Dec. 20, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 10: Ole Miss (7-2) vs. Texas State (2-7)
Wednesday 12.22.10 | 5:00 p.m. CT
Cancun, Mexico | Poliforum Benito Juarez
Live TV: n/a
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 212, XM 199
Live Audio: RebelVision
REBELS OPEN CANCUN PLAY WITH TEXAS STATE
Ole Miss travels out of the country for this week’s Cancun Governor’s Cup in Cancun, Mexico. The Rebels face Texas State in the opening round on Wednesday. The opponents for Thursday and Friday are to be determined. Andy Kennedy’s squad enters the tournament with a four-game winning streak, including its most recent 71-50 triumph over ETSU, an NCAA Tournament squad the last two years. Chris Warren leads one of the nation’s top-scoring offenses with his 18.7 ppg. He ranks top 10 in school history in points scored and is poised to move up the list quickly. Reginald Buckner ranks second in the SEC and fifth in the nation with 3.7 blocks per game.
- The Rebels are 60-15 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy.
- Ole Miss is 7-2 in early-season tournaments over the last three years, including a championship at the 2007 San Juan Shootout.
- The Rebels and Bobcats are meeting for the first time.
- Ole Miss owns a 44-2 record against teams that currently comprise the Southland Conference.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 28th in the nation with 16.4 assists per game. The Rebels rank second in the league and 29th in the nation with a 79.4 scoring average.
- Ole Miss leads the SEC in assist-turnover ratio and ranks second in turnover margin and fewest turnovers per game.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren is second on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and 10th in career points. He is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Texas State is 2-7 on the year with wins over Sul Ross State and Texas-Pan American. Doug Davalos’ team has a high-scoring offense at 78.6 ppg, but the Bobcats are allowing 86.2 ppg to opponents. TSU enters the Cancun Governor’s Cup looking to snap a six-game losing skid. Tony Bishop leads the team with 12.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Cameron Johnson adds 11.3 ppg and A.J. Stewart 10.3 ppg.
OLE MISS VERSUS SOUTHLAND FOES
Ole Miss owns a 44-2 all-time record against current members of the Southland Conference. Texas State is the first of two Southland opponents on this year’s slate (Southeastern Louisiana - Jan. 2). The Rebels’ most frequest Southland foe is Southeastern Louisiana (OM leads 16-0), while the only two losses against that conference were against McNeese (1994) and Lamar (1995).
OLE MISS VERSUS CANCUN FIELD
- vs. Appalachian State: Ole Miss leads 2-0
- vs. Colorado State: Never played
- vs. ETSU: Ole Miss leads 8-5
- vs. Northeastern: Never played
- vs. Saint Louis: Saint Louis leads 2-1
- vs. Southern Miss: Ole Miss leads 18-5
- vs. Texas State: Never played
- TOTAL: Ole Miss has a 30-11 all-time record against the Cancun Governor’s Cup field.
REBELS AT THE BEACH
Ole Miss will participate in a tournament in a sunny, beach locale for the fourth straight year when it plays in the Cancun Governor’s Cup this week. The Rebels’ record at the beach over the past three years is 7-2, including a championship in the 2007 San Juan Shootout with three straight wins, including a title game victory over No. 15 Clemson. In 2008, Ole Miss won two of three at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. Last year, the Rebels went 2-1 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off with wins over Indiana and Kansas State and a loss to No. 5 Villanova in the title game.
The winner of the Ole Miss-Texas State first-round matchup will advance to play the winner of Appalachian State-Colorado State at 8:30 p.m. CT on Thursday (ESPNU), while the losers play at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN3.com). The final round is on Friday, with the tournament championship game scheduled for 8 p.m. (ESPN2). Friday’s third-place game will also be shown on ESPN2. The other two final-day games are not televised.
Ole Miss ranks second among SEC teams and 29th in the nation with 79.4 ppg. The Rebels have eclipsed 80 points four times this year. The Rebels lead the league and rank 28th in the country with 16.4 assists per game. They rank third in the SEC in field-goal percentage (47.3), free-throw percentage (70.7) and 3-pointers made (8.0/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 (1.4) and ranks second in turnover margin (+3.0) and fewest turnovers (12.1/game). The Rebels have won the turnover battle in eight of their nine 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 47.3 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 six 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 run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks third in the SEC in scoring (18.7), third in assists (4.8), tied for first in FT percentage (91.8), fourth in 3-pointers made (2.6), fourth in assist-turnover ratio (2.0) and fifth in minutes (33.2). His 91.8 FT percentage is tied for 12th in the nation. He has scored 20+ points in five of the first nine games and has led the Rebels in scoring six times. He has led the team in assists in every game, including a season-high seven at UALR.
WARREN NAMED COUSY AWARD CANDIDATE
Senior Chris Warren has been named a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. He was one of 20 finalists for the award last season. Warren has also been named a preseason candidate for the Naismith Award (nation’s top player) and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award (nation’s top senior).
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. He needs 14 to pass Don Kessinger for ninth place all-time and 25 to pass Gerald Glass into eighth place. He currently sits in 10th with 1,540 career points.
CAREER 3-POINT RECORD IN SIGHT
At his current pace, Chris Warren will set the Ole Miss record for most career 3-pointers sometime in the next few games. With 262, he needs 16 to match Aaron Harper’s school record of 278.
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 97. Buckner needs just two more swats to reach Ansu Sesay’s total of 99 career blocks and enter the top five in school history. He ranks second in the SEC and fifth nationally with 3.7 blocks per game. He has recorded five or more swats in five games this year, including a career-high seven in the most recent outing vs. ETSU.
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 10.2 points (28th in SEC) and 4.3 rebounds. He is tied for ninth among SEC players with a 50.7 field-goal percentage and third with a 50.0 percentage from behind the arc. He has also been an instrumental vocal leader in the huddle. 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 13th in the SEC with a 13.6 scoring average and third with an 88.6 free-throw percentage. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He has scored 14 or more points off the bench in four of the last five games (19 at Miami, 16 vs. Southern Miss, 17 at UALR, 14 vs. ETSU).
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 71 career wins, he needs 16 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Ranks 2nd in the SEC and fifth in nation in blocks (3.7/game) ... Also 2nd in the SEC in field-goal percentage (65.1) ... 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... 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 ... Posted career highs with 16 points and 7 blocks vs. ETSU.
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: Has made 21-of-35 attempts from inside the arc (60.0 percent) ... Scored 8 points 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 ... 7 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals vs. ETSU.
Zach Graham: Ranks 13th in the SEC in scoring (13.6) and third in free-throw percentage (88.6) ... 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 ... 14 points off the bench vs. ETSU.
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 ... 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 ... Dished out a career-high 6 assists vs. ETSU.
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 ... Missed the ETSU game due to a sick stomach.
Chris Warren: Averages 7.4 points in the first half of games and 11.2 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 ... Posted 22 points, 6 assists, 1 turnover vs. ETSU.
Nick Williams: Has started his first nine 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.