GAME NOTES: Rebels Host Hornets On Monday
GAME 2: Ole Miss (1-0) vs. Alabama State (0-0)
OLE MISS HOSTS ALABAMA STATE
Following a season-opening rout of UALR and before the Rebels head down to San Juan for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Ole Miss hosts a second home game against defending SWAC Champion Alabama State Monday night. Senior forward DeAundre Cranston scored a career-high 21 points to lead Ole Miss to a 92-64 triumph in the season opener Friday. The team looks to remain unbeaten against the SWAC all-time with Monday's outing. The Rebels will face three high-quality opponents in Puerto Rico later this week, including a first-round matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers Thursday on ESPN2.
- Ole Miss is receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today coaches preseason poll.
- Ole Miss is 29-0 all-time vs. SWAC opponents and 6-0 against Alabama State.
- Andy Kennedy has led Ole Miss to a 45-7 record at Tad Smith Coliseum during his tenure.
- Ole Miss was picked by the media to finish second in the SEC West, while the Rebels have been tabbed as an NCAA Tournament by a number of preseason publications.
- Terrico White and Chris Warren were named to preseason All-SEC teams by both the media and league coaches. White was named to the first team and Warren to the second team on both lists.
- Terrico White is a preseason candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Awards.
- Ole Miss won its only exhibition game 102-62 over Auburn-Montgomery on Nov. 6. Chris Warren led four Rebels in double figures with 22 points.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Alabama State opens its season against Ole Miss on Monday. The Hornets are coming off a 22-10 season and NCAA Tournament appearance a year ago, winning the SWAC with a 19-2 league record. However, they lost all five starters and return just seven lettermen from that squad. Lewis Jackson's team earned a 98-83 exhibition win over Talladega College last week, led by Tramayne Moorer's 20 points and six rebounds.
OLE MISS-ALABAMA STATE SERIES
The Rebels boast a 6-0 all-time record against the Hornets with an average margin of victory of 18.3 points. Ole Miss has won all five games played in Oxford and the lone contest played in Montgomery on Dec. 1, 1999. The Rebels came from behind to beat the Hornets 85-81 last year, with David Huertas leading four Rebels in double figures with 25 points. Chris Warren had 16 points and Murphy Holloway added 15 in the win.
OLE MISS VERSUS SWAC FOES
Ole Miss enters Monday's contest versus Alabama State with a perfect 29-0 record against teams that currently comprise the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Rebels have faced every SWAC school except Texas Southern, while having played Prairie View A&M and Alabama State the most times at six each.
CRANSTON LEADS TEAM TO BIG OPENING WIN
DeAundre Cranston scored a career-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds, and Ole Miss dominated UALR en route to a 92-64 win in Friday's season opener. The Rebels got out to a 27-8 early lead and never looked back. Murphy Holloway also helped solidify the frontcourt play with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
REBELS IN THE POLLS
Ole Miss is receiving votes in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The last time the Rebels were ranked in the top 25 in one of those two polls was Jan. 28, 2008, when they were No. 24 and 22, respectively.
Ole Miss boasts a 39-10 record against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07. The 2007-08 Rebels finished the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record against non-league foes, becoming the second Rebel squad to accomplish that feat (1948-49). Last year, the team went 9-5 against teams outside the SEC.
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 45-7 (.865 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 12-4 mark last year. An 80-78 loss to West Virginia on Dec. 3 last year snapped a 25-game home win streak over non-conference opponents.
Ole Miss has won 176 of its last 215 games (.819 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 409-186 (.687 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
REBELS RUN AWAY WITH EXHIBITION WIN
Ole Miss started the second half by making its first seven three-point attempts and cruised to a 102-62 exhibition win over Auburn-Montgomery Friday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. Chris Warren led four Rebels in double figures with 22 points, including 17 in the second half. Trevor Gaskins and Terrico White had 16 points apiece, while Eniel Polynice added 15 and a game-high seven rebounds for the Rebels.
