Nov. 19, 2015
Ole Miss Game Notes - Towson
Ole Miss (2-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. Towson (1-2, 0-0 CAA)
GILDAN CHARLESTON CLASSIC
Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
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: First Meeting
• 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 face Towson Friday in the second round.
• The Rebels are 18-7 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.
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz set career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead Ole Miss to a 82-72 victory over Georgia Southern Monday. 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 recorded two-straight double-doubles to start the season and has four in his career. He ranks fourth in the SEC with 11.7 rpg and leads the league with two double-doubles this season.
• Senior G Stefan Moody tied a career-high with 29 points in the season opener against Northwestern State and is averaging a SEC-best 23.0 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 SEC with a 78.7 free throw percentage this season.
• 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 194-115 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 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 is tie for the lead in the SEC with two double-doubles this year and is pulling down 11.7 boards a game, which ranks fourth in the conference. He also ranks 22nd in the conference in scoring at 15.3 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 23.0 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 all but one 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 78.7 percent to start the year. Ole Miss hit 40-of-53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made in a game. 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.
The Tigers are 1-2 on the year after falling to Oklahoma State 69-52 in the opening round of the Charleston Classic Thursday. After dropping its season opener at La Salle, 78-76, Towson rebounded for a 69-61 win over cross-town rival Morgan State. The Tigers are is led offensively by Wake Forest transfer Arnaud William Adala Moto, who is averaging 16.3 points through three games this season after a 28-point, 9-rebound performance at La Salle. The Cameroon native averaged 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds a game in two seasons for the Demon Deacons. Towson is just 14-of-51 (.275) from behind the arc this season.
OLE MISS IN REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Ole Miss is 18-7 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 never faced Friday’s opponent Towson and is 2-2 all time against the Colonial Athletic Conference. 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.
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
REBELS LIMITING TURNOVERS
Ole Miss has only turned the ball over 25 times through the first three games for an average of just 8.3 a game, which leads the SEC. The Rebels have forced opponents into 39 turnovers this year for an average of 13.0 a game.
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.