GAME 6: Ole Miss (4-1) vs. Miami (4-0) Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 | 3 p.m. CT Oxford, Miss. | C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
MEDIA Television: FSN (Pete Pranica, play-by-play; Larry Conley, analyst). Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst). Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 220, XM 198 Live Audio: RebelVision
Ole Miss has won at least four of its first five games for the fifth time in the last six years. The Rebels are 69-18 in non-conference games under Andy Kennedy. The Rebels are 74-15 in home games under Kennedy, including a 47-2 record against non-league foes. Miami leads the all-time series with Ole Miss 3-0. Ole Miss has a 17-25 all-time record against teams currently in the ACC. Ole Miss went 2-1 and claimed third place at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Senior forward Terrance Henry was named to the All-Tournament team. Junior forward Murphy Holloway, who has transferred back to his original school from South Carolina where he sat out last season, ranks fourth in the SEC in rebounding (8.8) and scored 20 points in the win over TCU. Terrance Henry finished one shy of a career high with 19 points against No. 19 Marquette. Freshman point guard Jarvis Summers made his first career start against TCU and scored 14 points. Kennedy is the first Rebel coach to lead the program to four 20-win seasons and the second to guide Ole Miss to four postseason appearances.
REBELS RETURN HOME TO FACE HURRICANES Ole Miss returns home from its trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands to host the Miami Hurricanes on Friday. Ole Miss is coming off an 80-69 win over TCU in which it shot by far a season-best 60 percent from the field. That game cinched a third-place finish at the Paradise Jam.
PARADISE JAM Ole Miss claimed third place at the Paradise Jam by going 2-1 with wins over Drake (63-59) in the first round and TCU (80-69) on the final day and a loss to tournament champion No. 19 Marquette (96-66) in the semifinals. Ole Miss competed in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the first time in its history.
HENRY MAKES ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Senior forward Terrance Henry was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team after helping Ole Miss place third at the tournament with a 2-1 record. The 6-foot-9 wing from Monroe, La., averaged a team-best 12.7 points per game and 7. 3 rebounds per game while in St. Thomas. He finished one shy of his career high with 19 points against Marquette.
SCOUTING THE HURRICANES Miami is off to a 4-0 start in its first season under head coach Jim Larranaga, who had a stellar 14-year tenure at George Mason. The Hurricanes are outscoring opponents by a 12.3 margin (69.0-56.8) and handle the ball well with only 9.8 turnovers per game. The guard-oriented team is led by Malcolm Grant (16.8 ppg) and Durand Scott (12.5 ppg) on the outside. Garrius Adams chips in 8.3 ppg, while Florida transfer Kenny Kadji leads the team with 6.3 rpg.
OLE MISS-MIAMI SERIES This will be the fourth meeting between the Rebels and Hurricanes, with Miami leading the series 3-0. The Hurricanes won twice in Coral Gables in 1949 and then upended the Rebels there last year by an 86-73 margin, despite 23 points by Chris Warren and 19 by Zach Graham.
OLE MISS VERSUS ACC FOES Ole Miss owns a 17-25 all-time record against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Rebels have played nine of the 12 teams, but not Boston College, Duke or Wake Forest. The most-played series is with Georgia Tech (Rebels are 8-11), but all of those games were played when Georgia Tech was a fellow member of the Southern Conference and the SEC.
FAMILIAR FOE One member of the Rebel staff is quite familiar with the Hurricanes. Assistant coach Sergio Rouco was the head man at Florida International University in Miami from 2004-09, as well as two stints as an assistant at FIU before that. He grew up in Miami and began his coaching career in the high school ranks of that city.
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 74-15 (.831 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 2-0 record this season. Ole Miss has won 205 of its last 252 games (.813 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 438-194 (.693 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS The Rebels boast a 69-18 record (.793 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 47-2 mark at home. The Rebels went 12-4 against non-league foes a year ago, including a 12-3 mark during the regular season.
LOCK-DOWN DEFENSE Ole Miss ranks sixth among SEC teams allowing 60.2 points per game to opponents and fourth in field-goal percentage defense at 38.8. The Rebels held each of their first two foes under 40 points (defeated Louisiana-Monroe 60-38 and Grambling State 69-39), which marked the two lowest scores by a Rebel opponent in the Andy Kennedy era. The Warhawks' 38 points are the fewest by a Rebel opponent since giving up 38 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 28, 2002.
SHOTS FALL AGAINST HORNED FROGS After struggling with its shooting in the first four games of the season, the Ole Miss offense exploded with 30 field goals out of 50 chances for 60 percent in the 80-69 win over TCU. Notable among those shots is that the Rebels attempted just six 3-pointers, making two of them.
SUMMERS BREAKS INTO STARTING LINEUP Freshman point guard Jarvis Summers made his first career start against TCU and helped the Rebels to victory with 14 points on 4 of 5 from the field and 5 of 6 from the charity stripe. He also leads the team in assists with 2.8 per game, which ranks 12th in the SEC and second among league freshmen.
NELSON CLUTCH IN COMEBACK WIN OVER DRAKE Ole Miss trailed nearly the entire game, but sophomore guard Dundrecous Nelson saved his best for last to propel the Rebels to an opening round Paradise Jam victory. He scored 15 of his team-high 16 points in the second half, including a huge 3-pointer with 2:06 left to put Ole Miss ahead 61-56.
HOLLOWAY RETURNS WITH BIG NUMBERS Junior forward Murphy Holloway has posted some big numbers in his first games back as a Rebel. In the season opener, he pulled down a whopping 17 rebounds against Louisiana-Monroe, the second-most boards by an SEC player so far this year. Against Grambling, he posted his 15th career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), which is second-most among active SEC players. In the win over TCU, he poured in a season-high 20 points (9-13 FGs). In what is believed to be the first situation of its kind, Holloway transferred away from Ole Miss, attended South Carolina last year, and then returned to his original school this summer. After Ole Miss submitted waiver appeals of the year-in residency requirement for transfers, both the NCAA and SEC accepted Holloway's request to compete in the 2011-12 season.
BUCKNER NEARS ALL-TIME SCHOOL BLOCKS RECORD Junior forward Reginald Buckner needs just 15 blocks to set the all-time school career record. In just 68 games, the Memphis native has accumulated 166 blocks. The school record is held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Last year, Buckner tied Ansu Sesay's school record for blocks in a game with eight at Arkansas. He also surpassed his own single-season record from his freshman year (64) with 95 as a sophomore (ranks 16th in SEC history).
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