Ole Miss overwhelmed the Senators with a 40-9 run to open the second half. The Rebels were 16-of-22 during the surge, including eight three-point shots. Warren hit four three-point shots in the decisive run.
In addition to being picked to finish second in the SEC West in the SEC media poll, Ole Miss received a favorable outlook from a number of preseason publications. Among the highlights are FoxSports.com predicting the Rebels to win the SEC West and placing them at No. 25 in its preseason poll. Outlets that tabbed the Rebels as an NCAA Tournament team include Lindy's, Athlon, CBS Sports, FoxSports.com and Yahoo! Sports.
Terrico White was named a preseason All-American, as well as the nation's No. 4 scorer (Athlon) and No. 4 shooting guard (Lindy's), while Chris Warren was tabbed the nation's No. 9 floor leader (Athlon). The Rebel backcourt has been ranked as high as 9th-best in the country (Lindy's).
WHITE MAKES NAISMITH, WOODEN LISTS
The reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, sophomore guard Terrico White was named to the 2009-10 Naismith Preseason Watch List and a preseason candidate for the 2009-10 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy before the season. White, who scored 18.4 ppg in league play last season, is one the nation's top 50 college basketball players on each list.
TWO REBELS PRESEASON ALL-SEC
Ole Miss sophomore guard Terrico White was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-SEC first team and junior guard Chris Warren was voted to the second team in the coaches preseason poll. They also received the same preseason All-SEC honors from the media. Ole Miss tied for the most preseason All-SEC selections among league schools. Warren was voted preseason All-SEC for the second straight year.
ALL PLAYERS HEALTHY ENTERING 2009-10
After one of the most bizarre rashes of injuries one could imagine decimated the Ole Miss roster a year ago, all players are healthy and full-go entering the 2009-10 campaign. Sophomore guard Trevor Gaskins and junior guard Eniel Polynice, who missed all of last season with knee injuries, returned to action early in the summer. After tearing his ACL in the Rebels' 11th game last year, Chris Warren also returned to action during the summer. Zach Graham played through the last half of the season with a partially torn patella tendon, had surgery in April to repair the tear, and returned to action for preseason camp.
Expected to boast one of the top backcourts in the SEC, and perhaps the country, Ole Miss showed a glimpse of its potent guard attack in an exhibition win over Auburn-Montgomery. Four guards scored at least 15 points in the win - Chris Warren (22), Trevor Gaskins (16), Terrico White (16) and Eniel Polynice (15).
The backcourt has been ranked as high as ninth in the country by one national preseason outlet (Lindy's) and best in the SEC by another (Blue Ribbon Yearbook). Warren, White, Polynice and Zach Graham have all been a full-time starter during the last two seasons, while Gaskins was an SEC All-Freshman team member with Warren in 2007-08 before Gaskins missed last season with an ACL injury.
WHITE TAKES GOLD WITH TEAM USA
Rising sophomore guard Terrico White won a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA U19 World Championships in New Zealand in early July. The 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year was instrumental in the U.S. going 9-0 at the tournament as he averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine contests, making three starts. He was one of 12 collegiate and high school stars to earn a spot on the squad, which was coached by Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon.
OTHER PLAYER POINTS
- REGINALD BUCKNER: Swatted 4 shots and had 4 rebounds in his collegiate debut. He is the Tennessee high school record holder for career blocked shots.
- DeAUNDRE CRANSTON: Career-high 21 points (8-9 FGs, 3-4 3-pters) with 7 boards in season opener.
- TREVOR GASKINS: Played in his first game since 2007-08 after missing last year with injury and scored 7 points with 3 boards and 3 assists in opener.
- TERRANCE HENRY: Injured his hand slipping on stairs on campus and missed the opener.
- MURPHY HOLLOWAY: Holloway registered a double-double in the season opener (17 pts, 10 rebs). He led Ole Miss with six double-doubles last year.
- DeANGELO RILEY: Made his Rebel debut in the opener and had 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 10 minutes of action.
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