Men's Hoops Begins Five-Game Homestand Wednesday
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Matchup: Sam Houston State (5-4) vs. Ole Miss (4-4)
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,500)
Television: SECN+
    Richard Cross, play-by-play
    Marc Dukes, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss IMG Sports Network
    David Kellum, play-by-play
    Keith Carter, analyst
Series: Ole Miss leads 5-0
Last Meeting: Nov. 22, 2000
    Ole Miss won 71-65
    Oxford, Miss.

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- Four of the previous five matchups between Ole Miss and Sam Houston State have taken place in Oxford.
- Wednesday’s contest will be the first of four games played over a span of nine days for the Rebels.
- Ole Miss begins a five-game homestand to end the 2017 calendar year.
- The Rebels have used six different starting lineups in eight games, one of seven different teams nationally to have done that.
- Ole Miss is 54-3 all-time versus current members of the Southland Conference; the Rebels will play two of their next three games against Southland Conference opponents.  
- The Rebels are 19th in the country in fewest turnovers surrendered (96).
- Senior Deandre Burnett ranks second in the SEC and 21st nationally with a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio; he’s recorded 25 assists and only four turnovers over the past four games.
- With 85 career blocks, senior Marcanvis Hymon ranks 11th on the school’s all-time list and is four away from jumping into the top 10.
- Against Middle Tennessee, Hymon went 6 of 6 from the floor, becoming the first Rebel to go perfect from the field (minimum five shot attempts) since he went 6 of 6 as a sophomore (Dec. 15, 2015 vs. Louisiana Tech).
- In his first career start at Ole Miss, junior college transfer Bruce Stevens posted a career-high 10 points at Middle Tennessee.
- Guards are accounting for 75.8 percent of the Rebels’ scoring.
- Terence Davis has scored double digits in 22 of the last 23 games dating back to last season, including 13 straight.
- Ole Miss is in the 12th season of the Andy Kennedy era; Kennedy, the Dean of the SEC, is the winningest coach in school history with 238 victories.
- Only eight games into this season, Kennedy already has the fifth-most wins in SEC history by a coach in his first 12 years in the league at one school.

Winning at home has been a trademark of Andy Kennedy’s squads since he took the reins in 2006-07. Ole Miss is 136-36 (.791 win pct.) in games played homes during Kennedy’s tenure. In two seasons playing in the $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, the Rebels hold a 23-10 (.697) advantage against the opposition. Ole Miss has won 261 of its last 329 games (.793 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.

Sam Houston State enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 5-4 record following a week off. The Bearkats last played Dec. 4, falling on the road to No. 16 Baylor 84-56. The setback snapped SHSU’s three-game winning streak that followed a three-game losing skid. As a team, the Bearkats lead the Southland Conference in several categories, including assists per game (17.2), field goal percentage defense (37.7), rebound margin (+6.8),  and scoring defense (61.3). Allowing only 61.3 points per game, Sam Houston State ranks 14th nationally and also finds itself 19th in field goal percentage defense. Offensively, the Bearkats are only averaging 68.1 ppg, and Chris Glabreath Jr. is the lone player to average double figures (14.8 ppg). The senior forward also leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 8.0 boards per game. Jason Hooten is in his eighth season as head coach and spent six years as an assistant at the school prior to his promotion.

Ole Miss leads the all-time series 5-0 that dates back to the 1988-89 campaign. The Rebels and Bearkats played one another for three years in a row starting at that time. Ole Miss won the lone matchup in Huntsville, Texas 96-70 (Dec. 30, 1989) sandwiched in between a pair of contests in Oxford (83-73 win in 1988 and a 73-71 win in 1990). After a four-year hiatus, the series picked back up Dec. 3, 1994 when the Rebels cruised to a 91-75 win. In the only matchup this century, Ole Miss took down the Bearkats 71-65 (Nov. 22, 2000).

The last time the Rebels and Bearkats met, Ole Miss went on to finish the season in the Sweet 16. Behind 23 points from Rahim Lockhart, the Rebels outscored Sam Houston State by three in each half to hold on for a 71-65 victory (Nov. 22, 2000). Lockhart shot 9 of 15 from the floor and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to lead Ole Miss to a win in its second game of the season. Jason Harrison contributed 13 points and dished out a game-high five assists, while Justin Reed added nine points and six rebounds. The victory was part of an 11-game winning streak to start the 2000-01 campaign, part of a 27-8 season that ended in the Rebels advancing to the Sweet 16.

