March 3, 2011
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
REGULAR-SEASON FINALE: Ole Miss (18-12, 6-9 SEC) vs. Arkansas (18-11, 7-8 SEC)
Saturday 3.5.11 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: SEC Network (Dave Baker, play-by-play; Barry Booker, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 121, XM 141
Live Video: ESPN3.com
OLE MISS HOSTS ARKANSAS ON SENIOR DAY
Rebel seniors Zach Graham and Chris Warren will suit up for their final regular-season home game when Ole Miss plays Arkansas on Saturday. Ole Miss enters the regular-season finale in fourth place in the SEC West with a 6-9 league record and would move to third with a win over the Razorbacks, who currently sit in third with a 7-8 record. Ole Miss is also looking to grab two more wins and reach 20 for the fourth time in five seasons under Andy Kennedy. Graham has scored more than 1,200 points in his career and Warren has poured in more than 1,900. Freshman Dundrecous Nelson burst onto the scene with his 30-point outburst Wednesday at Auburn.
- This is the 68th meeting between the two schools, with Arkansas holding an all-time series lead of 41-26.
- However, Ole Miss has won 18 of the last 26 meetings and five of the last six. The Rebels have won 12 of the last 14 bouts in Tad Smith Coliseum.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 18th in the nation with a 75.9 FT percentage, which is on pace to set the school record.
- With 103 wins, Andy Kennedy has the most victories by an Ole Miss coach in a five-year span.
- Kennedy is the first coach to lead Ole Miss to 5 straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan (1920-25).
- Chris Warren leads the nation in free throw percentage (93.9) and is on pace to set the school and SEC records for a season.
- Warren ranks 5th in SEC history with a school-record 318 career 3-pointers and is the SEC’s active leader in career points, assists, 3s and 20-pt games.
- Zach Graham will play in his 132nd game on Saturday, which will tie the school record.
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Arkansas enters the regular-season finale with an 18-11 overall record and 7-8 mark in league play. The Razorbacks are third in the SEC West and will get the No. 3 seed in the West for the SEC Tournament if they beat Ole Miss. They will drop to fourth with a loss to Ole Miss. John Pelphrey’s team is 2-6 in road games this year, including a 2-5 record against SEC teams. A loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday snapped the Hogs’ two-game win streak, which included a home victory over nationally ranked Kentucky. Arkansas has won four of its last six contests. The team averages 70.7 ppg and allows 65.9 to opponents and does much of its damage when it is forcing turnovers. Arkansas ranks third among SEC teams in steals (7.5/game) and third in turnover margin (+1.3). Reigning SEC Player of the Week Rotnei Clarke averages a team-high 14.7 ppg (10th in SEC), while Marshawn Powell adds 11.0 ppg. Delvon Johnson contributes 9.5 ppg, a team-high 7.2 rpg (9th in SEC) and 3.1 bpg (2nd in SEC).
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS SERIES
Saturday’s game will be the 68th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 41-26. The series began in 1937. Since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in the 1991-92 season, Ole Miss leads the series 21-18 and has won 18 of the last 26 meetings and five of the last six. In their matchup in Fayetteville earlier this year, Chris Warren paced the Rebels with 19 points and Reginald Buckner nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks to give Ole Miss a 69-60 win at Bud Walton Arena. Ole Miss holds a 15-5 series lead in games played in Oxford and has won 12 of the last 14 bouts in Tad Smith Coliseum.
GRAHAM, WARREN PLAY FINAL HOME GAME
Saturday marks the final regular-season home game for Rebel seniors Zach Graham and Chris Warren, two of the most accomplished players in school history. Aside from their many individual achievements, Graham and Warren have helped Ole Miss to an SEC West Championship (2010), two NIT Final Four appearances (2008, 2010) and four straight winning seasons (82-49 record).
