Ole Miss to Face No. 23 Creighton at Emerald Coast Classic
Nov. 25, 2014

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EMERALD COAST CLASSSIC
Date: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Niceville, Fla.
Arena: Arena at NW Florida State (2,200)
Television: N/A
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Eli Savoie, play-by-play
Satellite Radio: Sirius 142, XM 196
Live Video: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: First Meeting

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss knocked off Northern Arizona and Southern last week in hosted games of the Emerald Coast Classic. The Rebels now head to Florida to face Creighton and Cincinnati or Middle Tennessee this week. 
• Ole Miss is 16-6 in regular-season tournaments under head coach Andy Kennedy, including capturing the 2007 San Juan Shootout and 2013 Barclays Classic championships. 
• The Rebels have a 96-28 record (.774 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 62-6 mark at home.
• The Rebels held Southern to just 38 points - the lowest total by an opponent since limiting Louisiana-Monroe to 38 in the 2011 season opener.
• The Ole Miss defense ranks sixth in the SEC in scoring (60.5 ppg), second in steals (9.7/game) and third in field goal percentage defense (.329). Ole Miss is also tied for third in the league forcing 17.0 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 (1,290), assists (385), minutes played (3,029) and wins (69), 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 KNOCKS OFF NAU
Ole Miss finished the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 37-32 lead into halftime, and the Rebels carried that momentum to an 80-74 win over Northern Arizona. Senior G Jarvis Summers led the way with a season-high 22 points, his second 20-point game this season. He was joined in double figures by junior G Stefan Moody (13 points) and senior G LaDarius White (12 points), who each finished in double figures for the third straight game. The Rebels held a decisive rebounding advantage, 42-27, and took advantage at the free-throw line, where they went 30-of-35 for the game, which marked the most made free throws by Ole Miss since knocking down 30 vs. Mississippi Valley State last season.
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 21 points and 5 assists, while junior G Stefan Moody scored 14 second-half points to aid the Rebels. 
OLE MISS IN REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Ole Miss is 16-6 in regular-season tournaments under head coach Andy Kennedy, including capturing the 2007 San Juan Shootout and 2013 Barclays Center Classic championships. Last year, the Rebels knocked off Georgia Tech and Penn State in Brooklyn, New York to claim the Barclays Center Classic title.
OLE MISS VS. EMERALD COAST CLASSIC FIELD
Ole Miss has never faced Friday's opponent Creighton. The Rebels are 0-1 all-time versus Cincinnati and 3-4 all time against Middle Tennessee, including last year's 72-63 Ole Miss victory in Oxford. 
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC hitting 76.8 percentage of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 30-of-35 attempts (.857) against Northern Arizona and have hit 46 of their last 56 from the line (.821).
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 174-102 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.
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 is also tied for 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) - 174
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. 
OLE MISS `D' AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league, ranking sixth in the SEC in scoring (60.5 ppg), second in steals (9.7/game) and third in field goal percentage defense (.329). The Rebels are also tied for third in the league forcing 17.0 turnovers per game, forcing at least 12 turnovers in every game. Ole Miss is holding opponents to only 27.4 percent from behind the arc, which ranks third in the conference. 
 
SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS
Creighton is 4-0 on the young season and entered the top-25 rankings this week, checking in at No. 23 in the AP poll, after last week's victory over then No. 18th-ranked Oklahoma. The Bluejays lost four starters off last year's NCAA Tournament team, including National Player of the Year Doug McDermott. Sophomore Isaiah Zierden leads CU in scoring this season, averaging 16.3 ppg, and has increased his scoring 13.0 ppg over last season. The Bluejays are averaging 79.5 ppg as a team this season and have six players averaging at least 8.0 ppg and three players in double figures. Creighton is one of only eight schools in the nation to advanced to post season play each of the last 17 years, a list that includes Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse. 
 
REMEMBER NOVEMBER
In nine seasons under head coach Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has racked up a 44-7 record in November games, including a 3-1 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 (1,290); assists (385);
minutes played (3,029); and wins (69).
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Jason Smith for 19th on the Ole Miss all-scoring list with 1,290 career points. Summers also ranks third all time in 3-point FG percentage (.393) and sixth all time in assists (385). See page 7 for updated career records.
SIZZLING SUMMERS
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.
BLOCK PARTY
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 21 blocked shots in their first four games, and rank fourth in the league averaging 5.3 blocked shots a game. 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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