Ole Miss Hosts Georgia State Wednesday
Nov. 23, 2015
Ole Miss (3-2, 0-0 SEC) vs. Georgia State (2-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (8,700)
Television: SEC Network
Tom Werme, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessigner, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN
Series: First Meeting
• Ole Miss hosts 2015 NCAA Tournament participate Georgia State Wednesday in Oxford. The Rebels posted a 2-2 mark last week knocking off Georgia Southern in Oxford and Towson at the Gildan Charleston Classic.
• Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon set new career highs with 20 points and 9 boards in his first career start against Towson. He hit 10 of 11 attempts from the field against the Tigers.
• Senior G Stefan Moody set a career-high with 30 points in the Rebels’ win over Towson and ranks second in the SEC in scoring at 22.4 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. Moody also earned Gildan Charleston Classic all-tournament team honors after averaging 20.3 ppg over the three games.
• 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 9.6 rpg and tied for the league lead with two double-doubles this season.
• Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks 22nd nationally, with a 74.4 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).
• The Rebels are 123-31 all time in Tad Smith Coliseum under head coach Andy Kennedy.
HYMON HAS CAREER DAY IN FIRST START
Sophomore 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 195-116 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 full 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 9.6 boards a game, which ranks fifth in the conference.
MOODY AMONG SEC LEADERS IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody exploded for a career-high 30 points in the Rebels’ 76-60 win over Towson and ranks second in the SEC in scoring this season at 22.4 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 three times this season. Moody also earned Gildan Charleston Classic all-tournament team honors after averaging 20.3 ppg over the three games.
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 74.4 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 GEORGIA STATE
Coach Ron Hunter’s Georgia State Panthers advanced in the NCAA Tournament last year after knocking off No. 3-seed Baylor in the second round, before falling to Xavier in the round of 32. The Panthers return just one starter - Markus Crider - off last’s year team that posted a 25-10 mark. Georgia State is led this season by a pair of D-1 transfers in Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana) and Kevin Ware (Louisville). Hollowell leads the Panthers in scoring this year at 18.5 ppg, while Ware is second in the team in scoring (16.5 pgg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg). Georgia State has faced a pair of NAIA schools to open the season in Emmanuel College and Middle Georgia State.
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 50 times through the first four games for an average of just 10.0 a game, which is tied for second fewest the SEC. The Rebels have forced opponents into 58 turnovers this year for an average of 11.6 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.
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.
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