Rebels Host Mercer Before Holiday Break
Dec. 20, 2013
Ole Miss (8-2) vs. Mercer (7-4)
The Rebels have a 95-26 record (.785 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 64-3 mark at home.
REBELS POST BIG WIN OVER MTSU
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 25 points and Senior G Marshall Henderson added 15, as Ole Miss edged Middle Tennessee 72-63 Saturday afternoon. The Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak to the Blue Raiders and defeated their first NCAA Tournament team from a year ago.
Ole Miss enters its final game before the holiday break with a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of No. 46 in the country according to ESPN.com, while Mercer comes to Oxford with an RPI of 83. The Rebels have one top-100 RPI win this season (Penn State).
Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC, and sixth in the nation, averaging 7.6 blocked shots per game. Junior F Aaron Jones is ranks third in the league averaging 2.8 blocked shots per game, while junior C Demarco Cox is seventh averaging 1.6 blocked shots per game.
HENDERSON SETS 3-POINT RECORDS
Senior G Marshall Henderson broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers vs. No. 13 Oregon en route to a career-high 39 points. Henderson attempted a school-record 23 3-pointers in the game, which is just one shy of the SEC record held by Pat Bradley of Arkansas. Henderson leads the nation averaging 4.44 3-pointers made per game and has hit a 3-pointer in every game of his Ole Miss career. He also ranks fifth in the league in 3-point FG percentage hitting 38.8% of his attempts and is 20 of 45 (.444) from 3 over his last three games.
Ole Miss claimed the Barclays Center Classic championship with a 79-76 victory over Penn State. It marked the second exempted tournament title for the Rebels, joining the 2007 San Juan Shootout, under head coach Andy Kennedy, who improved to 19-6 in exempted tournament at Ole Miss. The Rebels hit 11 3-pointers in the game, led by senior G Marshall Henderson (4) and junior G Jarvis Summers (3). The duo also lead the team in scoring with 19 points each, and Summers added 5 assists and no turnovers for Ole Miss, who improved to 8-8 all-time versus the Big Ten.
REBELS BURY GEORGIA TECH
Sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus poured in 16 points and Junior C Demarco Cox posted his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards as Ole Miss downed Georgia Tech 77-67 to advance to the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic. Senior G Marshall Henderson added 15 points for the Rebels, which improved to 5-0 this season. Ole Miss took control with an 18-7 run spanning 6:08 in the first half. Henderson started the run with consecutive three pointers, and he later added a third made three. The Rebels held the Yellow jackets to 20.6 percent shooting in the first half, forced 12 turnovers in the game and blocked 10 shots.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Mercer is 7-4 on the season after back-to-back wins over Denver and Alcorn State at home. The Bears are just 1-4 on the road this season with losses at Texas, Evansvillle, Ohio and Oklahoma. Their lone road win this season is at Valparaiso in three overtimes. Langston Halls leads a balanced squad averaging 14.9 points per game and is one of three players averaging double figure in scoring and one of five players averaging 8.8 points per game or more. Daniel Coursey is pulling down a team-high 6.8 boards per game for Mercer, who is averaging 40.4 rebounds per game and is out rebounding opponents by 6.5 boards per game.
OLE MISS-MERCER SERIES
The Rebels and Bears will meet for the sixth time, with Ole Miss winning all five previous matchups. The last meeting came in 1983 and all five meeting took place between 1979-83 in Oxford.
REBELS AMONG SEC CAREER LEADERS
Three Rebels rank among the SEC's active career leaders as senior G Marshall Henderson ranks seventh among active players with 891 career points, while junior G Jarvis Summers is third among active players in assists (277) and eighth in points scored (820). Junior F Aaron Jones is fourth among active players with 80 career blocks.
DEFENSE SPURS ROUT OF AGGIES
Ole Miss allowed just 17 second-half points and limited North Carolina A&T to just 25.5-percent shooting from the field for the game in the Rebels' 84-50 victory on Tuesday. Junior F Aaron Jones notched his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST VERSUS VALLEY
Ole Miss scored its most points in 15 years and six Rebels scored in double figures in the 111-82 win over Mississippi Valley. Junior C Demarco Cox posted career highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double-double and sophomore G Derrick Millinghaus led all scorers with a career-high 21 points.
Sophomore F Anthony Perez hit a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining to push Ole Miss past Coastal Carolina 72-70. Senior G Marshall Henderson had 19 points, including 14 in the second half as the Rebels overcame a two-point halftime deficit. Junior G Jarvis Summers scored 14 points and dished out 5 assists, and Derrick Millinghaus chipped in 12 points for the Rebels.
Junior G Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points as Ole Miss coasted past Troy 69-54 in the season opener. Summers was 9 of 11 from the field in the first half, including three shots from three-point range as the Rebels built an insurmountable 39-26 halftime lead. Derrick Millinghaus added 13 points, 10 in the second half, as Ole Miss controlled the season opener for both schools. The Rebels out-rebounded Troy 53-38 with junior F Aaron Jones pulling down a game-high 13. Ole Miss won its 10th straight season opener and have won 17 of 18 home openers.
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 105-20 (.840 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 5-1 record this season. The Rebels had their 23 game non-conference home winning streak dating back to 2010 snapped earlier this season with the loss to No. 13 Oregon. Ole Miss has won 236 of its last 288 games (.819 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 469-199 (.702 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
The Rebels boast an 95-26 record (.785 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 64-3 mark at home. The Rebels are 7-2 versus non-conference competition this season including a 5-1 mark at home.
70 USUALLY MEANS W ...
Ole Miss has a 7-1 mark this season when scoring 70-plus points and are just 1-1 when scoring fewer than 70. Ole Miss ranked third in the SEC in scoring offense, averaging 80.2 points per game this season.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Ole Miss must replace three full-time starters from last year's squad (Reginald Buckner - 36, Murphy Holloway - 35 and Nick Williams - 24) that started a combined 95 games last season and boasted 292 career starts. The Rebels must say goodbye to the school's all-time leading rebounder in Murphy Holloway (1,093 career boards) and all-time blocked shots leader in Reginald Buckner (326 career blocked shots).
KENNEDY'S FIRST SEVEN YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS
Head coach Andy Kennedy moved passed Billy Donovan and Rick Stansbury last seasonfor the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first seven years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 184
2. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 155
3. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 154
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 152
TURNOVERS THE KEY
Ole Miss is 7-1 this season when committing 15 or fewer turnovers and just 1-1 when turning the ball over more than 15 times.
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