Ole Miss Offers Holiday Hoops Special Saturday

GAME 11: #20/25 Ole Miss (9-1) vs. Centenary (4-5)
Saturday 12.19
.09 | 1 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)

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Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
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HOLIDAY SPECIAL TICKET PRICES FOR SATURDAY

Ole Miss is offering free student tickets and reducing all remaining tickets to $5 for Saturday's game against Centenary. All parking lots surrounding the coliseum will be open to fans, free of charge.

REBELS PUT WIN STREAK ON THE LINE VERSUS GENTS

Ole Miss won its fifth straight game with a come-from-behind 91-81 victory in overtime Wednesday against UTEP. The 20th-ranked Rebels secured their third straight comeback win and improved to 9-1 overall. It's the 11th time in school history for the Rebels to start 9-1 or better in their first 10 games. The five-game winning streak is the longest since the team strung together 13 straight to begin the 2007-08 campaign. At No. 20 in the AP poll, Ole Miss has its highest ranking since the week of Jan. 21, 2008, when the team was 15th in the country. Centenary comes to Oxford with a 4-5 record and a high-scoring offense averaging 81.8 points per game.

QUICK NOTES

- Ole Miss is nationally ranked for the second straight week. The Rebels are No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

- The Rebels and Gents are deadlocked at 6-6 in the all-time series, but Ole Miss has claimed victory in each of the last three outings.

- Ole Miss has a 47-11 record against non-conference opponents under Kennedy.

- Kennedy has directed Ole Miss to a 49-7 home record in his four seasons at the helm, including a 31-1 mark against non-league foes at Tad Smith Coliseum.

- At 83.1 ppg, Ole Miss' offense ranks second in the SEC and 17th nationally.

- The Rebels have been on fire from behind the arc in recent games and rank second in the SEC with 8.5 triples per contest.

- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren ranks second in the league with 19.2 ppg and 3.3 3-pointers per contest. He scored a career-high 32 points against UTEP and was named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard) this week.

- Preseason All-SEC guard Terrico White averages 16.6 ppg, seventh-best among SEC players.

SCOUTING THE GENTS

Centenary enters Saturday's matchup with a 4-5 record and losses in each of its last three outings. Of the three losses, two were very tight - an 84-83 defeat to Missouri-Kansas City and a 102-96 double-OT shootout vs. Louisiana Tech. The Gents average 81.8 ppg and allow 83.4 ppg to opponents by virtue of a fast-paced, 3-point shooting style. David Perez leads the team and the Summit League in scoring at 21.4 ppg, while making 46.9 percent of his field goals, including 28-of-71 3-pointers, and he shoots 88.2 percent from the charity stripe (45-of-51). Roman Tubner contributes 13.9 ppg, while Daman Starring adds 10.7. The team forces 17.7 turnovers per game and posts 9.0 steals per contest, but it also allows foes to shoot 46.5 percent from the field.

OLE MISS-CENTENARY SERIES

Saturday will mark the 13th meeting all-time between the Rebels and Gents. The series is currently deadlocked at 6-6, but Ole Miss has claimed victory in each of the last three. The teams were regular opponents in the 1960s, but didn't play each other between 1966 and 2003. Ole Miss won 107-67 in the last meeting on Nov. 26, 2005 in Oxford. Dwayne Curtis led five Rebels in double figures with 21 points on that day.

OLE MISS VERSUS SUMMIT LEAGUE FOES

The Rebels own a 14-6 record all-time against current members of the Summit League. Centenary is the only league team to which Ole Miss has ever lost, as the Rebels boast perfect records against IUPUI (1-0), Oral Roberts (4-0), Oakland (1-0), South Dakota State (1-0) and Southern Utah (1-0).

NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS

Ole Miss boasts a 47-11 record (.810 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, which includes a 31-1 record in games played in Oxford. This year's team is 9-1 overall against non-league foes after the squad went 9-5 a season ago. The 2007-08 Rebels finished the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record against non-league foes, becoming the second Rebel squad to accomplish that feat (1948-49).

REBELS IN THE POLLS

Ole Miss is nationally ranked for the second straight week, climbing to No. 20 in the AP poll and entering the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll at No. 25 this week. The Rebels have their highest ranking since they were No. 15 the week of Jan. 21, 2008. The team has been receiving votes in both polls each week since the preseason.

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 49-7 (.875 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 5-0 mark this year. An 80-78 loss to West Virginia on Dec. 3 last year snapped a 25-game home win streak over non-conference opponents.

Ole Miss has won 180 of its last 219 games (.822 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 413-186 (.689 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.

