Rebels Travel To Texas A&M Saturday
Feb. 27, 2014
Ole Miss (17-11, 8-7 SEC) at Texas A&M (16-12, 7-8 SEC)
REBELS CLOSING IN ON SEC TOURNAMENT
Ole Miss is tied for fourth in the league standings with LSU and Tennessee, and would be the No. 5 seed if the SEC Tournament started today due to a 1-1 record against the Tigers and Vols.
OLE MISS HITS BOARDS VERSUS TIDE
Ole Miss posted its largest rebound margin of the season against Alabama, outrebounding the Tide by 18 in the Rebels' 7-9-67 win. Sophomore G Martavious Newby recorded his first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 10 boards. The Rebels pulled down 17 offensive boards and limited the Tide to just 24 total rebounds, including only seven offensive boards. Seven Rebels pulled down 4+ rebounds led by Newby's 10. Ole Miss converted its 17 offensive rebounds into 21 second-chance points.
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 4.40 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 61-straight games with a 3-pointer broke Pat Bradley's SEC record of 60 consecutive games. He ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 19.8 ppg in conference games and ninth in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.4% of his attempts in all games.
Junior G Jarvis Summers is one of the most improved players in the league this season upping his scoring 8.1 points per game (17.2 from 9.1), field goal percentage 8.3 percent (48.7% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 11.1 percent (45.1% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring 12 times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton and has posted a team-high 10 20+ points games this season. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (.487) and fourth in assists (3.9/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.
KENNEDY'S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved into a tie with Billy Donovan and 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) - 169
Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
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 22nd in school history with 1,204 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 26th in school history with 1,145 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 11.2 points per game over his last 11 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 six games.
Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and 17th in the nation, averaging 5.9 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.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC hitting 74.1 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 214-of-274 free throws (.781) over their last 14 games. Senior G Marshall Henderson has hit 47 of his last 53 attempts (.887).
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 1,204 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (352) and seventh in points scored (1,145). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 113 career blocks.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M is 16-12 on the season and 7-8 in the SEC after falling 68-49 at LSU on Wednesday. The Aggies are 15-2 at home this season, but just 1-10 away from Reed Arena. Former Ole Miss Rebel Jamal Jones leads the team scoring 12.6 ppg and is the only Aggie averaging in double figures. Jones averaged 1.8 ppg in five games as a freshman for Ole Miss in 2011-12, before heading to junior college. Kourtney Roberson is second in scoring at 9.6 ppg and leads the team pulling down 6.8 boards a game. The Aggies rank last in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 64.7 pgg, but rank second in scoring defense limiting opponents to just 62.6 ppg in SEC play. A&M also ranks last in the league in free throw percentage, hitting just 63.7 percent of its attempts.
OLE MISS-TEXAS A&M SERIES
Saturday's game will be only the fourth-ever meeting between the two schools, as Ole Miss and Texas A&M split last year's season series with the home team winning each matchup. The Aggies also took the first -ever meeting between the two schools in 1972.
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.
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.
Like most college teams, Ole Miss fares better at home (6-2) than on the road (2-5) in conference play. The Rebels shoot better from the field (.439 at home /.379 on road) and from 3-point (.371 at home /.313 on road) at home and rebound the ball better with a -7.3 rebound margin on the road and a n even margin at home. Ole Miss is scoring more points at home in league games (77.6) than on the road (66.9). Junior F Aaron Jones is posting 9.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg in conference home games and just 3.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg in league road games, while freshman F Sebastian Saiz averaging 5.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg in home SEC games and just 3.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg in road games.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 10-4 this season forcing 15 or more turnovers and just 7-7 when forcing 14 or fewer turnovers. The Rebels rank second in the SEC, and are tied for 23rd in the nation, in turnover margin at +3.04.
SAIZ RANKS AMONG TOP FRESHMEN OFF THE GLASS
Freshman F Sebastian Saiz pulled down 10 boards and scored 6 points in Ole Miss' win over Missouri. Saiz also scored a career-high 20 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels' overtime victory against LSU. The Spain native ranks fifth among freshmen in the SEC pulling down 5.7 rebounds per game. He has five double-digit rebound games this season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Mississippi State (1/25).
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