Rebels Head to Virgin Islands for Paradise Jam
Nov. 15, 2016
Ole Miss travels to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands Friday for the Paradise Jam. The Rebels face Oral Roberts in the opening round and are 19-6 in regular-season tournament under Andy Kennedy.
Ole Miss posted a 90-88 come-from-behind victory over UMass after the Rebels ended the game on an 11-0 run capped by a Sebastian Saiz put-back with just 3.3 seconds left to push Ole Miss past the Minutemen. Saiz recorded his 10th career double-double with 22 points and 19 rebounds, finishing a single rebound shy of becoming the first Rebel since Walter Actwood in 1975 to post a 20-point, 20-rebound game. His 19 rebounds, which is the most by a Rebel since Murphy Holloway pulled down 20 in 2010 and is the most in the SEC this season, helped Ole Miss to a 46-39 advantage on the glass. Saiz also knocked down 14 of 18 from the line thanks to a total of 57 combined team fouls called in the game. Junior G Cullen Neal added 21 points and sophomore G Terence Davis chipped in 13, as five Rebels finished in double figures. The win over UMass moved head coach Andy Kennedy into a tie for 20th on the SEC career coaching victories list with Joel Eaves of Auburn at 214 wins.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 11TH YEAR
In 11 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 214-126 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.
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.
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.
OLE MISS KNOCKS OFF UT MARTIN IN SEASON OPENER
Ole Miss opened its 107th season of basketball with an 86-83 win over UT Martin and improved to 10-1 in season openers under Andy Kennedy. The Rebels committed 24 turnovers in the victory over UT Martin, which is the most turnovers in a win during the Andy Kennedy era. Junior F Justas Furmanavicius grabbed 13 rebounds in his Ole Miss debut to lead the team, while sophomore G Terence Davis exploded for a career-high 19 points. Davis hit 9 of 13 shots from the field and grabbed six boards in 25 minutes off the bench. Junior F Marcanvis Hymon added eight points, six boards and blocked a career-best four shots, as Ole Miss tallied 10 blocked shots as a team, the most since the Rebels recorded 10 against South Carolina in 2014.
BURNETT SHINES IN REBEL DEBUT
Junior G Deandre Burnett scored a game-high 23 points in his Ole Miss debut versus the Skyhawks, which is the most points by a Rebel in his debut since Johnny Neumann scored 41 points in 1971. The Miami transfer made 5 of 11 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc, and was a perfect 10 of 10 from the line including two late free throws to seal the victory.
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.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior F Sebastian Saiz is the SEC active career leader in rebounding with 621 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 10 career double-doubles. He ranks second in the SEC this season pulling down 11.0 boards a game.
KENNEDY MOVING UP SEC COACHING WINS LIST
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is tied with former Auburn coach Joel Eaves for 20th in SEC history with 214 career victories. 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. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 219
Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
20. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 214
Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214
Andy Kennedy is one of nine 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), Jamie Dixon (13), Sean Miller (12) and Dave Rose (11).
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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 214
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 213
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
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).
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.
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 GOLDEN EAGLES
Oral Robert knocked off Rodgers State 82-74 Monday after falling 78-58 at Baylor last Friday to open the season. The Golden Eagles are 1-1 on the young season and return three starter off last year's that posted a 14-17 record and a 6-10 mark in the Summit League. Senior G Jalen Bradley leads the squad in scoring this season averaging 15.0 ppg, while junior C Albert Owens is close behind at 14.5 ppg. Freshman F Emmanuel Nzekwesi is the top rebounder on the squad pulling down 9.5 boards a game. Oral Roberts is shooting 43.9 percent from the field early in the year, but is allowing its opponents to shoot 43.4 percent.
OLE MISS VERSUS PARADISE JAM FIELD
Ole Miss has a perfect 8-0 all-time record against the Paradise Jam field.
vs. Creighton: Ole Miss leads 1-0
vs. Loyola (Chicago): Ole Miss leads 1-0
vs. Montana: Never played
vs. N.C. State: Never played
vs. Oral Roberts: Ole Miss leads 4-0
vs. St. Joseph's: 2-0
vs. Washington State: Never played
OLE MISS IN REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Ole Miss is 19-8 in regular-season tournaments under head coach Andy Kennedy, including a 2-1 mark at the 2011 Paradise Jam. The Rebels have captured the 2007 San Juan Shootout, 2013 Barclays Center Classic and 2014 Emerald Coast Classic championships under Kennedy.
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.
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 135-33 (.804 win pct.) in games played homes during Kennedy's tenure. The Rebels are 9-2 all time in The Pavilion including seven-straight wins. Ole Miss has won 260 of its last 325 games (.800 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.
In 11 seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 53-9 record in November games, including a 2-0 mark this year.
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