CHECKING IN AT TEN

With 10 games under its belt (exactly one-third of the regular season), Ole Miss boasts a 9-1 record, its best mark through 10 games since the 2007-08 squad was a perfect 10-0 (opened season with 13 straight victories). The Rebels were 7-3 at this point last year. It's the 11th time in school history that a team has started 9-1 or better.

WARREN TURNS IN CAREER-HIGH OUTING

He's been on a tear in the last few outings, but junior point guard Chris Warren really out-did himself in Wednesday's OT win over UTEP. The 5-foot-10 speedster tallied a career-high 32 points (besting previous high of 29), including 17 in a blazing first half and 11 in overtime. He hit 5-of-10 3-pointers and set career highs with 13 free throws made and 15 free throw attempts.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

Ole Miss has made impressive comebacks to claim victories in each of its last three games. The Rebels came back from a six-point deficit in the final minute to beat Southern Miss 81-79. Then, it took a furious rally in the final 10 minutes to erase a 14-point deficit against McNeese State and beat the Cowboys 83-67 this past Saturday. On Wednesday, Ole Miss stormed back from 12 down in the final four minutes to force overtime and eventually beat UTEP 91-81.

Veterans Eniel Polynice and Chris Warren have been central in the comeback effors. Polynice slammed home the game-winning dunk against Southern Miss and had 10 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in a late 20-2 run against McNeese. His defense led to key turnovers that helped Ole Miss rally vs. UTEP. Warren nailed a pair of huge 3-pointers in the final minute against the Golden Eagles and had the rebound and oulet pass that led to Polynice's game-winning dunk. He hit crucial baskets and free throws at the end of regulation and went on to score 11 of his career-high 32 points in overtime to beat UTEP.

PROLIFIC OFFENSE IN THE EARLY GOING

Fast-break buckets, slashing drives and a nice outside touch have been key components to Ole Miss averaging 83.1 points per game, which is second-most among SEC teams and 17th in the nation. The team has put up 80+ points in seven of the first 10 games and 90+ in three contests so far. Ole Miss has posted a 40+ point half in every game this season. Five players average 9 or more ppg, led by Chris Warren's 19.2 average and Terrico White's 16.6 average.

IT'S RAINING THREE'S

With an abundance of shooters in its backcourt-heavy lineup, Ole Miss is getting plenty of production from behind the arc this season. The Rebels rank second among SEC teams with 8.5 three's made per game. They drained 12 treys against Southern Miss and UTEP, a total that is tied for the fifth-highest in a single game in school history.

Individually, Chris Warren leads the way with 33 3-pointers, ranking second in the SEC with 3.3/game. Zach Graham has drained 18 shots from downtown, including a career-high four triples in back-to-back outings at Arkansas State and vs. Southern Miss. Terrico White has added 17 three's.

REBELS VALUE THE BALL

Ole Miss has shown itself to be one of the better SEC teams at limiting its turnovers in the early season. The Rebels average 12.8 turnovers per game (tied for 3rd-fewest in SEC), rank third among league teams with a +4.7 turnover margin and fourth with a 1.1 assist-turnover ratio (14.3-A / 12.8-T). Ole Miss had just five turnovers in the season opener vs. UALR and gave up the ball just six times vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and seven vs. McNeese State.

REBELS 'D' TURNS UP HEAT

Ole Miss has proven itself as a high-pressure defensive squad this season. The Rebels rank third in the SEC and 24th nationally with a +4.7 turnover margin and are also fifth in the SEC with 8.3 steals/game.

SULTANS OF SWAT

There's a new strength on this year's team that the Rebels have not featured much in years past - the blocked shot. The intimidating presence of freshman Reginald Buckner, who leads the team and ranks third in the SEC with 2.4 blocks per game, has helped the Rebels average 6.0 swats per contest, fourth-best among SEC teams and 21st in the nation entering the week. The team's 12 blocks against Indiana in San Juan were one shy of a school record.

WARREN CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS

With 32 points vs. UTEP, junior guard Chris Warren now has 962 career points, needing just 38 more to become the 31st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Warren has reached this high point total at a rapid pace, having played in just 56 games. Gerald Glass is the fastest Rebel to reach 1,000 points, doing so in his 37th career game.

CLIMBING THE CAREER TREY CHART

Junior guard Chris Warren has climbed the Ole Miss career 3-point chart at a record pace and recently moved into fifth place all-time with 161 career treys. He needs two more to move into a tie for fourth place.

