Rebels Open '14-15 Season Against Charleston Southern
Nov. 13, 2014
Date: Friday, Nov. 15, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: SEC Network +
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 142, XM 196
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: First Meeting• Ole Miss will tip off its 105th season of basketball versus Charleston Southern. The Rebels knocked off Delta State 97-58 in their lone exhibition game last week.
• Senior G Jarvis Summers was recently named to the Cousy Award Watch List, which is given to the nation’s top point guard.
• Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved passed Billy Donovan and Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head coach in their first eight years in the SEC at one school with 171 wins.
• Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,233), assists (370), minutes played (2,920) and wins (66).
• Ole Miss returns four starters from last year’s squad (Jarvis Summers – 31, Aaron Jones – 27, LaDarius White – 16 and Sebastian Saiz – 13) that started a combined 87 games last season and boast 167 career starts.
• The Rebels return six of their top seven players from last year in terms of minutes per game lead by Jarvis Summers at 30.6 minutes a game.
• Ole Miss returns 62.3 percent of its scoring from last year’s squad, 74.5 percent of its assists and 68.2 percent of its total rebounds.
• Who are the Rebels’ top returning statistical leaders? Jarvis Summers in scoring (17.3 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (0.9 spg) and Aaron Jones in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.1 bpg).
OLE MISS IN OPENERS
Ole Miss has an overall record of 79-25 (.760 winning percentage) in season openers. The Rebels have won their last 10 season openers, including last season’s 69-54 triumph over Troy. The last defeat in a season opener was a 74-69 loss to Arkansas State in 2003. Ole Miss has an overall record of 84-13 (.866 winning percentage) in its first home game of the year, and has won 17 of the last 18 home openers.
Ole Miss went on a 30-4 run over a 9:57 stretch in the first half, turning a 14-11 deficit into a 41-18 lead on the way to a resounding 97-58 win over Delta State in its lone exhibition game of the season. Senior G Jarvis Summers led the team with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while a trio of newcomers finished in doubles figures were in Stefan Moody (14 points), Roderick Lawrence (14 points) and Terence Smith (10 points). Sophomore forward Sebastian Saiz led all players with 11 rebounds.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS NINTH YEAR
In eight seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 171-101 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, six 20-win campaigns and six postseason berths, which includes an NCAA Third Round appearance 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 eight years in Oxford.
SUMMERS NAMED TO COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
Senior G Jarvis Summers was one of 35 players recently named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.
SUMMERS EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Senior G Jarvis Summers was named to the All-SEC first team in a preseason poll of both the leagues’ coaches and media. He was also selected the preseason SEC Player of the Year and first team all-conference by CBSSports.com. In addition, Summers was named the second-most undervalued player in the nation by Jay Bilas, who rated Summers the ninth-best point guard in the nation.
KENNEDY’S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy 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
... AND HE IS MOVING UP THE NINE-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks seventh on the list for most win by a coach in their first nine years in the league
at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 205
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 193
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 186
4. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
5. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
6. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
7. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 171
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Charleston Southern posted a 13-18 overall record last season and finished tied for eighth in the Big South with a 6-10 league mark. CSU finished 10th in nation a year ago, averaging 81.4 points a game. The Buccaneers return three starters off last year’ squad including a pair of preseason All-Big South selections in Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper. Nimley is the Bucs leading returning scorer at 13.3 points per game and needs just 87 assists to become the program’s all-time leader. Harper, who was second on the team in scoring a year ago at 12.6 ppg, has knocked down 145 3-pointers in his career.
In eight seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 41-6 record in November games, including a 6-0 mark last year.
REBS PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ole Miss was projected to finish sixth in the SEC preseason media poll. Kentucky was predicted as the league champion followed by Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia.
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Last year, senior G Jarvis Summers became the 35th member of the 1,000-point club at Ole Miss and currently ranks 22nd in school history with 1,233 career points. Summers also ranks second all time in 3-point FG percentage (.411) and seventh in assists (370). See page 7 for updated career records.
SUMMERS LEADS THE SEC
Senior G Jarvis Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,233); assists (370); minutes played (2,920); and wins (66).
Senior G Jarvis Summers was one of the most improved players in the league last season upping his scoring 8.2 points per game (17.3 from 9.1), field goal percentage 8.2 percent (48.6% from 40.4%) and his 3-point field goal percentage 8.3 percent (42.3% from 34.0%) over last year’s totals. Summers 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 last season. Summers ranked eighth in the league in scoring (17.3 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (.486) and fourth in assists (3.8/game). He was 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 was named the C Spire Howell Trophy winner as the best college player in Mississippi.
PEREZ PICKING UP HIS GAME
Junior F Anthony Perez picked up his game at the end of last season. The 6-9 forward has averaged 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 scored in double figures in six of his last 10 games.
Ole Miss ranked third the SEC and 20th in the nation last year, averaging 5.6 blocked shots per game. Senior F Aaron Jones is ranked third in the league, and 54th in the nation, averaging 2.1 blocked shots per game.
SAIZ AMONG TOP FRESHMEN OFF THE GLASS
Sophomore F Sebastian Saiz ranked second on the team and fifth among freshmen in the SEC last year pulling down 5.6 rebounds per game. He recorded five double-digit rebound games last season including a career-high 11 boards vs. Mississippi State (1/25).
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 112-24 (.824 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped last season with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 243 of its last 299 games (.813 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 476-203 (.701 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
NEW ARENA ON THE HORIZON
With $120 million in pledges and cash, the Forward Together Capital Campaign entered its building phase last year as Ole Miss works its way towards a new basketball arena. The building phase will focus on the Rebels’ new basketball arena and a five-story parking garage with 800 spaces serving the entire campus community. Construction on the new arena began in the spring of 2014 with the goal to open the arena no later than January 2016, which would be in time for conference action.
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