Rebels Open Season with UT Martin Friday
Nov. 9, 2016
Ole Miss(0-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. UT Martin (0-0, 0-0 OVC)
Date: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
• Ole Miss opens its 107th season of basketball Friday with the season opener against UT Martin.
OLE MISS OPENS 107TH YEAR OF HOOPS
Ole Miss opens its 107th season of basketball Nov. 11 at home against UT Martin. The Rebels have an all-time record of 1259-1268 in 106 years of basketball.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 11TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 212-126 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, eight 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and pair of trips to the NIT Final Four. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his 10 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.
OLE MISS WINS 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss posted 20 wins last year for the eighth time in 10 seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy’s arrival in Oxford. Kennedy is just the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in at least eight of his first 10 years in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in five-straight seasons. Ole Miss and Kentucky are also the only two schools to finish .500 or better in the SEC each of the last five seasons.
REBELS CONSISTENTLY UNDERRATED
The Rebels were predicted to finish ninth in the SEC this year by the media. Ole Miss finished tied for sixth in the league standings after being projected ninth in the preseason media poll. The Rebels have not finished worse than sixth in the league and have finished above their preseason projected finish each of the last five seasons since the league moved away from a divisional format.
REBELS SECURE WINNING SEASON
Ole Miss secured its 10th-consecutive winning season last year, all under head coach Andy Kennedy, and is one of just two teams in the SEC and 16 programs in the nation to have 10-straight winning seasons. That list includes Syracuse (46), Kansas (33), Arizona (32), Kentucky (26), Maryland (23), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Xavier (20), Wisconsin (18), Pittsburgh (16), Louisville (15), North Carolina (14), Ohio State (12), Georgetown (11) and Florida State (10).
DEAN OF SEC COACHES
Entering his 11th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. This season, Kennedy will have faced 38 different head coaches in the SEC during his time in Oxford. He is also the longest tenured head coach in the league in both basketball and football having entered the league prior to Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior F Sebastian Saiz is the SEC active career leader in rebounding with 599 boards. He averaged 8.7 rebounds a game last season and is the second leading returning rebounder in the league this year. Saiz posted eight double-doubles last season and ranks second among active players in the conference with nine career double-doubles.
KENNEDY’S FIRST 10 YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past MSU’s Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first 10 years who took over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 186
10. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
11. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
13. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
16. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 11-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also sixth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 11 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 261
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 250
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 239
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 231
5. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 213
6. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
7. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 210
8. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 204
9. Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 201
10. Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 199
11. Dale Brown (LSU) – 194
12. John Brady (LSU) – 192
13. C.M. Newtown (Alabama) – 193
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 188
15. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 185
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more consecutive winning seasons to start a career. The list includes: Jim Boehiem (40), Roy Williams (28), Tom Izzo (21), Thad Matta (17), Mark Few (17), Mike Anderson (14), Jamie Dixon (13), Sean Miller (12) and Dave Rose (11).
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball began in January, as the Rebels christened the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion has a capacity of 9,051 fans and includes a number of first-class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl. See page 11 for The Pavilion quick facts and records.
KENNEDY MOVING UP SEC COACHING WINS LIST
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy ranks 21st in SEC history with 212 career victories. He trails former Auburn coach Joel Eaves (214) by two wins for 20th on the list. See complete list below:
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 875
2. Billy Donovan (Florida) - 467
3. Dale Brown (LSU) - 448
4. C.M. Newtown (UA/VU) - 340
Harry Rabenhorst (LSU) - 340
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 332
7. Tubby Smith (UGA/UK) - 308
8. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 297
Hugh Durhman (Georgia) - 297
10. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 293
11. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 278
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 278
13. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 265
John Mauer (UK/UT/UF) - 265
15. Hank Crisp (Alabama) - 264
17. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
18. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
19. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 217
20. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214
21. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
REBELS CRUISE TO EXHIBITION WIN
Five Rebels scored in double figures as Ole Miss cruised to a 90-66 exhibition win over Morehouse College last week. Junior G Cullen Neal led the way offensively with 19 points. Joining Neal in double-figures were Deandre Burnett (17 points), Rasheed Brooks (17 points), Terence Davis (14 points), and Sebastian Saiz (11 points). Saiz hauled in a game-high nine rebounds while Neal led all players with seven assists. The Rebels shot 50 percent from the field and overwhelmed Morehouse on the boards to the tune of a +16 rebounding margin. Ole Miss opened the game with an 18-3 run, sparked by 3s from Neal, Burnett and Saiz.
