Ole Miss Hosts No. 8 Kentucky To Open SEC Play
Dec. 27, 2016
Ole Miss (9-3, 0-0 SEC) vs. No. 8/8 Kentucky (10-2, 0-0 SEC)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Bob Wischusen, play-by-play
Jay Bilas, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: UK leads 104-13
In Oxford: UK leads 29-10
Streak: UK, W7
Last Meeting: UK, W 83-61 (1/02/16)
Ole Miss opens SEC play Thursday when the Rebels welcome the No. 8 nationally-ranked Kentucky Wildcats to Oxford. This marks the third-straight season the Rebels have opened league play with the Wildcats.
OLE MISS OPENS SEC PLAY HOSTING NO. 8 KENTUCKY
Ole Miss opens SEC play Thursday against No. 8 Kentucky. This marks the third-straight year the Rebels have open league play with the Wildcats and just the fifth time in the last 19 years Ole Miss has opened conference play at home. This also marks the first time since the 1981-82 season the Rebels have started SEC play before January.
REBELS ROLL SOUTH ALABAMA
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted his seventh double-double of the season with 23 points and 16 rebounds as Ole Miss rolled past South Alabama 92-58 in the final tune up before SEC play. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 21 points and junior G Cullen Neal chipped in 11 points and 9 assists against no turnovers as five Rebels scored in double figures.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 11TH YEAR
In 11 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 221-129 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, eight 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 10 years in Oxford after the Rebels posted just three 21-win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.
DEAN OF SEC COACHES
Entering his 11th season in the league, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is the Dean of SEC basketball coaches. This season, Kennedy will have faced 38 different head coaches in the SEC during his time in Oxford. He is also the longest tenured head coach in the league in both basketball and football having entered the league prior to Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
OLE MISS WINS 20 ... AGAIN
Ole Miss posted 20 wins last year for the eighth time in 10 seasons under Andy Kennedy. Ole Miss had seven 20-win campaigns in the 96 seasons prior to Kennedy's arrival in Oxford. Kennedy is just the fifth coach in SEC history to guide his teams to 20+ wins in at least eight of his first 10 years in the league. The others: Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe. B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Tubby Smith (Georgia/Kentucky). Kennedy is also the first coach in Ole Miss history to win 20 games in five-straight seasons. Ole Miss and Kentucky are also the only two schools to finish .500 or better in the SEC each of the last five seasons.
REBELS CONSISTENTLY UNDERRATED
The Rebels were predicted to finish ninth in the SEC this year by the media. Ole Miss finished tied for sixth in the league standings after being projected ninth in the preseason last year. The Rebels have not finished worse than sixth in the league and have finished above their preseason projected finish each of the last five seasons since the league moved away from a divisional format.
SAIZ TRACKING TOWARDS 1,000/800 CLUB
Senior F Sebastian Saiz needs just 88 points and 56 rebounds to join the 1,000 point/800 rebound career list. Saiz would be the 38th player in Ole Miss history to break 1,000 career points and the 10th under head coach Andy Kennedy. He would also be seventh player in school history to post 800 career rebounds and only the sixth player ever to join the 1,000 point/800 rebound club.
KENNEDY MOVING UP SEC COACHING WINS LIST
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy moved past former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino for 19th in SEC history with 221 career victories. See complete list below:
1. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 875
2. Billy Donovan (Florida) - 467
3. Dale Brown (LSU) - 448
4. C.M. Newtown (UA/VU) - 340
Harry Rabenhorst (LSU) - 340
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 332
7. Tubby Smith (UGA/UK) - 308
8. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 297
Hugh Durhman (Georgia) - 297
10. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 293
11. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 278
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 278
13. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 265
John Mauer (UK/UT/UF) - 265
15. Hank Crisp (Alabama) - 264
16. Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) - 249
17. Norm Sloan (Florida) - 232
18. John Calipari (Kentucky) - 227
19. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 221
20. Rick Pitino (Kentucky) - 219
21. Joel Eaves (Auburn) - 214
REBELS RATE HIGHLY IN LATEST RPI RELEASE
Ole Miss checks in at No. 33 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA. The Rebels rank fifth in the SEC, while Thursday's opponent Kentucky checks in at No. 10. Ole Miss is 4-3 against the RPI top 126 with wins over Saint Joe's (No. 57), UMass (No. 75), UT Martin (No. 113) and Memphis (No. 126). The Rebels' only three losses this season have come against No. 7 Creighton, No. 18 Middle Tennessee and No. 64 Virginia Tech. Ole Miss boasts the 31st toughest non-conference strength of schedule according to ESPN.com.
OLE MISS NEARING .500 MARK AS A PROGRAM
With a 12668-1271 all time record, Ole Miss is nearing a .500 winning percentage as a program. The Rebels were 95 games under .500 when Andy Kennedy took over in Oxford and have not been .500 or better as a program since Ole Miss was 440-440 on Jan. 17, 1958.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior F Sebastian Saiz is the SEC active career leader in rebounding with 744 boards. He leads the league, and ranks fourth nationally, in rebounding this year pulling down 12.1 boards a game and is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double this season. Saiz has seven double-doubles this year and ranks second among active players in the conference with 16 career double-doubles.
