Rebels Tip Off '13-14 Season Friday Versus Troy
Nov. 6, 2013
Ole Miss opens its 104th season of basketball Friday when the Rebels host the Troy Trojans.
Head coach Andy Kennedy, the all-time winningest coach in school history, has led the Rebels to six 20-plus win campaigns in his seven years in Oxford. Ole Miss had only posted seven 20-plus win season in the 96 years before Kennedy's arrival.
Kennedy also boasts the fourth-most wins in SEC history by a coach in his first seven years in the league with 152. The others: Rick Pitino, Kentucky (184), Wimp Sanderson, Alabama (155), Joe B. Hall, Kentucky (154).
Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus led the Rebels to win exhibition win over South Carolina-Aiken last Friday with a game-high 15 points off the bench, while juniors LaDarius White and Jarvis Summers finished with 13 points each and sohpomore G Martavious Newby pull down a game-high 12 boards.
The Rebels, the reigning SEC Tournament Champions, return two full-time starters from last year's squad (Marshall Henderson - 33 and Jarvis Summers - 31) that started a combined 64 games last season and boast 94 career starts.
Who are the Rebels' top returning statistical leaders? Marshall Henderson in scoring (20.1 ppg) and steals (1.3 spg), Aaron Jones in rebounding (4.1 rpg) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg), and Jarvis Summers in assists (3.8 apg).
OLE MISS IN OPENERS
Ole Miss has an overall record of 78-25 (.757 winning percentage) in season openers. The Rebels have won their last nine season openers, including last season's 93-67 triumph over Mississippi Valley State. The last defeat in a season opener was a 74-69 loss to Arkansas State in 2003. Ole Miss has an overall record of 83-13 (.865 winning percentage) in its first home game of the year, and has won 16 of the last 17 home openers.
Four Rebels scored in double figures, led by sophomore Derrick Millinghaus' 15 points off the bench, as Ole Miss defeated USC-Aiken 75-70 in overtime. Juniors LaDarius White and Jarvis Summers finished with 13 points each and fellow junior Demarco Cox added 11 points and 8 boards. Sophomore G Martavious Newby, started and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The Pacers returned 10 seniors off last year's NCAA Division II Eight Elite team and are ranked No. 5 in the D-II preseason poll. USC-Aiken lost by 12 points, 84-72, at South Carolina on Sunday, after pulling within three points in the second half.
REBELS TIE WINS MARK
With 27 wins last year, the Rebels tied the 2000-01 squad for the most wins in school history. That season, Ole Miss won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Ole Miss also tied the `97-98 squad with a school-record 12 league wins . The Rebels finished the regular season in a tie for second place in the SEC standings after being picked to finish seventh in the preseason media poll. It is the highest finish for Ole Miss since finishing second overall in 1997-98. Ole Miss also started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history.
Ole Miss claimed its first SEC Tournament Championship since 1981 last year and just the second SEC Tourney title in school history with a come-from-behind victory over the Florida Gators. Junior G Marshall Henderson was named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Tournament team. He was joined on the All-Tournament squad by senior F Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway.
OLE MISS ADVANCES TO NCAA ROUND OF 32
After winning the 2013 SEC Tournament Championship game, Ole Miss advanced to its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the first since 2002. The Rebels have advanced to the NCAA Round of 32 for the first time since 2001 and for just the third time in school history.
KENNEDY CLAIMS WIN MARK
With a win over Auburn on Feb. 23 last year, Andy Kennedy earned his 145th career as Ole Miss head coach and passed B.L. Graham was the school's all-time winningest head coach.
KENNEDY NAMED SEC COACH OF THE YEAR
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy, the winningest coach in school history, was named the SEC Coach of the Year by NBCSports.com after guiding the Rebels to a 27-8 record, a 12-6 league mark and the SEC Tournament Championship. Ole Miss, which finished tied for second in the regular season league standings, was predicted seventh in the preseason media poll and made the highest jump from preseason predictions by moving up five places in the final standings.
REBELS WIN 20 ... AGAIN
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. 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 seasons, and senior F Reginald Buckner became the first Rebel to win 20 games in each of his four seasons in Oxford.
HENDERSON SET 3-POINT RECORDS
In his first season in Oxford, senior G Marshall Henderson climbed to the top of the 3-pointer season charts, as he ranks first on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (394) and 3-pointers made (138). Henderson ranks first in NCAA history for attempts in one season broke the SEC for 3-pointers made in a single season. The senior hit a 3-pointer in every game last year and ranked first in the SEC and third in the nation averaging 3.83 3-pointers made per game.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
Troy, who posted a 12-21 record including a 6-14 mark in Sun Belt play last season, is led by first year head coach Phil Cunningham, who spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State before joining the staff at Western Kentucky last season. The Trojans return three starters off last year's squad and feature six seniors and seven overall returning players. Senior guard Hunter Williams is Troy's leading returning scorer after averaging 10.4 points per game last year, while senior guard Antoine Myers returns after posting 8.0 ppg.
OLE MISS-TROY SERIES
Ole Miss is 7-0 all-time versus the Trojans including an 84-63 victory at home in the 2010 NIT First Round. All seven of the matchups have taken place in Oxford, beginning with the first game in 1958. The two teams also played in 1959, `81, 2000, `04 and `08.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Ole Miss must replace three full-time starters from last year's squad (Reginald Buckner - 36, Murphy Holloway - 35 and Nick Williams - 24) that started a combined 95 games last season and boasted 292 career starts. The Rebels must say goodbye to the school's all-time leading rebounder in Murphy Holloway (1,093 career boards) and all-time blocked shots leader in Reginald Buckner (326 career blocked shots).
KENNEDY'S FIRST SEVEN YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy moved passed Billy Donovan and Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first seven years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 184
2. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 155
3. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 154
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 152
The Rebels boast a 87-24 record (.784 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 59-2 mark at home. The Rebels went 10-2 against non-league teams in the regular season.
70 USUALLY MEANS W ...
Ole Miss posted a 20-4 mark last season when scoring 70-plus points and were just 7-5 when scoring fewer than 70. Ole Miss ranked 10th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 77.2 ppg last year and led the SEC in scoring for the first time in school history.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss posted an 18-1 record when it forced 15-plus turnovers and just 9-8 mark when it forced fewer than 15. The Rebels were 24-4 last season when they have the same or less TOs than the opponent and just 3-5 when turning the ball over more than their opponent.
In seven seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 35-6 record in November games, including a 5-0 mark last year.
DEFENDING HOME COURT
Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy's squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 100-19 (.840 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 16-1 record last season. Ole Miss has won 231 of its last 282 games (.819 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 464-198 (.701 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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