Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 Time: 12:30 p.m. CT Location: Baton Rouge, La. Arena: Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215) Television: SEC Network Clay Matvick, play-by-play Joe Dean, Jr., analyst Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network David Kellum, play-by-play Van Chancellor, analyst Live Audio: OleMissSports.com Satellite Radio: Sirius 132, XM 201 Series: LSU leads 117-85 In Baton Rouge: LSU leads 77-28 Last Meeting: OM, W 72-48 (2/25/12) Streak: OM, W1
• Ole Miss travels to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers in the SEC finale on Saturday. • The Rebels are currently tied for third in the SEC standings after being pick to finish seventh in the preseason media poll. Ole Miss would be the No. 4 seed in Nashville if the tournament started today and can lock up a dou ble bye in the SEC Tournament with a win over LSU. • With the victory over Auburn, head coach Andy Kennedy passed B.L. Graham for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Kennedy's record at Ole Miss is 147-86 in seven seasons, while Graham posted a 144-168 mark over 13 seasons as head coach. • Senior F Murphy Holloway is the 23rd player in SEC history with at least 1,250 points and 1,000 rebounds. Holloway holds the all-time Ole Miss rebounding mark at 1,035 career boards. • Junior G Marshall Henderson passed Chris Warren for the Ole Miss single-season 3-point field goal record with 117 3FG on the year and ranks second in the nation averaging 3.9 made 3-pointers per game. • Senior F Reginald Buckner needs seven more blocks to move into fifth place in SEC history in career block shots. Buckner ranks sixth in SEC history and is the Ole Miss leader with 311 career blocks. • The Rebels notched 20 wins for the sixth time in seven seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy's arrival in Oxford. He is the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in six of his first seven seasons in the league.
OLE MISS HEADS TO LSU FOR SEC FINALE Ole Miss travels to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers in the SEC finale on Saturday. The Rebels are currently tied for third in the SEC standings and can lock up a double bye in the SEC Tournament with a win over LSU. Ole Miss would be the No. 4 seed in Nashville if the tournament started today. Ole Miss started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history this year. At 22-8, the Rebels are also off to the best start after 29 games since the `0-01 season. A win on Saturday would give the Rebels 12 SEC victories this season, tied for the most school history for the 1997-98 squad.
REBELS WIN 20 ... AGAIN The Rebels have notched 20 wins for the sixth time in seven seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy's arrival in Oxford. He is the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in six of his first seven seasons in the league. The others: Dan DeVoe (Tennessee), 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 and senior F Reginald Buckner is the first Rebel to win 20 games each of his four seasons in Oxford.
HOLLOWAY IS MASTER OF THE GLASS In his final season in Oxford, F Murphy Holloway has become Ole Miss' all-time rebounding leader with 1,032 career boards. With nine boards against Kentucky, Holloway passed Walter Actwood's career total of 945 rebound for first place on the Rebel rebound list. Holloway is the SEC active career leader in rebounds and double-doubles, ranks second in steals and third in points. He ranks first in the conference and 32nd in the nation in rebounding at 9.6 rpg. Holloway became only the 23rd player in SEC history to score at least 1,250 points and pull down 1,000 boards in their career, a list that includes Shaquille O'Neal, Dan Issell, Bob Pettit and Bernand King. With 18 more steals, Holloway would become the first player in SEC history with 1,300 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 steals in a career.
HENDERSON HOT SHOOTER Junior G Marshall Henderson was known as a scorer when coach Andy Kennedy signed the guard out of South Plains Junior College, and the Hurst, Texas native has definitely lived up to that billing so far this season, as he is averaging a team-best 19.6 ppg. He leads the SEC and ranks second in the nation in 3-pointers made (3.9 pg) and leads the conference in scoring. The 49 points Henderson scored in his first two games is the most by a Rebel to start his career since "World Class" Gerald Glass scored 59 points in 1988. Against Indiana State, he posted 27 points on 7-of-16 from 3-point, which is just one 3-pointer shy of the school record and is tied for third all time. Henderson scored a career-high 32 points in the SEC opener at Tennessee, which is the most points scored by a Rebel in their first league game since Ole Miss great Johnny Neumann scored 39 versus Auburn in 1970. Henderson earned SEC Player of the Week honors after averaging 21.0 ppg in a pair of wins at Vanderbilt and against Arkansas. Against the Commodores, he scored a game-high 26 points, including a 35-foot buzzer beater that sent the game into overtime. Versus the Vols, Henderson scored a career-high 24 second half points to spur a Rebel rally and help Ole Miss knock off Tennessee at home. On the road at No. 4 Florida, he scored a game-high 25 points, including hitting on 7-of-11 shots from behind the arc. Against Mississippi State the junior posted 31 points, on 6-of-14 from three, and dished out four assists. He scored 25 points, including 14 in the final 3:36 of regulation to force overtime, in the Rebels' come-from-behind win against Georgia. Henderson was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, which is the second-best mark in school history behind Denver Brackeen's record of 15-of-15 in 1955. He tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game after hitting 8-of-12 attempts and scoring 28 points versus Auburn.