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC averaging 8.5 made 3-pointers a game, while junior G Cullen Neal ranks third in the league shooting 43.1 percent from three and sixth averaging 2.3 3s/game and junior G Deandre Burnett ranks seventh shooting 38.7 percent from behind the arc and fourth among players in the league making 2.4 3s/game. The duo is tied for the most made 3-pointers in the league this season.
Andy Kennedy is one of nine active head coaches with 10 or more consecutive winning seasons to start a career. The list includes: Jim Boehiem (40), Roy Williams (28), Tom Izzo (21), Thad Matta (17), Mark Few (17), Jamie Dixon (13), Sean Miller (12) and Dave Rose (11).
KENNEDY'S FIRST 10 YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past MSU's Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first 10 years who took over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 216
4. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 212
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) - 208
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 186
Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 186
10. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 185
11. John Brady (LSU) - 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 184
13. Dale Brown (LSU) - 175
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 173
16. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) - 169
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 11-YEAR LIST
Kennedy is also fifth on the list for most wins by a coach in their first 11 years in the league after taking over an SEC program. See the list below:
1. Bill Donovan (Florida) - 261
2. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) - 250
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 239
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) - 231
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 221
6. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 213
7. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 210
8. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 204
9. Ray Mears (Tennessee) - 201
10. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 199
11. Dale Brown (LSU) - 194
12. John Brady (LSU) - 192
13. C.M. Newtown (Alabama) - 193
14. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 188
15. Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) - 185
REBELS STIFLE BRADLEY
Sophomore G Terence Davis tied his career high with 19 points and added 6 boards as Ole Miss knocked of Bradley 66-49. Senior G Sebastian Saiz recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 10 points and 13 rebounds, as the Rebels outscored the Braves 26-18 in the paint. Saiz also posted a career-high six blocked shots and Ole Miss tied a school record with 13 blocked shots against Bradley. The previous mark was set in 1993 against Loyola.
DAVIS' DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADS REBELS AT VIRGINIA TECH
Sophomore G Terence Davis recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in Ole Miss' lose at Virginia Tech. Senior F Sebastian Saiz chipped in a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Rebels outrebounded the Hokies 40-33 on the glass.
OLE MISS TAMES TIGERS
Senior F Sebastian Saiz posted a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds as Ole Miss knocked off Memphis 85-77. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 19 points and five assists as the Rebels racked up 17 assists against a season-low 11 turnovers. The win was head coach Andy Kennedy's third straight victory over the Tigers and he is the first coach in school history to post three-straight wins over Memphis since R.L. Sullivan in 1923-25.
REBELS HOLD OFF MONTANA ON THANKSGIVING DAY
Junior G Deandre Burnett hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes and finished with 21 points, and Ole Miss held off Montana for an 86-81 win for a Thanksgiving Day win. Junior G Cullen Neal added 19 points, including five 3-pointers, sophomore G Terence Davis scored 18 points and senior G Sebastian Saiz had posted his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. It was the Rebels' first-ever Thanksgiving Day game.
REBELS FALL IN THE FINAL MINUTES TO NO. 12 CREIGHTON
Senior G Rasheed Brooks scored a career-high 22 points, but Ole Miss dropped a nail-bitter 86-77 to No. 12 Creighton in the final minutes of in the Paradise Jam championship. Brooks knocked down 9 of 14 shots from the field including four 3-pointers and added two rebounds and two steals. Junior G Deandre Burnett also added 22 points and senior F Sebastian Saiz pulled down 14 rebounds as Ole Miss dominated the glass with a 37-27 advantage, 17-7 in offensive rebounds and 20-4 edge in second-chance points. The Rebels jumped to a quick 5-0 lead and led by as many as 10 points in the second half before Creighton closed the game on a 12-3 run to secure the victory.
REBELS TAKE DOWN SAINT JOE'S BEHIND SAIZ'S CAREER NIGHT
Senior F Sebastian Saiz scored a career-high 26 points and added 12 rebounds, as Ole Miss advanced to the Paradise Jam championship game with an 81-68 victory over Saint Joseph's Sunday. Junior G Deandre Burnett added 20 points, and Cullen Neal and Rasheed Brooks had 11 each for the Rebels, who pushed a 41-37 halftime lead to as many as 16 points in the second half. The double-double was Saiz's second of the season and his 11th of his career.
BURNETT'S 41 LIFTS OLE MISS PAST ORAL ROBERTS
Junior G Deandre Burnett scored a career-high 41 points and nailed 9 of 12 from behind the arc as Ole Miss fought off Oral Roberts in overtime 95-88 in the opening round of the Paradise Jam. Burnett shot 12 of 19 from the field, was 8 of 8 from the line and added four assists and four rebounds. His nine 3s was the second most in school history, one shy of Marshall Henderson's school record set in 2013 against Oregon. The 41-point outburst was the most by a Rebel in a game since Stefan Moody scored 43 versus Mississippi State last season, was a Paradise Jam tournament record and is the fourth most in the NCAA this season. Burnett ranks third in the SEC in scoring averaging 19.2 ppg and fourth in 3-pointers made at 2.4/game. Junior F Marcanvis Hymon pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds, as Ole Miss outrebounded the Golden Eagles 40-33.
