Rebels Travel To Coastal Carolina Saturday
Nov. 14, 2013
Game Two: at Coastal Carolina
Date: Sarurday, Nov. 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Conway, S.C.
Arena: The HTC Center (3,600))
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Tony Castricone, play-by-play
Live Video: BigSouthSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Satellite Radio: Sirius 112, XM 199
Series: Ole Miss leads 1-0
Last meeting: OM W, 90-72 (11/13/12)
Streak: OM, W1
Ole Miss travels to Coastal Carolina Saturday for the first road game of the season. Last year, the Rebels posted a 6-6 mark in true road game and an 11-8 mark in games away from Oxford.
Junior G Jarvis Summers led the way for the Rebels with a career-high 28 points, including 22 points in the first half, on a career-best 5 of 10 from behind the arc in Ole Miss' 69-54 season-opening win over Troy. Summers shot 52.6 percent from the field for the game and also tied a career high with 10 FGs and 5 rebounds.
Juniors Demarco Cox and Aaron Jones both posted solid outings in their first action since injuries ended their seasons last year. Jones pulled down a career-high 13 boards in his second career start, while Cox scored 6 points and pulled down 7 boards in his first action since last December.
With the win, Ole Miss has won their last 10 season openers and 17 of the last 18 home openers.
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).
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points as Ole Miss coasted past Troy 69-54 in the season opener. Summers was 9 of 11 from the field in the first half, including three shots from three-point range as the Rebels built an insurmountable 39-26 halftime lead. Derrick Millinghaus added 13 points, 10 in the second half, as Ole Miss controlled the season opener for both schools. The Rebels out-rebounded Troy 53-38 with Aaron Jones pulling down a game-high 13. Ole Miss won its 10th straight season opener and have won 17 of 18 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 AMONG SEC LEADERS
Two Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as Jarvis Summers is second among active players in assists (245), fifth in points scored (691), and 10th in steals (60), while Aaron Jones is seventh among active players with 53 career blocks.
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 CHANTICLEERS
Coastal Carolina is 1-1 on the young season after dropping its season opener on the road at Akron before bouncing back with a win over Guilford. Senior El Hadji Ndieguene is the top returner on the squad having started 27 games last season while averaging 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. Senior Eric Smith, who started 27 game at South Carolina last season, transferred to CCU for his final season. Smith averaged 5.7 points and 3.1 assists per game last season for the Gamecocks and scored 12 points against the Rebels including the game winning 3-pointer with 25.1 seconds left to knock off Ole Miss in Columbia last year. Freshman Elijah Wilson has paced the Chants averaging 15.5 points in his first two college games.
OLE MISS-COASTAL CAROLINA SERIES
Ole Miss won the first-ever meeting 90-72 between the two schools last year in Oxford.
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 88-24 record (.786 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 60-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 1-0 versus non-conference competition this 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 36-6 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 101-19 (.842 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 16-1 record last season. Ole Miss has won 232 of its last 283 games (.820 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 465-198 (.701 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
Ole Miss added four newcomers to this year's team, all from the high school ranks, including three international players. Dwight Coleby hails from the Bahamas, Janari Joesaar is originally from Estonia and Sebastian Saiz is a native of Spain. Jerron Martin comes to Oxford from Maryland. Saiz participated in the FIBA U-20 World Championships this past summer averaging 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while helping lead Spain to the bronze medal game where he posted tournament highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds in 70-63 victory over Russia. A high school teammate of Saiz at Sunrise Academy in Kansas, Joesaar averaged 14 points, six boards, four assists and two steals for coach Kyle Lindsted. Coleby starred at Piney Woods School averaging 18.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots as a senior for coach Lemuel Jones en route to Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen honors. Martin averaged 18.4 points per game helped lead his team to a 38-11 record as a senior for coach Van Whitfield at Princeton Day School.
NEW ARENA ON THE HORIZON
With $95 million in pledges and cash, the Forward Together Capital Campaign entered its building phase in September 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. In order to be completed by September 2014, construction on the parking garage will begin this fall. Construction on the new arena will begin 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.
REBELS ADD FOUR IN FALL SIGNING PERIOD
Ole Miss added four players in the fall signing period as J.T. Escobar, Marcanvis Hymon, Stefan Moody and Rauno Nurger all signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels for the 2014-15 academic year. A native of Tallahassee, Fla., the 6-1 Escobar is a two-time Florida Coaches Athletic Association Class 3A All-State selection and averaged 18.4 points per game last season at The Maclay School. Hymon, a 6-7 forward out of Memphis, is rated the No. 132 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 6 player in Tennessee by ESPN.com. An explosive guard originally from Kissimmee, Fla., Moody earned Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors at Florida Atlantic last season, posting averages of 15.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Owls before transferring to play for head coach Brian Hoberecht at Kilgore C.C. (Texas). A 6-10 center originally from Estonia, Nurger transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan., for his senior season. Nurger averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 boards per game for the Estonian National Team at last summer's 2013 FIBA U-20 European Championships and finished third among all players with 1.8 blocks per game.
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