REBELS AMONG NATION'S BEST Ole Miss rates highly in the latest NCAA national stats (games through March 4), as the Rebels rank sixth in the nation in scoring (78.8 ppg), 10th in turnover margin (+4.1), 17th in block shots (5.4 pg), 23rd in scoring margin (+11.2), 36th in 3-point FG percentage defense (30.%), 33rd steals (8.5 pg) and 45th in turnovers (11.7 pg).
DOUBLE TROUBLE Rebel big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner have been impressive for Ole Miss in the paint during their careers. Holloway leads all active SEC players, and ranks seventh in the nation, with 37 career double-doubles and ranks third in the league and 20th in the nation this year with 12 double-doubles. Buckner is second to Holloway among active SEC players with 16 career double-doubles and is fifth in the conference this year with eight double-doubles. The duo's combined 1,867 career rebounds is second best among active players in the nation and 53 combined double-doubles ranks first among active players in the SEC and third in the nation. Ole Miss is 9-3 this season when Holloway records a double-double and 6-2 this year when Buckner pulls off the feat.
HENDERSON TOPS 3-POINTER CHART In his first season in Oxford, junior G Marshall Henderson has already climbed to the top of the 3-pointer season charts, as he currently ranks first on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (327) and first in 3-pointers made (117). Henderson ranks first SEC history for attempts in one season and is tied for fourth on the SEC season-single list for 3-point field goals. The NCAA record for attempts in a season is 380 by Kevin Foster, of Santa Clara, in 2011 The junior has hit a 3-pointer in every game this season.
OLE MISS-LSU SERIES The series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second-longest in Ole Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series 117-85. This season marks the first time since 1940 the two formers SEC West rivals have not played a home-and-home series in the same year. The Rebels have won four of the last five meetings over the Bayou Bengals, including a 72-48 victory at home last season. The Tigers hold a 77-28 advantage in games in Baton Rouge, but Ole Miss has taken two of the last three meetings at the PMAC. Andy Kennedy owns an 9-5 record against LSU in his career. He is 8-5 with Ole Miss and faced the Bayou Bengals once as the Cincinnati head coach in 2005-06, earning a 75-72 victory at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
RPI WATCH Ole Miss checks in at No. 57 in the ever-present Ratings Percentage Index (CBSSports.com). LSU enters Saturday's showdown with an RPI ranked No. 80 in the nation. The Rebels are 6-6 this season against RPI top-100 teams, including a pair of wins over No. 56 Tennessee and a win over No. 32 Missouri.
TURNOVERS THE KEY Ole Miss is 16-1 this season when the Rebels force 15-plus turnovers and just 6-7 when they force fewer than 15. The Rebels are 20-4 this season when they have the same or less TOs than opponent and 2-4 when turning the ball over more than their opponent.
SUMMERS SHINES IN SEC PLAY Sophomore PG Jarvis Summers has shined in league play averaging 10.5 ppg in SEC games this season after averaging 7.1 ppg in non-conference action. Summers ranks fifth in the conference in assists in league games dishing out 3.8/game and seventh in assist/turnover ratio at 1.7.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL Sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers has done a particularly great job of limiting turnovers this season, as he ranks fourth in the SEC and ranks 33rd in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 2.4. Summers has only committed 48 turnovers on the season compared to 113 assists.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss has been particularity stingy on defense this season as the Rebels rank fourth in the league and 36th nation in 3-point percentage defense (30.5 %). The Rebels rank second in the league and 17th in the nation in blocks (5.4 bpg), fourth in the SEC and 33rd in the NCAA steals (8.5 spg). Ole Miss has forced 475 turnovers this season and is second in the league forcing an average of 15.8 turnovers per game, and currently ranks second in the SEC and 10th in the nation in turnover margin at +4.3.
