Nov. 20, 2015
Ole Miss Game Notes - Seton Hall
GILDAN CHARLESTON CLASSIC
Ole Miss (3-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. Seton Hall (3-1, 0-0 Big East)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 22, 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
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 Seton Hall Sunday in the fifth-place game.
The Rebels are 19-7 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.
Redshirt freshman F Marcanvis Hymon set new career highs with 20 points and 9 boards in his first career start against Towson.
Senior G Stefan Moody set a career-high with 30 points in the Rebels' win over Towson and is averaging a SEC-best 24.8 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.
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded two-straight double-doubles to start the season and has four in his career. He is tied for fifth in the SEC with 11.0 rpg and tied for the league lead with two double-doubles this season.
Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks 22nd nationally, with a 79.0 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).
HYMON HAS CAREER DAY IN FIRST START
Redshirt freshman F Marcanvis Hymon certainly made the most of his first career start against Towson. The Memphis, Tennessee native posted career highs with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in the Rebels' 76-60 victory over the Tigers He knocked down a career-best 10 of 11 field goal attempts and tied for the second-best FG percentage in a game (min. 10 attempt) in school history with former Rebel greats Carlos Clark and Rahim Lockhart.
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 tied for the lead in the SEC with two double-doubles this year and is pulling down 11.0 boards a game, which is tied for fifth in the conference.
MOODY LEADS SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody exploded for a career-high 30 points in the Rebels' 76-60 win over Towson and lead the SEC, and ranks 18th nationally, in scoring this season at 24.8 ppg. It was his first career 30-point game and the first for a Rebel since Marshall Henderson poured in 39 against Oregon in 2013. Moody hit 10 of 19 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3 and added a career-best 6 assists against the Tigers. He tied his previous 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 79.0 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. 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 SETON HALL
The Pirates are 3-1 on the season after knocking off Bradley Friday to advance to face Ole Miss in the Gildan Charleston Classic Sunday. Sophomore Desi Rodriguez led Seton Hall with 18 points, while fellow sophomore Khadeen Carrington added 14. Sophomore G Isaiah Whitehead leads the team scoring 15.5 ppg after averaging a team-best 16.8 ppg a year ago. Sophomore F Ismael Sanogo is pulling down a team-high 8.8 rpg.
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 Sunday's opponent Seton Hall and is 4-5 all time against the current members of the Big East. The Rebels went 1-1 against the Big East last year - knocking off Creighton before falling to Xavier in the NCAA Tournament.
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) - 195
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 38 times through the first three games for an average of just 9.5 a game, which is tied for third the SEC. The Rebels have forced opponents into 46 turnovers this year for an average of 11.5 a game.
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.
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.