Dec. 14, 2015
Ole Miss Game Notes - Louisiana Tech
Ole Miss (7-2, 0-0 SEC) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-1, 0-0 CUSA)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Tom Hart, play-by-play
Kyle Macy, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 7-5
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 4-1
Streak: Ole Miss, W4
Last Meeting: Ole Miss W, 88-56 (11/19/97)
• Ole Miss returns home after a three-game road swing to host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Tuesday night in Oxford.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy is seeking his 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man against the Bulldogs. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 199-116 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 220- 129 record in 11 years as a head coach.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy has also moved passed Alabama’s Mark Goddfried for the fifth-most wins in SEC his tory by a coach in his first 10 years in the league at one school with 199.
• Ole Miss leads the SEC, and ranks 38th nationally, with a 74.5 free throw percentage this season.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks 10th nationally, in scoring at 23.6 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in all but two games this season and has broken the 30-point mark twice, including a 30-point performance in the Rebels’ win over UMass in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase.
• Senior G Stefan Moody has made a 3-pointer in 23-straight games, the fifth-longest streak in school history.
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his third double-double of the season and the fifth of his career with 16 points and 12 boards in Ole Miss’ victory over UMass. He ranks third in the SEC, and 29th nationally, pulling down 9.6 rpg and is tied for third in the league with three double-doubles this season.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 10 points and pulled down 6 boards in the Rebels’ road win at Southeast Missouri. Gielo is averaging 10.2 ppg over his last five games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four.
• Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in Ole Miss’ road win at SEMO. Hymon is second on team pulling down 6.0 rpg in only 17.0 minutes a game.
AK GOES FOR 200
Head coach Andy Kennedy is seeking his 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 199-116 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 220-129 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy has beaten 91 different teams, including all 13 SEC foes, in his 10 years at Ole Miss and would become just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 199-116 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).
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
REBELS PICK UP ROAD WIN AT SEMO
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a game-high 28 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead the Rebels to the road win. Moody had just 11 points midway through the second half, before he took over the game and scored 15-straight points for Ole Miss over a stretch of 3:04. Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his third double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards, while sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon pulled down a career-high 14 rebound as the Rebel won the battle off the glass 53-36 over the Redhawks. The Rebels improved to 10-4 in road games over the last two years.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody posted 28 points in the Rebels’ win at SEMO and leads the in the SEC, and ranks 10th nationally, in scoring this season at 23.6 ppg. It was his fourth-straight game with 20-plus points becoming the first Rebel since Marshall Henderson in 2013 to post four straight 20-point games. He has scored 20-plus points seven times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark twice against Towson and UMass. Moody holds a 18.0 ppg career scoring average and sits just outside the top 10 in school history in career scoring average.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his third double-double of the season against UMass (16 points, 12 rebounds) and now has five double-doubles in his career. He became the first Rebel since Murphy Holloway in 2013 to record a double-double in back-to-back games after recording two-straight to start the season. Saiz is tied for third in the SEC with three double-doubles this year and is pulling down 9.6 boards a game, which ranks second in the conference and 31st nationally.
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 74.5 percent to start the year, which leads the league and ranks 38th nationally. 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. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks third in the league this season hitting 88.2 percent (60 of 68) of his attempts. Moody is Ole Miss’ career leader in free throw percentage at 89.7 percent (min. 200 attempts).
REBELS FOLLOWING NEW RULES
With the introduction of new rules this season regarding how players defend, the Rebels have done a good job following them. Ole Miss is committing just 17.1 fouls a game, which is the fewest in the SEC and ranks 38th in the nation.
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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 199
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
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
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
Louisiana Tech is 8-1 on the season after defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 91-79 Saturday. The Bulldogs, who knocked off Ohio State earlier this season, have only one loss the year a 94-68 setback to Memphis, Ole Miss’ opponent Saturday. Tech is led by senior G Alex Hamilton, who is averaging 17.1 ppg and has dished out 50 assists on the year. Close behind Hamilton is junior F and Murray State transfer Erik McCree at 16.8 ppg and a team-best 7.0 rebounds a game. The Bulldogs are averaging 83.3 ppg and shooting 45.3 percent from the field this season, but have a -1.6 rebounding margin.
SERIES HISTORY VS. LA TECH
Ole Miss is 7-5 all time against Louisiana Tech with the Rebels winning the last matchup 88-56 in 1997. The Rebels have won the last four meetings (‘97, ‘73, ‘66 and ‘65), while the Bulldogs won five of the first eight game when the series began in 1911. The two teams played a home-and-home series in 1961 and ‘62 and meet annually from 1961-66. Ole Miss leads the series 4-1 in Oxford.
OLE MISS WINS AT UMASS
Senior G Stefan Moody tied a career high with 30 points and 6 assists as Ole Miss knocked off UMass 74-64 in the Naismith Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. Moody was 9 of 18 from the floor with 3 3-pointers and 9 of 10 from the line. Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points with 12 rebounds in the victory. The Minutemen led by two at the break, 33-31, Moody’s 3-pointer at 14:03 mark of the second tied the game at 42 and sparked a 10-2 run by the Rebels that put the game away.
GIELO PACES REBELS AGAINST GEORGIA STATE
Senior F Tomasz Gielo has broken out of an early season slump over the last four 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 and is averaging 10.2 ppg over his last five games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four. He is also averaging 6.2 boards a game over the last five games after posting just 3.0 to start the year.
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.
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 a career high with 20 points and added 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.
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.
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 124-31 (.800 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy’s tenure. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped two seasons ago with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 249 of its last 316 games (.788 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 488-210 (.699 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.