Rebel Put Road Winning Streak on the Line at LSU
Feb. 26, 2015

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The Last Meeting
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January 14, 2015
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Rebels Drop SEC Battle to Tigers
Senior M.J. Rhett led the Rebels with 15 points as Ole Miss dropped an SEC battle to LSU 75-71 Wednesday night.

Ole Miss (19-9, 10-5 SEC) at LSU (20-8, 9-6 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Baton Rouge, La. 
Arena: Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)
Television: Fox Sports Network
James Bates, play-by-play
Larry Conley, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 93, XM 190
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: LSU leads 178-87
Streak: LSU, W1
In Baton Rouge: LSU leads 77-29
Last Meeting: LSU W, 75-71 (1/14/15)

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss puts its school record four-game SEC winning streak on the line when the Rebels travel to LSU Saturday.
• 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 78.1 percent of its attempts. The Rebels have hit 313 of their last 395 (.792) attempts from the line. Junior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks seventh in the nation shooting 90.7 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) and 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 20.1 ppg over his last eight games and leads the SEC in scoring in league play at 18.7 ppg. 
• Senior G Jarvis Summers is tied for the lead the league in assists in SEC play at 5.3/game and has posted 71 assists in his last 12 games. Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,576), assists (496), minutes (3,711) and wins (82), and needs just four assists to become the fifth player in SEC history with 1,500 career points and 500 career assists.

STREAKING REBELS
Ole Miss puts its school record four-game SEC road winning streak on the line when the Rebels travel to LSU Saturday. The Rebels' six-game SEC winning streak earlier this season 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 also won seven-of-eight conference games this season for the first time since 1937-38.

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 78.1 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 26-of-30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 313 of their last 395 from the line (.792). 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 seventh in the nation shooting 90.7 percent (117-of-129). 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.

ROAD WARRIORS
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 10th most in the nation among teams in the top 50 of the RPI, trailing only Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Witicha State.

OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 43 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 3-5 against the RPI top 50 and 7-6 against top 100, including wins over No. 19 Arkansas, No. 31 Texas A&M, No. 39 Oregon, No. 51 Cincinnati, No. 84 Tennessee and No. 91 Florida. LSU is ranked No. 54 coming into Saturday's game. 

TOUGH ROAD
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 26th in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have face 11 teams in ESPN.com's top 50 basketball power index, posting a 5-6 mark.

REBELS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has only turned the ball over only 86 times over its last 10 games for an average of just 8.6/game. The Rebels lead the league averaging just 10.1 turnovers a game in conference play and are third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3.

REBELS VERSUS TIGERS
The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 118-87. The last two seasons marked the first time since 1940 the two former SEC West rivals have not played a home-and-home series in the same year. The Rebels have won seven of the last nine meetings over the Bayou Bengals, including an 84-74 overtime victory in Oxford last season. The Tigers hold a 77-29 advantage in games in Baton Rouge, but Ole Miss has taken three of the last four meetings at the PMAC. Andy Kennedy owns an 11-6 record against LSU in his career. He is 10-6 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.

SUMMERS JOINS ELITE GROUP
Senior G Jarvis Summers needs only four assists become just the fifth player in SEC history to post 1,500 career points and 500 career assists. He would join a group that includes Florida's Erving Walker, LSU's Kenny Higgins, Mississippi State's Dee Bost and Tennessee's Tony Harris.

SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Rod Barnes for second in Ole Miss history with 496 career assists. Summers also 9th all time in scoring (1,576). 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 190-110 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 TIGERS
LSU is 20-8 on the season and 9-6 in the SEC after knocking off the Auburn Tigers 84-61 on Tuesday. The Tigers have won three of their last four SEC games. The big men combination of Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey lead the Tigers averaging a combined 33.0 ppg and pulling down 19.1 boards a game in conference play. LSU has four players averaging double figures in scoring in SEC play including guard Keith Hornsby, who has knocked down 57 3-pointers in league action. LSU leads the SEC in rebounding in conference play pulling down 38.5 boards a game and has blocked a league-best 6.7 shots per game. 

 

 

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