Ole Miss Returns Home To Host Auburn
Feb. 21, 2013
Date: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
Ole Miss looks to rebound after Wednesday's loss at South Carolina when the Rebels host Auburn on Saturday.
OLE MISS LOOKS FOR SEASON SWEEP OF TIGERS
The Rebels go for the season sweep of Auburn when Ole Miss hosts the Tigers Saturday in Oxford. Ole Miss started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history this year. The previous best start was 5-0 during the 1936-37 season. At 19-7, the Rebels are also off to the best start after 26 games since the `0-01 season.
REBELS LOOKING FOR 20 ... AGAIN
With a win on Saturday, the Rebels will notch 20 wins for the sixth time in seven seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy's arrival in Oxford. He will be the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in six of his first seven seasons in the league. The others: Dan DeVoe (Tennessee), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Rick Pitino (Kentucky), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky).
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS
In his final season in Oxford, F Murphy Holloway has become Ole Miss' all-time rebounding leader with 988 career boards. With nine boards against Kentucky, Holloway passed Walter Actwood's career total of 945 rebound for first place on the Rebel rebound list. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in rebounds and double-doubles, ranks second in steals and third in points. He ranks second in the conference and 33rd in the nation in rebounding at 9.5 rpg. With 12 more rebounds, Holloway will become only the 24th player in SEC history to score at least 1,250 points and pull down 1,000 boards in their career.
HENDERSON OFF TO A HOT START
Junior G Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native has definitely lived up to that billing so far this season, as he is averaging a team-best 19.3 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.7 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. The 49 points Henderson scored in his first two games is the most by a Rebel to start his career since "World Class" Gerald Glass scored 59 points in 1988. Against Indiana State, he posted 27 points on 7-of-16 from 3-point, which is just one 3-pointer shy of the school record and is tied for third all time. Henderson scored a career-high 32 points in the SEC opener at Tennessee, which is the most points scored by a Rebel in their first league game since Ole Miss great Johnny Neumann scored 39 versus Auburn in 1970. Henderson earned SEC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 ppg in a pair of wins at Vanderbilt and against Arkansas. Against the Commodores, he scored a game-high 26 points, including a 35-foot buzzer beater that sent the game into overtime. Versus the Vols, Henderson scored a career-high 24 second half points to spur a Rebel rally and help Ole Miss knock off Tennessee at home. On the road at No. 4 Florida, he scored a game-high 25 points, including hitting on 7-of-11 shots from behind the arc. Against Mississippi State the junior posted 31 points, on 6-of-14 from three, and dished out four assists. He scored 25 points, including 14 in the final 3:36 of regulation to force overtime, in the Rebels' come-from-behind win against Georgia. Henderson was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, which is the second-best mark in school history behind Denver Brackeen's record of 15-of-15 in 1955.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST
Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats(games through Feb. 18), as the Rebels rank fifth in the nation in scoring (79.5 ppg), eighth in turnover margin (+4.7), 19th in block shots (5.3 pg), 23rd in scoring margin (+11.6), 29th in turnovers (11.4 pg), 31st in 3-point FG percentage defense (30.1%) and 49th in steals (8.3 pg).
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY
Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 10.3 ppg in SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks fifth in the conference in assists in league games dishing out 3.8/game and fifth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.9.
Rebel big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner have been impressive for Ole Miss in the paint during their careers. Holloway leads all active SEC players, and ranks eighth in the nation, with 35 career double-doubles and ranks fourth in the league and ranks 38th in the nation this year with 10 double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 16 career double-doubles and is fourth in the conference this year with eight double-doubles. The duo's combined 1,801 career rebounds is second best among active players in the nation and 51 combined double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC and third in the nation. Ole Miss is 8-2 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 6-2 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
OLE MISS-AUBURN SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 127th meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1928. The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 73-53, but Ole Miss has won six of the last eight meeting including a two-point victory on the Plains earlier this season. The Rebels are looking for their first season sweep of Auburn since 2010. Ole Miss is 37-23 all time versus the Tiger in Oxford, haven't lost at home to Auburn since 2008 and have taken four of the last five in Tad Smith. Andy Kennedy is 9-5 in his career against the Tigers including three-straight wins.
Ole Miss has just one Alabama native on this year's roster - senior guard Nick Williams (Mobile), who was named the Alabama Player of the Year after his senior season at LeFlore Prep.
