Ole Miss Hits The Road For Arkansas
March 3, 2014
• The Rebels are looking for their seventh-straight win over Arkansas and fifth-straight victory at Bud Walton Arena Wednesday. Ole Miss has won eight of the last nine meeting against the Razorbacks.
REBELS HEAD TO ARKANSAS
Ole Miss is looking for its fifth-straight win at Bud Walton over the Razorbacks, as the Rebels have taken nine of the last 10 meetings with Arkansas. Ole Miss is tied for sixth in the league standings with LSU, Missouri and Texas A&M, and would be the No. 7 seed if the SEC Tournament started today due to a 2-1 record against the Tigers and Aggies.
OLE MISS HITS BOARDS VERSUS TIDE
Ole Miss posted its largest rebound margin of the season against Alabama, out rebounding 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 second in the nation averaging 4.42 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 62-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 19.5 ppg in conference games and 10th in 3-point FG percentage hitting 36.2% 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 8.9 percent (49.3% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 10.7 percent (44.7% from 34.0%) over last year’s totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring 13 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 (.493) 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 five in assists and was named the C Spire Howell Trophy winner as the best college players in Mississippi.
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 21st in school history with 1,220 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 24th in school history with 1,163 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 10.6 points per game over his last 12 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 seven games.
Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and 18th in the nation, averaging 5.8 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 58th in the nation, averaging 2.2 blocked shots per game.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC hitting 73.4 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 223-of-289 free throws (.772) over their last 15 games.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC’s active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks fifth among active players with 1,220 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (356) and seventh in points scored (1,163). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 113 career blocks.
SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS
Arkansas is 20-9 on the season and 9-7 in the SEC after knocking off Kentucky 71-67 on the road in overtime Wednesday and Georgia 87-75 at home Saturday. The Razorback have won five-straight games and seven of the last eight SEC games. Arkansas is 15-2 at Bud Walton Arena this season, including a 6-2 mark in league play. Freshman Bobby Portis leads the team averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per games. Sophomore guards Rashad Madden and Michael Qualls are close behind Portis averaging 12.5 and 12.3 ppg, respectively. The Razorbacks rank second in the SEC in scoring in conference games at 74.9 pgg, but are 12th in scoring defense giving up 73.7 ppg in SEC play. Arkansas also ranks last in the league rebounding margin in conference play at -6.8.
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS SERIES
Wednesday’s game will be the 72nd meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 41-30. The series began in 1937 and Arkansas won 32 of the first 38 meetings, but Ole Miss has won 22 of the last 30 meetings and nine of the last 10. The Rebels have won four straight in Fayetteville, including a 77-75 triumph in Fayetteville in 2011. Arkansas holds a 14-10 advantage in games in Fayetteville, but the Rebels haven’t lost at Arkansas since 2008. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 10-3 all-time versus the Razorbacks.
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 (2-6) in conference play. The Rebels shoot better from the field (.439 at home /.377 on road) and from 3-point (.371 at home /.299 on road) at home and rebound the ball better with a -6.2 rebound margin on the road and an even margin at home. Ole Miss is scoring more points at home in league games (77.6) than on the road (66.0). Junior F Aaron Jones is posting 9.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg in conference home games and just 3.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg in league road games, while freshman F Sebastian Saiz averaging 5.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg in home SEC games and just 4.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg in road games.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 10-4 this season forcing 15 or more turnovers and just 7-8 when forcing 14 or fewer turnovers. The Rebels rank second in the SEC, and are tied for 27th in the nation, in turnover margin at +2.9.
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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