OLE MISS STORMS BACK TO KNOCK OFF UMASS
Ole Miss posted a 90-88 come-from-behind victory over UMass after the Rebels ended the game on an 11-0 run capped by a Sebastian Saiz put-back with just 3.3 seconds left to push Ole Miss past the Minutemen. Saiz recorded his 10th career double-double with 22 points and 19 rebounds, finishing a single rebound shy of becoming the first Rebel since Walter Actwood in 1975 to post a 20-point, 20-rebound game. His 19 rebounds, which is the most by a Rebel since Murphy Holloway pulled down 20 in 2010 and is the most in the SEC this season, helped Ole Miss to a 46-39 advantage on the glass. Saiz also knocked down 14 of 18 from the line thanks to a total of 57 combined team fouls called in the game. Junior G Cullen Neal added 21 points and sophomore G Terence Davis chipped in 13, as five Rebels finished in double figures.
OLE MISS KNOCKS OFF UT MARTIN IN SEASON OPENER
Ole Miss opened its 107th season of basketball with an 86-83 win over UT Martin and improved to 10-1 in season openers under Andy Kennedy. The Rebels committed 24 turnovers in the victory over UT Martin, which is the most turnovers in a win during the Andy Kennedy era. Junior F Justas Furmanavicius grabbed 13 rebounds in his Ole Miss debut to lead the team, while sophomore G Terence Davis exploded for a career-high 19 points. Davis hit 9 of 13 shots from the field and grabbed six boards in 25 minutes off the bench. Junior F Marcanvis Hymon added eight points, six boards and blocked a career-best four shots, as Ole Miss tallied 10 blocked shots as a team, the most since the Rebels recorded 10 against South Carolina in 2014.
BURNETT SHINES IN REBEL DEBUT
Junior G Deandre Burnett scored a game-high 23 points in his Ole Miss debut versus the Skyhawks, which is the most points by a Rebel in his debut since Johnny Neumann scored 41 points in 1971. The Miami transfer made 5 of 11 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc, and was a perfect 10 of 10 from the line including two late free throws to seal the victory.
BURNETT MAKING FREEBIES
Junior G Deandre Burnett made 25 consecutive free throws to start the season and finished just 12 shy of Dave Rhodes' school record. Burnett is 91 of 99 (.919) from the charity stripe this season, which leads the SEC, and no player in the nation made more consecutive free throws to start the season.
REBELS SECURE WINNING SEASON
Ole Miss secured its 10th consecutive winning season last year, all under head coach Andy Kennedy, and is one of just two teams in the SEC and 16 programs in the nation to have 10 straight winning seasons. That list includes Syracuse (46), Kansas (33), Arizona (32), Kentucky (26), Maryland (23), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Xavier (20), Wisconsin (18), Pittsburgh (16), Louisville (15), North Carolina (14), Ohio State (12), Georgetown (11) and Florida State (10).
Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC in scoring this season at 81.1 ppg and leads the league over the last 10 years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game. The Rebels have produced a top-five individual scorer in the league eight of his 10 seasons including three SEC scoring champions in the last four years.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kentucky is 10-2 on the season entering SEC play after a 73-70 setback at No. 10 Louisville last week and ranked No. 8 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. The Wildcats are led by freshman star guard Malik Monk, who leads the SEC averaging 21.4 ppg this year. Monk is one of four Wildcats averaging in double figures this year, as Kentucky leads the league in scoring at 93.1 ppg. UK also ranks second in the league in rebounding margin at +5.6 just behind Ole Miss and leads the SEC in rebounding pulling down 42.7 per game just a head of the Rebels. Kentucky leads the league in field goal percentage at 48.4 percent, but ranks just 11th in free throw percentage at 68.3 percent.
SERIES HISTORY VS. KENTUCKY
Thursday's game will be the 118th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 104-13 lead in the series, but two of the Rebels' 13 all-time wins have come in the last 11 meetings. Ole Miss is 10-29 all time versus the Wildcats in Oxford, including the Rebels' 71-69 upset of 10th-ranked Kentucky in 2011 when Chris Warren scored 22 points and nailed a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds left for the win.
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 140-34 (.805 win pct.) in home games during Kennedy's tenure. The Rebels are 14-3 all time in The Pavilion and just snapped an eight-game home winning streak earlier this year. Ole Miss has won 265 of its last 331 games (.800 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1996-97 campaign.
REBELS CLEANING UP ON THE GLASS
The Rebels rank second in the SEC pulling down 42.0 rebounds a game this year and lead the league with a +6.6 rebounding margin. Ole Miss has outrebounded all but one opponent this year and are cleaning up on the offensive glass pulling down 14.0 offensive rebounds a game, which ranks second in the league and 19th in the country.
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