Ole Miss is 54-3 all-time against the current members of the Southland Conference. Along with going 5-0 against Sam Houston State throughout history, the Rebels have also faced Abilene Christian (1-0), Central Arkansas (3-0), Houston Baptist (2-0), Lamar (2-1), McNeese (8-1), New Orleans (4-1), Nicholls (8-0), Northwestern State (3-0), Southeastern Louisiana (17-0) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-0). Two of the Rebels’ upcoming three games will be against Southland Conference opponents. After facing Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Ole Miss will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi six days later (Dec. 19).

Ole Miss playing its first true road game didn’t affect Marcanvis Hymon on Saturday afternoon. The senior forward was a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor to score 12 points, tying his season high. Prior to Hymon’s performance Saturday, he was also the last Rebel to shoot perfect from the field, with a minimum of five shot attempts. As a sophomore, the Memphis, Tennessee, native went 6 of 6 to contribute to an Ole Miss win over Louisiana Tech (Dec. 20, 2015). However, his most impressive scoring performance occurred earlier that season was when he shot 10 of 11 from the floor versus Towson (Nov. 20, 2015) to tally 20 points, which still stands as his career high to this day. In the post this year, Hymon is making shots at a 70.6 percent clip (24 of 34).

After coming off the bench during each the team’s first seven games, junior college transfer Bruce Stevens was inserted into the Ole Miss starting lineup. In his first start as a Rebel, he recorded a career-high 10 points on 5 of 8 shooting in a season-high 25 minutes. On the season, the Louin, Mississippi, native is averaging 7.0 ppg to go along with 5.6 rpg.

Ole Miss has taken care of the basketball this season. The Rebels have coughed up the rock only 96 times, ranking 19th nationally in fewest turnovers surrendered. Also by dishing out 128 assists, the Rebels’ 1.3 assist/turnover ratio sits fourth in the SEC and 41st in the country. Senior guard Deandre Burnett holds the second-best individual assist/turnover ration in the SEC at 3.5, which ranks 21st nationwide.

With more depth than last year’s squad, head coach Andy Kennedy has the ability to experiment with starting lineups early on in the season to try to find the best starting five. Through eight games, the Rebels have sent out six different starting lineups. Ole Miss is one of seven teams nationally that has had at least six different starting lineups over the first eight games of the season.   

Ole Miss has been active with their hands on the defensive end of the floor, averaging 6.9 steals per game. Through eight games, four Rebels have recorded at least eight steals. Devontae Shuler leads the way with 11 steals, averaging 1.4 per game to rank seventh in the SEC. Terence Davis (10) and Markel Crawford (9) are closely behind, while Breein Tyree has eight steals. Against the Utes (Nov. 20), the Rebels tallied 14 steals throughout the night, the most by them in a game since Feb. 14, 2017 vs. LSU and the most by an SEC team this season.

Andy Kennedy has proven to develop guards during his time at Ole Miss. Over Kennedy’s 11 seasons in Oxford, 12 guards have earned All-SEC accolades to rank third among conference teams. This season, the depth at guard shows in terms of scoring. Ole Miss guards have accounted for 75.8 percent of the Rebels’ points. The top five scorers on the team are guards led by Terence Davis (16.9 ppg), Deandre Burnett (14.9 ppg) and Markel Crawford (10.5 ppg). Freshman Devontae Shuler adds 10.0 ppg, while Breein Tyree contributes 8.8 ppg.

After a breakout sophomore season last year, averaging 14.9 points per game after only providing 1.8 points per game as a freshman (largest increase in scoring among any returning player in the conference), Terence Davis has become a go-to scorer for Ole Miss. The Southaven, Mississippi, native has scored in double figures in 22 of the last 23 games dating back to last season, including 13 straight contests. Leading the Rebels with 16.9 ppg, Davis ranks seventh in the SEC. He has already reached the 20-point plateau three times, recording 21 in the season opener versus Louisiana (Nov. 10) before putting up 24 in a win over Georgia State one week later (Nov. 17). Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), Davis scored 20 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. He has also showcased his skills on the defensive end, ranking second on the team in steals (10) and blocks (7). As a sophomore last year, Davis ranked fourth in the league in field goal percentage (48.2) and recorded 20+ points in six different games. He quickly became a playmaker on both sides of the floor, leading the Rebels with 50 steals as well.

A first team preseason all-conference selection, senior Deandre Burnett is embracing his role as a leader. The guard came off the bench in Ole Miss’ first four games before being inserted into the starting lineup in three of the last four contests. Burnett is averaging 14.9 ppg, ranking second on the team, while leading the Rebels with 35 assists. Not only does he pace Ole Miss in assists, but Burnett takes care of the ball by ranking second in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio (3.5). Over the last four games, he has produced 25 assists compared to only four turnovers. The Miami Gardens, Florida, native is shooting 41.8 percent (33 of 79) from the floor, including a team-best 41.0 percent (16 of 39) percent from three-point range. Burnett also knocks down his free throws at an 84.1 percent clip (37 of 44). Last season, his first as a Rebel, Burnett averaged a team-high 16.5 ppg and finished fifth in the SEC in both free-throw percentage (.881) and three-point percentage (.376). Finishing eighth in the league in scoring, Burnett reached double figures in 26 of 33 games, including 10 20-plus performances and a career-high 41-point output (Nov. 18, 2016 vs. Oral Roberts). He also shared the rock, providing 104 assists throughout the season (3.2 apg).

