Rebels Visit Gamecocks On Tuesday

Feb. 21, 2011

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GAME 28: Ole Miss (17-10, 5-7 SEC) at South Carolina (13-12, 4-8 SEC)
Tuesday 2.22.11 | 7:00 p.m. ET
Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena (18,000)

Live TV: ESPNU (Rob Stone, play-by-play; Jay Williams, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 121, XM 141

Ole Miss caps a two-game road swing on Tuesday with a visit to South Carolina. The Rebels are tied with Arkansas for third place in the SEC West at 5-7. Despite being tied 33-33 at the half, the Rebels fell 71-58 at Mississippi State on Saturday. Terrance Henry and Chris Warren led the way with 13 points apiece. Warren made all four of his free-throw attempts to improve his nation-leading free-throw percentage to 94.3. He also moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time list for free throws made with 383. Zach Graham played in his 128th career game on Saturday, which is tied for second-most in school history.

- This is the 27th time the two schools have faced each other on the hardwood, and the series is currently knotted at 13-13.
- The home team has won 17 of 19 meetings in this series.
- Andy Kennedy is the fastest in program history to reach 100 wins. With 102, he now has the school record for most by one staff in a five-year span.
- Kennedy is the first coach to lead Ole Miss to 5 straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan (1920-25).
- Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 20th in the nation with a 75.3 FT percentage. The Rebels rank 12th in the nation with 5.6 blocks per game.
- Chris Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (94.3) and is on pace to set the school and SEC record for a season.
- Warren ranks 2nd in the SEC with 18.2 points per game and seventh with 3.7 assists per game.
- Warren ranks 5th in SEC history with a school-record 307 career 3-pointers and is the SEC’s active leader in career points, assists, 3s and 20-pt games.

South Carolina has a 13-12 overall record and a 4-8 mark in SEC games.. After winning three of its first four league contests, Darrin Horn’s club has dropped seven of the last eight including a five-game skid entering Tuesday’s game with Ole Miss. The Gamecocks own a 10-5 overall home record (2-4 in league play). They lead the SEC and rank third in the NCAA with 6.4 blocked shots per game. Bruce Ellington tops three players who average double figures with his 13.6 ppg. Sam Muldrow posts 10.5 ppg and a team-best 6.9 rpg, while Ramon Galloway adds 10.4 ppg. Muldrow leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation with 3.4 blocks per game.

Tuesday’s game will be the 27th time the two schools have faced each other on the hardwood, and the series is currently knotted at 13-13. Ole Miss won last year’s meeting in Oxford 66-57 behind Chris Warren’s 17 points and Murphy Holloway’s double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. That snapped a three-game SC win streak in the series. The Gamecocks enjoy an 8-1 advantage in games played in Columbia, with the lone Rebel win there coming during the 2001 season. Andy Kennedy is 1-4 against the Gamecocks (1-3 with Ole Miss, 0-1 with Cincinnati).

The story of the Ole Miss-Carolina series has been a matter of location, location, location. The home team has prevailed in 17-of-19 meetings between the Rebels and Gamecocks on non-neutral courts. The lone road wins in the series were Ole Miss’ 67-61 win in Columbia in 2000-01 and South Carolina’s 80-77 victory in 2007-08 in Oxford.

Ole Miss fans will be very familiar with one member of the Gamecock squad. South Carolina junior Murphy Holloway, who is sitting out this year per NCAA transfer rules, was a two-year starter for the Rebels in 2009 and 2010. Last year as a sophomore, he averaged 10.1 ppg and a team-best 7.6 rpg. The Irmo, S.C., native transferred to be closer to home.

With a 17-10 record, Ole Miss has clinched yet another winning season. Andy Kennedy and his staff are the first to achieve five straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan led Ole Miss to six straight winning seasons from 1920-25. Ole Miss did have six straight winning campaigns from 1997 to 2002 under two different head coaches.

With 102 wins under his belt, Andy Kennedy has led Ole Miss to the most wins in a five-year span by one coaching staff in school history. The record for any five-year span in school history (includes coaching changes) is 108, which occurred twice, from 1996-97 to 2000-01 and from 1997-98 to 2001-02.

