Dec. 16, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 9: Ole Miss (6-2) vs. ETSU (4-4)
Saturday 12.18.10 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: n/a
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Video: RebelVision
HIGH-SCORING REBELS HOST BUCCANEERS
Fresh off a 101-point outburst against Mississippi Valley State, Ole Miss hosts defending Atlantic Sun tournament champion ETSU in a game that features free admission for all fans. The matchup is technically part of the Cancun Governor’s Cup tournament, which the Rebels and Buccaneers travel to next week. The SEC’s highest scoring offense will be on display against a talented ETSU squad that is coming off a 63-62 road win at Mississippi State. Four Rebels are averaging double figures, led by Chris Warren’s 18.3 ppg. Ole Miss has scored 84 or more points in each of the last three outings. The Rebels are 5-1 at home this season.
As part of Fan Appreciation Day, Rebel Basketball is offering free admission to all fans on Saturday. All parking lots are open and free of charge, as well.
- The Rebels are 59-15 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy, including 42-2 at home.
- Ole Miss has a 64-12 record at home under Kennedy’s watch.
- The Rebels and Buccaneers are meeting for the 13th time, with Ole Miss holding a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series.
- Ole Miss owns a 24-6 record against teams that currently comprise the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 20th in the nation with an 80.5 scoring average. The Rebels also top the league with 15.8 assists per contest.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC in assist-turnover ratio and ranks second in turnover margin and 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.
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Under the direction of Murry Bartow, ETSU is 4-4 and is coming off a 63-62 win at Mississippi State on Saturday. The Bucs are 2-4 on the road so far, with their other road win coming at Dayton (73-68). ETSU returned four starters and 11 lettermen from last year’s team that went 20-15 and made the NCAA Tournament after claiming the Atlantic Sun Tournament title. Mike Smith paces the Bucs with 15.6 ppg. Micah Williams adds 12.9 ppg, and Isiah Brown chips in 11.1 ppg and a team-high 7.0 rpg. As a team, they average 66.8 points compared to opponents’ 65.2. They out-rebound their foes by 2.3 boards per game (38.5-36.2).
OLE MISS-ETSU SERIES
The Rebels and Buccaneers are meeting for the 13th time, with Ole Miss holding a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Rebels lead 3-2 in games played in Oxford. The teams have met only once since 1986, with the Rebels earning a 65-50 win at the 1995 Super Chevy Shootout in Iowa City, Iowa. In that meeting, then-freshman Keith Carter (who now serves as an Ole Miss radio commentator) led the Rebels with 17 points.
OLE MISS VERSUS ATLANTIC SUN FOES
Ole Miss owns a 24-6 record against teams that currently comprise the Atlantic Sun Conference. The most-played opponent is ETSU (12 times). The Rebels’ last meeting against an Atlantic Sun team was a 75-49 win over Lipscomb on Jan. 2, 2002.
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy and ETSU head coach Murry Bartow are quite familiar with each other. Kennedy erved as an assistant at UAB for five seasons (1996-97 to 2000-01) under Bartow, who was the Blazers’ head coach. The pair helped UAB to an NCAA Tournament berth and two NIT appearances during their time together. Both of them also played their college ball at UAB (not at the same time) under the guidance of Murry’s father, legendary coach Gene Bartow.
Fresh off a 101-point outburst against Mississippi Valley State, Ole Miss now leads all SEC teams and ranks 20th in the nation with 80.5 ppg. The Rebels have eclipsed 80 points four times this year, including each of the last three outings. The Rebels also lead the league with 15.8 assists per game. They rank third in field-goal percentage (47.5) and free-throw percentage (71.2) and fourth in 3-pointers made (7.9/game).
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 leads the SEC in assist-turnover ratio (1.3) and ranks second in turnover margin (+2.6) and fewest turnovers (11.9/game). The Rebels have won the turnover battle in seven of their eight games so far.
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 52 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State.
As the season has progressed, so has the Rebels’ field-goal percentage. They rank third in the SEC, making 47.5 percent of their shots from the field. They have shot better than 40 percent in every game and better than 50 percent in three of the last five outings. That includes a season-best 59.6 percent at UALR, which was the highest mark ever allowed by the Trojans at the Jack Stephens Center.
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), third in assists (4.6), second in free-throw percentage (91.5), eighth in 3-pointers made (2.1), eighth in assist-turnover ratio (1.8) and eighth in minutes played (32.8). He has scored 20+ points in four of the first eight games and has led the Rebels in scoring five times. He has led the team in assists in every game, including a season-high seven at UALR.
WARREN REACHES 1,500 POINTS
With 18 points against Mississippi Valley State, Chris Warren passed Aaron Harper and moved into 10th place on the Ole Miss career scoring list with 1,518 points. Against UALR, Warren became the 11th player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau. He needs 35 points to match Don Kessinger for ninth place all-time.
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 256, he needs 22 to match Aaron Harper’s school record of 278 (see list on page 4).
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 11.5 points (26th in SEC) and 4.9 rebounds. He ranks fifth among SEC players with a 52.3 field-goal percentage and second with a 56.3 percentage from behind the arc. 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 ranks 14th in the SEC with a 13.5 scoring average and third with an 88.2 free-throw percentage. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He has scored 16 or more points off the bench in three of the last four games (19 at Miami, 16 vs. Southern Miss, 17 at UALR).
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 70 career wins, he needs 17 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 sixth place on the school’s career blocked shots list with 90. He needs nine more swats to enter the top five in school history. He ranks second in the SEC and 10th nationally with 3.3 blocks per game and has recorded five swats in four games this year (Arkansas State, Penn State, UALR, MVSU).
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: Ranks 2nd in the SEC and 10th in nation in blocks (3.3/game) ... 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 ... First double-double of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds at UALR, while also blocking 5 shots ... Posted yet another 5-block game vs. MVSU.
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) ... Posted season highs of 10 points (5-6 FGs) and 6 boards vs. MVSU.
Trevor Gaskins: Ranks 13th in the SEC in field goal percentage (49.2) ... Has made 19-of-28 attempts from inside the arc (67.9 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 ... Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds at UALR ... Tallied 15 points, 4 assists, no turnovers, 3 rebounds and 3 steals vs. MVSU.
Zach Graham: Ranks 14th in the SEC in scoring (13.5) and third in free-throw percentage (88.2) ... Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton) ... Scored 19 off the bench at Miami ... Posted 16 points off the bench vs. Southern Miss (8-8 FTs) ... Had 17 points off the bench at UALR.
Terrance Henry: Ranks 19th in the SEC in rebounding (5.6/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 ... Posted season highs of 14 points (3-4 FGs, 7-10 FTs) and 8 boards vs. MVSU.
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 ... 9 points (3-4 3-pt FGs) at UALR ... 10 points vs. MVSU.
Steadman Short: Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton ... Season-high 8 points with 4 boards vs. MVSU.
Chris Warren: Averages 6.9 points in the first half of games and 11.4 in the second half ... 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 ... 18 points, season-high 7 assists at UALR ... 18 points (9-11 FTs), 5 assists vs. MVSU.
Nick Williams: Has started his first eight 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 ... 10 points, season-high 7 rebounds vs. MVSU.