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last 10 years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league eight of his 10 seasons including two SEC scoring champions.
SCOUTING THE SKYHAWKS
UT Martin posted a 20-15 mark last season and a 10-6 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Skyhawks earned an appearance in the OVC Tournament championship game for the first time in program history and participated in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Skyhawks’ 41 wins over two seasons is a record for the most victories in a two-year span in school history. It also marks the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1981-82 and 1982-83. UT Martin lost its top-scorers from a year ago, but return senior G Jacolby Mobley who earned OVC Sixth Man of the Year honors after averaging 10.8 points per game and hitting 65 3-pointers. Senior F Kedar Edwards also returns averaging pulling down a team-best 7.1 boards per game and finished fifth on the squad with 8.2 ppg.
Ole Miss is 2-0 all time versus UT Martin winning both previous meetings in the state. The Rebels claimed a 92-64 victory over the Skyhawks in Oxyurid in 2004 and won the first-ever meeting in the series 82-73 in a neutral-site affair in Southaven in 2001.
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 133-33 (.801 win pct.) in games played homes during Kennedy’s tenure. The Rebels opened The Pavilion with a 7-2 mark in SEC play last year including winning their final five home games. Ole Miss has won 258 of its last 323 games (.799 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.
Ole Miss must replace three starters – Tomasz Gielo, Stefan Moody and Martavious Newby – off last year’s squad, who combined for 78 starts a year ago. Moody, the SEC’s leading scorer last year, ranked fifth in the nation in averaging 23.6 ppg and is one of five players in school history to score 700 or more points in a season. The Rebels must replace three of its top five scorers from last season including Moody, Tomasz Gielo (9.9 ppg) and Anthony Perez (7.0 ppg).
The Rebels added a mixture of talented college transfers and high school signings for the 2016-17 campaign. Deandre Burnett, a former Parade All-American in high school, sat out last season after transferring from Miami. Justas Furmanavicius earned NJCAA All-America honors at Three Rivers College before joining the Rebels. Cullen Neal, a graduate transfer from New Mexico, averaged 12.3 points per game last year for the Lobos and has two years of eligibility remaining. Dominik Olejniczak, 7-0 center from Poland, transferred to Ole Miss from Drake and must sit out this season due to transfer rules. Nate Morris, rated the No. 21 center and No. 148 player overall in the nation by 247Sports, helped lead his high school to a 36-2 record, the Texas 5A state championship as a senior. Breein Tyree, a top-100 national player and the No. 5 player in New Jersey by 247Sports, averaged 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior for national powerhouse St. Joseph’s.
REBELS INK STAR-PACKED CLASS
The Rebels signed three high school standouts, including a top-100 recruit, in the fall signing period. Jamarko Pickett, Devontae Shuler and Parker Stewart all signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels for the 2017-2018 academic year. The trio has the highest average player rating in school history according to 247 Sports. Pickett, a 6-9, 190-pound forward, comes to Oxford from Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. Originally from Washington D.C., He averaged 17.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots a game last year as a senior at Eastern High School for coach Emmanual Kakula en route to first team All-DCIAA honors. The No. 17 power forward in the nation according to Scout.com, Pickett also played for DC Premier AAU squad and averaged 14 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3-point range on the summer circuit. A composite four-star guard, Shuler is rated the No. 100 player in the nation by 247 Sports and Scout.com and No. 104 by Rivals.com. A native of Irmo, South Carolina, the same hometown as Rebel legend Murphy Holloway, Shuler attended Irmo High School before transferring to perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia last season. As a junior, Shuler averaged 10.1 points per game and helped lead Oak Hill and legendary coach Steve Smith to a 45-1 record, including the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship. A 6-5 combo guard, Stewart is one of the nation’s top shooters. He averaged 19 points, six boards and two steals a game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc last season for coach Shane Sisco at Union City High School. Parker is the son of UT Martin head coach Anthony Stewart, who has more than 15 years of college coaching experience. He chose Ole Miss over Georgetown, Kansas State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
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