Rebels, Aggies Set For Wednesday Showdown
Feb. 25, 2013
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Ole Miss continues its drive to the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday when the Rebels' conclude their two-game homestead with Texas A&M.
OLE MISS WELCOMES TEXAS A&M TO OXFORD
Ole Miss continues its drive to the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday when the Rebels' conclude their two-game homestead with Texas A&M. 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 20-7, the Rebels are also off to the best start after 27 games since the `0-01 season.
REBELS HIT 20 ... AGAIN
With Saturday's win, the Rebels notched 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 is 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). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in four-straight season and senior F Reginald Buckner is the first Rebel to win 20 games each of his four seasons in Oxford.
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS
In his final season in Oxford, F Murphy Holloway has become Ole Miss' all-time rebounding leader with 998 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 two more rebounds, Holloway will become only the 23th player in SEC history to score at least 1,250 points and pull down 1,000 boards in their career, a list that includes Shaquille O'Neal, Dan Issell, Bob Pettit and Bernand King. With two rebounds and 24 steals, Holloway would become the first player in SEC history with 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 steals in a 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 19.7 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.9 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. He tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game after hitting 8-of-12 attempts and scoring 28 points versus Auburn.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST
Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats (games through Feb. 25), as the Rebels rank sixth in the nation in scoring (79.1 ppg), 10th in turnover margin (+4.1), 16th in block shots (5.4 pg), 19th in scoring margin (+12.0), 25th in 3-point FG percentage defense (30.1%), 36th in turnovers (11.5 pg), and 43rd in steals (8.3 pg).
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY
Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 10.2 ppg in SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers is tied for fourth in the conference in assists in league games dishing out 4.0/game and ranks fourth 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 seventh in the nation, with 36 career double-doubles and ranks third in the league and 23rd in the nation this year with 11 double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 16 career double-doubles and is fifth in the conference this year with eight double-doubles. The duo's combined 1,815 career rebounds is second best among active players in the nation and 52 combined double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC and third in the nation. Ole Miss is 9-2 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 6-2 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
OLE MISS-TEXAS A&M SERIES
Wednesday's game will be only the second-ever meeting between the two schools as Texas A&M has won both previous matchups. The Aggies took the game earlier this season in College Station and won the first meeting in 1972.
Junior G Marshall Henderson (Hurst) is the only current Rebel that hails from the Lone Star State. Assistant coach Serigo Rouco coached at Texas-El Paso from 2004-03.
Ole Miss checks in at No. 56 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). Texas A&M enters Wednesday's showdown with an RPI ranked No. 86 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 6-7 when they force fewer than 15. The Rebels are 18-3 this season when they have the same or less TOs than opponent and 2-4 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 ranks second in the SEC and ranks 19th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 2.7. Summers has only committed 39 turnovers on the season compared to 104 assists.
Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank second in the league and 25th nation in 3-point percentage defense (30.1 %). The Rebels rank second in the league and 17th in the nation in blocks (5.4 bpg), fourth in the SEC and 43rd in the NCAA steals (8.3 spg). Ole Miss has forced 423 turnovers this season and are second in the league forcing an average of 15.7 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and 10th in the nation in turnover margin at +4.2.
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 first on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (289) and second in 3-pointers made (105). Chris Warren is the Rebel single-season record holder in made 3-pointers with 111 in 2010. Henderson also ranks 14th on the SEC season-single list for 3-point field goals.
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 123 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 302 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 2.7 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 17th 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 111-of-123 games over his four-year career. His total of 74 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 AGGIES
The Aggies split a pair of games on the hardwood last week, winning at Auburn on Wednesday before dropping a four-overtime thriller to Tennessee at Reed Arena on Saturday. Senior guard Elston Turner, who scored a game-high 21 points during the win at Auburn, broke his own Reed Arena scoring record against Tennessee by notching 38 points on 16-of-33 shooting from the floor. The Sacramento, Calif., native played a school-record 58 minutes during the contest and was a part of six Aggies who set career highs in minutes played.. A&M had four players foul out of the contest, which was the second-longest game in school history, trailing only a five-overtime affair against Baylor at Reed Arena on Jan. 23, 2008. It was the third overtime game for the Aggies this season (1-2). Freshman J'Mychal Reese, who returned to the starting line-up in both games last week, tied his personal best with 15 points against the Volunteers. Senior forward Jarod Jahns set a career high with seven rebounds in the contest. During the win at Auburn on Wednesday, freshman Alex Caruso finished with career highs in points (14) and assists (8). A&M's second leading scorer Fabyon Harris missed the Auburn contest with an ankle injury but returned to the court against Tennessee.
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 16th in school history with 1,345 career points, just 30 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.
HOLLOWAY NAMED TO DIAMOND HEAD ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior F Murphy Holloway was named to the Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament team after averaging 19.0 ppg and 11.7 rpg over three contests. Holloway posted double-doubles to two games, including a 23-point, 13-rebound effort vs. San Francisco, and missed a third-straight double-double in the final game by just one rebound.
HOLLOWAY NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior F Murphy Holloway was named the SEC Player of the Week for Nov. 26 after averaging 19 points and 8.5 boards in a pair of wins over McNeese State and Lipscomb. He scored 15 points versus McNeese to become the 34th player in Rebel history to top 1,000-career points and posted a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 24 minutes against Lipscomb. Holloway was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field against the Cowboys and shot 80.0 percent for the week to raise his SEC-best field goal percentage to 71.7 for the season.
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 98-19 (.838 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 13-1 record this season. Ole Miss has won 229 of its last 280 games (.818 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 462-198 (.700 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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