Ole Miss Hosts Northern Arizona Sunday
Nov. 21, 2014
Ole Miss (2-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. Northern Arizona (1-2, 0-0 Big Sky)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: SEC Network
Mike Morgan, play-by-play
Joe Dean, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 142, XM 196
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: First Meeting
• Ole Miss hosts Norther Arizona Sunday as part of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Rebels play Southern and the Lumberjacks before heading to Florida to face Creighton and Cincinnati or Middle Tennessee next week.
• The Rebels held Southern to just 38 points - the lowest total by an oppenont since limiting Louisiana-Monroe to 38 in the 2011 season opener.
• The Ole Miss defense ranks second in the SEC in scoring (56.0 ppg), second in steals (9.7/game) and third in field goal percentage defense (.312). Ole Miss also ranks second in the league forcing 18.7 turnovers per game.
• Senior G Jarvis Summers was recently named to the Cousy Award Watch List, which is given to the nation's top point guard.
• Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,268), assists (383), minutes played (3,008) and wins (68), and recently moved past Henry Jackson for sixth all time in school history in assists.
• Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past 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.
• 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.
REBEL DEFENSE STYMIES SOUTHERN
The Rebel defense limited the Jaguars to 28.1% shooting from the field and force 22 turnovers as Ole Miss knocked off Southern 69-38. It marked the fewest points allow by the Rebels since limiting Louisiana-Monroe to 38 points in the 2012 season opener. Ole Miss posted a season-high 14 steals led by a career-high 5 steals by senior G Jarvis Summers, who also added 6 points and 5 assists. Junior G Stefan Moody led all scorers with 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while senior G LaDarius White chipped in 12 points.
OLE MISS WINS ON THE ROAD
Ole Miss picked up its first road win of the season with a 74-64 victory at Troy. The Rebels never trailed in the game and led by double-digits most of the second half. Senior G Jarvis Summers lead Ole Miss with a season-high 21 points and 5 assists, while junior G Stefan Moody scored 14 second-half points to aid 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 nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 173-102 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 full 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 past 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 sixth 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 173
OLE MISS `D' AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league, ranking second in the SEC in scoring (56.0 ppg), second in steals (9.7/game) and third in field goal percentage defense (.312). The Rebels also rank second in the league forcing 18.7 turnovers per game forcing at least 17 turnovers in every game. Ole Miss is holding opponents to only 21.3 percent from behind the arc, which ranks second in the conference.
SCOUTING THE LUMBERJACKS
Northern Arizona is 1-2 on the young season after a 73-52 win over Fresno State Thursday night. The Lumberjacks dropped their first two game of the season on the road 93-60 at Xavier and 71-58 at Toledo. Northern Arizona returns four starters off last year's squad that posted a 15-17 mark, but finished second in the Big Sky with a 12-8 league record. Senior Quinton Upshur, the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year last season, returns after averaging a team-best 15.3 ppg a year ago and leads the team posting 14.0 ppg this season including shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range. As a team, the Lumberjacks are shooting 36.1 percent from the floor this season and allowing their opponents to shoot 50.3 percent.
In nine seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 43-7 record in November games, including a 2-1 mark this 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 (1,268); assists (383);
minutes played (3,008); and wins (68).
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed B.L. `Country' Graham for 21st on the Ole Miss all-scoring list with 1,268 career points. Summers also ranks third all time in 3-point FG percentage (.398) and sixth all time in assists (383). 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.
Ole Miss ranked third the SEC and 20th in the nation last year, averaging 5.6 blocked shots per game. The Rebels have picked up where they left off last season with 11 blocked shots in their first two games, which is tied for the second most in the SEC. Last season, senior F Aaron Jones ranked third in the league, and 54th in the nation, averaging 2.1 blocked shots per game.
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