Ole Miss to Face George Mason in Gildan Charleston Classic
Nov. 17, 2015
GILDAN CHARLESTON CLASSIC
Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. George Mason (0-2, 0-0 A-10)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Charleston, S.C.
Arena: T.D. Arena (5,100)
Roy Philpott, play-by-play
Craig Robinson, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Cabell Philpott, play-by-play
Satellite Radio: Sirius - 81, XM - 81
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN
Series: Series tied 1-1
Streak: Ole Miss, W1
Neutral: First meeting
Last Meeting: OM, W 56-49 (11/30/02)
• Ole Miss heads to Charleston, South Carolina for the Gildan Charleston Classic with a field that includes No. 6 Virginia, Bradley, Long Beach State, George Mason, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall and Towson. The Rebels open up with George Mason Thursday.
• The Rebels are 18-6 in regular-season tournaments under head coach Andy Kennedy, including claiming the 2014 Emerald Coast Classic, 2013 Barclays Classic and 2007 San Juan Shootout titles.
• Ole Miss improved to 2-0 on the season after a 82-72 victory over Georgia Southern Monday, as junior F Sebastian Saiz set career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds. As a team, the Rebels hit 40-of-53 from the line. It was the first time since 1999 Ole Miss had attempted more than 50 free throws in a game.
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz has recorded two-straight double-doubles to start the season and has four in his career. He leads the SEC with 15.5 rpg and two double-doubles this season and ranks fifth in the conference at 20.0 ppg. He also is tied for first in the nation in double-double and ranks seventh in rebounding.
• Senior G Stefan Moody tied a career-high with 29 points in the season opener against Northwestern State and is averaging a SEC-best 25.5 ppg this year. He earned preseason All-SEC first team honors from the league’s coaches and media after leading the SEC in scoring at conference games at 18.6 ppg last year.
• Ole Miss leads the nation with 64 free throws made this year.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy passed Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson last season for the third-most wins in SEC history with by a coach in his first nine years in the league at one school with 192. He trails only Kentucky’s Joe B. Hall (205) and Florida’s Billy Donovan (193).
REBELS KNOCK OFF GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Ole Miss improved to 2-0 on the season with an 82-72 win over Georgia Southern. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds to record his second-straight double-double to start the year and the fourth of his career. Senior G Stefan Moody added 22 points on 15-of-17 from the free throw line. As a team, the Rebels hit 40-of-53 from the line. It was the first time since 1999 Ole Miss had attempted more than 50 free throws in a game.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 194-114 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 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 nine years in Oxford.
Andy Kennedy is one of 11 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), Bo Ryan (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz has posted two straight double-doubles to start the season and now has four career double-doubles. He is the first Rebel since Murphy Holloway in 2013 to record a double-double in back-to-back games. Saiz leads the SEC and the nation with two double-doubles this year and is pulling down a league-best 15.5 boards a game, which ranks seventh nationally. He also ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 20.0 ppg.
MOODY LEADS SEC IN SCORING
After leading the SEC in scoring in conference games last year at 18.6 ppg, senior G Stefan Moody leads the league in scoring this season averaging 25.5 ppg, which ranks 24th nationally. He tied his career high with 29 points in the season opener against Northwestern State and has scored 20-plus points in every game this year.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting an SEC-best 79.0 percent to start the year. Last year, the Rebels ended the season hitting 405 of their last 521 from the line (.781). Seven Ole Miss players shot at least 75.0 percent from the line last year, including senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation shooting 90.7 percent (149-of-165). Moody snapped his streak of 32-straight FTs made in the Texas A&M game, which ended just five shy of the SEC record in conference games held by former Rebel David Rhodes.
SCOUTING GEORGE MASON
The Patriots are 0-2 on the year after falling 69-60 to Mercer Monday and dropping their season opener to Colgate 66-53. George Mason returns two starters off last year’s squad that posted a 9-22 record and a 4-14 mark in A-10 play. Freshman G Otis Livingston leads the Patriots in scoring this season at 12.5 ppg through the first two games of the season and is one of three players averaging double figures. Senior C Shevon Thompson, who led the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (11.3 rpg) last year, is averaging 11.0 rpg and 5.5 ppg this season, but is just 1-of-10 from the free throw line.
OLE MISS IN REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Ole Miss is 18-6 in regular-season tournaments under head coach Andy Kennedy, including winning the Emerald Coast Classic last season. The Rebels have also captured the 2007 San Juan Shootout and 2013 Barclays Center Classic championships under Kennedy. Last season, Ole Miss knocked off Creighton and Cincinnati en route to the Emerald Coast Classic title.
REBELS VS. GILDAN CHARLESTON CLASSIC FIELD
Ole Miss has faced Thursday’s opponent George Mason just twice in school history holding a 1-1 mark. The Rebels lost to George Mason 71-70 at home in 2001 before prevailing 5649 on the road the next year. Ole Miss is 1-0 all time versus Oklahoma State, 1-1 all time against Long Beach State and Virginia and has never faced Seton Hall or Towson.
KENNEDY’S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
5. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
7. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
8. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 170
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 169
10. John Brady (LSU) - 167
11. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 164
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 161
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 161
14. Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 159
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks sixth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
5. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
6. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 194
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
10. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
OLE MISS WINS SEASON OPENER
The Rebels improved to an overall record of 80-26 (.752 winning percentage) in season openers with a 90-76 win over Northwestern State. The Rebels have won 11 of their last 12 season openers. Senior G Stefan Moody tied a career-high with 29 points, including 16 in the second half, on 10-of-23 shooting and knocked down 4 3s. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his third career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, as the Rebels won the battle off the glass 44-36 over the Demons.
MOODY EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Senior G Stefan Moody earned preseason All-SEC first team honors from the league’s coaches and media after leading the SEC in scoring at conference games at 18.6 ppg.
REBS PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ole Miss was projected to finish ninth in the SEC preseason media poll, despite returning three starters off last year’s NCAA tournament team. The Rebels have not finished worse than sixth in the league under Andy Kennedy since the conference went away from the divisional format.
REBELS WIN 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss won 20 games for the seventh time in nine 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 seven of his first nine seasons in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), 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 season. Only Florida (8) and Kentucky (8) have more 20-win seasons over the last nine years in the SEC than the Rebels.
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