line over his last seven games.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 33 points at LSU and leads the SEC, and ranks eighth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.0 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 19.2 ppg career scoring average, which ranks ninth in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 27.4 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.8 PPG
3. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.9 PPG
4. Kahil Felder, Oakland 24.7 PPG
5. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.3 PPG
6. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 24.1 PPG
7. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.2 PPG
8. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.0 PPG
9. Zeke Woodley, Northwestern St. 22.8 PPG
10. Kevin Punter, Tennessee 22.3 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 208-123 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 229-136 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
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.
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 is also tied for fourth 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 208
Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
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 ranks sixth in the SEC with a +2.6 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just eight times this season and are 15-2 when tying or 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. Fitzpatrick-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. 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 sixth in the SEC with six double-doubles this year, despite missing six games, and is pulling down 9.3 rpg, which ranks third in the conference and 39th nationally.
SERIES HISTORY VS. TEXAS A&M
Tuesday’s game will be only the sixth-ever meeting between the two schools. The Rebels took last year’s meeting 69-59 in Oxford, but trail the all-time series 3-2. Ole Miss and Texas A&M split the 2012-13 season series with the home team winning each matchup in the Aggies first year in the league. Texas A&M won last year’s game in College Station and also took the first -ever meeting between the two schools in 1972. Ole Miss is 0-2 all time against A&M in College Station.
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 72.1 percent this year, which ranks third in the league. Ole Miss hit 21 of 22 attempts from the line against the Razorbacks and hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern eariler this season, which was the second-most attempts and makes in school history. 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 third in the league this season hitting 84.7 percent (171 of 202) of his attempts. His 171 free throw made this year is tied for seventh in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 87.2 career free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M is 18-7 overall and 7-5 in the SEC, but have dropped five-straight league games after opening conference play 7-0. The Aggies are 13-1 at home the season, but just 5-6 away from Reed Arena. Senior Jalen Jones leads the team in scoring at 16.0 ppg, while fellow senior Danuel House is close behind at 15.8 ppg. Jones also lead the Aggies pulling down 6.9 boards a game, but Texas A&M ranks 10th in the league as a team pulling down 36.0 rpg in conference play. Senior Alex Caruso has dished out a team-high 125 assists this year and leads the SEC in steals with 58. The Aggies lead the league in scoring defense in conference play allowing opponents just 65.8 ppg and are second in turnover margin (+2.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4).
REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 87 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while Texas A&M checks in at No. 25. The Rebels boast three RPI top-75 wins over No. 37 Alabama, No. 57 Vanderbilt and No. 67 Georgia. Ole Miss also ranks No. 80 in the latest ESPN Basketball Power Index.