Andy Kennedy (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Feb. 17, 2012
Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 26: Ole Miss (15-10, 5-6 SEC) at #1/1 Kentucky (25-1, 11-0 SEC)
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 | 4:00 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena (23,000)
Television: SEC Network (Clay Matvick, play-by-play; Joe Dean Jr., analyst).
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 91, XM 91
Live Video: ESPN3.com
Live Audio: RebelVision
• Ole Miss is tied for sixth place in the SEC standings with three other teams.
• The Rebels need five wins to reach 20 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
• Andy Kennedy is tied for the 8th-most wins in SEC history (120) by a coach in his first six years in the league.
• The Rebels are 3-6 in true road games this year.
• Ole Miss is 0-14 all-time against the nation’s top-ranked team, last playing No. 1 Florida in 2007.
• In league play, the Rebels lead all SEC teams in rebounding (39.8) and rebounding margin (+5.7).
• Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams and 38th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.405).
• Ole Miss is 11-3 when its opponent shoots below 40 percent from the field.
• Ole Miss has a 9-3 record when it records the same or fewer turnovers than its opponent.
• The Rebels rank 20th in the most recent NCAA rankings with 5.4 blocks/game.
• Senior F Terrance Henry has 958 career points entering the Vanderbilt game.
• Junior F Murphy Holloway ranks third in the league and 44th nationally in rebounding (9.0 rpg).
• Junior F Reginald Buckner leads all active SEC players with 216 career blocks (UM record, 19th in SEC history).
OLE MISS FACES ROAD TRIP TO NO. 1 KENTUCKY
Ole Miss is tied for sixth place in the SEC (5-6 in league games) as it travels to the Bluegrass State for a matchup with No. 1 ranked Kentucky. The Rebels are 3-6 in road games this year, while the Wildcats are a perfect 15-0 at Rupp Arena. Ole Miss last won at Kentucky in 1998.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kentucky is the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in both polls for the fourth straight week. A Final Four team last year, UK has ramped it up even more this season with a 25-1 record and a perfect 11-0 mark in SEC play. Under John Calipari, UK is 89-13 overall and has yet to lose a home game. Kentucky ranks first in the SEC in scoring defense (57.9), scoring margin (+19.9), free-throw percentage (72.0), field-goal percentage (48.7), field-goal percentage defense (35.8), rebounding offense (39.6), rebounding defense (32.3), rebounding margin (+7.3), blocked shots (9.3) and defensive rebounds (26.9). Freshman Anthony Davis leads the team with 14.0 ppg and 9.9 rpg, while he tops the nation with 4.9 blocks per game. Doron Lamb adds 13.7 ppg, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12.3 and Terrence Jones 12.2. Marquis Teague (9.8) and Darius Miller (9.7) round out the sextet of leading scorers.
OLE MISS-KENTUCKY SERIES
Saturday’s game will be the 112th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 98-13 lead in the series, but two of the Rebels’ 13 wins have come since 2009. Kentucky is 46-2 against the Rebels at Rupp Arena. Ole Miss’ two wins there were on Feb. 14, 1998 (UK won the national title later that season) and Feb. 11, 1927. The teams split their two games a season ago, with Ole Miss prevailing in Oxford when Chris Warren scored 22 points and nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left in a 71-69 upset of 10th-ranked Kentucky, but the Wildcats beating the Rebels 75-66 in the second round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta.
OLE MISS VERSUS THE NATION’S NO. 1 TEAM
The Rebels will face the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time since a 79-70 loss at top-ranked Florida on Jan. 20, 2007. Ole Miss is 0-14 all-time against the top-ranked team in the country, including 11 times against Kentucky.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED FOES
This is the fifth game Ole Miss has played against a ranked team this season. The Rebels are 6-18 against top-25 opponents under head coach Andy Kennedy, including a 1-3 record this season. They have a win over No. 15 Mississippi State (Jan. 18) and losses to No. 19 Marquette (Nov. 20), No. 13 Florida (Jan. 26) and No. 18 Mississippi State (Feb. 9). They went 1-2 in such games last season, including a 71-69 win over No. 10 Kentucky on Feb. 1 in Oxford.
LAST YEAR AGAINST KENTUCKY
The teams split their two games a season ago. Ole Miss prevailed in Oxford on Feb. 1 when Chris Warren scored 22 points and nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left in a 71-69 upset of 10th-ranked Kentucky, but the Wildcats beat the Rebels 75-66 in the second round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. In those two games, Terrance Henry averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.
BATTLE ON THE GLASS
Saturday’s game will feature the SEC’s top two rebounding teams. In all games, Kentucky tops the league with 39.6 rebounds per game and a +7.3 rebounding margin, while Ole Miss is second in both categories at 39.1 and +4.2. The Rebels lead all conference teams with 13.5 offensive boards per game, while UK averages the most defensive rebounds at 26.9. In SEC play, Ole Miss tops the league with 39.8 boards per game and a +5.7 rebounding margin.
KENNEDY HAS MOST OVERALL WINS AND SEC WINS IN A SIX-YEAR PERIOD
With 15 wins this year, Andy Kennedy has the most overall wins by an Ole Miss head coach in a six-year span (120). With five league victories this season, his total of 44 is tied for the most SEC wins over a six-year span (Bob Weltlich, 1977-82). Kennedy already ranks third in school history in career victories behind B.L. “Country” Graham (144 wins in 13 seasons) and Barnes (141 wins in 8 seasons).
KENNEDY’S FIRST SIX YEARS RANKS AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
With his 120th win at Ole Miss (vs. Auburn), Andy Kennedy is now tied (with Cliff Ellis) for the eighth-most wins by an SEC head coach in his first six years in the league.
