Ole Miss Faces SEMO at Jack Jones Classic
Dec. 21, 2014
JACK JONES CLASSIC
Date: Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Southaven, Miss.
Arena: Lander’s Center (8,400)
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Richard Cross, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 119, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: First Meeting
• A win over Southeast Missouri would give head coach Andy Kennedy his 200th career win.
• Nine of the Rebels’ 13 scholarship players posted a 3.0 GPA or above in the fall semester, as Ole Miss posted a record team GPA.
• Senior G LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points off the bench, including connecting on a career-best 6 3-pointers, in the Rebels’ win come-from-behind win over Coastal Carolina. White is averaging 18.0 ppg off the bench over his last three games.
• Junior G Stefan Moody scored 25 points and knocked down a career-high 6 3-pointers in the Rebels’ game against Western Kentucky. Moody is averaging 19.2 ppg and shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range over his last four games.
• Junior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC and ranks 15th in the nation shooting 93.0 percent from the free throw line. As a tea, Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC and eight in the nation in free throw percentage, hitting 77.5 percent of its attempts.
• Ole Miss captured the Emerald Coast Classic with a 66-54 win over Cincinnati. The Rebels also knocked off No. 23 Creighton in the semis for its first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 18 Wisconsin in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
• Senior G Jarvis Summers was named to the Cousy Award Watch List, which is given to the nation’s top point guard, and is the SEC active career leader in points (1,354), assists (408), minutes (3,208) and wins (73).
REBELS OVERCOME DEFICIT TO TAKE DOWN CCU
Senior G LaDarius White scored a career-high 26, including hitting a career-best 6 3-pointers, as Ole Miss overcame a 17-point deficit to knock off Coastal Carolina. White was an efficient 7-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. He was joined in double figures by fellow senior G Jarvis Summers (16 points) and junior G Stefan Moody (11 points). It marked the first time the Rebels had overcame a deficit of 12 points or more since the 2013 SEC Championship game against Florida.
Senior G LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points in the Rebels’ win over Coastal Carolina and is averaging 18.0 ppg off the bench over his last three games. White scored 18 points off the bench in the Rebels’ win over No. 23 Creighton, including 16 in the second half to spur the Ole Miss comeback. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in the half including 2-for-2 from 3, and knocked down both free throw attempts. Ole Miss trailed the Bluejays by six at the half before White spurred the Rebels’ comeback with a player efficiency rating of +21. White is averaging 14.2 ppg off the bench over his last eight games and is shooting 51.8 percent (43-83) from the floor after starting the season just 2-of-9 from the field.
OLE MISS TAKES DOWN DUCKS ON THE ROAD
Junior G Stefan Moody led Ole Miss with 22 points, including a career-best 4 3-pointers, as the Rebels picked up a road win over the Oregon Ducks 79-73. Sophomore F Sebastian Saiz added a season-high 17 points and 5 rebounds for Ole Miss, which also had three players off the bench in double figures and outscored the Ducks 35-5 off the bench. The Rebels also dominated the points in the paint outscoring Oregon 41-28. The Rebels are now 13-6 against Power-5 conference teams under head coach Andy Kennedy.
REBELS TAKE DOWN RANKED FOE
Senior G Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 23 points, while fellow senior G LaDarius White added 18, including 16 in the second half, as Ole Miss defeated No. 23 Creighton 75-68 at the Emerald Coast Classic. Junior G Martavious Newby and senior F M.J. Rhett added nine points apiece for the Rebels. Summers was 9-of-10 at free-throw line and Newby was 4-of-4 - all in the final 20 seconds - as the Rebels finished 19-of-21 overall from the line. It marked Ole Miss’ first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 18 Wisconsin in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
MOODY BREAKS OUT
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Rebels knocked off Cincinnati to claim the Emerald Coast Classic crown. The junior college transfer was 9-of-17 (.529) from the floor and hit 3-of-7 (.429) from behind the arc in the game after starting the season shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor and hitting only 3-of-21 from 3. Moody scored 22 points in the Rebels win at Oregon and added 25 points, including a career-high 6 3-pointers against Western Kentucky. Moody is averaging 19.2 ppg and has hit 15-of-33 (.455) from 3-point range over his last five games.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC hitting 77.5 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 19-of-21 attempts (.905) against Northern Arizona and have hit 142 of their last 179 from the line (.793). Seven Ole Miss players are shooting at least 72.5 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks 15th in the nation shooting 93.0 percent (40-of-43)and has hit his last 11 attempts.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 178-102 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, six 20-win campaigns and six postseason berths, which includes an NCAA Third Round appearance 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 eight full years in Oxford.
