Rebels Begin SEC Title Defense Thrusday
March 11, 2014
• Head coach Andy Kennedy recently moved passed Billy Donovan and Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head coach in their first eight years in the SEC at one school with 170 wins.
REBELS LOOKING TO DEFEND SEC TITLE
Ole Miss heads to Atlanta, Ga., this week looking to defend its SEC Tournament title. A year ago, the Rebels ran through the rest of the field culminating in a championship game victory over Florida. The Rebels will face the winner of the Mississippi State/Vanderbilt matchup on Thursday.
OLE MISS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
The Rebels have an overall record of 29-49 in 52 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 three-straight SEC Tournament games, and five of its last six overall, after last season’s title. The Rebels knocked off Missouri (64-62), Vanderbilt (64-52) and Florida (66-63) en route to the title. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 7-6 in the SEC Tournament at Ole Miss and has reached the semifinals three times.
SEC YOU IN ATLANTA
The SEC Tournament returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2011 and the 10th time in the last 17 years. It is being held in the Georgia capital for the 13th time ever, including the first SEC tourney in 1933. Ole Miss has a 5-12 record in the tournaments that have taken place in Atlanta. The Rebels have advanced to the semifinals twice in the Georgia Dome, most recently in 2007.
HENDERSON, SUMMERS EARN HONORS
Senior G Marshall Henderson and Junior G Jarvis Summers were recently named to the All-SEC second team by the league’s coaches. It is the second-straight year that Henderson has earned All-SEC accolades and the first honor for Summers. Ole Miss has 14 All-SEC (AP and Coaches’ teams) in eight seasons under Andy Kennedy, which is tied for the third most in the league, trailing just Florida and Kentucky. Henderson was also named to the USBWA All-District team for the second-straight year.
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 third in the nation averaging 4.29 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 64-straight games with a 3-pointer broke Pat Bradley’s SEC record of 60 consecutive games. He ranks third in the league in scoring at 19.0 ppg and 10th in 3-point FG percentage hitting 35.1% 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 7.8 points per game (16.9 from 9.1), field goal percentage 7.9 percent (48.3% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 8.7 percent (42.7% 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 (16.9 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (.483) and fourth in assists (3.8/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 recently 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 passed 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) - 170
4. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
6. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 164
7. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 161
8. Don DeVoe (Tennessee) - 155
9. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 150
Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 150
11. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) -149
12. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 146
13. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) -144
14. John Brady (LSU) - 140
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 20th in school history with 1,253 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 23rd in school history with 1,186 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 9.9 points per game over his last 15 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 five of his last nine games.
Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and 20th in the nation, averaging 5.7 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league, and 54th in the nation, averaging 2.1 blocked shots per game.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks fifth in the SEC hitting 71.4 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 263-of-354 free throws (.743) over their last 17 games. Ole Miss struggled at the line last time out against Vanderbilt, as the Rebels hit just 14 of their first 29 free throw attempts, but closed strong nailing the last ten in a row to secure the three-point victory. Senior G Marshall Henderson ranks second in the league in free throw percentage, hitting 86.5% of his attempts in conference play. Henderson is third all-time in Ole Miss history with a 85.7 free throw percentage in his career.
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 1,253 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (361) and seventh in points scored (1,186). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 118 career blocks.
OLE MISS-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES
The Bulldogs are Ole Miss’ most-played opponent, having met 249 time with its in-state rivals, which is also the SEC’s most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 141-108 lead in the series, which began in 1914. The Rebels and the Bulldogs have split the last three season series, with each team winning out its home court. Ole Miss has only face MSU once in the SEC Tournament with the Bulldogs winning 73-64 in 2003. Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is 6-10 against MSU in his career.
OLE MISS-VANDERBILT SERIES
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt 117 times on the hardwood, with the Commodores holding a 74-42 lead in the series, which began in 1925. However, Ole Miss has won the last four meetings and completed its first regular-season series sweep of Vanderbilt since 1983 last Saturday. The Rebels have 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. Ole Miss is 4-3 all-time against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament, including last year’s 64-52 Rebel victory in the semifinals. Rebel head coach Andy Kennedy is 6-6 against Vandy in his career. In addition to a 4-6 mark with Ole Miss, he picked up a 92-83 victory at Vanderbilt during the 2005-06 campaign, his lone season as Cincinnati mentor.
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.
Like most college teams, Ole Miss fared better at home (7-2) than on the road (2-7) this season in conference play. The Rebels shot better from the field (.429 at home /.376 on road) and from 3-point (.355 at home /.296 on road) at home and rebound the ball better with a -4.2 rebound margin on the road and a -0.3 margin at home. Ole Miss is scored more points at home in league games (76.2) than on the road (67.6). Junior F Aaron Jones posted 8.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg in conference home games and just 3.0 ppg and 5.4 rpg in league road games, while senior Marshall Henderson is averaged 20.6 ppg at home compared to just 17.6 ppg on the road in conference play.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 11-4 this season forcing 15 or more turnovers and just 7-9 when forcing 14 or fewer turnovers. The Rebels ranks third in the SEC, and are tied for 30th in the nation, in turnover margin at +2.7.
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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