WARREN BACK TO HIS OLD WAYS

He set the Ole Miss record for 3-pointers in a season as a freshman and then averaged 19.6 ppg as a sophomore before being injured. Now, Chris Warren is providing his magic again. The junior point guard currently ranks second in the SEC with 19.2 ppg and second with 3.3 3-pointers per game. He is averaging 22.1 ppg over the last seven outings and has hit three or more 3-pointers in seven of his last eight games. He posted his third straight 20-point game with a career-high 32 (5-of-10 3's, 13-of-15 FT's) - with 11 points in overtime - in the win over UTEP. He poured in 20 points, including a clutch pair of three's in the final minute, in the comeback win over Southern Miss, while adding six assists. He was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament Team after he led all scorers in San Juan with a 22.3 average. He had 16 in the win over Indiana before putting together back-to-back 20-point games against Kansas State (27) and No. 5 Villanova (24).

CONSISTENCY FROM DOWNTOWN

Sophomore guard Terrico White and junior guard Chris Warren are entering rare territory with their current streaks of consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal. White has hit a three in 22 straight games, the fourth-best streak in school history, while Warren is right behind him at 20 straight.

20-POINT PERFORMANCES

Junior guard Chris Warren has already posted five games of 20+ points this season, most among SEC players. Warren has 19 career 20-point games, and both he and sophomore guard Terrico White rank in the top 10 among active SEC players in that category.

WHITE MAKES SCORING LOOK EASY

With his laid-back, smooth approach on offense, sometimes Terrico White's eye-popping scoring totals can take a person by surprise. The sophomore guard is averaging 16.6 ppg, which is seventh-best among SEC players. He tallied 19 points, including 8-of-10 from the foul line, in the OT win over UTEP. He had 15 points with a pair of treys against Southern Miss. He poured in a season-high 25 points in a win over Kansas State and has dropped in 19 points three times (vs. Alabama State, vs. Texas A&M-CC and at Arkansas State). He posted 14 points and a career-high 9 rebounds vs. No. 5 Villanova.

HOLLOWAY PRODUCING MONSTER GAMES

Sophomore forward Murphy Holloway posted a career-high 26 points against Indiana at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. He did what he does best by tipping in loose rebounds and finding a soft spot in the defense for Eniel Polynice to find him on several occasions. Holloway finished 12-for-18 from the floor and added seven rebounds in the win.

Holloway followed that up with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State, his second double-double of the year. He missed the Texas A&M-CC game while resting an ankle injury, but returned to tally 9 points and a season-high 13 rebounds at Arkansas State. Against McNeese State, he tallied 13 points and 5 boards.

OTHER PLAYER POINTS

- Reginald Buckner: Third among SEC players and tops among freshmen with 2.4 blocks per game ... Season-high 11 points (5-of-6 FG's) with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the OT win over UTEP ... Made his first career start vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and scored 8 points ... Season-high 12 rebounds with 3 blocks vs. Indiana ... Posted 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks vs. Alabama State ... Had 4 blocks and 4 rebounds in collegiate debut vs. UALR ... Tennessee high school record holder for career blocked shots.

- DeAundre Cranston: Posted 8 points and 5 rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Career-high 21 points (8-9 FGs, 3-4 3-pters) with 7 boards in season opener.

- Trevor Gaskins: Played in his first game since 2007-08 after missing last year with injury and scored 7 points with 3 boards and 3 assists in opener.

- Zach Graham: Fourth straight double-digit scoring game with 14 points to go with 7 boards in OT win over UTEP ... Contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Tied career high with 4 3-pointers en route to 15 points vs. Southern Miss ... Dropped in a season-high 17 points in the win at Arkansas State, connecting on a career-high 4 3-pointers ... Also dished out 4 assists at ASU ... Scored 11 points in back-to-back games vs. Alabama State and Indiana.

- Terrance Henry: Made his first 10 field-goal attempts of the season, including 3-of-3 from downtown, before missing a trey against McNeese State ... Career-high 12 points (5-of-5 FGs) vs. Texas A&M-CC ... Returned from injury to post 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 5 minutes of play in his first action of the season vs. Indiana ... Injured his hand slipping on stairs on campus and missed the first two games.

- Eniel Polynice: Averages 9.7 ppg, 4.0 rebounds/game, 4.3 assists/game (7th SEC) and 1.9 steals/game (T-5th SEC) ... Tied season high with 8 rebounds in OT win over UTEP ... Came up big in late rally vs. McNeese State to finish with 12 points and tie career highs with 9 assists and 4 steals ... Had 15 points, 6 assists and the game-winning dunk with 1.3 seconds left vs. Southern Miss ... Against Kansas State he put up 13 points, 5 boards and 2 steals ... Against Indiana, he posted 10 points, 7 assists, 2 blocks and a steal ... Against Alabama State, he had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and a block.

- DeAngelo Riley: Made his Rebel debut in the opener and had 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 10 minutes of action.


 

 

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