Nov. 16, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 2: Ole Miss (1-0) vs. Murray State (1-0)
Wednesday 11.17.10 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: Racer TV Network (Jeff Waters, play-by-play; Dave Winder, analyst); ESPN FullCourt
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Video: RebelVision; ESPN3.com
REBELS HOST RACERS
After a season-opening 68-60 win over Arkansas State, Ole Miss will host Murray State in the second of four straight home games. Chris Warren scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half to help the Rebels rally from an eight-point halftime deficit in the opener. Reginald Buckner tied a career high with five blocks and cracked the school's top 10 career blocks list. The Rebels' first three opponents of the season are all predicted to finish at or near the top of their conference. Murray State was a 31-win NCAA Tournament team last year, nearly upsetting eventual national runner-up Butler in the second round. The Racers won their season opener 50-39 over ETSU.
- Ole Miss and Murray State will meet for the fifth time, with the Racers holding a 3-1 advantage in the series.
- The Rebels are 18-5 all-time against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
- The Rebels are 54-13 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy, with a 38-1 record at home.
- Ole Miss boasts a 60-11 record at Tad Smith Coliseum since Kennedy's arrival in 2006-07.
- The Rebels boast a 23-3 record in the month of November under Kennedy.
- Ole Miss was picked to finish second in the SEC West by a panel of SEC and national media.
- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren is third on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and has drained at least one trey in a school-record 46 straight games.
- Senior guard Zach Graham has a chance to eclipse 1,000 career points and become the all-time winningest player in school history this season.
SCOUTING THE RACERS
Murray State returns eight key contributors, including three starters, from last season's team that went 31-5 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After winning the OVC with a 17-1 league record, the Racers upset No. 4 seed Vanderbilt in the first round of the Big Dance and almost upset eventual national runner-up Butler, losing 54-52. Billy Kennedy's team earned a 50-39 win over ETSU in its season opener Monday, forcing 25 turnovers and holding the opponent to a 33.3 field-goal percentage.
OLE MISS-MURRAY STATE SERIES
Murray State owns a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a win in each of the last three. The teams played a home-and-home series in the 1957-58 and 58-59 seasons, as well as the 1992-93 and 93-94 seasons. The Rebels won 67-61 at home on Dec. 8, 1958 for their only win in the series.
OLE MISS VERSUS OHIO VALLEY FOES
Ole Miss owns an 18-5 all-time record against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee Tech is the most frequent foe, with Ole Miss owning a 6-1 record against the Golden Eagles.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION MOVES INTO YEAR FIVE
In his first four seasons, Mississippi native Andy Kennedy led Ole Miss to an 85-50 record (one win shy of the school record by an Ole Miss staff in a four-year span), two SEC West titles and three postseason berths, including two trips to the NIT Final Four. The Rebels have their sights set on challenging for the program's first SEC regular-season championship and their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002, as Kennedy and his staff enter their fifth year at the helm.
TOUGH EARLY SLATE
Ole Miss opens the 2010-11 campaign with a challenging slate of non-league opponents. The first three games - Arkansas State, Murray State and Dayton - feature teams predicted to finish at or near the top of their conferences. Murray State was a second-round NCAA Tournament squad last year, while Dayton beat Ole Miss in the NIT Semifinals and won the 2010 NIT Championship. Those games are followed by a pair of power conference opponents in Penn State (at home) and Miami (on the road), then back at home against Conference USA upstart Southern Miss.
REBELS PREVAIL IN SEASON OPENER
Chris Warren scored 26 points and led Ole Miss to a 68-60 win over Arkansas State in Friday's season opener. The Rebels trailed 32-24 at halftime, but out-scored the Red Wolves 44-28 in the second period for the comeback win. Warren scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the second half, and Zach Graham added 12 points for the Rebels. Ole Miss has won each its last seven season openers.
REBELS CRUISE BY DELTA STATE IN EXHIBITION
Five Rebels scored in double figures as Ole Miss beat Delta State 86-52 in a preseason exhibition game on Nov. 5. Eleven players garnered 11 or more minutes of action, with nine of them making it into the scoring column. Trevor Gaskins paced the Rebels with 17 points (6-of-11 FGs, 3-of-6 3s). Zach Graham added 15 points and Nick Williams had 13. Chris Warren contributed 11 points and seven assists, while Terrance Henry added 10 points and seven rebounds. Reginald Buckner shared team-high honors with seven boards and blocked four shots. Ole Miss led 44-24 at the half.
In five seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 23-3 record in November games, including a 5-1 mark last year and a 1-0 record this year.
TAD PAD UPGRADES
It will be impossible for fans not to notice some of the newest upgrades to Tad Smith Coliseum for this season. Above the court is a brand new video board, featuring four LED video displays measuring approximately seven feet high by 13 feet wide. Two ring displays are also part of the centerhung structure and will be able to show a variety of graphics, animations and statistical information. In addition, Daktronics has provided a brand new custom sound system, which has greatly improved the arena's sound quality.
CONSISTENT SHOOTER NEARS SEC RECORD
With a late trey against Arkansas State, Chris Warren extended his school-record streak to 46 straight games with at least one 3-point field goal, which is 14 shy of tying the SEC record held by Arkansas' Pat Bradley. It is the longest active streak by any player in the nation and the 11th-longest in NCAA history.
With 26 points vs. Arkansas State, Chris Warren has 27 career 20-point games, which leads all active SEC players. He also leads all active league players in career points and assists.
WARREN NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S AWARD
Senior point guard Chris Warren has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which goes to a senior men's basketball player who exhibits the finest qualities in competition, classroom, character and community. The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists in late January.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 65 career wins, he needs 22 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner needed just one game of his second season to break into the top 10 career blocks chart for Ole Miss. He is tied for ninth with Kenny Williams at 69 blocks. Buckner missed four games and was hampered by an ankle injury in SEC and postseason play last year, but he still managed to break the school's all-time blocked shots record for a season and be named to the SEC All-Freshman squad by the league coaches.
Nick Williams MAKES REBEL DEBUT
After transferring from Indiana, sophomore guard Nick Williams had to sit out last season due to NCAA rules, but he was able to practice with the Rebels. The Mobile, Ala., native earned a start in his first game with the Rebels against Arkansas State and contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds in the win. He was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
There will be at least two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are Ole Miss' first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Tied a career high with 5 blocks, while scoring 6 points and grabbing 5 boards vs. Arkansas State.
Demarco Cox: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State.
Trevor Gaskins: Scored 8 points and tied a career high with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State.
Zach Graham: Scored 12 points vs. Arkansas State.
Terrance Henry: Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State.
Dundrecous Nelson: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State.
Steadman Short: Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State.
Chris Warren: Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State.
Nick Williams: Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State, scoring 8 points with 5 boards in a start.