Nov. 29, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 5: Ole Miss (3-1) at Miami (4-2)
Tuesday 11.30.10 | 7:00 p.m. ET
Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center (7,200)
Live TV: FS Florida/NESN (Frank Forte, play-by-play; Bob Wenzel, analyst).
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: n/a
REBELS HIT THE ROAD
After four straight home games to begin the 2010-11 campaign, Ole Miss will play its first road game of the year at Miami on Tuesday. The Rebels are coming off a convincing 84-71 win over Penn State in which junior guard Trevor Gaskins went for a career-high 24 points and senior point guard Chris Warren added 20. Ole Miss has begun each season under Andy Kennedy with at least three wins in its first four outings. Miami is the first ACC opponent for the Rebels since they beat Virginia Tech 81-72 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NIT.
- The Rebels are 56-14 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy.
- This is the third meeting between the Rebels and Hurricanes. Miami beat Ole Miss twice in 1949.
- Ole Miss owns a 17-24 all-time record against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- The Rebels boast a 25-4 record in the month of November under Kennedy.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams with a 76.9 free-throw percentage.
- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren is third on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and is the active SEC leader in points, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
- Warren is a preseason candidate for the Naismith Award and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
- Senior guard Zach Graham has a chance to eclipse 1,000 career points and become the all-time winningest player in school history this season.
SCOUTING THE HURRICANES
Miami's season is off to a 4-2 start, including a 3-0 record at home. The Hurricanes are riding a two-game win streak after beating McNeese State at home (79-59) and winning at Florida Gulf Coast (87-75). Malcolm Grant leads the squad with a 13.7 scoring average and 17 3-pointers made. Durand Scott (12.5 ppg) and Reggie Johnson (12.0 ppg) also average double figures. Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 303-pound center, posts a team-best 10.5 rebounds per game. Frank Haith's club out-rebounds its opponents by nearly 10 boards per game (41.3 to 31.7).
OLE MISS-MIAMI SERIES
This is the third meeting between the Rebels and Hurricanes. Miami leads the series 2-0 with a pair of home wins in December 1949.
OLE MISS VERSUS ACC FOES
Ole Miss owns a 17-24 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.
TOUGH EARLY SLATE
Ole Miss has opened the 2010-11 campaign with a challenging slate of non-league opponents. The first three games - Arkansas State, Murray State and Dayton - featured teams predicted to finish at or near the top of their conferences. Murray State was a second-round NCAA Tournament squad last year, while Dayton beat Ole Miss in the NIT Semifinals and won the 2010 NIT Championship. Following a matchup with Big Ten foe Penn State (at home), the Rebels are at ACC squad Miami, then back at home against Conference USA upstart Southern Miss.
GASKINS PROPELS TEAM TO WIN OVER PENN STATE
Trevor Gaskins scored a career-high 24 points and Chris Warren added 20 as Ole Miss defeated previously unbeaten Penn State 84-71 on Friday. Gaskins was 6-of-11 from 3-point range and knocked down 9-of-14 shots overall.
DEFENSIVE INTENSITY PAYS OFF
Spurred by tenacious perimeter defenders Trevor Gaskins and Nick Williams and shot blocker Reginald Buckner, the Rebels' "D" is off to a hot start. Ole Miss allowed just 60 and 61 points in the first two games and is holding opponents to a 38.9 field-goal percentage in all games.
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things will run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks fifth in the SEC in scoring average (16.8), tied for fifth in assists (4.5), third in free-throw percentage (90.9) and fifth in minutes played (33.8). He has scored 20+ points in two of four games so far, including 20 in the most recent outing vs. Penn State.
CAREER 3-POINT RECORD IN SIGHT
At his current pace, Chris Warren will set the Ole Miss record for most career 3-pointers around mid-season. He currently ranks third with 244 and is five treys shy of tying Keith Carter for second place at 249.
Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has already been a big addition on the court this year. He is averaging 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds and ranks fifth among SEC players with a 90.0 free-throw percentage, sixth with a 58.3 field-goal percentage and seventh with 33.0 minutes per game. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Just a few games into his sophomore year, Reginald Buckner has already vaulted into seventh place on the school's career blocked shots list with 78. He is tied for the SEC lead with 3.5 blocks per game and has recorded five swats in two games this year (Arkansas State, Penn State). Last year, Buckner missed four games and was hampered by an ankle injury in SEC and postseason play, but he still managed to break the school's all-time blocked shots record for a season and be named to the SEC All-Freshman squad by the league coaches.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 67 career wins, he needs 20 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
There are two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are the first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Tied a career high with 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... Tied career high with 5 blocks vs. Penn State.
Demarco Cox: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Dayton ... Made first career start vs. Penn State (2 pts, 4 rebs).
Trevor Gaskins: Scored 8 points and tied a career high with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Had 8 points, 4 boards and 3 steals vs. Murray State ... Poured in career-high 24 points vs. Penn State, making 9-of-14 FGs and 6-of-11 3s.
Zach Graham: Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton).
Terrance Henry: Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Scored 12 points with a team-high 7 boards vs. Dayton ... 13 points (7-8 FTs), team-high 6 boards vs. Penn State.
Dundrecous Nelson: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Murray State ... Tallied 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-5 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton.
Steadman Short: Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton.
Chris Warren: Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State ... Dished out a game-high 5 assists vs. Murray State ... 11 points, 6 assists vs. Dayton ... 20 points, 4 assists vs. Penn State.
Nick Williams: Has started his first four games in a Rebel uniform ... Career-high 21 points vs. Murray State ... 14 points (6-9 FGs, 2-4 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 15 points (3-4 3-pt FGs), 4 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Penn State.