The Rebels’ 69-60 win at Arkansas was the 100th victory at Ole Miss for Andy Kennedy. He reached the milestone faster than any coach in program history, doing so in his 158th game. He is the third coach in school history with 100 career victories, trailing only B.L. “Country” Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in eight years) on the school’s career coaching victories chart. Kennedy’s .630 winning percentage (102-60) is significantly better than Graham’s (.462) or Barnes’ (.564). Kennedy is 123-73 in his sixth year overall as a head coach (includes one season at Cincinnati).

One member of this year’s Ole Miss squad calls South Carolina his home. Junior forward Steadman Short hails from Simpsonville.

Zach Graham scored a career-high 30 points, the most by a Rebel this season, in a 90-59 rout of Auburn on Wednesday. The Suwanee, Ga., native tied the school record of seven 3-pointers in an SEC game, one off the overall school record. The 31-point victory was the largest winning margin for an Ole Miss team in SEC play since beating Alabama 105-71 on March 3, 2001. Ole Miss also tied the school record for team 3-pointers in an SEC game with 13. The Rebels shot 56.8 percent from the field, 52.0 percent from 3-point land and 84.4 percent from the foul line.

Senior guard Chris Warren nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left and Ole Miss upset No. 10 Kentucky on Feb. 1. It was a huge win for the Rebels, who came into the contest with an 0-3 record in league home games. It was Ole Miss’ first win over a top-10 opponent since beating No. 6 Alabama in 2002, making it the biggest win in Andy Kennedy’s tenure as head coach. Ole Miss had a season-high 11 steals and forced Kentucky into 18 turnovers, the most by UK this season. After the game, Ole Miss earned two of the top three spots on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays. Reginald Buckner’s block of a Brandon Knight dunk attempt was No. 3, while Warren’s game-winning triple was the top play of the night.

The Rebels lead the SEC and rank 20th in the nation with a 75.3 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in 11 games this season, including 92.9 (13-of-14) at Arkansas, 87.5 (14-of-16) at Vanderbilt, 84.6 (22-of-26) against Tennessee and 84.4 (27-of-32) vs. Auburn. Their 95.7 FT pct. against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts.

Led by some very athletic big men, Ole Miss ranks 12th in the nation in blocked shots per game. The Rebels average 5.6 swats per contest. They have blocked eight or more shots seven times this year. They set a school record for blocks in an SEC game with 12 at Arkansas and had eight at LSU and at Alabama. Sophomore Reginald Buckner ranks ninth in the NCAA and third in the SEC with 3.1 bpg, while junior Terrance Henry adds 1.2 bpg (15th in SEC).

Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams with 74.4 points per game and sixth with a 45.0 field-goal percentage. The Rebels have shot better than 40 percent in all but six games and better than 50 percent in seven outings. The Rebels shot a season-high 62.2 percent in their 27-point win at LSU. Reginald Buckner leads the league with a 62.6 FG percentage, which would rank among the nation’s leaders if he had enough attempts. Seven of the nine regulars in the Rebels’ lineup are hitting shots at better than a 40 percent clip.

Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks second in the SEC in scoring (18.2), first in FT percentage (94.3), seventh in assists (3.7), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.5), fourth in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and fourth in minutes (34.1). In league games only, he ranks fourth in scoring (17.9), first in FT percentage (94.5) and second in 3-pointers made (2.8). Overall, he has scored 20+ points in 11 games (2nd-most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 19 times and in assists 19 times.

Senior point guard Chris Warren leads the nation with a 94.3 free throw percentage. He has made 132 of 140 attempts on the season and has converted 90 of his last 94 from the line. At his current pace, he would set the school and SEC record for FT percentage in a season and would rank among the all-time best seasons in NCAA history.

With a spectacular senior seson, Chris Warren has vaulted into third place on the all-time Ole Miss scoring chart with 1,864 career points. Next on the list is second-place Joe Harvell, who scored 2,078 points from 1990-93 and ranks 18th in SEC history. Warren entered this season ranked 15th on the Rebels’ scoring chart.

