Rebels Host Troy in Tad Pad Finale
Dec. 21, 2015
Ole Miss (9-2, 0-0 SEC) vs. Troy (5-5, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum (8,867)
Television: SEC Network
Dave Neal, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Bam Doyne, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss leads series 9-0
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 7-0
Streak: Ole Miss, W9
Last Meeting: Ole Miss W, 74-64 (11/17/14)
• Ole Miss hosts Troy Tuesday in the 700th and final game in C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. The Rebels boast a 489- 210 all-time record in the Tad Pad.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech Tuesday. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 201-116 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 222- 129 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 19th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school and has the fifth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the league at one school.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks seventh nationally, in scoring at 23.8 ppg this year. He has scored 20-plus points in all but two games this season and has broken the 30-point mark twice. Moody is also the leading power-conference scorer in the nation this season and has made a 3-pointer in 25-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history.
• Senior G Stefan Moody trails only Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent) in SEC history in career free throw percentage at 88.71 percent (min. 200 attempts).
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz grabbed 12 rebounds in Ole Miss’ win over Memphis and ranks second in the SEC, and 19th nationally, pulling down 10.4 rpg. He is also tied for fourth in the league with four double-doubles this year.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 10 points and pulled down 3 boards in the Rebels’ win over the Tigers Friday. Gielo is averaging 10.6 ppg over his last six games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four.
• Junior F Rasheed Brooks scored a career-high 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting and was 4 of 5 from 3 against La. Tech. Brooks is averaging 15.5 ppg and shooting 70.6 percent from the field over his last two games.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 201-116 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 222-129 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy has beaten 92 different teams, including all 13 SEC foes, in his 10 years at Ole Miss and is just the 19th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 201-116 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 20-win campaigns and seven postseason berths, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances 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 nine full years in Oxford.
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
TAD PAD, SWEET TAD PAD
Ole Miss will host its 700th and final game in C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Tuesday. The Rebels have an overall record of 489-210 in the Tad Pad and are 125-31 (.801) under head coach Andy Kennedy. Opened in 1966, Tad Smith Coliseum was built for an original cost of $1.8 million and has hosted 3,454,350 fans in its 50 years.
PAVILION TO OPEN IN JANUARY
The centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $95 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, will open January 7, 2016. The Pavilion will have a capacity of 9,500 fans and will include a number of first class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl.
REBELS TAKE DOWN TIGERS
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 21 points leading five Ole Miss players in double figures as the Rebels won their sixth straight with an 85-79 victory over Memphis. The Rebels built an 18-point lead in the first half, thanks to an 18-2 run, and the Ole Miss defense held Memphis without a field goal for more than 10 minutes. Senior G Martavious Newby recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards. The Rebels improved to 11-4 in road games over the last two years.
OLE MISS ROUTS BULLDOGS
Senior G Stefan Moody led four Rebels in double figures with 29 points as Ole Miss rolled over Louisiana Tech 99-80. Junior G Rasheed Brooks added a career-high 20 points for the Rebels, hitting 8 of 10 from the field, including 4 3-pointers, as Ole Miss posted its highest-offensive output since 2013. Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon and senior F Tomasz Gielo added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Senior F Sebastian Saiz pulled down 15 boards, as Ole Miss won the rebounding battle for the ninth time this season.
REBELS PICK UP ROAD WIN AT SEMO
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a game-high 28 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead the Rebels to the road win. Moody had just 11 points midway through the second half, before he took over the game and scored 15-straight points for Ole Miss over a stretch of 3:04. Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his third double-digit rebound game of the season with 11 boards, while sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon pulled down a career-high 14 rebound as the Rebel won the battle off the glass 53-36 over the Redhawks.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody posted 21 points in the Rebels’ over the Tigers and leads the in the SEC, and ranks seventh nationally, in scoring this season at 23.8 ppg. It was his six-straight game with 20-plus points becoming the first Rebel since Joe Harvell in 1992 to post six-straight 20-point games. He has scored 20-plus points nine times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark twice against Towson and UMass. He is the highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 18.3 ppg career scoring average, which ranks 10th in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 29.3 PPG
2. Kahil Felder, Oakland 25.9 PPG
3. Josh Adams, Wyoming 25.2 PPG
4. A.J. English, Iona 25.0 PPG
5. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.8 PPG
6. Jordan Price, LaSalle 24.6 PPG
7. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.8 PPG
8. Zeek Woodley, Northwestern St. 23.7 PPG
9. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 23.5 PPG
10. Kevin Punter, Tennessee 23.0 PPG
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Memphis (12 points, 12 rebounds) and now has six double-doubles in his career. He became the first Rebel since Murphy Holloway in 2013 to record a double-double in back-to-back games after recording two-straight to start the season. Saiz is tied for fourth in the SEC with four double-doubles this year and is pulling down 10.4 boards a game, which ranks second in the conference and 19th nationally.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting 72.2 percent to start the year, which ranks third in the league. Ole Miss hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks fourth in the league this season hitting 85.5 percent (71 of 83) of his attempts. Moody Ole Miss’ career leader in free throw percentage at 88.71 percent (min. 200 attempts) and is third in SEC history trailing only Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent).
KENNEDY’S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
5. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
7. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
8. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 170
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 169
10. John Brady (LSU) - 167
11. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 164
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 161
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 161
14. Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 159
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks fifth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 201
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
10. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
SERIES HISTORY VS. TROY
Tuesday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the Rebels and the Trojans, with Ole Miss winning all nine previous matchups. The Rebels knocked off Troy 74-64 on the road last season and are 7-0 against the Trojans in Oxford.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
The Tigers are 5-5 this year after defeating NAIA Paine College 85-77 last week. Troy has two wins against NAIA teams this season and are 3-5 against D-I competition. Sophomore G Wesley Person leads the team in scoring at 18.0 ppg and is one of three Trojans averaging in double figures. Freshman F Jordon Varnado is second on the squad in scoring at 17.7 ppg and leads the team pulling down 8.3 boards a game. Troy is averaging 76.4 ppg, but is allowing 75.8 ppg.
REBELS FOLLOWING NEW RULES
With the introduction of new rules this season regarding how players defend, the Rebels have done a good job following them. Ole Miss is committing just 18.3 fouls a game, which is the fewest in the SEC.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC and 60th in the nation with a +6.1 rebounding margin. The Rebels have out rebounded their opponent in all but two games this season and are 8-1 on the year in those games.
- Men's Sports
- Women's Sports
- ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
- Athletics Leadership
- Media Relations
- News Archives
- Spirit Squads
- Staff Directory
- This is Ole Miss
- FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES
- FedEx Student Athlete Success Center
- Health and Sports Performance
- M-Club Alumni Chapter
- Student-Athlete Development
- Rebels' Choice Awards
- Social Media
- E-Newsletter Sign Up
- Charitable Donations
- Contact Us
- Poster/Schedule Card Request
- Media and Downloads
- Ole Miss Sports Apps
- Calendar Schedule
- Sync Your Calendar
- Desktop Backgrounds
- School Song Downloads
- FOR KIDS
- Camps and Clinics
- Rebel Kids Club
- Birthdays with the Rebels
- Chairback Rentals
- Gameday Central [Football] [Basketball] [Baseball]
- Rebel Windows
- Visitor's Guide
- What To Wear