Aaron Jones (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Feb. 27, 2012
Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 29: Ole Miss (16-12, 6-8 SEC) at Arkansas (18-11, 6-8 SEC)
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Fayetteville, Ark. | Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Television: ESPNU (Dari Nowkhah, play-by-play; Dino Gaudio, analyst).
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 220, XM 199
Live Video: ESPN3.com
Live Audio: RebelVision
• Ole Miss enters the week tied with Arkansas and Mississippi State for seventh place in the SEC standings.
• The Rebels need four wins to reach 20 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
• Andy Kennedy is tied for the 7th-most wins in SEC history (121) by a coach in his first six years in the league.
• Kennedy has the most overall wins (121) and SEC wins (45) by an Ole Miss coach in a six-year span.
• Ole Miss has won 20 of the last 28 meetings and seven of the last eight against Arkansas.
• Ole Miss is looking to sweep the Razorbacks for the third time in four seasons.
• In league play, the Rebels lead all SEC teams in rebounding (37.7) and rank 3rd in rebounding margin (+3.1).
• The Rebels rank 2nd in the SEC and 18th in the most recent NCAA rankings with 5.1 blocks/game.
• Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams and 57th nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.406).
• Ole Miss is 12-3 when its opponent shoots below 40 percent from the field.
• Senior F Terrance Henry is the second player in school history with 1,000 points and 100 blocks.
• Junior F Murphy Holloway ranks third in the league and 59th nationally in rebounding (8.6 rpg).
• Junior F Reginald Buckner leads all active SEC players with 218 career blocks (UM record, t-18th in SEC history).
REBELS LOOK FOR SEASON SWEEP OF ARKANSAS
With two regular-season games left and SEC tournament seeding on the line, Ole Miss travels to Arkansas for a Tuesday evening tilt at Bud Walton Arena. Ole Miss beat Arkansas 71-63 in its home opener on Jan. 11 and will look to sweep the Razorbacks for the third time in four seasons. The Rebels are coming off a 72-48 drubbing of LSU in which Andy Kennedy’s team allowed its fewest points to an SEC team since 2009. Arkansas won at Auburn in its last outing. The Razorbacks own a 17-3 home record this year, while the Rebels are 3-8 in road games.
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Arkansas snapped a three-game losing streak with its 77-71 win at Auburn on Saturday to improve the Razorbacks to 18-11 overall and 6-8 in SEC play in their first year under head coach Mike Anderson. The team had won 17 straight games in Fayetteville this year before losing its last two home games to Florida and Alabama. Arkansas owns the SEC’s fourth-highest scoring offense at 72.8 ppg, while the defense averages more steals (8.6) and forced more turnovers (16.8) per game than any other team in the league. Freshman B.J. Young tops the squad with 15.2 ppg (6th in SEC), while sophomore Mardracus Wade adds 10.7 ppg. Devonta Abron is the team’s leading rebounder at just 4.4 per game.
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS SERIES
Tuesday’s game will be the 70th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 41-28. The series began in 1937. Ole Miss has won 20 of the last 28 meetings and seven of the last eight. The Rebels have won four straight, including a 71-63 triumph in the SEC home opener this year when Murphy Holloway returned from injury with a dominant 19-point, 14-rebound performance (see box score on page 9). Arkansas owns a 14-9 advantage in games played in Fayetteville, but the Rebels have prevailed in each of their last three trips there.
BUCKNER SHINES AGAINST HOGS
Some of junior F Reginald Buckner’s greatest performances have come against the Razorbacks. In this year’s meeting in Oxford, he tallied 8 points, 11 boards and 2 blocks. Last year, he totaled 15 blocked shots in two games against Arkansas, including a school record-tying 8 blocks in Fayetteville. He also posted 12 points and 11 boards in the road win, then followed it up with 9 points, 8 boards and 7 blocks in the home win a month later.
HENRY REACHES 1,000 POINTS, ELITE CLUB AT OLE MISS
Against LSU, senior F Terrance Henry eclipsed 1,000 career points to become the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss. He became just the second player in school history to reach 1,000 points and 100 blocks, joining former All-American Rahim Lockhart (1,160, 132). Henry now has 1,012 points entering the Arkansas game. He ranks sixth in school history in blocked shots (101) and needs seven more to tie David Dean for fifth place (108).