Ole Miss checks in at No. 56 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Auburn enters Saturday's showdown with an RPI ranked No. 217 in the nation. The Rebels are 4-6 this season against RPI top-100 teams.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 14-0 this season when the Rebels force 15-plus turnovers and just 5-7 when they force fewer than 15. The Rebels are 18-3 this season when they have the same or less TOs than opponent and 1-4 when turning the ball over more than their opponent.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL
Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he leads the SEC and ranks 14th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 2.7. Summers has only committed 36 turnovers on the season compared to 98 assists.
Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank second in the league and 31st nation in 3-point percentage defense (30.5 %). The Rebels rank second in the league and 19th in the nation in blocks (5.5 bpg), fourth in the SEC and 49th in the NCAA steals (8.3 spg). Ole Miss has forced 412 turnovers this season and are second in the league forcing an average of 15.8 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and eighth in the nation in turnover margin at +4.4.
HENDERSON CLIMBS 3-POINTER LIST
In just over half a year in Oxford, junior G Marshall Henderson has already began to climb the 3-pointer season charts, as he currently ranks second on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (277) and third in 3-pointers made (97). Chris Warren is the Rebel single-season record holder in both attempts (279) and makes (111).
BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST
Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels' all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 122 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 300 blocks, and moved passed Robert Horry, of Alabama, into sixth place in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 2.8 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 19th in the nation. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in every game this season, 31-of-33 games last year and 110-of-122 games over his four-year career. His total of 72 blocks this season is the most ever by a Rebel senior and second-most in school history. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the third-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.
SEC Career Blocks Leaders
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Auburn enters the weekend with an 9-17 overall mark, a 3-10 record in league play and have lost 10 of its last 11. Senior Frankie Sullivan leads the team and ranks sixth in the SEC in scoring at 14.9 ppg, while fellow senior Rob Chubb leads the Tigers and ranks ninth in the league pulling down 6.9 rpg. Chris Denson has turned in on in league play averaging 10.5 ppg. The Tigers started SEC play with a pair of wins but are just 1-10 since. Auburn is 7-8 at home this season, but just 2-9 away from Auburn Arena.
REBELS TAME TIGERS
Ole Miss' win over No. 10 Missouri earlier this season was the Rebels' first victory over a top-10 team since knocking off No. 10 Kentucky in 2011 (see page 9 for complete recap and box score). Senior F Murphy Holloway's 22 points marked a career-best versus SEC opponents at the time. The Rebels held Missouri to 22 points in the first half, the fewest points the Tigers had scored in a game this season, and to 49 points for the game, which is the fewest points Mizzou had scored since 2003. Ole Miss also improved to 5-2 in its last 6 home SEC openers and 9-0 at home this season.
OLE MISS WINS THRILLER IN NASHVILLE
Ole Miss' thrilling overtime victory at Vanderbilt gave the Rebels a 3-0 SEC start for the first time since 2005-06. The win was Ole Miss' first in Nashville since 2001 and it also marked the first time since 1980 that the Rebels have won road games at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt in the same season. Down 13 points with eight minutes remaining, Ole Miss closed the game on a 34-12 run including overtime.
HISTORIC WIN IN KNOXVILLE
Ole Miss' win at Tennessee was historic for several reasons: It was only the Rebels' second-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first since 1991 ... It was Ole Miss' first win in an SEC opener since 2006 ... The win moved Ole Miss' record 12-2 which equals its best start since 2009-10 ... Ole Miss' 38-of-44 effort from the charity stripe marked a pair of Thompson-Boling Arena opponent records ... Marshall Henderson's 32 points were the most allowed by Tennessee since 2011 and the Rebels' 92 points were the most the Vols has given up at home since allowing 105 points to Texas in overtime in 2006 and 103 points to Kentucky in regulation in 2001 ... It was also the most points Ole Miss has scored against an SEC opponent since tallying 98 in overtime against Arkansas in 2009 and was the most in regulation since scoring 105 points vs. Alabama in 2001.
HOLLOWAY JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
With 15 points vs. McNeese State, senior F Murphy Holloway became the 34th member of the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. Holloway now ranks 17th in school history with 1,335 career points, just 40 points behind Tim Jumper for 15th on the list. He currently ranks second in the SEC and 53rd in the nation in field goal percentage (.531) and ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 14.7 ppg.
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN FIRST BIG EAST FOE
Ole Miss earned its first-ever home win over a Big East member school when the Rebels took down Rutgers. The Rebels had previously beaten Louisville, South Florida and Temple at home, but none were members of the Big East at the time. Last year, Ole Miss knocked off Miami for its first home win versus an ACC opponent and defeated Penn State for its first-ever Big Ten road win.
DEFENDING HOME COURT
Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy's squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 97-19 (.836 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 13-1 record this season. Ole Miss has won 228 of its last 279 games (.817 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 461-198 (.700 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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