BUCKNER MOVES UP IN SEC CAREER BLOCKS LIST Senior F Reginald Buckner became the Rebels' all-time career leader in blocked shots last year. In just 126 games, the Memphis native has now accumulated 311 blocks, and moved passed Robert Horry, of Alabama, into sixth place in SEC history. The school record was previously held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Buckner's 2.8 average this season ranks second among SEC players and 17th in the nation, and ranks first in conference games with 2.5 bpg. He now holds the school record for blocks in a career, season and game. He blocked at least one shot in every game this season, 31-of-33 games last year and 113-of-125 games over his four-year career. His total of 82 blocks this season is the most ever by a Rebel senior and second-most in school history. His total of 69 blocks last season is the Ole Miss record by a junior and is the third-most in a season in school history. His sophomore season total of 95 is the school record.
SEC Career Blocks Leaders 1. 564 Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (2007-10) 2. 412 Shaquille O'Neal, LSU (1990-92) 3. 360 Kyle Davis, Auburn (2001-04) 4. 327 Lavon Mercer, Georgia (1977-80) 5. 318 Steven Hill, Arkansas (2005-08) 6. 311 Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss (2009-) 7. 285 Robert Horry, Alabama (1989-92) 8. 275 Sam Muldrow, South Carolina (2008-11) 9. 272 Dwayne Schintzius, Florida (1986-90) 10. 268 Jamaal Magloire, Kentucky (1997-2000) 11. 266 Roy Rogers, Alabama (1993-96) 12. 249 Brandon Wallace, South Carolina (2004-07) 249 Erick Dampier, Mississippi State (1994-96) 14. 247 Charles Claxton, Georgia (1992-95) 15. 241 Mamadou N'diaye, Auburn (1997-2000)
SCOUTING THE TIGERS LSU knocked off Texas A&M on the road in midweek action to improve its record to 18-10 overall and 9-8 in league play. The Tigers have posted a 14-2 mark at home this season compared to just 4-8 on the road. LSU split a pair of games last week, defeating Arkansas, 65-60, and losing at Missouri 89-76. Charles Carmouche had 26 points vs. Arkansas and 21 at Missouri to run his present streak of 20-point games to three, the first time an LSU player has had three straight 20 point games since Bo Spencer in December 2009. Anthony Hickey at Missouri also had a career high of 22 points and season-best six treys. LSU had a season high equaling 12 treys in the game. For the season, LSU moved passed 200 treys made (207) and needs just nine to set the record for most treys at LSU in a season. The Tigers lead the SEC averaging 9.3 steals per game and are paced for Hickey, who ranks first in the conference picking 3.2 per contest.
REBELS TAME TIGERS Ole Miss' win over No. 10 Missouri earlier this season was the Rebels' first victory over a top-10 team since knocking off No. 10 Kentucky in 2011 (see page 9 for complete recap and box score). Senior F Murphy Holloway's 22 points marked a career-best versus SEC opponents at the time. The Rebels held Missouri to 22 points in the first half, the fewest points the Tigers had scored in a game this season, and to 49 points for the game, which is the fewest points Mizzou had scored since 2003. Ole Miss also improved to 5-2 in its last 6 home SEC openers and 9-0 at home this season.
OLE MISS WINS THRILLER IN NASHVILLE Ole Miss' thrilling overtime victory at Vanderbilt gave the Rebels a 3-0 SEC start for the first time since 2005-06. The win was Ole Miss' first in Nashville since 2001 and it also marked the first time since 1980 that the Rebels have won road games at Tennessee and at Vanderbilt in the same season. Down 13 points with eight minutes remaining, Ole Miss closed the game on a 34-12 run including overtime.
HISTORIC WIN IN KNOXVILLE Ole Miss' win at Tennessee was historic for several reasons: It was only the Rebels' second-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first since 1991 ... It was Ole Miss' first win in an SEC opener since 2006 ... The win moved Ole Miss' record 12-2 which equals its best start since 2009-10 ... Ole Miss' 38-of-44 effort from the charity stripe marked a pair of Thompson-Boling Arena opponent records ... Marshall Henderson's 32 points were the most allowed by Tennessee since 2011 and the Rebels' 92 points were the most the Vols has given up at home since allowing 105 points to Texas in overtime in 2006 and 103 points to Kentucky in regulation in 2001 ... It was also the most points Ole Miss has scored against an SEC opponent since tallying 98 in overtime against Arkansas in 2009 and was the most in regulation since scoring 105 points vs. Alabama in 2001.
HOLLOWAY JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB With 15 points vs. McNeese State, senior F Murphy Holloway became the 34th member of the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. Holloway now ranks 14th in school history with 1,392 career points, just 29 points behind Eric Laird for 13th on the list. He currently ranks second in the SEC and 47th in the nation in field goal percentage (.548) and ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 14.8 ppg.
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