Ole Miss Marches On In SEC Tourney, Faces Georgia
March 14, 2014
SEC Tournament Quarterfinals
Ole Miss, the reigning SEC Tournament champion, knocked off Mississippi State Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals against the Georgia Bulldogs.
REBELS LOOKING FOR 20 ... AGAIN
A win on Friday would give Ole Miss 20 wins for the seventh time in eight 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). Only Pitino and Smith won 20 games in seven of their first eight years. Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in four-straight seasons.
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) - 171
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
REBELS KNOCK OFF THE BULLDOGS
Ole Miss overcame a 13-point second half deficit to knock off Mississippi State 78-66 in the second round of the SEC Tournament. Senior G Marshall Henderson hit seven 3-pointers on an SEC Tournament record 19 attempts, while junior G Jarvis Summers chipped in 21 points and six assists. Ole Miss outscored MSU 40-15 over the last 16:42 of the game and limited the Bulldogs to just 4-of-23 (.174) shooting from the field in the second half.
OLE MISS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
The Rebels have an overall record of 30-49 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 four-straight SEC Tournament games, and six of its last seven overall dating back to 2011-12. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 8-6 in the SEC Tournament at Ole Miss and has reached the semifinals three times.
SEC TOURNAMENT 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 6-12 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 SEC 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 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 4.38 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. His 65-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 35.2% 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 7.9 points per game (17.0 from 9.1), field goal percentage 7.6 percent (48.0% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 9.9 percent (43.9% from 34.0%) over last year's totals. Summers has led the Rebels in scoring 14 times including a career-best 29 points in Ole Miss' overtime loss to Dayton and has posted a team-high 11 20+ points games this season. Summers ranks eighth in the league in scoring (17.0 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.
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 is tied for 18th in school history with 1,274 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 1,207 career points.
PEREZ PICKING UP HIS 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 16 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 six of his last 10 games.
Ole Miss ranks third the SEC and 20th in the nation, averaging 5.6 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 ranked fifth in the SEC hitting 71.4 percent of its free throw attempts in conference play. The Rebels have hit 275-of-371 free throws (.741) over their last 18 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 ranked 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 1,274 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (367) and seventh in points scored (1,207). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 120 career blocks.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Georgia is 18-12 on the season and post a 12-6 mark in the SEC to grab the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs posted a 14-2 mark at home this season, but are just 4-10 away from Stegeman Coliseum including an 0-3 record in neutral site affairs. UGA started the season 1-4 but won 17 of its last 25 games. Sophomores Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann lead the Bulldogs averaging 13.4 ppg and are the only two player averaging double figures for UGA. Junior Marcus Thornton leads the team pulling down 6.0 rebounds/game. Georgia leads the SEC in field goal defense allowing opponents to shoot just .395 from the field.
OLE MISS-GEORGIA SERIES
Friday's quarterfinal game is the 109th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia holding a 67-41 lead in the series (UGA lists its lead as 65-41, with wins in 2002 and 2003 vacated due to NCAA sanctions). Ole Miss has prevailed in seven of the last 11 meetings, but Georgia took a last second 61-60 earlier this season in Athens. The Bulldogs lead the series 7-2 in SEC Tournament meetings, but the two teams haven't met in the postseason since a 97-95 overtime loss for the Rebels in 2001. Head coach Andy Kennedy owns a 6-3 record against UGA.
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.
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 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 12-4 this season forcing 15 or more turnovers and just 7-9 when forcing 14 or fewer turnovers. The Rebels ranks second in the SEC, and are tied for 30th in the nation, in turnover margin at +2.84.
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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