Nov. 3, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
2010-11 Ole Miss Basketball Guide
2010-11 Season Outlook
EXHIBITION: Ole Miss vs. Delta State
Friday 11.05.10 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
REBELS EMBARK ON 2010-11 CAMPAIGN
Led by seniors Zach Graham and Chris Warren, Ole Miss will unofficially kick off the fifth year of Andy Kennedy’s tenure with an exhibition against Delta State. Admission is free for all fans. The Rebels return six lettermen from last year’s team that tied for the second-most wins in school history with a 24-11 record, won an SEC Western Division title and advanced to the NIT Final Four. The team welcomes nine new players, including Indiana transfer Nick Williams, who sat out last season per NCAA rules. The season opener is Friday, Nov. 12, against Arkansas State (7 p.m. start).
- Ole Miss has an 85-50 record in four years under Andy Kennedy, with two SEC West titles and three postseason berths.
- Delta State leads the all-time series with Ole Miss 4-2 (in regular-season games), but the Rebels are 2-0 in exhibition games vs. DSU under Kennedy.
- Ole Miss boasts a 59-11 record at Tad Smith Coliseum since Kennedy’s arrival in 2006-07.
- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren is third on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and has drained at least one trey in a school-record 45 straight games.
- Senior guard Zach Graham has a chance to eclipse 1,000 points and become the all-time winningest player in school history this season.
- Ole Miss was picked to finish second in the SEC West by a panel of SEC and national media.
SCOUTING THE STATESMEN
Delta State, an NCAA Division II team, returns one starter and just two lettermen from last year’s 19-8 squad that finished second in the Gulf South Conference Western Division with a 10-4 league record. Led by head coach Jason Conner, the Statesmen last made the NCAA D-II tournament in 2008-09. The lone returning starter, junior forward Marqueys Brown, averaged 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds last year. The team welcomes 10 Division I transfers this season, including former Mississippi State guard Phil Turner.
OLE MISS-DELTA STATE SERIES
Ole Miss and Delta State have met “officially” six times, with DSU holding a 4-2 advantage in a series that ran from 1937-1942. The teams will square off for their third exhibition matchup in the last five years, with Ole Miss winning 80-69 before the 2006-07 season and 110-65 before the 2007-08 campaign.
KENNEDY ADMINSTRATION MOVES INTO YEAR FIVE
In four seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has an 85-50 record (one win shy of the school record by an Ole Miss staff in a four-year span), two SEC West championships and three postseason berths, which includes a pair of trips to the NIT Final Four. The Rebels have their sights set on challenging for the program’s first SEC regular-season championship and their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002, as Kennedy and his staff enter their fifth year at the helm.
REBELS PICKED SECOND IN WEST
Ole Miss was predicted to finish second in the SEC West in preseason voting by a panel of SEC and national media. The Rebels were picked second behind Mississippi State. The in-state rivals shared the division crown last season.
WARREN TABBED PRESEASON ALL-SEC
Senior point guard Chris Warren was a preseason All-SEC first team pick by the league coaches and media. He has the most career points of any returning player in the SEC and was a second-team All-SEC selection a year ago when he averaged 17.2 points per game, third-most among league players. Warren was also named preseason All-America honorable mention and the No. 6 floor leader in the country by Athlon Sports. He was tabbed the Best Leader in the SEC by Sporting News and the Top Playmaker in the SEC by Lindy’s.
WARREN NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S AWARD
Senior point guard Chris Warren has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which goes to a senior men’s basketball player who exhibits the finest qualities in competition, classroom, character and community. The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists in late January.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 64 win in his first three years, he enters his final campaign needing 23 to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
Nick Williams PREPARES FOR REBEL DEBUT
After transferring from Indiana, sophomore guard Nick Williams had to sit out last season due to NCAA rules, but he was able to practice with the Rebels. The Mobile, Ala., native started 29 of 31 games for the Hoosiers as a freshman (8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and is expected to contribute leadership and toughness to the Rebel lineup right away.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
A year ago, Reginald Buckner missed four games and was hampered by an ankle injury in SEC and postseason play, but he still managed to break the school’s all-time blocked shots record for a season and be named to the SEC All-Freshman squad by the league coaches. Now healthy and more experienced as a sophomore, Buckner could have a big year in the frontcourt.
There will be at least two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are Ole Miss’ first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05.