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 150
2. Bruce Pearl (Tennessee) - 145
3. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 135
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 127
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) - 126
6. Billy Donovan (Florida) - 124
7. Don DeVoe (Tennessee) - 121
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 120
8. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 120
LOCKING DOWN ON “D”
Ole Miss has established itself as one of the better defensive teams in the SEC this year. The Rebels rank third in the SEC (and 38th in the latest NCAA rankings) in field goal percentage defense at 40.5. Ole Miss is 11-3 when its opponent shoots below 40 percent from the field. Seven different times the Rebels have held their opponent below 60 points, including a pair of games under 40. In league play, only two teams (LSU and Vanderbilt) have scored more than 70 points against the Rebel “D.”
Ole Miss, which rates as the ninth-tallest team in the country (according to KenPom.com), is taking advantage of its significant height and length advantage against most of its opponents this year. No scholarship player on the roster is listed shorter than 6-4, while seven Rebels are listed at 6-7 or taller. Ole Miss ranks second among SEC teams with a rebounding average of 39.1 and second with a rebounding margin of +4.2 (50th in NCAA). In SEC play, Ole Miss leads all teams with 39.8 rebounds per game and a +5.7 rebounding margin. Individually, Murphy Holloway ranks third among SEC players and 44th in the nation in rebounding (9.0), while Reginald Buckner is fourth in the SEC and 67th in the country (8.3). The Rebels also block 5.4 shots per game, ranking third in the league and 20th in the NCAA. They are led by Buckner’s 2.5 swats per game, which ranks him third in the SEC and 22nd nationally.
HOME VERSUS ROAD
Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (10-2) than on the road (3-6). Here are some other facts and figures about the Rebels in home and road games:
• Ole Miss has averaged slightly more points at home (66.5) than on the road (65.6).
• The Rebels allow just 59.1 ppg to opponents in Oxford as opposed to 70.9 ppg on the road.
• Ole Miss actually makes a higher percentage of its 3-point attempts on the road (33.6) than at home (29.3).
• Jarvis Summers is the Rebels’ top scorer in road games at 13.2 ppg. Terrance Henry is next at 11.8 ppg.
• Murphy Holloway is the Rebels’ top scorer in home games at 11.6 ppg, followed by Nick Williams and Terrance Henry at 11.3 ppg each.
Ole Miss has a 9-3 record when it records the same or fewer turnovers than its opponent, while the Rebels are 6-7 when they lose the turnover battle.
When Ole Miss has needed a player to step up offensively, senior F Terrance Henry has answered the bell in SEC play. The 6-foot-9 wing, who was named SEC Player of the Week after leading Ole Miss to wins over No. 15 Mississippi State and Georgia, had a five-game stretch from Jan. 18 to Feb. 4 when he averaged 17.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, including back-to-back 20-point efforts and double-doubles against Georgia (24 points, 10 boards) and No. 13 Florida (21 points, 10 boards). Henry leads Ole Miss with an 11.5 scoring average for the season.
HENRY APPROACHES 1,000 POINTS, ELITE CLUB AT OLE MISS
Entering the Kentucky game, senior F Terrance Henry has 958 career points. He needs 42 points to become the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss. He already ranks sixth in school history in blocked shots (100) and needs eight more to tie David Dean for fifth place (108). If he reaches 1,000 points, he will be just the second player in school history to reach 1,000 points and 100 blocks, joining former All-American Rahim Lockhart (1,160, 132).
ALREADY WITH SCHOOL RECORD, BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST
With four blocks at Southern Miss, junior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels’ all-time career leader in blocked shots. In just 87 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 216 blocks, which ranks 19th in SEC history. He needs two more blocks to tie Sam Bowie (Kentucky) for 18th place. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner’s 2.5 average this season ranks third among SEC players and 22nd in the most recent NCAA rankings. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He has blocked at least one shot in 22 of 23 games this year and 75 of 87 games over his three-year career. His total of 57 blocks this season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the third-most in a season in school history (behind Buckner’s previous two season totals).
IN THE “NICK” OF TIME
Junior G Nick Williams has stepped up his game in SEC play and leads the team with 12.2 ppg in league games (16th in SEC). The Mobile, Ala., native has tallied double figures in nine of the last 10 games. He had a season-high 19 points to lead the Rebels in the double-overtime effort at Alabama. He’s also had big games in wins over Arkansas (18 points and career high-tying 8 rebounds) and 15th-ranked Mississippi State (17 points).
HOLLOWAY RETURNS WITH BIG NUMBERS
Junior F Murphy Holloway has posted some big numbers in his return to Ole Miss this year (following a one-year stint in South Carolina) and averages 10.8 ppg and 9.0 rpg (3rd in SEC, 44th in NCAA). He is third among SEC players with eight double-doubles this year and ranks second among active league players with 22 in his career. He was the SEC Player of the Week after helping Ole Miss to wins over TCU and Miami. More recently, he led the Rebels to a win over Auburn with 20 points and 11 rebounds, including 12 straight points for Ole Miss during a second-half comeback.
SUMMERS NOT AFRAID OF CRUNCH TIME
Freshman PG Jarvis Summers has shown no fear in the face of critical situations this year. It was his 27 points and crunch-time heroics that gave the Rebels an early victory at Penn State and his late free throws to seal an overtime win over Miami. Against Auburn, he directed a comeback from 12 down in the final nine minutes to force overtime, hitting all four of his 3-pointers after the nine-minute mark. He scored 22 against the Tigers to become the first Rebel with multiple 20-point games this year. He leads all SEC freshmen in 3-point percentage (42.2), ranks seventh with 10.2 ppg and third with 3.4 assists per game.