Rebels Hit the Road to Face Troy
Nov. 16, 2014
Ole Miss travels to Troy to face the Trojans in its first road test of the season. The Rebels posted a 7-9 mark away from Tad Smith Coliseum last season.
The Rebels dropped their first season opener under head coach Andy Kennedy and first since 2003 against Charleston Southern Friday.
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 (1,241), assists (373), minutes played (2,953) 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.
OLE MISS DROPS SEASON OPENER
Ole Miss lost its first season opener under head coach Andy Kennedy and the first since 2003 with a 66-65 overtime loss to Charleston Southern. Junior G Martarvious Newby scored a team-high 14 points, on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the Rebels.
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 17-102 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 TROJANS
Troy posted a 85-71 win in the season opener against Brewton-Parker last week. The Trojans return just three players this year, including leading rebounder Kevin Thomas, and sophomores Kelton Ford and Jordan Howard, off a squad that posted an 11-20 record last year including a 6-12 mark in Sun Belt play. Thomas was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt third team this season. The trio accounted for 19 percent of the 2013-14 team's points last year and 22.6 percent of the rebounds. Their three years at Troy makes them the least experienced team in the nation.
OLE MISS-TROY SERIES
Ole Miss is 8-0 all-time versus the Trojans including an 69-54 victory in the season opener last year. All eight of the matchups have taken place in Oxford, beginning with the first game in 1958. The two teams also played in 1959, `81, 2000, `04, `08 and `10.
In nine seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 41-7 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 LEADS THE SEC
Senior G Jarvis Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,241); assists (373);
minutes played (2,953); and wins (66).
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 1,241 career points. Summers also ranks third all time in 3-point FG percentage (.400) and seventh in assists (373). See page 7 for updated career records.
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. The Rebels picked up where they left off last season with 8 blocked shots in the season opener, led by two apiece from junior G Stefan Moody and senior G Terence Smith. 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 112-25 (.818 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 300 games (.810 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 476-204 (.700 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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