Ole Miss Hosts Vanderbilt on Senior Day
March 5, 2015
Ole Miss (20-10, 11-6 SEC) vs. Vanderbilt (18-12, 7-9 SEC)
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: SEC Network
Dave Bake, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113, XM 191
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Vanderbilt leads 74-43
Streak: OM, W4
In Oxford: OM leads 31-23
Last Meeting: OM W, 65-62 (3/8/14)
Ole Miss has posted 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. Only Florida (8) and Kentucky (8) have more 20-win seasons over the last nine years.
The Rebels have 36 wins against SEC foes over the last three years trailing only Florida and Kentucky in the SEC.
Ole Miss is 7-1 on Senior Day under head coach Andy Kennedy, including five-straight wins.
Ole Miss ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting 77.7 percent of its attempts. The Rebels have hit 347 of their last 442 (.785) attempts from the line. Junior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation shooting 91.4 percent from the free throw line.
Head coach Andy Kennedy is recently passed 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 191. 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 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 nine games and leads the SEC in scoring in league play at 18.8 ppg.
Senior G Jarvis Summers leads the league in assists in SEC play at 5.4/game and has posted 82 assists in his last 14 games. Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,587), assists (507), minutes (3,762) and wins (83), and is just the fifth player in SEC history with 1,500 career points and 500 career assists.
OLE MISS WINS 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss has 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 is 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. Only Florida (8) and Kentucky (8) have more 20-win seasons over the last nine years in the SEC than the Rebels.
OLE MISS THIRD IN SEC STANDINGS
Ole Miss is tied for 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.
MOODY A HOWELL TROPHY FINALIST
Junior G Stefan Moody was named one of three finalist for the Bailey Howell Trophy presented by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame to the most outstanding men's college basketball player in Mississippi. The winner will be announced Monday and Ole Miss has won the award each of the last two seasons.
REBELS ROLL PAST TIDE
Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points, including 22 in the second half, and senior G LaDarius White added 19 point off the bench, as Ole Miss knocked off Alabama 82-74 Tuesday night. Senior F Aaron Jones added a season-high 10 points and pulled down 5 boards off the bench for Ole Miss. The Rebels outscored the Crimson Tide in the paint, 28-16. The Ole Miss bench outscored its counterparts on Alabama, 36-5, in the win. It marked just the 11 win all-time for the Rebels in Tuscaloosa.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second in the nation hitting 77.7 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 26-of-30 attempts (.867) against Arkansas and have hit 347 of their last 442 from the line (.785). Four Ole Miss players are shooting at least 80.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation shooting 91.2 percent (125-of-137). 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.
Ole Miss is 11-4 away from Tad Smith Coliseum this season, with wins over No. 19 Arkansas, No. 23 Creighton, Cincinnati, Florida and Oregon. Ole Miss' eight true road win are the most for the Rebels since 1937-38, when UM played 21 road games. The 11 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.
OLE MISS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 45 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index rankings released by the NCAA. The Rebels are 4-5 against the RPI top 50 and 9-7 against the RPI top 100, including wins over No. 18 Arkansa , No. 29 Oregon, No. 33 Cincinnati, No. 48 Texas A&M. Vanderbilt is ranked No. 102 coming into Tuesday's game.
Ole Miss' strength of schedule ranks 28th in the nation according to ESPN.com. The Rebels have played 13 games against teams in ESPN.com's top 50 basketball power index, posting a 6-7 mark.
REBELS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has only turned the ball over only 110 times over its last 12 games for an average of just 9.2/game. The Rebels rank second in the league averaging just 10.3 turnovers a game in conference play and are third in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3.
REBELS VERSUS COMMODORES
Saturday's matchup will be the 118th meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on the hardwood. The Commodores hold a 74-42 lead in the series, which began in 1925, but Ole Miss has won the last four meetings, including its first regular-season series sweep of Vanderbilt since 1983. The Rebels are 31-23 versus the `Dores in Oxford, but have lost four of the last six against VU in Tad Smith. Ole Miss has won four-straight in the series, but the Commodores had prevailed in five-straight before that and have won 11 of the last 16 meetings overall. Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy is 6-6 against Vandy in his career. In addition to a 5-6 mark with Ole Miss, he picked up a 92-83 victory at Vanderbilt during the 2005-06 campaign, his lone season as Cincinnati mentor.
SUMMERS JOINS ELITE GROUP
Senior G Jarvis Summers is just the fifth player in SEC history to post 1,500 career points and 500 career assists. He joins 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 507 career assists. Summers also 9th all time in scoring (1,587). 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 83. 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 191-111 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 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) - 191
4. 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 `DORES
Vanderbilt is 18-12 on the season and 8-9 in the SEC after knocking off Mississippi State 66-56 at home Wednesday night. The Commodores have won four-straight league games and seven of their last nine after starting league play 1-7. Sophomore C Damian Jones leads the team averaging 14.5 ppg and pulling down 6.3 rpg. Freshman G Riley LaChance is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 ppg and has knocked down 30 3-pointers in conference play. The Commodores lead the league in 3-point percentage at 38.1-percent, but rank last in opponent 3-pointer percentage at 38.7 percent.
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