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 2001 SWEET SIXTEEN
Ole Miss Athletics will be honoring the 2000-01 Rebel hoops team this weekend in recognition of the 10th anniversary of their exciting run to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Members of the 2001 team and staff will be signing autographs of commemorative posters at the Tad Smith Coliseum concourse behind sections S and P beginning at 2 p.m. The team will be recognized during a halftime ceremony, as well. The squad won the 2001 SEC West title, set a school record with 27 wins and secured the program’s first and only appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
SEC TOURNEY SEEDING SCENARIOS
Ole Miss enters the final regular-season game in fourth place in the SEC West with a 6-9 league record and would move to third with a win over the Razorbacks, who currently sit in third with a 7-8 record. Ole Miss would have the tiebreaker over the Hogs due to its 69-60 win in Fayetteville.
ALMOST TO 20 WINS ... AGAIN
With an 18-12 overall record, Ole Miss needs just two more victories to reach the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in five seasons under Andy Kennedy. The program had reached 20 wins a total of seven times prior to Kennedy’s arrival. No Ole Miss coach has ever recorded four 20-win campaigns.
FIVE STRAIGHT WINNING SEASONS
Andy Kennedy and his staff are the first to achieve five straight winning seasons since R.L. Sullivan led Ole Miss to six straight winning seasons from 1920-25. Ole Miss did have six straight winning campaigns from 1997 to 2002 under two different head coaches.
KENNEDY HAS MOST WINS IN FIVE-SEASON SPAN
With 103 wins under his belt, Andy Kennedy has led Ole Miss to the most wins in a five-year span by one coaching staff in school history. The record for any five-year span in school history (includes coaching changes) is 108, which occurred twice, from 1996-97 to 2000-01 and from 1997-98 to 2001-02.
FASTEST OLE MISS COACH TO 100 WINS
The Rebels’ 69-60 win at Arkansas was the 100th victory at Ole Miss for Andy Kennedy. He reached the milestone faster than any coach in program history, doing so in his 158th game. He is the third coach in school history with 100 career victories, trailing only B.L. “Country” Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in 8 years) on the school’s career coaching victories chart. Kennedy’s .624 winning percentage (103-62) is significantly better than Graham’s (.462) or Barnes’ (.564).
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 71-15 (.826 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure, including a 12-4 record this season. Ole Miss has won 202 of its last 249 games (.811 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 435-194 (.692 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead the SEC and rank 18th in the nation with a 75.9 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in 12 games this season, including 92.9 (13-of-14) at Arkansas, 87.5 (14-of-16) at Vanderbilt, 84.6 (22-of-26) against Tennessee, 84.4 (27-of-32) vs. Auburn and 83.3 (20-of-24) at Auburn. Their 95.7 FT pct. against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts.
Led by some very athletic big men, Ole Miss ranks 19th in the nation in blocked shots per game. The Rebels average 5.4 swats per contest. They have blocked eight or more shots seven times this year. They set a school record for blocks in an SEC game with 12 at Arkansas and had eight at LSU and at Alabama. Sophomore Reginald Buckner ranks 15th in the NCAA and third in the SEC with 2.9 bpg, while junior Terrance Henry adds 1.1 bpg.
NELSON SETS FRESHMAN RECORD WITH 30 POINTS
With a 30-point explosion Wednesday at Auburn, Dundrecous Nelson set the school freshman record for points in a game. Terrico White previously had the record with 29 points against Arkansas in 2009. Nelson, who hails from Jackson, Miss., also tied the school record for 3-pointers by a freshman (Trevor Gaskins and Chris Warren share the mark).
WARREN EXPLODES FOR SCHOOL RECORD AT SC
Senior guard Chris Warren scored a career-high 33 points and tied a school record with eight 3-pointers at South Carolina. The Orlando, Fla., native tied Keith Carter’s school record of eight 3-pointers in a game (which had held since Dec. 29, 1998). In doing so, Warren set a new standard for treys in an SEC game.
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks second in the SEC in scoring (18.7), first in FT percentage (93.9), seventh in assists (3.7), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.6), third in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and fourth in minutes (34.3). In league games only, he ranks third in scoring (19.0), first in FT percentage (93.6), second in 3-pointers made (2.9), fifth in assist-turnover ratio (1.7) and 11th in assists (3.0). Overall, he has scored 20+ points in 13 games (2nd-most among SEC players) and has led the Rebels in scoring 21 times and in assists 21 times.
