Dec. 3, 2015
Ole Miss Game Notes - UMass
Ole Miss (5-2) vs. UMass (5-1)
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. CT
Location: Springfield, Mass.
Arena: MassMutual Center (8,000)
Paul Burmeister, play-by-play
Ronny Thompson, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessigner, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: NBCSports.com/Live-Extra
Series: First Meeting
• Ole Miss travels to Springfield, Massachusetts to face the Massachusetts Minutemen in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
• The Rebels have never faced UMass and this marks their first game in the state of Massachusetts.
• Senior G Stefan Moody set a career-high with 30 points in the Rebels’ win over Towson and ranks second in the SEC, and 15th nationally, in scoring at 22.0 ppg this year. He earned preseason All-SEC first team honors from the league’s coaches and media after leading the SEC in scoring at conference games at 18.6 ppg last year.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 13 points and hit 2 of 2 from behind the arc in the Rebels’ win over Georgia State. Gielo is averaging 11.0 ppg over his last three games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four. He is 10 of 21 (.476) from the field in those three games after starting the season 3 of 18 (.167).
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded two-straight double-doubles to start the season and has four in his career. He ranks third in the SEC with 9.3 rpg and tied for fifth in the league lead two double-doubles this season.
• Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon set new career highs with 20 points and 9 boards in his first career start against Towson. He hit 10 of 11 attempts from the field against the Tigers.
• Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks 37th nationally, with a 74.9 free throw percentage this season.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy passed Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson last season for the third-most wins in SEC history with by a coach in his first nine years in the league at one school with 192. He trails only Kentucky’s Joe B. Hall (205) and Florida’s Billy Donovan (193).
REBELS BLOW PASSED BRADLEY
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 21 points and junior F Sebastian Saiz added 18 points and 9 boards as Ole Miss built a 20-point second half lead en route to a 67-54 win at Bradley. The Rebels picked up a win in their first road game of the season and are 9-4 in road games over the last two years.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 197-116 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances 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 nine full years in Oxford.
Andy Kennedy is one of 11 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), Bo Ryan (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
GIELO PACES REBELS AGAINST GEORGIA STATE
Senior F Tomasz Gielo has broken out of an early season slump over the last three games. Gielo scored 13 points and hit 4 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 from behind the arc in the Rebels’ win over Georgia State. He is averaging 11.0 ppg over his last two games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four. He is 10 of 21 (.476) from the field in those two games after starting the season 3 of 18 (.167).
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted two straight double-doubles to start the season and now has four career double-doubles. He is the first Rebel since Murphy Holloway in 2013 to record a double-double in back-to-back games. Saiz is tied for fifth in the SEC with two double-doubles this year and is pulling down 9.3 boards a game, which ranks third in the conference.
MOODY AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody exploded for a career-high 30 points in the Rebels’ 76-60 win over Towson and ranks second in the SEC, and 15th nationally, in scoring this season at 22.0 ppg. It was his first career 30-point game and the first for a Rebel since Marshall Henderson poured in 39 against Oregon in 2013. Moody hit 10 of 19 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3 and added a career-best 6 assists against the Tigers. Moody earned Gildan Charleston Classic all-tournament team honors after averaging 20.3 ppg over the three games. He tied his previous career high with 29 points in the season opener against Northwestern State and has scored 20-plus points five times this season. .
HYMON HAS CAREER DAY IN FIRST START
Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon certainly made the most of his first career start against Towson. The Memphis, Tennessee native posted career highs with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in the Rebels’ 76-60 victory over the Tigers. He knocked down a career-best 10 of 11 field goal attempts and tied for the second-best FG percentage in a game (min. 10 attempt) in school history with former Rebel greats Carlos Clark and Rahim Lockhart.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting an SEC-best 74.9 percent to start the year. Ole Miss hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made. Seven Ole Miss players shot at least 75.0 percent from the line last year, including senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165). Moody snapped his streak of 32-straight FTs made in the Texas A&M game, which ended just five shy of the SEC record in conference games held by former Rebel David Rhodes.
UMass improved to 5-1 on the year after Wednesday night’s 99-69 victory over Boston University. The backcourt trio of Jabarie Hinds (19.7 ppg), Trey Davis (18.8 ppg) and Donte Clark (16.8 ppg) lead the Minutemen in scoring and are combining for 55.3 ppg, which is more than 66 percent of the team’s scoring. UMass is shooting 47.8 percent from the floor this year and 40.8 percent from behind the arc, while allowing its opponents to shoot 40.0 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from 3.
KENNEDY’S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
5. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
7. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
8. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 170
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 169
10. John Brady (LSU) - 167
11. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 164
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 161
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 161
14. Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 159
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks sixth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
5. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
6. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 197
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
10. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
SERIES HISTORY VS. UMASS
Ole Miss has never faced UMass and have never played a game in the state of Massachusetts. The Rebels are 12-13 all time against current members of the Atlantic 10, including a loss to George Mason earlier this season. Ole Miss vs. A-10: Davidson (0-2), Dayton (0-6), Fordham (2-0), George Mason (1-2), LaSalle (1-1), St. Joseph’s (2-0), Saint Louis (2-2) and VCU: (4-0).
REBELS FOLLOWING NEW RULES
With new rules this season regarding how players defend, the Rebels have done a good job following them. Ole Miss is committing just 16.6 fouls a game, which is the fewest in the SEC and ranks 23rd in the nation.
REBELS KNOCK OFF GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Ole Miss improved to 2-0 on the season with an 82-72 win over Georgia Southern. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds to record his second-straight double-double to start the year and the fourth of his career. Senior G Stefan Moody added 22 points on 15 of 17 from the free throw line. As a team, the Rebels hit 40 of 53 from the line. It was the first time since 1999 Ole Miss had attempted more than 50 free throws in a game.
OLE MISS WINS SEASON OPENER
The Rebels improved to an overall record of 80-26 (.752 winning percentage) in season openers with a 90-76 win over Northwestern State. The Rebels have won 11 of their last 12 season openers. Senior G Stefan Moody tied a career-high with 29 points, including 16 in the second half, on 10 of 23 shooting and knocked down 4 3s. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his third career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, as the Rebels won the battle off the glass 44-36 over the Demons.
MOODY EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Senior G Stefan Moody earned preseason All-SEC first team honors from the league’s coaches and media after leading the SEC in scoring at conference games at 18.6 ppg.
REBS PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ole Miss was projected to finish ninth in the SEC preseason media poll, despite returning three starters off last year’s NCAA tournament team. The Rebels have not finished worse than sixth in the league under Andy Kennedy since the conference went away from the divisional format.
OLE MISS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Rebels made their eighth appearance in the Big Dance in 2014-15 and sport a 5-8 mark in the NCAA Tournament. In the highest-scoring game of the tournament, Ole Miss knocked off BYU 94-90 in the First Four game in Dayton before falling to Xavier 76-57 in the second round. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 2-2 all time in the Big Dance and has 40 percent of Ole Miss’ NCAA Tournament wins.