Ole Miss Hosts North Carolina A&T Tuesday
Nov. 25, 2013
Ole Miss (3-0) vs. North Carolina A&T (1-3)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
Ole Miss hosts North Carolina A&T Tuesday as part of the Barclays Center Classic, which continues this week in New York. The Rebels face Georgia Tech on Friday and either Penn State or St. John's Saturday.
The Rebels are 90-24 record (.789 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 61-2 mark at home.
Ole Miss is currently on riding a 22-game non-conference winning streak dating back to 2010. Senior C Demarco Cox posted career highs with 15 points and 12 boards for his second career double-double in the Rebels' 111-82 victory over Mississippi Valley State.
Junior G Jarvis Summers leads the team in scoring averaging 18.7 points per game. Summers poured in a career-high 28 points, including 22 points in the first half, on a career-best 5 of 10 from behind the arc in Ole Miss' 69-54 season-opening win over Troy.
Head coach Andy Kennedy, the all-time winningest coach in school history, has led the Rebels to six 20-plus win campaigns in his seven years in Oxford. Ole Miss had only posted seven 20-plus win season in the 96 years before Kennedy's arrival.
Kennedy also boasts the fourth-most wins (152) in SEC history by a coach in his first seven years in the league with one school. The others: Rick Pitino, Kentucky (184), Wimp Sanderson, Alabama (155), Joe B. Hall, Kentucky (154).
OFFENSIVE OUTBRUST VERSUS VALLEY
Ole Miss scored its most points in 15 years and six Rebels scored in double figures in the 111-82 win over Mississippi Valley. Junior C Demarco Cox posted career highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus led all scorers with a career-high 21 points.
Sophomore F Anthony Perez hit a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to push Ole Miss past Coastal Carolina 72-70. Senior G Marshall Henderson had 19 points, including 14 in the second half as the Rebels overcame a two-point halftime deficit. Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 14 points and dished out 5 assists, and Derrick Millinghaus chipped in 12 points for the Rebels.
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points as Ole Miss coasted past Troy 69-54 in the season opener. Summers was 9 of 11 from the field in the first half, including three shots from three-point range as the Rebels built an insurmountable 39-26 halftime lead. Derrick Millinghaus added 13 points, 10 in the second half, as Ole Miss controlled the season opener for both schools. The Rebels out-rebounded Troy 53-38 with junior F Aaron Jones pulling down a game-high 13. Ole Miss won its 10th straight season opener and have won 17 of 18 home openers.
Four Rebels scored in double figures, led by sophomore Derrick Millinghaus' 15 points off the bench, as Ole Miss defeated USC-Aiken 75-70 in overtime. Juniors LaDarius White and Jarvis Summers finished with 13 points each and fellow junior Demarco Cox added 11 points and 8 boards. Sophomore G Martavious Newby, started and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The Pacers returned 10 seniors off last year's NCAA Division II Eight Elite team and are ranked No. 5 in the D-II preseason poll. USC-Aiken lost by 12 points, 84-72, at South Carolina on Sunday, after pulling within three points in the second half.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks fifth among active players with 756 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (253) and sixth in points scored (719). Junior F Aaron Jones is seventh among active players with 60 career blocks.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
North Carolina A&T is 1-2 on the young season after dropping road contents at Utah Valley and Rhode Island. The Aggie won their season opener versus Greensboro College to start the year. Senior Lamont Middleton leads the squad with 19.7 points per game and senior Richaud Pack is close behind averaging 19.0 points. Sophomore Bruce Beckford leads the team pulling down 7.5 boards per game.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Ole Miss must replace three full-time starters from last year's squad (Reginald Buckner - 36, Murphy Holloway - 35 and Nick Williams - 24) that started a combined 95 games last season and boasted 292 career starts. The Rebels must say goodbye to the school's all-time leading rebounder in Murphy Holloway (1,093 career boards) and all-time blocked shots leader in Reginald Buckner (326 career blocked shots).
KENNEDY'S FIRST SEVEN YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy moved passed Billy Donovan and Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first seven years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 184
2. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 155
3. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 154
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 152
The Rebels boast an 90-24 record (.789 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 61-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 3-0 versus non-conference competition this season including a 2-0 mark at home.
70 USUALLY MEANS W ...
Ole Miss posted a 20-4 mark last season when scoring 70-plus points and were just 7-5 when scoring fewer than 70. Ole Miss ranked 10th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 77.2 ppg last year and led the SEC in scoring for the first time in school history.
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss posted an 18-1 record when it forced 15-plus turnovers and just 9-8 mark when it forced fewer than 15. The Rebels were 24-4 last season when they have the same or less TOs than the opponent and just 3-5 when turning the ball over more than their opponent.
REBELS TIE WINS MARK
With 27 wins last year, the Rebels tied the 2000-01 squad for the most wins in school history. That season, Ole Miss won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Ole Miss also tied the `97-98 squad with a school-record 12 league wins . The Rebels finished the regular season in a tie for second place in the SEC standings after being picked to finish seventh in the preseason media poll. It is the highest finish for Ole Miss since finishing second overall in 1997-98. Ole Miss also started SEC play 6-0 for the first time in school history.
Ole Miss claimed its first SEC Tournament Championship since 1981 last year and just the second SEC Tourney title in school history with a come-from-behind victory over the Florida Gators. Junior G Marshall Henderson was named the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Tournament team. He was joined on the All-Tournament squad by senior F Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway.
OLE MISS ADVANCES TO NCAA ROUND OF 32
After winning the 2013 SEC Tournament Championship game, Ole Miss advanced to its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the first since 2002. The Rebels have advanced to the NCAA Round of 32 for the first time since 2001 and for just the third time in school history.
KENNEDY CLAIMS WIN MARK
With a win over Auburn on Feb. 23 last year, Andy Kennedy earned his 145th career as Ole Miss head coach and passed B.L. Graham was the school's all-time winningest head coach.
KENNEDY NAMED SEC COACH OF THE YEAR
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy, the winningest coach in school history, was named the SEC Coach of the Year by NBCSports.com after guiding the Rebels to a 27-8 record, a 12-6 league mark and the SEC Tournament Championship. Ole Miss, which finished tied for second in the regular season league standings, was predicted seventh in the preseason media poll and made the highest jump from preseason predictions by moving up five places in the final standings.
REBELS WIN 20 ... AGAIN
The Rebels notched 20 wins for the sixth time in seven seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy's arrival in Oxford. He is the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in six of his first seven seasons in the league. The others: Dan DeVoe (Tennessee), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Rick Pitino (Kentucky), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in four straight seasons, and senior F Reginald Buckner became the first Rebel to win 20 games in each of his four seasons in Oxford.
HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS
In his first season in Oxford, senior G Marshall Henderson climbed to the top of the 3-pointer season charts, as he ranks first on the Ole Miss single-season list for 3-point field goal attempts (394) and 3-pointers made (138). Henderson ranks first in NCAA history for attempts in one season broke the SEC for 3-pointers made in a single season. The senior hit a 3-pointer in every game last year and ranked first in the SEC and third in the nation averaging 3.83 3-pointers made per game.
In seven seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 38-6 record in November games, including a 3-0 mark this year.
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 102-19 (.843 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 2-0 record this season. The Rebels are currently on a 22-game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010. Ole Miss has won 233 of its last 284 games (.820 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 466-198 (.702 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
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