Ole Miss To Face Penn State In Barclays Championship
Nov. 29, 2013
Ole Miss faces Penn State Saturday in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn.
The Rebels have a 92-24 record (.793 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 62-2 mark at home.
This marks the third trip to New York City for Ole Miss and its first since the 2010 NIT Final Four.
Ole Miss has blocked 36 shots in the last four games and ranks second in the SEC averaging 8.2 blocks a game.
Junior C Demarco Cox posted his second double-double with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the Rebels' win over Georgia Tech Friday.
Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game and is averaging 17.7 ppg over the last three games.
Junior C Aaron Jones recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards in the Rebels' 84-50 victory over North Carolina A&T Tuesday.
Junior G Jarvis 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.
REBELS BURY GEORGIA TECH
Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus poured in 16 points and Junior C Demarco Cox posted his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards as Ole Miss downed Georgia Tech 77-67 to advance to the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 15 points for the Rebels, which improved to 5-0 this season. Ole Miss took control with an 18-7 run spanning 6:08 in the first half. Henderson started the run with consecutive three pointers, and he later added a third made three. The Rebels held the Yellow jackets to 20.6 percent shooting in the first half, forced 12 turnovers in the game and blocked 10 shots.
Ole Miss ranks second the SEC averaging 8.2 blocks per game and have blocked 36 shots over the last four games. Junior F Aaron Jones is tied for second in the league averaging 2.8 blocked shots per game, while sophomore F Anthony Perez is tied for sixth averaging 1.5 blocked shots a game.
OLE MISS IN THE BIG APPLE
Ole Miss is playing in New York City for just the third time in program history and the first time in the Barclays Center. The Rebels played at Madison Square Garden during the 2008 and 2010 NIT Final Fours and played at St. Johns in the first round of the NIT in 1989.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State is 6-1 on the young season after knocking off St. John's 89-82 in overtime in the semifinals of the Barclays Center Classic. Tim Frazier scored six of his game-high 29 points in overtime, D.J. Newbill had 25 points, and Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor each had 10 points for the Nittany Lions. Fraizer leads the squad averaging 19.9 points per game, while Travis pulls down a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game. The Nittany Lions average 83.1 points per game as a team and are shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Penn State's only loss was a 90-80 setback to Bucknell earlier this year.
REBELS VERSUS BARCLAYS FIELD
Ole Miss is 8-11 all-time versus Georgia Tech, but haven't faced the Ramblin' Wreck since the Yellow Jackets left the SEC in 1964. The Rebels are 2-0 versus Penn State winning both game of a home-and-home series in 2011 and 2012. Ole Miss lost its only meeting with the Red Storm at St. John's during the 1989 NIT.
DEFENSE SPURS ROUT OF AGGIES
Ole Miss allowed just 17 second-half points and limited North Carolina A&T to just 25.5-percent shooting from the field for the game in the Rebels' 84-50 victory on Tuesday. Junior F Aaron Jones notched his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
OLE MISS VERSUS BIG TEN FOES
Ole Miss owns a 7-8 all-time record against current members of the Big Ten Conference after knocking off Wisconsin in last year's NCAA Tournament. The Rebels have played eight of the 12 teams in the league. They have never faced Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST 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.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks sixth among active players with 779 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (260) and seventh in points scored (738). Junior F Aaron Jones is seventh among active players with 66 career blocks.
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 40-6 record in November games, including a 5-0 mark this year.
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).
The Rebels boast an 92-24 record (.793 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 62-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 5-0 versus non-conference competition this season including a 3-0 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.
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
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