Dec. 9, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 7: Ole Miss (4-2) at UALR (6-3)
Saturday 12.11.10 | 2:00 p.m. CT
Little Rock, Ark. | Jack Stephens Center (5,600)
Live TV: n/a
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 215, XM 199
Live Audio: RebelVision
With final exams week and the fall semester in the rearview mirror, the Ole Miss players will turn to basketball exclusively for a few weeks, starting with a road trip to UALR. Ole Miss has gone 4-1 at home so far, including its most recent 86-81 win over Southern Miss, but lost its only road game with an 86-73 defeat at Miami. Chris Warren tops Ole Miss with 18.3 points and 4.2 assists per game. Zach Graham adds 14.8 points, and Nick Williams chips in 12.8 points. Those three also boast three of the top FT percentage marks in the league. Graham and Warren are 1-2, shooting 96.6 and 93.3 from the line, respectively. Williams makes 85.7 percent of his attempts.
- The Rebels are 57-15 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy.
- The Rebels and Trojans are meeting for the second time, with Ole Miss claiming a 92-64 victory in Oxford in last year’s season opener.
- Ole Miss owns a 58-22 all-time record against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.
- With 89 wins as the Ole Miss head coach, Andy Kennedy has moved into third place on the school’s all-time coaching victories list.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC in free-throw percentage, ranks second in turnover margin and assist-turnover ratio and third in fewest turnovers per game.
- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren is second on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
- With a 3-point field goal made in the UALR game, Ole Miss will become the 13th school in NCAA history to boast a streak of 500 straight games with a trey.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
UALR has won two straight games and comes into the weekend with a 6-3 overall record. The Trojans got an impressive 69-67 win over Tulsa on Sunday before coming back two days later with an 85-58 triumph over NAIA Philander Smith College. Steve Shields’ team is 5-0 at home and 1-3 on the road so far. They average 69.6 ppg and give up 65.8. Only one player averages double figures, senior Solomon Bozeman at 13.2 ppg. Courtney Jackson is the top rebounder with 5.0 rpg. Shields employs a heavy-substitution rotation, as 12 different Trojans average 9+ minutes per game.
OLE MISS-UALR SERIES
The Rebels and Trojans are meeting for the second time. Ole Miss claimed a 92-64 victory in Oxford in last year’s season opener, which was the first time the two schools ever met. The Rebels raced out to a 44-30 halftime lead and never looked back, using big games from frontcourt players DeAundre Cranston (21 points) and Murphy Holloway (17 points, 10 rebounds).
OLE MISS-UALR CONNECTION
UALR senior guard Solomon Bozeman is the son of former Rebel assistant coach Eric Bozeman (1999-2005). Solomon Bozeman was the Oxford Eagle player of the year when he was a junior at Oxford High.
OLE MISS VERSUS SUN BELT FOES
Ole Miss owns a 58-22 all-time record against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans represent the second Sun Belt foe for the Rebels this year. Ole Miss beat Arkansas State 68-60 in the season opener.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
With veteran guard play at the core of the 2010-11 Rebel squad, Ole Miss has proven to be very good at limiting its turnovers. The team ranks second in the SEC in turnover margin (+3.3) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and third in fewest turnovers (11.8/game). The Rebels have won the turnover battle in each of their six games so far.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
It’s still early, but it looks like free-throw shooting will be a strength of this year’s Ole Miss team. The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank among the nation’s leaders with a 75.0 FT percentage. Their 95.7 FT percentage against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts. Zach Graham ranks fourth in the nation and tops all SEC players with a 96.6 percent mark at the line (28-29). Chris Warren ranks second in the league at 93.3 percent (28-30), and Nick Williams is sixth at 85.7 percent (12-14).
Ole Miss has displayed some impressive bursts of scoring in the early season. With feats of athleticism and sharp outside shooting, the Rebels have posted at least one 40-point half in every game this season, including a high of 46 in the first half against Dayton and in the second half at Miami.
LONG RANGE FOR A LONG TIME
Ole Miss has made at least one 3-pointer in every game since March 5, 1994. That’s 499 straight games with a trey! Only 12 teams in NCAA history have knocked down a trey in 500 straight games.
