SEC West Showdown In Starkville Saturday

Feb. 17, 2011

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GAME 27: Ole Miss (17-9, 5-6 SEC) at Mississippi State (13-12, 5-6 SEC)
Saturday 2.19.11 | 12:47 p.m. CT
Starkville, Miss. | Humphrey Coliseum (10,500)


MEDIA
Live TV: SEC Network (Dave Baker, play-by-play; Joe Dean Jr., analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 215, XM 200
Live Video: ESPN3.com

WESTERN DIVISION SHOWDOWN SATURDAY
Ole Miss begins a pivotal two-game road swing on Saturday with a showdown against Mississippi State with major implications in the SEC West standings. The Rebels have won four of their last five games to move into a tie for second place in the division with Arkansas and Mississippi State, all of which sit at 5-6. The second-place team in the West will receive a bye in the first round of the league tournament. Ole Miss is coming off a 90-59 rout of Auburn, which was the largest margin of victory against an SEC team since 2001. Zach Graham went for a career-high 30 points and seven 3-pointers. The Rebels lost to the Bulldogs in Oxford in the SEC opener this year.

QUICK NOTES
- Ole Miss and Mississippi State shared the 2010 SEC Western Division title.
- This is the 243rd meeting between the two schools, with the Bulldogs holding an all-time series lead of 137-105 in the SEC’s most-played rivalry.
- Andy Kennedy is the fastest in program history to reach 100 wins. With 102, he now has the school record for most by one staff in a five-year span.
- Kennedy is the first coach to lead Ole Miss to 5 straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan (1920-25).
- Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 20th in the nation with a 75.4 FT percentage. The Rebels rank 15th in the nation with 5.6 blocks per game.
- Chris Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (94.1) and is on pace to set the school and SEC record for a season.
- Warren ranks 2nd in the SEC with 18.4 points per game and fifth with 3.8 assists per game.
- Warren ranks 5th in SEC history with a school-record 306 career 3-pointers and is the SEC’s active leader in career points, assists, 3s and 20-pt games.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Rick Stansbury’s Mississippi State Bulldogs enter the game with a 13-12 overall record and 5-6 mark in SEC play. MSU is tied with Ole Miss and Arkansas for second place in the SEC West, despite losses in its last two outings (at Auburn, at Kentucky). For the season, MSU averages 68.5 ppg and allows opponents 69.7 ppg. Point guard Dee Bost paces the squad with 17.5 ppg, all in league play. Ravern Johnson averages 17.1 ppg, Renard Sidney posts 12.9 ppg and a team-best 7.4 rpg and Kodi Augustus chips in 11.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg. MSU is 10-4 at home this season.

OLE MISS-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES
Saturday’s game will be the 243rd meeting between the two schools, with the Bulldogs holding an all-time series lead of 137-105 in the SEC’s most-played rivalry. Mississippi State has won the last four meetings, including a 69-64 triumph in the SEC opener in Oxford this year, despite Chris Warren’s 25-point outburst. MSU swept Ole Miss last year after the teams had split the season series each of the previous four years. MSU enjoys an 89-24 series advantage in games played in Starkville. Ole Miss has won at Humphrey Coliseum just once (2009) in the last 12 tries.

COACHING TIES
Ole Miss assistant coach Owen Miller will be countering a familiar program on Saturday. Miller served the same position at Mississippi State from 1994-95 until 1996-97. In his first coaching experience, he helped Richard Williams’ Bulldogs to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1995 and a Final Four trip the following year. MSU won the SEC West crown twice in his tenure and captured the league tournament title in 1996. Miller was an assistant alongside then-assistant Rick Stansbury.

FIVE STRAIGHT WINNING SEASONS
With a 17-9 record, Ole Miss has clinched yet another winning season. Andy Kennedy and his staff are the first to achieve five straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan led Ole Miss to six straight winning seasons from 1920-25. Ole Miss did have six straight winning campaigns from 1997 to 2002 under two different head coaches.

KENNEDY HAS MOST WINS IN FIVE-SEASON SPAN
With 102 wins under his belt, Andy Kennedy has led Ole Miss to the most wins in a five-year span by one coaching staff in school history. The record for any five-year span in school history (includes coaching changes) is 108, which occurred twice, from 1996-97 to 2000-01 and from 1997-98 to 2001-02.

