Ole Miss Heads to Nashville for SEC Tournament
March 8, 2016
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 6:00p.m. CT
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Arena: Bridgestone Arena (19,395)
Television: SEC Network
John Saunders, play-by-play
Jon Sundvold, analyst
Kaylee Hartungm, sideline
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Alabama leads 118-57
Neutral: UA leads 9-3
Streak: OM, W2
Last Meeting: OM, W 82-74 (1/7/16)
Ole Miss enters the SEC Tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face 10th-seeded Alabama in the second round Thursday. The Rebels are 30-51 all time in the SEC Tournament and 5-6 tourney games in Nashville.
Ole Miss secured its eighth 20-win season in 10 years under head coach Andy Kennedy. The Rebels recorded just seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons before Kennedy's arrival. Kennedy joined Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) and Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky) as the fifth coach in SEC history with eight 20-wins seasons in their first 10 years in the league. Only Kentucky (9)has more 20-win season in the SEC over the last 10 years than the Rebels.
Senior G Stefan Moody needs only eight points and 19 assists to join LSU's Pete Maravich as the only two play ers in SEC history with 700 points and 150 assists in a single season. He would also become only the fifth player in Ole Miss history and the 26th player in SEC history to top 700 points in a season. Earlier this year, Moody became the fifth-fastest player in school history to score 1,000 career points (52 games).
Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring at 23.1 ppg this year. Moody has posted 20-plus points 20 times this season, including a streak of 14-consecutive games, has topped the 30-point mark four times and scored 40-plus points once. He also leads league in the scoring in SEC play at 23.4 ppg.
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 43 points in the Rebels' Senior Night victory over MSU. It is tied for the highest single-game total in the SEC this year, the 11th highest in nation and the 13th highest in school history. It also marked the most points scored by a Rebel since Gerald Glass dropped 53 on LSU in 1989 and was the most in an SEC game since 2009.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 212-125 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 233-138 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 20th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school, and has the fourth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the SEC at one school.
OLE MISS WINS 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss has posted 20 wins for the eighth time in 10 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 eight of his first 10 years in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in five-straight seasons. Ole Miss and Kentucky are also the only two schools to finish .500 or better in the SEC each of the last five seasons.
REBELS CONSISTENTLY UNDERRATED
Ole Miss finished tied for sixth in the league standings after being projected ninth in the preseason media poll. The Rebels have finished above their preseason projected finish each of the last five seasons since the league moved away from a divisional format. Ole Miss has won eight of its last 11 SEC games after starting league play 2-5.
MOODY LOOKS TO JOIN ELITE CLUB
Senior G Stefan Moody needs just eight points and 19 assists to join LSU's Pete Maravich as the only two players in SEC history with 700 points and 150 assists in a single season. With eight points Moody would become just the fifth player in school history and the 26th player in SEC history to score 700 points in a single season. He would also become the second player coached by Andy Kennedy to top 700 points in a season.
OLE MISS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
The Rebels have an overall record of 30-51 in 53 SEC Tournament appearances. The Rebels have reached five SEC championship contests and have a 2-3 record in those games, taking home tournament titles in 1981 and 2013. Ole Miss has won six of its last eight SEC Tournament games dating back to 2011-12. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 8-8 in the SEC Tournament at Ole Miss, has reached the semifinals three times and has one SEC Tournament title. The Rebels are 2-4 all time against the Crimson Tide in the SEC Tournament.
MOODY PICKS UP POSTSEASON HONORS
Senior G Stefan Moody was selected All-SEC first team by the league's coaches for the second-straight season. Moody is the first Rebel to earn back-to-back first team All-SEC honors since Ansu Sesay (1997-98) and that marks the 15th All-SEC honor under head coach Andy Kennedy, which is the third-most in the league over the last 10 years behind Florida and Kentucky. Moody was also named to the USBWA All-District IV team.
MOODY WINS HOWELL TROPHY
Senior G Stefan Moody was named the 2016 C Spire Howell Trophy winner, presented by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. The Howell Trophy, named for Bailey Howell, goes to the most outstanding men's collegiate basketball player in Mississippi. It is the second-straight year Moody has been crowned the state's top player and he is just the second two-time winner in the award's history. Ole Miss has won the award each of the last four years, as Jarvis Summers took home the award in 2014 and Marshall Henderson won the honor in 2013.