KENNEDY MOVES UP OLE MISS WINS CHART
With the Rebels’ win over Penn State, Andy Kennedy earned his 88th victory as the Ole Miss head coach, passing Cob Jarvis as he moved up to third on the school’s all-time coaching victories list. Now with 89 wins in his fifth year at the helm, he trails only B.L. “Country” Graham (144 wins in 13 years) and Rod Barnes (141 wins in eight years).
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things will run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring average (18.3), fifth in assists (4.2), second in free-throw percentage (93.3), sixth in 3-pointers made (2.3) and sixth in minutes played (33.3). He has scored 20+ points in four of the first six games, including 20 in the most recent outing vs. Southern Miss.
CAREER 3-POINT RECORD IN SIGHT
At his current pace, Chris Warren will set the Ole Miss record for most career 3-pointers around mid-season. With four treys against Southern Miss, he took over sole possession of second place all-time at 253.
1,500 POINTS ALSO IN SIGHT
With 18 more points, Chris Warren will become the 11th player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. He enters the UALR game ranked 11th in the Rebel record books with 1,482 career points and needs 23 to match Aaron Harper for 10th place.
Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has already been a big addition on the court this year. He is averaging 12.8 points (18th in SEC) and 4.5 rebounds and ranks seventh among SEC players with a 51.9 field-goal percentage. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
GRAHAM LOOKS SHARP
Senior guard Zach Graham has gotten off to a strong start in 2010-11. He is averaging 14.8 points (11th in SEC) and leads the league and ranks fourth in the nation with a 96.6 free-throw percentage. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He also contributed 19 points at Miami.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 68 career wins, he needs 19 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
Just a few games into his sophomore year, Reginald Buckner has already vaulted into seventh place on the school’s career blocked shots list with 80. He ranks second in the SEC with 2.7 blocks per game and has recorded five swats in two games this year (Arkansas State, Penn State). Last year, Buckner missed four games and was hampered by an ankle injury in SEC and postseason play, but he still managed to break the school’s all-time blocked shots record for a season and be named to the SEC All-Freshman squad by the league coaches.
With 20 points against Southern Miss, Chris Warren has 30 career 20-point games, which leads all active SEC players. He also leads all active league players in career points, assists and 3-pointers.
There are two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are the first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05. In addition, Ole Miss signed three more Mississippians to join the Rebels next season: Aaron Jones (Pascagoula), Jarvis Summers (Jackson) and Ladarius White (McComb).
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Tied a career high with 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... Tied career high with 5 blocks vs. Penn State.
Demarco Cox: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Dayton ... Made first career start vs. Penn State (2 pts, 4 rebs).
Trevor Gaskins: Ranks 10th in the SEC in field goal percentage (50.0) ... Has made 14-of-18 attempts from inside the arc (77.8 percent) ... Scored 8 points and tied a career high with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Had 8 points, 4 boards and 3 steals vs. Murray State ... Poured in career-high 24 points vs. Penn State, making 9-of-14 FGs and 6-of-11 3s.
Zach Graham: Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton) ... Scored 19 at Miami ... Posted 16 points vs. Southern Miss (8-8 FTs).
Terrance Henry: Ranks 18th in the SEC in rebounding (5.7/game) ... Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Scored 12 points with a team-high 7 boards vs. Dayton ... 13 points (7-8 FTs), team-high 6 boards vs. Penn State ... 8 points, team-high 7 boards vs. Southern Miss.
Dundrecous Nelson: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Murray State ... Tallied 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-5 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 3 assists tied for the team lead at Miami ... 11 points (3-5 3-pt FGs), 3 assists vs. Southern Miss.
Steadman Short: Celebrated his 21st birthday on Thursday (12/9) ... Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton.
Chris Warren: Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State ... Dished out a game-high 5 assists vs. Murray State ... 11 points, 6 assists vs. Dayton ... 20 points, 4 assists vs. Penn State ... 18 of his 23 points in second half at Miami ... 15 of his 20 points in the second half vs. Southern Miss.
Nick Williams: Has started his first six games in a Rebel uniform ... Career-high 21 points vs. Murray State ... 14 points (6-9 FGs, 2-4 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 15 points (3-4 3-pt FGs), 4 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Penn State ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Southern Miss.