Ole Miss Returns Home, Faces LSU Saturday
Nick Williams (photo by Joshua McCoy)

Feb. 23, 2012

Ole Miss Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

GAME 28: Ole Miss (15-12, 5-8 SEC) vs. LSU (17-10, 7-6 SEC)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 | 12:30 p.m. CT (12:45 tip)
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)


MEDIA
Television: SEC Network (affiliates) (Clay Matvick, play-by-play; Joe Dean Jr., analyst).
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 219, XM 200
Live Video: ESPN3.com
Live Audio: RebelVision
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QUICK HITS

• LSU snapped Ole Miss’ four-game win streak in the series with its victory in the season opener.
• 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 82-17 in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure, including 10-2 this year.
• In league play, the Rebels lead all SEC teams in rebounding (37.8) and rank 3rd in rebounding margin (+3.2).
• The Rebels rank 18th in the most recent NCAA rankings with 5.2 blocks/game.
• Ole Miss ranks fourth among SEC teams and 68th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.410).
• Ole Miss is 11-3 when its opponent shoots below 40 percent from the field.
• The Rebels are allowing just 59.1 ppg to opponents in Oxford.
• Senior F Terrance Henry needs nine points to reach 1,000 for his career. He will become the second player in school history with 1,000 points and 100 blocks in a career (Rahim Lockhart is the other).
• Junior F Murphy Holloway ranks third in the league and 52nd nationally in rebounding (8.7 rpg).
• Junior F Reginald Buckner leads all active SEC players with 217 career blocks (UM record, 19th in SEC history).

HALFTIME EXTRAVAGANZA
A fun and exciting halftime show on Saturday will feature the Russian Bar Trio, which will wow the crowd with their stunning feats of acrobatics, athleticism and balance. It's not a halftime show you will want to miss.

JOHNNY NEUMANN BACK AT THE TAD PAD
Former Rebel All-American Johnny Neumann, who led the nation with a school-record 40.1 scoring average in 1971, will be back at Tad Smith Coliseum for Saturday's game vs. LSU. It was against these Tigers that the Memphis native dropped the single largest point total in school history back in '71 - a whopping 63 points!

OLE MISS SEEKS REVENGE AGAINST LSU
After a two-game road swing, Ole Miss returns to Oxford to face the LSU Tigers on Saturday. The Rebels will try to avenge an 81-55 road loss to the Bayou Bengals in the SEC opener. The Rebels are 10-2 at home this year, while the Tigers have a 4-6 road record. Ole Miss only has one more regular-season home game after this one - the season finale vs. Alabama next Saturday.

SCOUTING THE BAYOU BENGALS
LSU comes to Oxford riding a four-game win streak and having won five of its last six outings. Trent Johnson has his club up to 17-10 overall and 7-6 in league play, which is tied for fourth place in the SEC standings. LSU averages 66.3 ppg, but its a stingy defense (opponents only score 62.8 ppg) that has led the team to its improved record. Justin Hamilton leads the squad in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (7.3), while Jackson, Miss., native Andre Stringer adds 10.5 ppg.

OLE MISS-LSU SERIES
The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 117-84. The Rebels had won four straight meetings prior to an 81-55 loss in Baton Rouge in the SEC opener on Jan. 7. Ole Miss owns a 52-34 advantage all-time in games played in Oxford. Andy Kennedy owns an 8-5 record against LSU in his career. He is 7-5 with Ole Miss and faced the Bayou Bengals once as the Cincinnati head coach in 2005-06, earning a 75-72 victory at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

FAMILIAR FACES
In addition to the teams being familiar opponents, there are several connections among the Ole Miss and LSU players. Tiger forward Malcolm White is playing his senior season in Baton Rouge after transferring from Ole Miss following the 2008-09 season. The Baton Rouge native averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 27 starts as a sophomore with the Rebels in 2008-09. There is also a common player connection from Monroe, La. (Ole Miss’ Terrance Henry, LSU’s Storm Warren).

HENRY APPROACHES 1,000 POINTS, ELITE CLUB AT OLE MISS
Entering the LSU game, senior F Terrance Henry has 991 career points. He needs just nine 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).

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 82-17 (.828 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure, including a 10-2 record this season. Ole Miss has won 213 of its last 262 games (.813 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 446-196 (.695 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.

BATTLE ON THE GLASS
Saturday’s game will feature two of the SEC’s top rebounding teams. In all games, Ole Miss ranks second in rebounding offense (38.2) and third in rebounding margin (+3.1), while LSU is third in rebounding offense (37.2) and first in offensive rebounds per game (13.1).

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 41.0. 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.

SIZE ADVANTAGE
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 38.2 and third with a rebounding margin of +3.1. In SEC play, Ole Miss leads all teams with 37.8 rebounds per game and is third with a +3.2 rebounding margin. Individually, Murphy Holloway ranks third among SEC players and 52nd in the nation in rebounding (8.7), while Reginald Buckner is fifth in the SEC (7.9). The Rebels also block 5.2 shots per game, ranking third in the league and 18th in the NCAA. They are led by Buckner’s 2.3 swats per game, which ranks him fifth 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 (3-8). 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 (64.7).
• The Rebels allow just 59.1 ppg to opponents in Oxford as opposed to 71.6 ppg on the road.
• Ole Miss actually makes a higher percentage of its 3-point attempts on the road (34.1) than at home (29.3).
Terrance Henry is the Rebels’ top scorer in road games at 12.6 ppg. Jarvis Summers is next at 11.5 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.

TERRIFIC TERRANCE
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 11.9 scoring average for the season and ranks second on the team in league play at 12.2 ppg.

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 89 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 2.3 average this season ranks fifth 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 25 games this year and 76 of 89 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 8.7 rpg (3rd in SEC, 52nd in NCAA). He is tied for 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 21st with 11.8 ppg in league action. The Mobile, Ala., native has tallied double figures in 10 of the last 12 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 (41.8), seventh with 9.7 ppg and third with 3.3 assists per game.


 

 

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