KENNEDY’S FIRST EIGHT YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Florida’s Billy Donovan and Alabama’s Wimp
Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head coach in their first eight years in the league at one school.
See the list below:
1. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 183
3. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 171
4. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 169
Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 169
... AND HE IS MOVING UP THE NINE-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks sixth on the list for most win by a 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. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 186
4. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
5. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
6. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 178
EMERALD COAST CLASSIC CHAMPS
Junior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 26 points, including 17 in the second half, as Ole Miss handed Cincinnati its first loss of the season with a 66-54 victory in the championship of the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. The Rebels scored six straight points to break a 14-14 tie, retaining the lead the rest of the way. Ole Miss held Cincinnati in check offensively, as the Bearcats shot a season-low 30.4 percent from the floor and went almost 10 minutes without a field goal. It was the second-straight regular-season tournament title for Ole Miss. Moody was named the tournament MVP and senior G Jarvis Summers was named to the all-tournament team.
POWER CONFERENCE WINS
The Rebels’ win over Oregon gave Ole Miss another win over a power conference after the Rebels posted victories over the AAC (Cincinnati) and Big East (Creighton) at the Emerald Coast Classic earlier this year. It also gave the Rebels victories over teams from three different major conferences for the first time since 2011-12, when Ole Miss earned wins over the ACC (Miami), Big East (DePaul) and Big Ten (Penn State). The Rebels are now 13-6 against Power-5 conferences under head coach Andy Kennedy.
SUMMERS NAMED TO COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
Senior G Jarvis Summers was one of 35 players recently named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.
SUMMERS EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Senior G Jarvis Summers was named to the All-SEC first team in a preseason poll of both the leagues’ coaches and media. He was also selected the preseason SEC Player of the Year and first team all-conference by CBSSports.com. In addition, Summers was named the second-most undervalued player in the nation by Jay Bilas, who rated Summers the ninth-best point guard in the nation.
OLE MISS ‘D’ AMONG BEST IN THE LEAGUE
The Ole Miss defense is among the top units in the league, ranking seventh in the SEC in scoring (65.2 ppg), third in field goal percentage defense (.372), ninth in steals (7.1/game) and ninth in blocked shots (3.8/game).
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Southeast Missouri is 5-6 on the season after Saturday night’s 84-67 neutral site loss to Arkansas. The Redhawks are facing their third SEC opponent of the season in Ole Miss, having drop a game 65-61 at Missouri. Senior Jarekious Bradley leads Southeast Missouri in scoring averaging 16.2 ppg. The second team All-Ohio Valley Conference and East Mississippi Junior College transfer has hit a team-high 20 3-pointers. Fellow senior Nino Johnson ranks second on the squad at 11.0 ppg and the Memphis, Tennessee native leads the team pulling down 7.3 boards per game. SEMO is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game as a team and the Redhawks are averaging 7.7 steals a game.
REBS PICKED SIXTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Ole Miss was projected to finish sixth in the SEC preseason media poll. Kentucky was predicted as the league champion followed by Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia.
SUMMERS LEADS THE SEC
Senior G Jarvis Summers is the SEC active career leader in points (1,354); assists (408); minutes played (3,208); and wins (73).
SUMMERS CLIMBS THE CAREER CHARTS
Senior G Jarvis Summers recently passed Cob Jarvis for 17th on the Ole Miss all-scoring list with 1,354 career points. Summers also ranks fourth all time in 3-point FG percentage (.380) and sixth all time in assists (408). See page 7 for updated career records.
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