WARREN LEADS NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Senior point guard Chris Warren leads the nation with a 93.9 free throw percentage (153-of-163). At this pace, he will set the school and SEC record for FT percentage in a season and rank among the all-time best seasons in NCAA history. The current school record is 90.1 by David Rhodes (1971-72) and the SEC record of 91.2 is shared by three players - Kentucky’s Kyle Macy (1979-80), Tennessee’s Scooter McFadgon (2003-04) and Kentucky’s Travis Ford (1993-94). Warren has the third-most attempts among the top 35 FT shooters in the country.
WARREN NAMED HOWELL TROPHY FINALIST
Chris Warren has been named one of three finalists for the 2011 Cellular South Howell Trophy, given to the top men’s college basketball player in the state of Mississippi. The Orlando, Fla., native is the only returning finalist among this year’s honorees, which include Mississippi State’s Dee Bost and Southern Miss’ Gary Flowers. Last year, Warren was edged by Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado for the trophy. No Ole Miss player has won the award since its inception in 2005. The winner will be announced on Monday.
WARREN CRACKS TOP 3 IN CAREER POINTS
With a spectacular senior seson, Chris Warren has vaulted into third place on the all-time Ole Miss scoring chart with 1,934 career points. Next on the list is second-place Joe Harvell, who scored 2,078 points from 1990-93 and ranks 18th in SEC history. Warren entered this season ranked 15th on the Rebels’ scoring chart.
WARREN MOVES INTO UM TOP 3 IN ASSISTS, FTs
Chris Warren has moved into the top three in the school record books in both assists and free throws made. He enters the regular-season finale with 434 career assists, 22 shy of Rod Barnes (456) for second place. Warren has made 404 free throws and is five shy of tying Joe Gibbon (409) for second place.
WARREN MOVES UP SEC 3-POINT CHART
Already with the most 3-pointers in school history, Chris Warren has moved into the top five in the SEC record books with another outstanding shooting display this year. Warren’s game-winning 25-foot bomb against No. 10 Kentucky was the 300th triple of his career. He is one of just five players in league history to reach that total. He enters the regular-season finale with 318 career triples. Next on the SEC list is Tennessee legend Allan Houston, who made 346 career treys. Warren also holds the school record and ranks 4th in league history with 857 career 3-pt attempts.
All-Time SEC 3-Point Leaders
1. 431 Chris Lofton, Tennessee (2005-08)
2. 367 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (2005-08)
3. 366 Pat Bradley, Arkansas (1996-99)
4. 346 Allan Houston, Tennessee (1990-93)
5. 318 Chris Warren, Ole Miss (2008-pres.)
WARREN SECURES 500-POINT, 100-ASSIST YEAR
Chris Warren has scored more than 500 points and dished out more than 100 assists this season. He also reached those totals in both of his other two full seasons (2007-08 and 2009-10). Only three other players in school history have ever reached those totals for a single season: Gerald Glass in 1989-90, Rod Barnes in 1987-88 and Dave Shepherd in 1974-75.
CAN WARREN JOIN SUPER ELITE?
If senior guard Chris Warren can reach 2,000 points, he will become only the fourth player in SEC history with 2,000 points and 400 assists in a career, joining LSU’s Pete Maravich, Tennessee’s Allan Houston and Georgia’s Litterial Green. With at least two games left, Warren would need to average 33.0 points per contest to reach 2,000, not counting postseason play.
With 25 points vs. Alabama, Chris Warren posted his 13th 20-point game this season, second-most among SEC players. His 39 career 20-point games leads all active SEC players. He also leads all active league players in career points, assists and 3-pointers.
