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Feb. 24, 2014

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Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7 SEC) vs. Alabama 11-16, 5-9 SEC)
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: ESPN3
     Drew Fellios, play-by-play
     Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 201
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: UA leads 118-54
     Last meeting: UA W, 67-64 (2/11/14)
     Streak: UA, W1

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss is 27-14 (.659 winning percentage) over its last 41 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history and the third-best mark in the league over that time, behind Florida and Kentucky.
• Ole Miss has blocked 161 shots this season, and ranks third in the SEC and 17th in the nation averaging 6.0 blocked shots per game.
• Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the SEC as he ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 17.1 points per game and has increased his scoring 8.0 ppg over his last season average . He also ranks eighth in the conference with a 49.7 field goal percentage and fourth in assists at 3.8/game. He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and field goal percentage and top-five in assists.
• Senior G Marshall Henderson leads the nation averaging 4.5 3-pointers made per game. Henderson has hit a 3-pointer in a school record 60-straight games, tying Pat Bradley’s SEC record.
• Sophomore F Anthony Perez has scored in double figures in four of his five games, including 21 points versus Kentucky (2/18).
• Head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss’ all-time winningest coach, has led the Rebels to six 20-plus win campaigns in seven years. Ole Miss had only posted seven 20-plus win seasons in the 96 years before Kennedy’s arrival.

REBELS TIED FOR FOURTH IN SEC STANDINGS

Ole Miss is tied for fourth in the league standings with seven other teams, but own the tie breaker by virtue of its 3-1 record versus common opponents. Ole Miss is 27-14 (.659 winning percentage) over its last 41 games versus SEC opponents dating back to 2012, which is the best mark in school history. It is also the third-best mark in the league over that time, trailing Florida and Kentucky.

OLE MISS GETS HUGE WIN OVER MIZZOU

Senior G Marshall Henderson scored 29 points, including eight 3-pointers, and four Rebels scored in double figures, as the Rebels held off the Missouri Tigers 91-88. Henderson hit 8-of-15 from 3-point range and added five assists for Ole Miss, while Junior G Jarvis Summers and LaDarius White had 16 points apiece. The Rebels hit 14 3-pointers in the game, one off the school record of 15 set earlier this season against Oregon.

CAROLINA COMEBACK

Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 8 of Ole Miss’ last 11 points and the Rebels closed the game on a 29-10 run, as Ole Miss came from behind to knock off South Carolina 75-71. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 21 points, as the Rebels rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half.

SIZZLING SUMMERS

Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.0 points per game (17.1 from 9.1), field goal percentage 9.3 percent (49.7% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 13.1 percent (47.1% from 34.0%) over last year’s totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring 10 times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss’ overtime loss to Dayton and has posted 9 20+ points games this season. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.1 ppg) and  field goal percentage (.497) and fourth  in assists (3.8/game). He is the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in the SEC in scoring and field goal percentage and top-5 in assists.

HENDERSON, SUMMERS JOIN 1,000 POINT-CLUB AT OLE MISS

Senior G Marshall Henderson recently became the 34th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt and ranks 23rd in school history with 1,191 career points. He is just the fourth player in Rebel history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in two seasons joining Denver Brackeen, Gerald Glass and Don Kessinger. Junior G Jarvis Summers became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss versus Mississippi State and ranks 28th in school history with 1,125 career points.

PEREZ PICKING UP GAME

Sophomore F Anthony Perez has picked up his game in the last few weeks. The 6-9 forward is averaging 10.4 points per game over his last 10 games, including a career-high 22 points at South Carolina (1/18) and 21 points vs. Kentucky (2/18). Perez shot 7-of-12 from the field against the Wildcats and has scored in double figures in four of his last five games.

BLOCK PARTY

Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and 17th in the nation, averaging 6.0 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 56th in the nation, averaging 2.2 blocked shots per game.

KENNEDY’S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS

Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved past Rick Stansbury for the fifth-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. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169

    Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169

5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 168

REBELS HITTING FREEBIES

Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC hitting 73.0 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 188-of-243 free throws (.774) over their last 13 games. Senior G Marshall Henderson has hit 44 of his last 50 attempts (.880).

REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS

Three Rebels rank among the SEC’s active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks sixth among active players with 1,191 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (347) and seventh in points scored (1,125). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 111 career blocks.

HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS

Senior G Marshall Henderson broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers vs. No. 13 Oregon en route to a career-high 39 points. Henderson attempted a school-record 23 3-pointers in the game, which is just one shy of the SEC record held by Pat Bradley of Arkansas. Henderson ranks first in the nation averaging 4.50 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 60-straight games with a 3-pointer  is tied with Pat Bradley, of Arkansas, for the SEC record. He ranks third in the league in scoring at 20.3 ppg in conference games and 10th in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.7% of his attempts in all games.

SCOUTING THE TIDE

Alabama is 11-16 on the season and 5-9 in the SEC after splitting a pair of games last week at Texas A&M and at home against Missouri. The Tide only scored 48 points in a loss at Texas A&M Thursday, but rebounded with an 80-73 win over Missouri at home Saturday. Levi Randolph scored 33 points in the Tide’s win over the Tigers. Alabama is 0-12 away from Coleman Coliseum this season, but 11-4 at home. Senior Trevor Releford leads Alabama averaging 19.0 points per game and has a team-high 77 assists. Rodney Cooper paces the squad pulling down 5.0 boards a game, but the Tide ranks last in the SEC averaging just 32.9 rebounds/game.

OLE MISS-ALABAMA SERIES

Wednesday’s game will be the 173rd meeting between the two schools. The Crimson Tide hold a 118-54 lead in the series, which began in 1921, including a win in Tuscaloosa two weeks ago. Ole Miss won last year’s only meeting 87-83 in Oxford, but the teams have split their season series in 11 of the last 14 years. Last year marked the first season since 1968 the two former SEC West rivals did not played a home-and-home series in the same year.  Ole Miss leads the series 41-38 in games played in Oxford, and the Rebels have won 13 of the last 16 meetings at Tad Smith Coliseum. Andy Kennedy has a 7-7 career record versus the Tide.

SPLIT PERSONALITY

Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (5-2) than on the road (2-5) in conference play. The Rebels shoot better from the field (.443 at home /.379 on road) and from 3-point (.389 at home /.313 on road) at home and rebound the ball better with a -7.3 rebound margin on the road and a -2.6 margin at home. Ole Miss is scoring more points at home in league games (77.4) than on the road (66.9).   Junior F Aaron Jones is posting 8.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg in conference home games and just 3.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg in league road games, while freshman F Sebastian Saiz averaging 5.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg in home SEC games and just 3.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg in road games.

TURNOVERS THE KEY

Ole Miss is 14-9 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 2-2 when turning the ball over more than 15 times. The Rebels rank second in the SEC, and are tied for 23rd in the nation, in turnover margin at +3.2.

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