Red-Hot Rebels Host Tennessee
Feb. 20, 2015
Ole Miss has won seven of its last eight SEC games for the first time since 200-01. The Rebels' 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.
MOODY, REBELS SWEEP MSU
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 29 points and knocked down a career-best 8 3-pointers, as Ole Miss completed the season sweep of MSU with a 71-65 victory over the Bulldogs. Moody's 8 3s is tied for the second most in school history, trailing only Marshall Henderson's record of 10 in a game. The Rebels posted their first win in Starkville since 2009 and the first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1998.
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 78.6 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 287 of their last 358 from the line (.802). If the season ended today, Ole Miss would post the sixth-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 90.0 percent (106-of-120). 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.
Ole Miss is 10-3 away from Tad Smith Coliseum this season, with wins over No. 19 Arkansas, No. 23 Creighton, Cincinnati, Florida and Oregon. Ole Miss' seven true road win are the most for the Rebels since 1937-38, when UM played 21 road games. The 10 wins away from Tad Smith are the most since 2012-13, when Ole Miss picked up 12 win away from the Tad Pad en route to the SEC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Rebels' 10 road and neutral site wins are tied for the seventh most in the nation among teams in the top 50 of the RPI, trailing only Duke, Gonzaga, Northern Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin and Witicha State.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 33 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 7-5 against the RPI top 100, including wins over No. 24 Arkansas, No. 36 Texas A&M, No. 52 Cincinnati, No. 60 Oregon, No. 77 Florida and No. 85 South Carolina . Tennessee is ranked No. 81 coming into Saturday's game.
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 30th 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 69 times over its last eight games for an average of just 8.6/game. The Rebels are tied for first in the league with Kentucky averaging just 10.3 turnovers a game in conference play and are second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3.
REBELS VERSUS VOLS
The Rebels and Volunteers have met 111 times, with Tennessee holding a 70-41 lead in a series that began in 1924. Ole Miss has won three of the last four meetings, including a season sweep of the Vols in 2013. UT owns a 25-23 record against Ole Miss in Oxford, but the Rebels have won four of the last five at home. The home team has won nine of the last 11 regular season meeting dating back to 2005. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 5-6 against the Volunteers in his career.
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 484 career assists. Summers also 11th all time in scoring (1,550). See page 7 for updated career records.
SUMMERS JOINS WIN CLUB
Senior G Jarvis Summers became only the ninth player in Ole Miss history to reach 80 wins in his career with 81. 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 189-109 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) - 189
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 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.
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.
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 THRASHES RANKED RAZORBACKS ON THE ROAD
Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas on the road Saturday, 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 (.396) and seventh in blocked shots (3.8/game).
SCOUTING THE VOLS
Tennessee is 14-11 on the season and 6-7 in the SEC after dropping a home to No. 1 Kentucky 66-48 on Tuesday. The Volunteers were 0-3 away from home in non-conference action, but have posted a 4-2 mark on the road in SEC play. Senior G Josh Richardson leads the team in scoring at 15.8 ppg and has knocked down a team-best 32 3-pointers. Junior F Armani Moore is pulling a team-high 6.8 boards a game, but the Vols rank next to last in the SEC pulling down 31.8 rpg in conference play.
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