Demarco Cox (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Feb. 20, 2012
Ole Miss Game Notes
VIDEO: Coach Kennedy Press Conference
GAME 27: Ole Miss (15-11, 5-7 SEC) at Tennessee (14-13, 6-6 SEC)
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. ET
Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
Television: CSS (Matt Stewart, play-by-play; Kyle Macy, analyst).
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Video: ESPN3.com
Live Audio: RebelVision
• Ole Miss is among six teams at either 6-6 or 5-7 in the SEC standings.
• 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 3-7 in true road games this year.
• In league play, the Rebels lead all SEC teams in rebounding (38.6) and rank 2nd in rebounding margin (+4.5).
• The Rebels rank 18th in the most recent NCAA rankings with 5.3 blocks/game.
• Ole Miss ranks fourth among SEC teams and 68th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.408).
• Ole Miss is 11-3 when its opponent shoots below 40 percent from the field.
• Ole Miss has a 9-4 record when it records the same or fewer turnovers than its opponent.
• Senior F Terrance Henry has 976 career points entering the Tennessee game and is on pace to become the second player in school history with 1,000 points and 100 blocks in a career.
• Junior F Murphy Holloway ranks third in the league and 52nd nationally in rebounding (8.9 rpg).
• Junior F Reginald Buckner leads all active SEC players with 217 career blocks (UM record, 19th in SEC history).
REBELS, VOLS PART OF CROWDED SEC MIDDLE
Ole Miss and Tennessee, two of the six teams separated by one game in the 4-9 spots of the SEC standings, will meet on Wednesday in Knoxville. The Vols had their four-game winning streak snapped at Alabama on Saturday, while the Rebels have dropped consecutive games to Vanderbilt and Kentucky entering this week. Ole Miss is looking for its first road win since Jan. 21 at Georgia. Tennessee is 12-3 at home this year, while Ole Miss is 3-7 on the road.
SCOUTING THE VOLUNTEERS
Tennessee enters the week with a 14-13 overall record and 6-6 mark in league play. After struggling through much of non-conference play, the Vols picked it up in the last three weeks. They have won four of their last five and five of the last seven. First-year head coach Cuonzo Martin has instilled a strong defensive mentality, as the Vols rank third in scoring defense (61.0), second in rebounding (35.7) and third in rebounding margin (+2.9) in SEC games. UT has a 12-3 record at Thompson-Boling Arena, including victories over nationally ranked Florida and Connecticut. Trae Golden and Jeronne Maymon lead the team with 13.1 ppg and 12.3 ppg, respectively. Maymon ranks fifth in the SEC with a team-leading 7.9 rpg.
OLE MISS-TENNESSEE SERIES
The Rebels and Vols have met 106 times, with Tennessee holding a 68-38 lead in a series that began in 1924. The home team had won every regular-season matchup since 2004 before Tennessee's 74-57 victory in Oxford last season. UT owns a 38-10 record against Ole Miss in Knoxville. The teams' last two meetings in Knoxville have been decided by a total of four points, including an overtime contest in 2010. The Rebels last claimed victory in Knoxville in 1991. Andy Kennedy is 2-4 against the Vols in his career.
Ole Miss has one Tennessee native on this year's roster - junior forward Reginald Buckner (Memphis).
BATTLE ON THE GLASS
Wednesday's game will feature two of the SEC's top rebounding teams. In all games, Ole Miss ranks second in both rebounding offense (38.6) and rebounding margin (+3.7), while Tennessee is fifth in rebounding offense (36.1) and fourth in margin (+3.0). Both teams have stepped it up in league play, with Ole Miss and UT 1-2 in rebounding offense (38.6 and 35.7) and 2-3 in rebounding margin (+4.5 and +2.9).
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 Ole Miss 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 fourth in the SEC (and 68th in the latest NCAA rankings) in field goal percentage defense at 40.8. 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.
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 38.6 and second with a rebounding margin of +3.7 (61st in NCAA). In SEC play, Ole Miss leads all teams with 38.6 rebounds per game and is second with a +4.5 rebounding margin. Individually, Murphy Holloway ranks third among SEC players and 52nd in the nation in rebounding (8.9), while Reginald Buckner is fourth in the SEC and 81st in the country (8.1). The Rebels also block 5.3 shots per game, ranking third in the league and 18th in the NCAA. They are led by Buckner's 2.4 swats per game, which ranks him fourth in the SEC and 27th nationally.
HOME VERSUS ROAD
Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (10-2) than on the road (3-7). 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 (65.2).
• The Rebels allow just 59.1 ppg to opponents in Oxford as opposed to 71.5 ppg on the road.
• Ole Miss actually makes a higher percentage of its 3-point attempts on the road (34.7) than at home (29.3).
• Terrance Henry is the Rebels' top scorer in road games at 12.4 ppg. Jarvis Summers is next at 12.0 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 9-4 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 11.7 scoring average for the season and ranks second on the team in league play at 11.9 ppg.
HENRY APPROACHES 1,000 POINTS, ELITE CLUB AT OLE MISS
Entering the Tennessee game, senior F Terrance Henry has 976 career points. He needs 24 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).
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 88 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 217 blocks, which ranks 19th in SEC history. He needs one more block 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 2.4 average this season ranks fourth among SEC players and 27th 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 23 of 24 games this year and 76 of 88 games over his three-year career. His total of 58 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).
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 11.0 ppg and 8.9 rpg (3rd in SEC, 52nd 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. He had 15 points in a loss at No. 1 Kentucky.
IN THE "NICK" OF TIME
Junior G Nick Williams has stepped up his game in SEC play and ranks 22nd with 11.8 ppg in league action. The Mobile, Ala., native has tallied double figures in nine of the last 11 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).
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 ranks second among SEC freshmen in 3-point percentage (42.2), seventh with 9.8 ppg and third with 3.3 assists per game.