FASTEST OLE MISS COACH TO 100 WINS
The Rebels’ 69-60 win at Arkansas was the 100th victory at Ole Miss for Andy Kennedy. He reached the milestone faster than any coach in program history, doing so in his 158th game. He is the third coach in school history with 100 career victories, trailing only B.L. “Country” Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in eight years) on the school’s career coaching victories chart. Kennedy’s .634 winning percentage (102-59) is significantly better than Graham’s (.462) or Barnes’ (.564). Kennedy is 123-72 in his sixth year overall as a head coach (includes one season at Cincinnati).

MISSISSIPPI FLAVOR
There are two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are the first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05. In addition, Ole Miss signed three more Mississippians to join the Rebels next season: Aaron Jones (Pascagoula), Jarvis Summers (Jackson) and Ladarius White (McComb).

GRAHAM HAS CAREER NIGHT IN ROUT OF AUBURN
Zach Graham scored a career-high 30 points, the most by a Rebel this season, in a 90-59 rout of Auburn on Wednesday. The Suwanee, Ga., native tied the school record of seven 3-pointers in an SEC game, one off the overall school record. The 31-point victory was the largest winning margin for an Ole Miss team in SEC play since beating Alabama 105-71 on March 3, 2001. Ole Miss also tied the school record for team 3-pointers in an SEC game with 13. The Rebels shot 56.8 percent from the field, 52.0 percent from 3-point land and 84.4 percent from the foul line.

REBELS GET SIGNATURE WIN VS. UK
Senior guard Chris Warren nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left and Ole Miss upset No. 10 Kentucky on Feb. 1. It was a huge win for the Rebels, who came into the contest with an 0-3 record in league home games. It was Ole Miss’ first win over a top-10 opponent since beating No. 6 Alabama in 2002, making it the biggest win in Andy Kennedy’s tenure as head coach. Ole Miss had a season-high 11 steals and forced Kentucky into 18 turnovers, the most by UK this season. After the game, Ole Miss earned two of the top three spots on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays. Reginald Buckner’s block of a Brandon Knight dunk attempt was No. 3, while Warren’s game-winning triple was the top play of the night.

FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead the SEC and rank 20th in the nation with a 75.4 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in 11 games this season, including 92.9 (13-of-14) at Arkansas, 87.5 (14-of-16) at Vanderbilt, 84.6 (22-of-26) against Tennessee and 84.4 (27-of-32) vs. Auburn. Their 95.7 FT pct. against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts.

BLOCK PARTY
Led by some very athletic big men, Ole Miss ranks 15th in the nation in blocked shots per game. The Rebels average 5.6 swats per contest. They have blocked eight or more shots seven times this year. They set a school record for blocks in an SEC game with 12 at Arkansas and had eight at LSU and at Alabama. Sophomore Reginald Buckner ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the SEC with 3.1 bpg, while junior Terrance Henry adds 1.1 bpg (15th in SEC).

EFFICIENT OFFENSE
Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams with 75.0 points per game and fifth with a 45.5 field-goal percentage. The Rebels have shot better than 40 percent in all but five games and better than 50 percent in seven outings. The Rebels shot a season-high 62.2 percent in their 27-point win at LSU. Reginald Buckner leads the league with a 62.7 FG percentage, which would rank among the nation’s leaders if he had enough attempts. Eight of the nine regulars in the Rebels’ lineup are hitting shots at better than a 40 percent clip.

BOMBS AWAY
With most of its players capable of producing from long range, Ole Miss has become proficient in its 3-point shooting of late. The Rebels rank second among SEC teams with 7.6 3-pointers made per game in league play. Ole Miss tied a school record for 3s in an SEC game with 13 against Auburn on Wednesday. Chris Warren is second among league players with 2.9 treys per game in conference action.

Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks second in the SEC in scoring (18.4), first in FT percentage (94.1), fifth in assists (3.8), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.6), third in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and fourth in minutes (34.2). In league games only, he ranks third in scoring (18.4), first in FT percentage (94.1), second in 3-pointers made (2.9) and fifth in assist-turnover ratio (1.7). Overall, he has scored 20+ points in 11 games (2nd-most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 18 times and in assists 19 times.

WARREN LEADS NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior point guard Chris Warren leads the nation with a 94.1 free throw percentage. He has made 128 of 136 attempts on the season and has converted 86 of his last 90 from the line. At his current pace, he would set the school and SEC record for FT percentage in a season and would rank among the all-time best seasons in NCAA history.