Already with the most 3-pointers in school history, Chris Warren has moved into the top five in the SEC record books with another outstanding shooting display this year. Warren’s game-winning 25-foot bomb against No. 10 Kentucky was the 300th triple of his career. He is one of just five players in league history to reach that total. He enters the South Carolina game with 307 career triples. Next on the SEC list is Tennessee legend Allan Houston, who made 346 career treys. Warren also holds the school record and ranks fourth in league history with 824 career 3-point attempts.
All-Time SEC 3-Point Leaders
1. 431 Chris Lofton, Tennessee (2005-08)
2. 367 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (2005-08)
3. 366 Pat Bradley, Arkansas (1996-99)
4. 346 Allan Houston, Tennessee (1990-93)
5. 307 Chris Warren, Ole Miss (2008-pres.)

Chris Warren needs eight points to reach 500 and one assist to reach 100 this season. He has reached those totals in both of his other two full seasons. Only three other players in school history have ever reached those totals for a single season: Gerald Glass in 1989-90, Rod Barnes in 1987-88 and Dave Shepherd in 1974-75.

Chris Warren served up his 400th career assist vs. Vanderbilt, becoming the fifth player in school history to reach 400 career assists. Warren enters the South Carolina game with 423. He needs four more dimes to catch Jason Harrison, who ranks fourth with 427.

If senior guard Chris Warren can reach 2,000 points, he will become only the fourth player in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists in a career, joining LSU’s Pete Maravich, Tennessee’s Allan Houston and Georgia’s Litterial Green. With at least six games left, Warren would need to average 25.7 points per contest to reach 2,000, not counting postseason play.

Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner tied Ansu Sesay’s school record for blocks in a game with eight at Arkansas. He has also surpassed his own single-season record from last year (64) and has run his season total to 81 so far this year. In just his second year, Buckner already ranks second in school history with 145 blocks in his career. The Memphis native is 35 swats shy of the career record, set by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner ranks third in the SEC and ninth in the country with 3.1 blocks per game. In league games only, he is second with an average of 3.3. He has recorded five or more swats in eight games this year.

Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 11th in the SEC with a 14.7 scoring average and third with an 86.3 free-throw percentage. He averages 4.4 rebounds per game. In SEC play, he ranks 10th with 15.5 ppg. He posted 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor’s Cup All-Tournament team. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State. He tallied 13 points and 8 boards at SMU. He scored 13 points with 5 boards vs. MSU. He poured in 21 points (8-13 FGs, 5-5 FTs) against Georgia, one off his career high. He had 14 points and 5 boards at Vanderbilt. He scored 17 (7-9 FGs, 3-3 3-pt FGs) at LSU. He posted 16 points (7-7 FTs) and 5 boards, making a couple of key baskets in the upset of No. 10 Kentucky. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the win at Arkansas. He also had 17 in the home win over LSU. He shattered his previous career high with 30 points against Auburn, the most points by a Rebel this year. He drained 7-of-11 from downtown to finish one shy of the school record for 3s in a game and tied the record for 3s in an SEC contest.

Zach Graham became the 32nd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau when he scored 13 points at SMU. He enters the South Carolina game in 22nd place with 1,189 career points and is 12 points shy of tying Rod Barnes for 21st place. The Suwanee, Ga., native has accomplished the feat with steady improvement every year (averaged 5.9 ppg as a freshman, 8.5 as a sophomore, 9.2 as a junior and 14.7 as a senior). He joins Chris Warren as current 1,000-point scorers at Ole Miss.

Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has made winning a habit since he arrived in Oxford. With 81 career wins, he needs seven more to become the all-time winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.

Junior forward Terrance Henry has displayed his immense talent and versatility in recent outings as he has turned up his aggressiveness and production. At Vanderbilt, he scored 11 points with four blocks and a career-high four steals. He followed that performance with his first career double-double at LSU, collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the upset win over No. 10 Kentucky, Henry scored 12 points with 5 rebounds, and in the win at Arkansas he had 11 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks. At Alabama, he led the team with nine rebounds and five blocks. He scored 14 points (8-of-8 FTs) against Auburn. He tied for team-high honors with 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds at MSU. His season averages are up to 9.1 ppg (third on the team) and 6.0 rpg (second on the team).



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