Dundrecous Nelson (photo by Nathan Latil)
Dec. 2, 2011
Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 8: Ole Miss (6-1) at Penn State (6-2)
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 | 6 p.m. ET
University Park, Pa. | Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
Television: Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly, play-by-play; Keno Davis, analyst).
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Audio: RebelVision
• Ole Miss has won at least six of its first seven games for the fourth time in the last six years.
• The Rebels are 71-18 in non-conference games under Andy Kennedy.
• Ole Miss has a 5-8 all-time record against current members of the Big Ten Conference.
• Ole Miss has never won a road game against a Big Ten team.
• In their only previous meeting, Ole Miss beat Penn State 84-71 last year in Oxford.
• In their last two gmaes, the Rebels have claimed the program’s first home win over an ACC team and first road win over a Big East foe.
• Ole Miss went 2-1 and claimed third place at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Senior F Terrance Henry was named to the All-Tournament team.
• Junior F Murphy Holloway is SEC Player of the Week after averaging a double-double in wins over TCU and Miami.
• Holloway is one of two SEC players averaging a double-double (11.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg).
• Freshman G Jarvis Summers has averaged 13.0 ppg in his first three career starts (TCU, Miami, DePaul).
REBELS ON A ROLL HEADING INTO HAPPY VALLEY
Ole Miss has won six of its first seven games and each of the last three entering Sunday’s road contest at Penn State. Two of those last three wins have come away from home. This will be the third straight BCS opponent for Ole Miss, which has beaten Miami (ACC) and DePaul (Big East) in back-to-back outings.
Ole Miss has made a habit of starting fast in recent years. With a 6-1 start this season, the Rebels have won at least six of their first seven games in four of Andy Kennedy’s six seasons at the helm. Through seven games last season, Ole Miss was 5-2.
The Rebels’ last two wins have achieved a couple of remarkable feats for the program:
• First home win over an ACC team (defeated Miami 64-61 in OT)
• First road win over a Big East team (defeated DePaul 70-68)
Ole Miss has another opportunity coming up, as the Rebels have never beaten a Big Ten squad on the road (in two previous tries).
It’s taken some late heroics to earn victories in the last two games. On Thursday at DePaul, Murphy Holloway made a steal and coast-to-coast layup with 3.7 seconds left to propel the Rebels to a two-point win. Against Miami, it was all about clutch free throws. Terrance Henry and Dundrecous Nelson made key shots from the charity stripe to force overtime before Jarvis Summers put the game away with three crucial free throws in the last 30 seconds of OT.
HOLLOWAY SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Murphy Holloway was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Rebels to wins over TCU and Miami (Fla.). The 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward Irmo, S.C., averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in those two games. Holloway poured in a season-high 20 points to go with four rebounds and two steals in an 80-69 win over TCU at the Paradise Jam and then scored 13 points and tied a season high with 17 boards in an overtime win over previously unbeaten Miami.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State is 6-2 so far this season and coming off a 62-54 road win at Boston College on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions have a 4-0 home record entering Sunday’s tilt. They went 19-15 last year and made the NCAA Tournament before losing head coach Ed DeChellis (Navy) and replacing him with Patrick Chambers (from Boston Univ.). Junior G Tim Frazier runs the show this year. He leads the team in scoring (19.5), rebounding (5.8), assists (6.9) and steals (2.5). No other player averages more than 8 points per game.
OLE MISS-PENN STATE SERIES
Last year’s 84-71 Ole Miss win in Oxford (Nov. 26) was the first meeting between the Rebels and Nittany Lions. Four Rebels scored in double figures - Trevor Gaskins with 24, Chris Warren with 20, Nick Williams with 15 and Terrance Henry with 13 - as Ole Miss made 13 3-pointers en route to the big win.
OLE MISS VERSUS BIG TEN FOES
Ole Miss owns a 5-8 all-time record against current members of the Big Ten Conference. The Rebels have played eight of the 12 teams in the league. They have never faced Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue or Wisconsin. They have only played two road games against Big Ten teams, with losses at Minnesota (1980 NIT) and Illinois (1988).
The Rebels boast a 71-18 record (.798 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 48-2 mark at home. The Rebels are 6-1 against non-league teams this year and went 12-4 a year ago, including a 12-3 mark during the regular season.
Ole Miss ranks fifth among SEC teams and 57th in the most recent NCAA rankings allowing 61.4 points per game to opponents. The team ranks fifth in the league and 61st in the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense at 38.2. The Rebels have held six of seven opponents under 70 points. They held each of their first two foes under 40 points (defeated Louisiana-Monroe 60-38 and Grambling State 69-39), which marked the two lowest scores by a Rebel opponent in the Andy Kennedy era. The Warhawks’ 38 points are the fewest by a Rebel opponent since giving up 38 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 28, 2002.
HOLLOWAY RETURNS WITH BIG NUMBERS
Junior forward Murphy Holloway has posted some big numbers in his first games back as a Rebel. At 11.6 ppg and 10.4 rpg, he is one of two SEC players averaging a double-double (MSU’s Arnett Moultrie is the other). He ranks second in the SEC and 28th nationally in rebounding. He’s the only league player to have at least two 17-rebound games (Louisiana-Monroe and Miami) and is the only Rebel to score 20 points in a game this year (TCU). He ranks second among active SEC players with 17 career double-doubles (three this year). In what is believed to be the first situation of its kind, Holloway transferred away from Ole Miss, attended South Carolina last year, and then returned to his original school this summer. After Ole Miss submitted waiver appeals of the year-in residency requirement for transfers, both the NCAA and SEC accepted Holloway’s request to compete in the 2011-12 season.
SUMMERS BREAKS INTO STARTING LINEUP
Freshman point guard Jarvis Summers has made his first three career starts in the Rebels’ current three-game win streak. He is averaging 13.0 points and 2.0 assists in his starts.
BUCKNER NEARS ALL-TIME SCHOOL BLOCKS RECORD
After swatting five shots against DePaul, junior forward Reginald Buckner needs 10 blocks to set the all-time school career record. In just 69 games, the Memphis native has accumulated 171 blocks, which is second-most among active SEC players (Alabama’s JaMychal Green has 183). The school record is held by Sean Murphy, who had 180 blocks in 117 games from 1988-91. Last year, Buckner tied Ansu Sesay’s school record for blocks in a game with eight at Arkansas. He also surpassed his own single-season record from his freshman year (64) with 95 as a sophomore (ranks 16th in SEC history).