Rebels Look for Season Sweep of Bulldogs
Feb. 17, 2015
Ole Miss (17-8, 8-4 SEC) at Mississippi State (12-13, 5-7 SEC)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Starkville, Miss.
Arena: Humphrey Coliseum (10,575)
Joe Tessitore, play-by-play
Sean Farnham, 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: Mississippi State leads 141-110
Streak: Ole Miss, W3
In Starkville: MSU leads 93-24
Last Meeting: OM W, 79-73 (1/28/15)
Ole Miss travels to in-state for Mississippi State Thursday, as the two rivals meet for the 252nd time in the SEC's most-played rivalry. The Rebels are seeking their first win in Starkville since 2009 and the first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1998.
The Rebels snapped their six-game SEC winning streak with the loss to Arkansas Saturday. That marked 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 ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting 78.9 percent of its attempts, which would rank second in the NBA. The Rebels have hit 280 of their last 347 (.807) 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).
Senior F M.J. Rhett scored a career-high 16 points. tied a career-best with nine boards and blocked two shots in the Rebels' last second loss to the Razorbacks.
Senior G Jarvis Summers leads the league in assists in SEC play at 5.5/game and has posted 56 assists in his last 9 games. Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,544), assists (481), minutes (3,620) and wins (80), and became just the 14th player in SEC history with 1,500 career points and 400 career assists.
REBELS LOOK FOR SEASON SWEEP OF MSU
Ole Miss renews its rivalry with in-state foe Mississippi State Wednesday. The Rebels and the Bulldogs have met 251 times on the hardwood, which is the most-play rivalry in the SEC. The Rebels are seeking their first win in Starkville since 2009 and the first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1998. Ole Miss' six-game SEC winning streak was the second streak of six 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 THIRD IN SEC STANDINGS
Ole Miss is third in the league standings after being projected sixth in the preseason media poll. The Rebels would be the No. 3 seed in Nashville if the season ended today, holding the tie breaker over Texas A&M.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second in the nation hitting 78.9 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 280 of their last 347 from the line (.807). If the season ended today, Ole Miss would post the fourth-best FT percentage by a team in SEC history. Six 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.
RHETT HAS CAREER NIGHT VS. RAZORBACKS
Senior F M.J. Rhett scored a career-high 16 points. tied a career-best with nine boards and blocked two shots in the Rebels' last second loss to the Razorbacks. Junior G Stefan Moody added 16 points and grabbed 6 boards, while junior G Martavious Newby pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds as Ole Miss outrebounded the Razorbacks by 14.
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 off 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 56 assists in the last nine games.
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 10th most in the nation among teams in the top 40 of the RPI, trailing only Duke, Gonzaga, Northern Iowa, Villanova, Virginia, VCU, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Witicha State.
REBELS GRAB 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 3-4 against the RPI top 50, including wins over No. 18 Arkansas, No. 35 Cincinnati and No. 44 Texas A&M. MSU is ranked No. 178 coming into Saturday's game.
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 32nd in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have face nine teams in ESPN.com's top 50 basketball power index, posting a 4-5 mark.
REBELS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has only turned the ball over only 63 times over its last seven games for an average of just 9.0/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 1.3.
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 481 career assists. Summers also ranks 10th all time in 3-point FG percentage (.377) and 11th all time in scoring (1,542). 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 188-109 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 BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs are Ole Miss' most-played opponent, having met 250 times on the hardwood, which is also the SEC's most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 141-110 lead in the series, which began in 1914, and a 92-34 advantage in games in Starkville, where the Rebels haven't won since 2009. Ole Miss has won three of the last four meetings between the two schools, including a 79-73 win earlier this year. The Rebels and the Bulldogs have split the last three season series, with each team winning out its home court. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 8-10 against MSU in his career.
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 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, 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 (.394) and seventh in blocked shots (3.9/game).
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Mississippi State is 12-13 on the season and 5-7 in the SEC after spliting a pair of games last week against Alabama (L, 55-51) and at Missouri (W, 77-74). The Bulldogs rank dead last in SEC in turnover margin in league games at -3.8. Junior G Craig Sword leads the team in scoring in conference play at 12.8 ppg and is the only Bulldog averaging double-figures in league play. Junior F Gavin Ware ranks fifth in the SEC pulling down 8.8 boards a game in league games.
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