Ole Miss Hosts Georgia in SEC Battle
Feb. 23, 2015
Ole Miss (19-8, 10-4 SEC) vs. Georgia (17-9, 8-6 SEC)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: SEC Network
Mike Morgan, play-by-play
Dane Bradshaw, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 119, XM 191
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Georgia leads 69-41
Streak: UGA, W3
In Oxford: OM leads 26-21
Last Meeting: UGA W, 69-64 (1/20/15)
• Ole Miss hosts Georgia Wednesday having won eighth of its last nine SEC games for the first time since 1937-38.
• The Rebels have 35 wins against SEC foes over the last three years trailing only Florida and Kentucky in the SEC.
• With one more win, Ole Miss will reach 20 wins for the seventh time in nine seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels recorded just seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons before Kennedy’s arrival.
• Ole Miss ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting 78.3 percent of its attempts. The Rebels have hit 293 of their last 368 (.796) attempts from the line. Junior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks eighth in the nation shooting 90.2 percent from the free throw line.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy is tied with Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins in SEC history with by a coach in his first nine years in the league at one school with 190. He trails only Kentucky’s Joe B. Hall (205), Florida’s Billy Donovan (193).
• Junior G Stefan Moody averaged 25.5 ppg and knocked down 14 3-pointers last week in wins over MSU and Tennessee en route to his second SEC Player of the Week honor of the month. Moody is averaging 20.3 ppg over his last seven games and leads the SEC in scoring in league play at 18.6 ppg.
• Senior G Jarvis Summers leads the league in assists in SEC play at 5.5/game and has posted 67 assists in his last 11 games. Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,563), assists (492), minutes (3,677) and wins (82), and is just the 14th player in SEC history with 1,500 career points and 400 career assists.
Ole Miss has won eight of its last nine SEC games for the first time since 1937-38. The Rebels’ six-game SEC winning streak was the second streak of six games or better against SEC teams under head coach Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss recorded just three such winning streaks in the 71 years before Kennedy’s arrival. The Rebels have also won four-straight SEC road games for the first time in school history.
OLE MISS LOOKING FOR 20 ... AGAIN
A win on Wednesday would give Ole Miss 20 wins for the seventh time in nine seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy’s arrival in Oxford. Kennedy would become just the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in at least seven of his first nine seasons in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Rick Pitino (Kentucky), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in four-straight season
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN TENNESSEE
Junior G Stefan Moody led all scorers with 22 points, including 6 3-pointers and a career-high 6 steals, as Ole Miss defeated Tennessee 59-57. For Moody, it was his second-straight game with 20 or more points, as he went 7-for-14 from the field, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range. Senior G Jarvis Summers joined Moody in double figures with 13 points, to go along with 8 assists, which tied his season high. As a team, Ole Miss forced 13 turnovers, including nine steals. Moody led the defensive effort with 6 steals, two shy of tying the school record, including five in the second half.
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 78.3 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 26-of-30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 293 of their last 368 from the line (.796). 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 90.2 percent (110-of-122). 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 ninth most in the nation among teams in the top 50 of the RPI, trailing only Duke, Gonzaga, Northern Iowa, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Witicha State.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 32 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 4-4 against the RPI top 50 and 8-5 against top 100, including wins over No. 20 Arkansas, No. 34 Texas A&M, No. 44 Oregon, No. 49 Cincinnati, , No. 74 Florida, No. 87 Tennessee and No. 100 South Carolina . Georgia is ranked No. 37 coming into Wednesday’s game.
Ole Miss’ strength of schedule ranks 28th 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 75 times over its last nine games for an average of just 8.3/game. The Rebels lead the league averaging just 10.0 turnovers a game in conference play and assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3.
REBELS VERSUS BULLDOGS
Wednesday’s game will be the 111th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia holding a 69-41 lead in the series (UGA lists its lead as 67-41, with wins in 2002 and 2003 vacated due to NCAA sanctions). Ole Miss has prevailed in seven of the last 13 meetings, but Georgia won the meeting earlier this year in Athens. The Rebels lead the all-time series 26-21 in games in Oxford and have won four of the last five meetings. Head coach Andy Kennedy owns a 6-5 record against UGA..
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 492 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 82. 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 tied for third 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 190
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
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
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Georgia is 17-9 on the season and 8-6 in the SEC after spliting a pair of games against South Carolina (L,64-58) and at Alabama (W, 66-65). Five Bulldogs are averaging double figures in scoring on the year lead by senior F Marcus Thornton, who is averaging 12.3 pgg and a team-best 6.9 boards a game. Junior G Charles Mann is second on the team at 11.6 ppg, while fellow junior Kenny Gaines is third at 11.5 ppg and has knocked down a team-best 44 3-pointers. Gaines is averaging a team-beat 11.6 ppg in SEC play and is shooting 36.4 percent from behind the arc. The Bulldogs ranks second in the SEC in rebounding margin in conference games, pulling down 4.1 boards a game more than their opponents.
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