Rebels Clash With No. 2 Gators

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Feb. 20, 2014

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Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6 SEC) vs. Florida (24-2, 13-0 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: CBS
     Ian Eagle, play-by-play
     Doug Gotlieb analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113, XM 199
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: UF leads 61-43
     Last meeting: OM W, 66-63 (3/17/13)
     Streak: OM, W1

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss is 27-13(.675 winning %) over its last 40 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history and the third-best mark in the league over that time, behind Florida and Kentucky.
• A win over No. 2 Florida would give Ole Miss its highest-ever win over a ranked opponent.
• The Rebels host a pair of top-20 teams in No. 16 Kentucky and No. 2 Florida this week. That marks the first time since 1998-99 that Ole Miss has hosted two top-20 teams at home in the same week.
• Ole Miss has blocked 158 shots this season, and ranks third in the SEC and 12th in the nation averaging 6.1 blocked shots per game.
• Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the SEC as he ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 17.0 points per game and has increased his scoring 7.9 ppg over his last season average . He also ranks ninth in the conference with a 49.0 field goal percentage and third in assists at 3.8/game. He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and field goal percentage and top-five in assists.
• Senior G Marshall Henderson leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation averaging 4.48 3-pointers per game. Henderson has hit a 3-pointer in a school record 59-straight games, one game shy of tying Pat Bradley's SEC record.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss' all-time winningest coach, has led the Rebels to six 20-plus win campaigns in seven years. Ole Miss had only posted seven 20-plus win seasons in the 96 years before Kennedy's arrival.

REBELS LOOKING TO KNOCK OFF NO. 2 GATORS

Ole Miss is seeking its highest-ranked win in school history against No. 2 Florida on Saturday. The Rebels are  0-22 all-time versus the top two teams in the nation (0-14 vs. No. 1 and 0-8 vs. No. 2). Ole Miss is 27-13 (.675 winning percentage) over its last 39 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also the third-best mark in the league over that time, trailing Florida and Kentucky.

OLE MISS GETS HUGE WIN OVER MIZZOU

Senior G Marshall Henderson scored 29 points, including eight 3-pointers, and four Rebels scored in double figures, as the Rebels held off the Missouri Tigers 91-88. Henderson hit 8-of-15 from 3-point range and added five assists for Ole Miss, while Junior G Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White had 16 points apiece. The Rebels hit 14 3-pointers in the game, one off the school record of 15 set earlier this season against Oregon.

CAROLINA COMEBACK

Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 8 of Ole Miss' last 11 points and the Rebels closed the game on a 29-10 run, as Ole Miss came from behind to knock off South Carolina 75-71. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 21 points, as the Rebels rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half.

SIZZLING SUMMERS

Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 7.9 points per game (17.0 from 9.1), field goal percentage 8.6 percent (49.0% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 12.3 percent (46.3% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring 10 times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton and has posted 7 20+ points games this season. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.0 ppg), ninth in field goal percentage (.490) and third  in assists (3.8/game). He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and field goal percentage and top-5 in assists.

HENDERSON, SUMMERS JOIN 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS

Senior G Marshall Henderson recently became the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt and ranks 23rd in school history with 1,169 career points. He is just the fourth player in Rebel history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in two seasons joining Denver Brackeen, Gerald Glass and Don Kessinger. Junior G Jarvis Summers became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss versus Mississippi State and is tied for 28th in school history with 1,105 career points.

SAIZ COMING ON STRONG

Freshman F Sebastian Saiz pulled down 10 boards and scored 6 points in Ole Miss' win over Missouri. Saiz also scored a career-high 20 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels' overtime victory against LSU. The Spain native ranks fifth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 5.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.1 boards a game over his last 15 games.  He has five double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Mississippi State (1/25).

BLOCK PARTY

Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and 12th in the nation, averaging 6.1 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 56th in the nation, averaging 2.2 blocked shots per game.

KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS

Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved past Rick Stansbury for the fifth-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. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169

    Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169

5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 168

RPI WATCH

Ole Miss enters Saturday's showdown with Florida ranked No. 75 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (ESPN.com), while the Gators are rated No. 3. The Rebels are 4-8 against top-100 RPI teams this season including wins over LSU, Middle Tennessee, Missouri and Vanderbilt. Ole Miss picked up its first top-50 RPI win of the year against Missouri.

REBELS HITTING FREEBIES

Ole Miss ranks fourth in the SEC hitting 72.6 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 179-of-232 free throws (.772) over their last 12 games. Senior G Marshall Henderson has hit 41 of his last 47 attempts (.872).

REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS

Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks sixth among active players with 1,169 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (343) and seventh in points scored (1,105). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 108 career blocks.

HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS

Senior G Marshall Henderson broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers vs. No. 13 Oregon en route to a career-high 39 points. Henderson attempted a school-record 23 3-pointers in the game, which is just one shy of the SEC record held by Pat Bradley of Arkansas. Henderson ranks third in the nation averaging 4.48 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 59-straight games with a 3-pointer  is tied for second in SEC history with John Jenkins and is just one game behind Pat Bradley's SEC record. He ranks third in the league in scoring at 20.2 ppg in conference games and ninth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 37.1% of his attempts in all games.

SCOUTING THE GATORS

Florida is 24-2 on the season and 13-0 in the SEC after knocking off Auburn 71-66 at home Wednesday night. The Gators extended their own winning streak to 18, which is the longest winning streak in school history. Florida's 13-0 SEC mark is the best league start ever for the Gators. Florida leads the SEC in scoring defense (57.8 ppg) and scoring margin (+12.8) in conference games. The Gators also lead the league in field goal percentage defense (.339) in SEC play, but rank 11th in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.323). Casey Prather leads the team averaging 15.7 ppg, while Scottie Wilbekin is close behind at 13.6 ppg. Dorian Finney-Smith paces the Gators pulling down 7.1 boards per game.

OLE MISS-FLORIDA SERIES

Saturday's game will be the 105th meeting between the Rebels and the Gators. Florida holds a 61-43 lead in the series, which began in 1940. The Gators had won five in a row in the series, until Ole Miss knocked off UF in the SEC Tournament Championship game last year. Ole Miss owns a 28-21 advantage in Oxford, but the Gators took the last meeting 64-60 in Oxford in 2012. Five of the past seven games in the series have been decided by six points or less. Andy Kennedy is 2-7 against Florida in his career.

SPLIT PERSONALITY

Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (5-1) than on the road (2-5) in conference play. The Rebels shoot better from the field (.442 at home /.379 on road) and from 3-point (.402 at home /.313 on road) at home and rebound the ball better with a -7.3 rebound margin on the road and a 0-2.7 margin at home. Ole Miss is scoring more points at home in league games (78.5) than on the road (66.9).   Junior F Aaron Jones is posting 9.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg in conference home games and just 3.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg in league road games, while freshman F Sebastian Saiz averaging 6.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg in home SEC games and just 3.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg in road games.

TURNOVERS THE KEY

Ole Miss is 14-8 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times. The Rebels rank second in the SEC, and are tied for 24th in the nation, in turnover margin at +3.2.

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