Active SEC Career 20-pt Games (as of 3/3)
1. 39 Chris Warren, Sr., Ole Miss
2. 26 Trey Thompkins, Jr., Georgia
3. 20 Ravern Johnson, Sr., Mississippi State
4. 18 John Jenkins, Soph., Vanderbilt
5. 14 Scotty Hopson, Jr., Tennessee
14 Rotnei Clarke, Jr., Arkansas
GRAHAM TO SET LONGEVITY RECORD
Senior guard Zach Graham has been a mainstay in the Rebels’ lineup since stepping foot on the Ole Miss campus. When Graham touches the floor against Arkansas, he will tie Jason Harrison’s school record of 132 games played. Barring unforeseen circumstances, he will claim sole possession of the record in the Rebels’ SEC Tournament game.
GRAHAM REACHES 1,200 POINTS
Zach Graham became the 22nd player in school history to reach the 1,200-point plateau when he scored 17 points vs. Alabama. He enters the regular-season finale in 20th place with 1,223 career points and is 10 points shy of passing Dwayne Curtis for 19th place. The Suwanee, Ga., native has accomplished the feat with steady improvement every year (averaged 5.9 ppg as a freshman, 8.5 as a sophomore, 9.2 as a junior and 14.4 as a senior).
GRAHAM EXCELS AS A SENIOR
Senior guard Zach Graham has been solid and steady in his final campaign. He ranks 13th in the SEC with a 14.4 scoring average and third with an 86.2 free-throw percentage. He averages 4.6 rebounds per game. In SEC play, he ranks 15th with 14.7 ppg and 5th with an 86.8 FT percentage. He posted 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor’s Cup All-Tournament team. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State. He tallied 13 points and 8 boards at SMU. He scored 13 points with 5 boards vs. MSU. He poured in 21 points (8-13 FGs, 5-5 FTs) against Georgia, one off his career high. He had 14 points and 5 boards at Vanderbilt. He scored 17 (7-9 FGs, 3-3 3-pt FGs) at LSU. He posted 16 points (7-7 FTs) and 5 boards, making a couple of key baskets in the upset of No. 10 Kentucky. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the win at Arkansas. He also had 17 in the home win over LSU. He shattered his previous career high with 30 points against Auburn, the most points by a Rebel this year. He drained 7-of-11 from downtown to finish one shy of the school record for 3s in a game. He posted his second career double-double with 17 points (11-12 FTs) and 10 boards in the win over Alabama.
GRAHAM HONORED FOR GOOD WORKS
For the second straight year, Zach Graham has been named a member of the SEC Community Service Team. Graham is a regular participant in Reading with the Rebels and spends time with children at local daycare centers. He has volunteered at a summer basketball camp and has joined teammates in visiting patients at the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He and his teammates have taken time to visit with underprivileged children from the local Boys and Girls Club, building scarecrows with them during the fall and delivering Christmas gifts to them in December. He has also participated in the SEC “Together We Can” food drive, collecting items for the Oxford Food Pantry.
BUCKNER SWATS HIS WAY INTO RECORD BOOK
Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner tied Ansu Sesay’s school record for blocks in a game with eight at Arkansas. He has also surpassed his own single-season record from last year (64) and has run his season total to 85 so far this year. In just his second year, Buckner already ranks second in school history with 149 blocks in his career. The Memphis native is 31 swats shy of the career record, set by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner ranks third in the SEC and 15th in the country with 2.9 blocks per game. In league games only, he is third with an average of 2.9. He has recorded five or more swats in eight games this year. Ole Miss is 11-5 when Buckner records at least three blocks in a game and 7-7 when he has less than three or doesn’t play.
HENRY STEPS IT UP
Junior forward Terrance Henry has displayed his immense talent and versatility in recent outings as he has turned up his aggressiveness and production. At Vanderbilt, he scored 11 points with four blocks and a career-high four steals. He followed that performance with his first career double-double at LSU, collecting 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the upset win over No. 10 Kentucky, Henry scored 12 points with 5 rebounds, and in the win at Arkansas he had 11 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks. At Alabama, he led the team with nine rebounds and five blocks. He scored 14 points (8-of-8 FTs) against Auburn. He tied for team-high honors with 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds at MSU. He had 13 points and 5 boards at Auburn. His season averages are up to 9.1 ppg (third on the team) and 5.8 rpg (second on the team).