Ole Miss Heads West To Face Oregon
Dec. 5, 2014
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC CHAMPS
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as Ole Miss handed Cincinnati its first loss of the season with a 66-54 victory in the championship of the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. The Rebels scored six straight points to break a 14-14 tie, retaining the lead the rest of the way. Ole Miss held Cincinnati in check offensively, as the Bearcats shot a season-low 30.4 percent from the floor and went almost 10 minutes without a field goal. It was the second-straight regular-season tournament title for Ole Miss. Moody was named the tournament MVP and senior G Jarvis Summers was named to the all-tournament team.
REBELS TAKE DOWN RANKED FOE
Senior G Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 23 points, while fellow senior G LaDarius White added 18, including 16 in the second half, as Ole Miss defeated No. 23 Creighton 75-68 at the Emerald Coast Classic. Junior G Martavious Newby and senior G M.J. Rhett added nine points apiece for the Rebels. Summers was 9-of-10 at free-throw line and Newby was 4-of-4 - all in the final 20 seconds - as the Rebels finished 19-of-21 overall from the line. It marked Ole Miss' first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 18 Wisconsin in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
MOODY BREAKS OUT
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7 (.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3.
Senior G LaDarius White scored 18 points off the bench in the Rebels' win over No. 23 Creighton, including 16 in the second half to spur the Ole Miss comeback. White was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the half including 2-for-2 from 3, and knocked down both free throw attempts. Ole Miss trailed the Bluejays by six at the half before White spurred the Rebels' comeback with a player efficiency rating of +21. White is averaging 12.3 ppg over his last six games and is shooting 52.0 percent (26-50) from the floor after starting the season just 2-of-9 from the field.
REBELS IN BEAVER STATE
This marks the first time Ole Miss has traveled to Oregon for a basketball game. The Rebels have only made two previous trips to the "West Coast", both to California in 1986 and 2012.
OLE MISS VERSUS OREGON
The Rebels are 0-1 all time against Oregon after losing last year's heartbreaker 115-105 in overtime to the Ducks. See page 13 for recap.
REBELS VERSUS PAC 12
Ole Miss has a 3-5 record all-time against current members of the Pac-12 (1-1 vs. Arizona, 0-1 vs. California, 0-1 vs. Oregon, 1-0 vs. Oregon State, 0-1 vs. UCLA, 1-0 vs. USC, 0-1 vs. Utah).
POWER CONFERENCE WINS
A win over Oregon would give Ole Miss another win over a power conference after the Rebels posted victories over the AAC (Cincinnati) and Big East (Creighton) at the Emerald Coast Classic. It would also give the Rebels victories over teams from three different major conferences for the first time since 2011-12, when Ole Miss earned wins over the ACC (Miami), Big East (DePaul) and Big Ten (Penn State).
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC hitting 78.2 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 19-of-21 attempts (.905) against Northern Arizona and have hit 92 of their last 113 from the line (.814). Six Ole Miss players are shooting over 75.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stephan Moody who is third in the SEC at 29-of-31 (.923) from the line.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 176-102 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 also ranks 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) - 176
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 (61.4 ppg), second in field goal percentage defense (.349), fourth in steals (8.1/game) and fifth in blocked shots (4.6/game). Ole Miss is holding opponents to only 29.8 percent from behind the arc, which ranks fifth in the conference.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
Oregon is 5-2 on the young season after knocking off Concordia 94-63 on Wednesday. The Ducks bounced back with a pair of wins last week over Concordia and Portland State after falling to No. 14 VCU and No. 19 Michigan at the Barclays Center Classic over Thanksgiving. Oregon returns just one starter off last year's squad that posted a 24-10 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's second round. Senior and second team All-Pac-12 selection Joseph Young leads the Ducks in scoring at 20.9 ppg and is shooting 97.3 percent (36-of-37) from the line. Junior Dewayne Benjamin leads the team in rebounding at 8.8 boards a game and the Ducks lead the Pac-12 pulling down 45.7 rpg as a team.
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 (1,329); assists (394); minutes played (3,119); and wins (71).
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