Heading into the season, a big question mark for Ole Miss was who would fill the void left by Sebastian Saiz. With the help of a school-record 409 rebounds, Saiz recorded 23 double-doubles a season ago. Senior Marcanvis Hymon has been the focal point of the front court that needs to replace Saiz. In his fourth year at Ole Miss, the Memphis, Tennessee, native is the only active player to spend all four seasons in Oxford. Through eight games, Hymon leads the Rebels with 7.1 rpg and ranks 11th in the SEC. He has crashed the glass on the Rebels’ end of the floor, sitting fifth in the conference with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game. Hymon has reached double digits in rebounds three times this year, including a 12-point, 13-rebound performance in the season opener versus Louisiana (Nov. 10). The big opening game marked the third double-double in Hymon’s career. Through 82 career games, Hymon is moving up the school’s career blocks chart. With a team-high 14 already this year, he ranks 11th with 85 career rejections following a team-high 40 last season.

A 4-star guard out of perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, there was a lot of hype surrounding Devontae Shuler entering the season. The freshman has not disappointed, averaging 10.0 ppg and averaging 23.3 minutes per game, while playing in all eight contests. With a team-high 11 steals, Shuler ranks seventh among SEC players. Against South Dakota State, he recorded a career-high 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go along with a team-high three steals. He has showcased his quick hands on the defensive end with a career-high four steals versus Utah (Nov. 20) before pulling down a career-high five rebounds in the win over Rice (Nov. 22). In his debut, Shuler recorded 14 points in 16 minutes off the bench. The Irmo, South Carolina, native knocked down four shots from beyond the arc versus Louisiana (Nov. 10), and his offensive output was the most points by a freshman in a season opener since Trevor Gaskins recorded 21 versus Mississippi Valley State, exactly 10 years ago (Nov. 10, 2007).

As a graduate transfer, Markel Crawford is already making his mark in his only season with the Rebels. The Memphis product has started all eight games and leads Ole Miss in minutes per game (31.4), which ranks fifth in the SEC. He also is third on the team in steals (9), while averaging 10.5 ppg. Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), Crawford scored 19 points, his most as a Rebel, on 7 of 11 shooting.  

On the season, Ole Miss holds a 9.1-3.8 advantage in fastbreak points per game. A big factor of the Rebels getting out and running is averaging 6.9 steals per game. Against South Dakota State (Nov. 28), the Rebels outscored the Jackrabbits 18-0 in fastbreak points.

With the 12th season led by Mississippi native Andy Kennedy underway, Ole Miss has a 238-144 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, nine 20-win campaigns and eight postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and pair of trips to the NIT Final Four, throughout Kennedy’s watch. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his 11 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.

In his 12th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. Kennedy has faced 38 different head coaches in the SEC during his time in Oxford. He is also the longest tenured head coach in the league in both basketball and football having entered the league prior to Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Andy Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 12 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:

1. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 285
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 279
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 265
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 255
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) – 238
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) – 236
7. Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 219
8. Ray Mears (Tennessee) – 218
9. Dale Brown (LSU) – 212
10. C.M. Newton (Alabama) – 211
11. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 204
11. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) – 204

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is climbing the SEC coaching wins chart, ranking 18th with 238 career victories. See complete list below:

1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 875
2. Billy Donovan (Florida) - 467
3. Dale Brown (LSU) - 448
4. C.M. Newtown (UA/VU) - 340
    Harry Rabenhorst (LSU) - 340
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 332
7. Tubby Smith (UGA/UK) - 308
8. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 297
    Hugh Durhman (Georgia) - 297
10. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 293
11. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 278
    Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 278
13. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 265
    John Mauer (UK/UT/UF) - 265
15. Hank Crisp (Alabama) - 264
16. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 256
17. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
18. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 238
19. Norm Sloan (Florida) - 232
20.    Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
21. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214

Andy Kennedy is one of eight active head coaches with 12 or more consecutive winning seasons to start a career. The list includes: Jim Boeheim (41), Roy Williams (29), Tom Izzo (22), Mark Few (18), Jamie Dixon (14), Sean Miller (13) and Dave Rose (12).

Ole Miss will continue its stretch of four games in nine days, hosting Illinois State for a Saturday afternoon matchup. The Rebels and Redbirds hit the hardwood at 2:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network.






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