MOODY'S CAREER NIGHT AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 43 points, including 24 in the first half, as Ole Miss knocked off Mississippi State 86-78 on Senior Night. Moody knocked down 11 of 24 shot from the field, including 6 of 12 from behind the arc, and hit 15 of 18 from the line. Moody added 6 assists and contributed to 17 of Ole Miss' 25 total field goals in the game. It is tied for the highest single-game total in the SEC this year, the 11th highest in nation and the 13th highest in school history. It also marked the most points scored by a Rebel since Gerald Glass dropped 53 on LSU in 1989 and was the most in a league game since Kentucky's Jodie Meeks scored 45 against Arkansas in 2009. If the Ole Miss doesn't face MSU in the SEC Tournament, Moody ends his Rebel career with a 3-0 mark against the Bulldogs and averaged 28.3 ppg versus Mississippi State.
SAIZ, REBELS RULE OPENING NIGHT
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 21 points and 16 boards, as Ole Miss knocked off Alabama 74-66 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,500 at the grand opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior G Stefan Moody also recorded his ninth-straight 20-point game with 21 points in the win, as the Rebels out scored the Tide 34-24 in the paint and erased an eight-point halftime deficit.
REBELS SECURE WINNING SEASON
Ole Miss has secured its 10th- consecutive winning season, all under head coach Andy Kennedy, and is one of just two teams in the SEC and 16 programs in the nation to have 10-straight winning seasons. That list includes Syracuse (46), Kansas (33), Arizona (32), Kentucky (26), Maryland (23), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Xavier (20), Wisconsin (18), Pittsburgh (16), Louisville (15), North Carolina (14), Ohio State (12), Georgetown (11) and Florida State (10).
Ole Miss leads the SEC in steals per game in conference play at 7.8 thefts per game. Junior G Rasheed Brooks ranks fourth in the league in steals in SEC games at 1.6/game, while senor G Stefan Moody is fourth in conference in all games averaging 1.5/game. Brooks has posted 15 steals over the last 10 games and the Rebels have recorded 135 steals over their last 15 games.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 212-125 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances 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 nine full years in Oxford.
GIELO CONTINUES HOT STREAK
Senior F Tomasz Gielo entered the Rebels' game at Missouri on Feb. 3 averaging just 5.2 ppg and shooting only 21.8 percent from the field (12 of 55) over the previous seven games. Gielo broke out of his slump against the Tigers with 4 3-pointers and 16 points in the road victory and has continued his hot streak. He is averaging 14.1 ppg and shooting 49.4 percent (44 of 89) from the field and 43.3 percent (26 of 60) from 3 over his last 10 games. He scored 20 points and tied a career high with 8 rebounds in the Rebels' road setback at Florida and posted 16 points and 7 boards in Ole Miss' road win at Tennessee. Gielo is also averaging 6.0 boards a game over his last eight games.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 43 points vs. MSU and leads the SEC, and ranks sixth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.1 ppg. He had his 14-game, 20+ point scoring streak snapped at Kansas State, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history. He has scored 20-plus points 21 times this season, eclipsed the 30-point mark four times and topped 40 once. He is the third highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 19.6 ppg career scoring average, which ranks sixth in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 27.2 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.1 PPG
3. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.9 PPG
4. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.8 PPG
5. Kahil Felder, Oakland 24.4 PPG
6. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.4 PPG
7. Cane Broome, Sacred Heart 23.1 PPG
8. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.1 PPG
9. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.1 PPG
10. A.J. English, Iona 22.5 PPG
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his eighth double-double of the season against Tennessee with 23 points and 11 rebounds and now has 10 double-doubles in his career. Saiz recorded a double-double in back-to-back games for the second time this year after recording two straight against Alabama and Georgia (Jan. 7-9). He is tied for 6th in the SEC with eight double-doubles this year, despite missing six games, and is pulling down 8.9 rpg, which ranks fourth in the SEC.
MOODY JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stan Moody became just the 37th player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody reached the historic club in just 52 career games and is the tied with Cob Jarvis for the fifth-fastest Rebel to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The only players to reach 1,000 points faster in school history are Gerald Glass (37 games), Denver Brakeen (41 games), Don Kessinger (47 games) and Marshall Henderson (51 games). Head coach Andy Kennedy has now coached nine of Ole Miss' 37 1,000-point scorers.