STINGY DEFENSE LEADS TO ROUT OF LSU
Ole Miss shut down LSU’s attack with a stellar defensive showing in a 72-48 victory on Saturday. The Rebels gave up the fewest points to an SEC opponent since 2009 (69-47 win over Georgia). They held LSU to the Tigers’ season low of 31 percent shooting from the floor and 17.4 percent from behind the arc. It was the fourth time this year that Ole Miss has held an opponent below 50 points.
KENNEDY HAS MOST OVERALL WINS AND SEC WINS IN A SIX-YEAR PERIOD
With 16 wins this year, Andy Kennedy has the most overall wins by an Ole Miss head coach in a six-year span (121). With six league victories this season, his total of 45 is also the most SEC wins over a six-year span. 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 121st win at Ole Miss (vs. LSU), Andy Kennedy is now tied (with Don DeVoe) for the seventh-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
7. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 121
A win over Arkansas on Tuesday would guarantee a sixth straight winning season for Ole Miss. The last time the school had six straight winning campaigns was the 1996-97 to 2001-02 seasons. Andy Kennedy would become only the second coach in school history to guide the Rebels to six straight winning seasons. The other was R.L. Sullivan (1920-25).
LOCKING DOWN ON “D”
Ole Miss has established itself as one of the better defensive teams in the SEC this year. The Rebels rank third in the SEC (and 57th in the latest NCAA rankings) in field goal percentage defense at 40.6. Ole Miss is 12-3 when its opponent shoots below 40 percent from the field. Eight different times the Rebels have held their opponent below 60 points, including four times under 50 and a pair of games under 40.
SCORING 70 USUALLY MEANS A WIN
Ole Miss has a 7-2 record this year when it scores at least 70 points, while the Rebels are 9-10 when they fail to reach the 70-point mark.
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 38.1 and fourth with a rebounding margin of +3.1. In SEC play, Ole Miss leads all teams with 37.7 rebounds per game and is third with a +3.1 rebounding margin. Individually, Murphy Holloway ranks third among SEC players and 59th in the nation in rebounding (8.6), while Reginald Buckner is fourth in the SEC (8.0). The Rebels also block 5.1 shots per game, ranking second 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 37th nationally.
Junior forwards Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway are neck and neck in the race for most dunks by a Rebel this year. Buckner is one shy of last year’s career high (31) with 30 dunks on the season, while Holloway is right behind him with a career-high 28 slams. As a team, Ole Miss has thrown it down 75 times, which is the most since Andy Kennedy arrived as head coach in 2006.
HOME VERSUS ROAD
Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (11-2) 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 about two more points at home (66.9) than on the road (64.7).
• The Rebels allow just 58.2 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 (30.2).
• Terrance Henry is the Rebels’ top scorer in road games at 12.6 ppg. Jarvis Summers is next at 11.5 ppg.
• Henry is also the Rebels’ top scorer in home games at 12.0 ppg, followed by Nick Williams (11.8) and Murphy Holloway (11.4).
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 has averaged 18.0 points over the Rebels’ last three outings, including 21 in the most recent win over LSU. He 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 a 12.2 scoring average for the season (23rd among SEC players) and 12.8 ppg in league play (14th in SEC).
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 90 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 218 blocks, which ties him for 18th in SEC history with Sam Bowie (Kentucky). He needs three more to match Jermareo Davidson (Alabama) for 17th 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 37th 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 24 of 26 games this year and 77 of 90 games over his three-year career. His total of 59 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 (26th in SEC) and 8.6 rpg (3rd in SEC, 59th in NCAA). In league play, he averages 11.9 ppg (20th in SEC) and 7.7 rpg (6th in SEC). 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 17th with 12.2 ppg in league action, second-best on the Rebels’ squad. The Mobile, Ala., native has tallied double figures in 11 of the last 13 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), 15th-ranked Mississippi State (17 points) and LSU (18 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), eighth with 9.5 ppg and third with 3.3 assists per game.