Reginald Buckner (AP photo)
Dec. 8, 2011
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Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 9: Ole Miss (7-1) vs. Mississippi Valley State (1-7)
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 | 2 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 219, XM 199
Live Video: RebelVision
• Ole Miss has won at least seven of its first eight games for the fourth time in the last six years.
• The Rebels are 72-18 in non-conference games under Andy Kennedy.
• The Rebels are 75-15 in home games under Kennedy, including a 48-2 record against non-league foes.
• Ole Miss is a perfect 33-0 all-time against SWAC teams, including 3-0 verus Mississippi Valley State.
• In their last three games, the Rebels have claimed the program’s first home win over an ACC team and the first ever road wins over a Big East or Big Ten foe.
• Rookie G Jarvis Summers is the SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring 27 points at Penn State and making clutch plays down the stretch in wins over the Nittany Lions and DePaul.
• Junior F Murphy Holloway is one of two SEC players averaging a double-double (11.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg).
• Freshman guards Jelan Kendrick and Ladarius White are expected to be eligible either Saturday or Wednesday (once fall semester grades are posted and approved by school and NCAA).
• Ole Miss’ shooting percentage is nearly 14 points higher in the last four games (49.8) than the first four (35.9).
• Junior F Reginald Buckner needs eight blocked shots to break the school’s all-time career record.
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REBELS RETURN TO COURT AFTER EXAMS
Following a two-game road swing and a week of final exams, Ole Miss returns to its home court on Saturday against Mississippi Valley State. The Rebels have reeled off four straight wins and boast a 7-1 record so far. They have done so without the services of freshman guards Jelan Kendrick and Ladarius White, who are expected to be eligible once fall grades are posted and approved by the school and NCAA. The Rebels’ balanced offensive attack features five players that average double-figure points, led by Dundrecous Nelson’s 11.9 scoring average.
Ole Miss has made a habit of starting fast in recent years. With a 7-1 start this season, the Rebels have won at least seven of their first eight games in four of Andy Kennedy’s six seasons at the helm. Through eight games last season, Ole Miss was 6-2. The Rebels are looking to start 8-1 for the third time since 2007-08.
The Rebels’ last three wins have each achieved a remarkable feat 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)
• First road win over a Big Ten team (defeated Penn State 72-70)
It’s taken some late heroics to earn victories in the last three games. With the Rebels down by one point and 34 seconds left on Sunday at Penn State, Jarvis Summers made a layup-and-one for the winning 72-70 margin. Last 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.
SUMMERS SURGES AGAINST PENN STATE, EARNS SEC FROSH HONORS
Rookie point guard Jarvis Summers blew up for 27 points at Penn State and was honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday. His career-high point total against the Nittany Lions was the highest by a Rebel this season. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound floor general made 10 of 16 shots from the field, 4 of 5 from behind the arc and 3 of 4 from the charity stripe, while adding four rebounds and three assists in an all-around quality floor game. With his team down 70-69 and 34 seconds remaining, Summers made a big-time drive to the basket for a layup-and-one to provide the winning 72-70 margin. The Jackson, Miss., native also posted 12 points, three assists and two steals and tied the game at 68-68 with a clutch jumper in a 70-68 win at DePaul.
KENDRICK, WHITE EXPECTED TO RETURN SOON
Freshman guards Jelan Kendrick and Ladarius White were required to sit out games during the 2011 fall semester. They are expected to be eligible once fall semester grades are posted, which will most lilkely either be Saturday against Mississippi Valley State or Wednesday vs. UL-Lafayette. Kendrick transferred to Ole Miss from Memphis following the 2010 fall semester (before playing any games for the Tigers). White has been cleared to practice with the team (since Oct 14), but the NCAA has set specific academic benchmarks that he must meet during the fall semester in order to be eligible for game competition.
SCOUTING THE DELTA DEVILS
Mississippi Valley State is 1-7 on the year, while playing one of the most brutal schedules in college basketball. Don’t let the record fool you - they have played close games at Notre Dame, DePaul and South Carolina, while even giving then-No. 1 North Carolina a hard time until late in that game. The Delta Devils’ lone victory was a 2OT thriller against Tennessee State in Las Vegas. Head coach (and 1992 Kentucky graduate) Sean Woods returned most of his players from last year’s team that went 13-19 overall and finished third in the SWAC with a 12-6 league record.
OLE MISS-MVSU SERIES
The Rebels and Delta Devils are meeting for the fourth time. Ole Miss won matchups in 2006, 2007 and last year, by an average of 29.7 points. Last year’s 101-69 Rebel victory saw six players score in double figures, led by Chris Warren’s 18 points and Trevor Gaskins’ 15. Terrance Henry added 14 points and a team-high 8 boards in the first of Ole Miss’ two 100-point games last season.
OLE MISS VERSUS SWAC FOES
Ole Miss enters Saturday’s contest with a perfect 33-0 record against teams that currently comprise the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Rebels have faced every SWAC school except Texas Southern, while having played Alabama State the most times at seven.
DEFENDING HOME COURT
Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy’s squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 75-15 (.831 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure, including a 3-0 record this season. Ole Miss has won 206 of its last 253 games (.814 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 439-194 (.694 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
The Rebels boast a 72-18 record (.800 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 7-1 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 87th in the most recent NCAA rankings allowing 62.5 points per game to opponents. The team ranks fifth in the league and 74th in the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense at 39.4. The Rebels have held six of eight 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.
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE GOING NORTH
Ole Miss struggled mightily with its shooting in the season’s first four games (35.9 percent) but has seen a much greater percentage of its shots fall in the last four outings (49.8). That has led to an improved season average of 42.1 percent through eight games. The team’s focus on getting the ball into the paint before taking jump shots has been central to the recent improvement.
Five Rebels are averaging double-figure points through the first eight games. Dundrecous Nelson leads the way with an 11.9 average, followed by Murphy Holloway (11.4), Jarvis Summers (11.3), Terrance Henry (10.8) and Nick Williams (10.3). Each of these five has led the team in scoring at least once this year.
Ole Miss is 2-0 in true road games with clutch come-from-behind wins at DePaul and Penn State. Andy Kennedy’s squad is 5-1 overall in games away from Oxford, which includes at 2-1 mark at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The only defeat there was at the hands of Marquette, which remains undefeated and has risen to No. 11 in the national polls.