HYMON GROWING INTO POST ROLE
After being forced into the starting lineup after junior F Sebastian Saiz went down with an eye injury, sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon adapted to the role well. Hymon entered the South Carolina game averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 boards a game, and has posted 7.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg and is shooting 54.1 percent (40 of 74) from the field in the 13 games since Saiz's injury. He recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards against the Razorbacks.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 212-125 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 233-138 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
KENNEDY'S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama's Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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) - 192
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
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also fourth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 216
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) - 208
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 185
10. John Brady (LSU) - 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) - 169
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball began in January, as the Rebels christened the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion has a capacity of 9,051 fans and includes a number of first-class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl.
PEREZ LEADS REBELS AT UGA
Senior F Anthony Perez scored a season-high 19 points and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels' road setback at Georgia. Perez finished 5 of 10 from the field, 3 of 4 from behind the arc and 6 of 7 from the line, and was one rebound shy of his second career double-double.
MOODY, HYMON LEAD REBELS IN ROUT OF AUBURN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 24 points, including 19 in an explosive second half, and sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 boards as Ole Miss routed Auburn 80-63. Moody scored 19 of his 24 points after the break and knocked down 6 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. He also dished out 5 assists and committed only one turnover, as the Rebels erased a one-point halftime deficit and outscored the Tigers 51-33 in the second half.
MOODY POWERS REBELS PAST MIZZOU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points and added a career-high 8 assists as Ole Miss completed a season sweep of Missouri with an 85-76 victory. Moody knocked down 4 3-pointers in the win and also tied a career best with 8 rebounds. Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 boards, as the Rebels outrebounded the Tigers 47-38.
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
MOODY HAS HUGE NIGHT AGAINST LSU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 33 points and junior G Rasheed Brooks added 18 points and 6 boards, but Ole Miss dropped a tight SEC road contest 90-81 at LSU. It marked the third time this season Moody topped the 30-point mark and bested his previous career high of 30 points set against Towson and UMass. The 5-10 guard knocked down 10 of 18 from the field, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. He also added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks sixth in the SEC with a +1.9 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just 11 times this season and are 18-2 when tying or out rebounding their opponent.
BROOKS, FITZPATRICK-DORSEY AND PEREZ LEAD REBELS AT MSU
Senior F Anthony Perez recorded his first career double-double against Mississippi State with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Perez is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 boards a game over his last six games. Freshman G Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey posted career highs with 16 points and 4 assists in his first career start against the Bulldogs. Junior G Rasheed Brooks led the Rebels with 20 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, both of which tied career bests.
MOODY'S GAME-WINNER LIFTS REBELS TO WIN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points, including the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left to give Ole Miss a 72-171 victory over Georgia. Moody tied a career high with 7 assists and added 3 steals, as the Rebels erased a 15-point deficit. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior G Rasheed Brooks recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels swept Alabama and Georgia in the opening weekend at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ALABAMA
Thursday's game will be the 176th meeting between the two schools. The Crimson Tide hold a 118-57 lead in the series, which began in 1921, but the Rebels have won seven of the last 10 against Alabama including an 74-66 victory in the lone meeting in Oxford earlier this year. The Tide lead the series 9-3 in neutral site games and claim a 4-2 lead in SEC Tournament meetings. Andy Kennedy has a 10-7 career record versus the Tide.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting 71.5 percent this year, which ranks third in the league. Ole Miss hit 21 of 22 attempts from the line against the Razorbacks and hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern earlier this season, which was the second-most attempts and makes in school history. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks sixth in the league this season hitting 83.3 percent (205 of 246) of his attempts. His 205 free throw made this year ranks seventh in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 86.1 career free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE TIDE
The Crimson Tide ended the regular season with a 17-13 overall record and a 8-10 mark in SEC play after falling 70-63 at Georgia Saturday. Alabama has last four of its last five SEC games after winning five straight. Senior Retin Obasohan leads the Tide in scoring averaging 17.2 ppg and posted 20.6 ppg in conference play. Junior Shannon Hale is second on the team scoring at 11.2 ppg, while Dazon Ingram leads the squad in rebounding pulling down 5.9 per game. Alabama ranks last in the league in scoring at just 66.6 ppg, but are second in the conference giving up only 67.1 ppg.
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