WARREN CRACKS TOP 3 IN CAREER POINTS
With a spectacular senior seson, Chris Warren has vaulted into third place on the all-time Ole Miss scoring chart with 1,851 career points. Next on the list is second-place Joe Harvell, who scored 2,078 points from 1990-93 and ranks 18th in SEC history. Warren entered this season ranked 15th on the Rebels’ scoring chart.

WARREN MOVES UP SEC 3-POINT CHART
Already with the most 3-pointers in school history, Chris Warren has moved into the top five in the SEC record books with another outstanding shooting display this year. Warren’s game-winning 25-foot bomb against No. 10 Kentucky was the 300th triple of his career. He is one of just five players in league history to reach that total. He enters the Mississippi State game with 306 career triples. Next on the SEC list is Tennessee legend Allan Houston, who made 346 career treys. Warren also holds the school record and ranks fifth in league history with 816 career 3-point attempts.
All-Time SEC 3-Point Leaders
1. 431 Chris Lofton, Tennessee (2005-08)
2. 367 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (2005-08)
3. 366 Pat Bradley, Arkansas (1996-99)
4. 346 Allan Houston, Tennessee (1990-93)
5. 306 Chris Warren, Ole Miss (2008-pres.)

WARREN DISHES OUT 400TH ASSIST
Chris Warren served up his 400th career assist vs. Vanderbilt, becoming the fifth player in school history to reach 400 career assists. Warren enters the Mississippi State game with 422. He needs five more dimes to catch Jason Harrison, who ranks fourth with 427.

CAN WARREN JOIN SUPER ELITE?
If senior guard Chris Warren can reach 2,000 points, he will become only the fourth player in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists in a career, joining LSU’s Pete Maravich, Tennessee’s Allan Houston and Georgia’s Litterial Green. With six games left, Warren would need to average 24.8 points per contest to reach 2,000, not counting postseason play.

BUCKNER GETS BLOCKS RECORD FOR GAME, SEASON
Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner tied Ansu Sesay’s school record for blocks in a game with eight at Arkansas. He has also surpassed his own single-season record from last year (64) and has run his season total to 78 so far this year. In just his second year, Buckner already ranks second in school history with 142 blocks in his career. The Memphis native is 38 swats shy of the career record, set by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner ranks third in the SEC and ninth in the country with 3.1 blocks per game. In league games only, he is second with an average of 3.3. He has recorded five or more swats in eight games this year.

GRAHAM EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 10th in the SEC with a 14.8 scoring average and third with an 86.0 free-throw percentage. He averages 4.4 rebounds per game. In SEC play, he ranks ninth with 15.8 ppg He posted 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor’s Cup All-Tournament team. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State. He tallied 13 points and 8 boards at SMU. He scored 13 points with 5 boards vs. MSU. He poured in 21 points (8-13 FGs, 5-5 FTs) against Georgia, one off his career high. He had 14 points and 5 boards at Vanderbilt. He scored 17 (7-9 FGs, 3-3 3-pt FGs) at LSU. He posted 16 points (7-7 FTs) and 5 boards, making a couple of key baskets in the upset of No. 10 Kentucky. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the win at Arkansas. He also had 17 in the home win over LSU. He shattered his previous career high with 30 points against Auburn, the most points by a Rebel this year. He drained 7-of-11 from downtown to finish one shy of the school record for 3s in a game and tied the record for 3s in an SEC contest.

GRAHAM REACHES 1,000 POINTS
Zach Graham became the 32nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when he scored 13 points at SMU. He enters the Mississippi State game in 22nd place with 1,177 career points and is 24 points shy of Rod Barnes for 21st place. The Suwanee, Ga., native has accomplished the feat with steady improvement every year (averaged 5.9 ppg as a freshman, 8.5 as a sophomore, 9.2 as a junior and 14.8 as a senior). He joins Chris Warren as current 1,000-point scorers at Ole Miss.

Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has made winning a habit since he arrived in Oxford. With 81 career wins, he needs seven more to become the all-time winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.

HENRY STEPS IT UP
Junior forward Terrance Henry has displayed his immense talent and versatility in recent outings as he has turned up his aggressiveness and production. At Vanderbilt, he scored 11 points with four blocks and a career-high four steals. He followed that performance with his first career double-double at LSU, collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the upset win over No. 10 Kentucky, Henry scored 12 points with 5 rebounds, and in the win at Arkansas he had 11 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks. At Alabama, he led the team with nine rebounds and five blocks. He scored 14 points (8-of-8 FTs) against Auburn. His season averages are up to 9.0 ppg (third on the team) and 5.9 rpg (second on the team).


 

 

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