Nov. 9, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
SEASON OPENER: Ole Miss vs. Arkansas State
Friday 11.12.10 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (Eli Savoie, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Live Video: RebelVision
REBELS EMBARK ON 2010-11 CAMPAIGN
Led by seniors Zach Graham and Chris Warren, Ole Miss will officially kick off the fifth year of Andy Kennedy's tenure against Arkansas State. 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. Ole Miss defeated Delta State 86-52 in its lone exhibition game this past Friday.
- Ole Miss has an 85-50 record in four years under Andy Kennedy, with two SEC West titles and three postseason berths.
- Ole Miss owns a 20-9 record against Arkansas State and has three straight wins in the series.
- The Rebels have an overall record of 75-25 (.750 winning percentage) in season openers and have won each of their last six.
- 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.
- Ole Miss was picked to finish second in the SEC West by a panel of SEC and national media.
SCOUTING THE RED WOLVES
Arkansas State returns eight lettermen and four starters from last year's team that went 17-14 and claimed second place in the Sun Belt Western Division. Led by former LSU coach John Brady, the Red Wolves won both of their exhibition games this year against Ouachita Baptist (83-71) and Henderson State (71-53). Junior forward Martavius Adams is the team's top returning scorer (11.6 ppg) and rebounder (7.5 rpg) from last season. In two seasons at ASU, Brady has compiled a 30-31 record.
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS STATE SERIES
Ole Miss owns a 20-9 record against ASU and enters Friday's game with three straight wins in the series (2-0 under Kennedy). Terrico White, Zach Graham and Chris Warren combined for 49 points in last year's 79-57 victory in Jonesboro (see recap on page 5). The Rebels have a 15-2 advantage in games played in Oxford and have won each of the last two.
OLE MISS VERSUS SUN BELT FOES
Ole Miss owns a 57-22 all-time record against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The Rebels went 3-0 last year with wins over UALR, Arkansas State and Troy (NIT first round).
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION 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 titles and three postseason berths, including 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.
OLE MISS IN OPENERS
Ole Miss has an overall record of 75-25 (.750 winning percentage) in season openers. The Rebels have won their last six season openers, including last season's 92-64 triumph over UALR. The last defeat in a season opener was a 74-69 loss to Arkansas State in 2003. Ole Miss has an overall record of 80-13 (.860 winning percentage) in its first home game of the year, and has won 13 of the last 14 home openers.
REBELS CRUISE BY DELTA STATE IN EXHIBITION WIN
Five Rebels scored in double figures as Ole Miss beat Delta State 86-52 in a preseason exhibition game this past Friday. Eleven players garnered 11 or more minutes of action, with nine of them making it into the scoring column. Trevor Gaskins paced the Rebels with 17 points (6-of-11 FGs, 3-of-6 3s). Zach Graham added 15 points and Nick Williams had 13. Chris Warren contributed 11 points and seven assists, while Terrance Henry added 10 points and seven rebounds. Reginald Buckner shared team-high honors with seven boards and blocked four shots. Ole Miss led 44-24 at the half.
In four seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 22-3 record in November games, including a 5-1 mark last year.
TAD PAD UPGRADES
It will be impossible for fans not to notice some of the newest upgrades to Tad Smith Coliseum for this season. Above the court is a brand new video board, featuring four LED video displays measuring approximately seven feet high by 13 feet wide. Two ring displays are also part of the centerhung structure and will be able to show a variety of graphics, animations and statistical information. In addition, Daktronics has provided a brand new custom sound system, which has greatly improved the arena's sound quality.
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.