GAME NOTES: Free Admission To Watch No. 16 Rebels
GAME 13: #16/21 Ole Miss (10-2) vs. Jacksonville State (5-5)
FREE ADMISSION TO TUESDAY'S HOOPS DOUBLEHEADER
Ole Miss is offering free admission to Tuesday's men's and women's hoops doubleheader. The women tip it off at 4:30 p.m. against Centenary, while the men cap the evening with the 7 p.m. contest against former Rebel James Green's Jacksonville State squad. All parking lots surrounding the coliseum will be open to fans, free of charge.
REBS CLOSE 2009 WITH GAMECOCKS
No. 16 Ole Miss returns home to face former Rebel James Green's Jacksonville State Gamecocks after a tough road loss at No. 6 West Virginia this past Wednesday. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak, and the team's only defeats have come against top-10 ranked Big East squads (lost to No. 5 Villanova in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off). The Rebels lead the SEC and rank 12th nationally in scoring at 83.8 points per game. If star point guard Chris Warren can score 19 or more points against the Gamecocks, he will become the 31st player in school history to register 1,000 points in a career. JSU represents the penultimate non-league foe for the Rebels. The final preparation for SEC play comes next Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the UCF Knights.
- Ole Miss is nationally ranked for the fourth straight week. The Rebels are No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
- Ole Miss has a 48-12 record against non-conference opponents under Kennedy.
- The Rebels own a 3-0 lead in the all-time series with Jacksonville State. The teams last met in 2003.
- Kennedy has directed Ole Miss to a 50-7 home record in his four seasons at the helm, including a 32-1 mark against non-league foes at Tad Smith Coliseum.
- At 83.8 ppg, Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 12th in the nation in scoring offense.
- The Rebels have been on fire from behind the arc in recent games and rank second in the SEC with 8.4 triples per contest.
- Preseason All-SEC point guard Chris Warren ranks third in the league with 17.6 ppg and 3.1 3-pointers per contest. He scored a career-high 32 points against UTEP and was recently named a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard).
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
Jacksonville State is 5-5 on the year and has won three of its last four contests entering Tuesday's game at Ole Miss. The Ohio Valley Conference member out of Jacksonville, Ala., averages 76.4 ppg and allows 70.5 ppg to opponents. JSU is out-rebounding opponents by an average margin of +3.8 (36.5-32.7). Jones (Miss.) JC transfer Trenton Marshall leads the team with 18.8 ppg, followed by Nick Murphy at 14.4, Jay-R Strowbridge at 13.6 and Jeremy Bynum at 11.5. The Gamecocks are 0-2 in road games this season, with losses at Southeastern Louisiana and Georgia.
OLE MISS-JACKSONVILLE STATE SERIES
Tuesday is the fourth all-time meeting between the schools, with the Rebels holding a 3-0 lead in three previous meetings. Ole Miss earned home wins in 1999 (74-59) and 2003 (64-56) and claimed a 50-48 victory over the then-Alabama Teachers College in 1948.
OLE MISS-JSU COACHING CONNECTIONS
There are several connections between the Ole Miss and JSU coach staffs. The Gamecocks' head coach, James Green, is a 1983 graduate of Ole Miss and was a three-year letterwinner as a guard for the Rebels from 1980-82 and a member of the 1981 SEC Tournament Championship squad. He is facing his alma mater for the fourth time, taking a loss as the Southern Miss coach in 1995 and losses in two straight season openers while at Mississippi Valley State in 2006 and 2007. JSU assistant coach Scotty Fletcher was a graduate assistant manager for the Rebels during the 2007-08 season.
Ole Miss assistants Michael White and Torrey Ward each started their coaching careers in Jacksonville, Ala. White was an assistant at JSU from 2001-03 and served as the Gamecocks' Associate Head Coach for the 2003-04 season. Ward was an assistant at JSU for three seasons from 2004-06. Ole Miss operations assistant Robi Coker is a 2005 graduate of JSU and served as the Gamecocks' head manager and film coordinator as an undergrad.
OLE MISS VERSUS OHIO VALLEY FOES
Ole Miss owns a 17-5 all-time record against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee Tech is the most frequent foe with Ole Miss owning a 6-1 record against the Golden Eagles.
IN THE POLLS
Ole Miss is nationally ranked for the fourth straight week, coming in at No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The team has been receiving votes in both polls each week since the preseason.
WARREN CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
With 10 points at West Virginia, junior point guard Chris Warren has 981 career points, needing just 19 more to become the 31st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Warren has reached this high point total at a rapid pace, having played in just 58 games. Gerald Glass is the fastest Rebel to reach 1,000 points, doing so in his 37th career game.
Ole Miss boasts a 48-12 record (.800 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, which includes a 32-1 record in games played in Oxford. This year's team is 10-2 overall against non-league foes after the squad went 9-5 a season ago. The 2007-08 Rebels finished the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record against non-league foes, becoming the second Rebel squad to accomplish that feat (1948-49).
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 50-7 (.877 win pct.) in games played at Tad Smith Coliseum during Kennedy's tenure, including a 6-0 mark this year. An 80-78 loss to West Virginia on Dec. 3 last year snapped a 25-game home win streak over non-conference opponents.
Ole Miss has won 181 of its last 220 games (.823 win pct.) in Oxford dating back to the 1995-96 campaign. The Rebels have an all-time record of 414-186 (.690 win pct.) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in 1965-66.
Ole Miss ranks first in the SEC and 12th in the country with an average of 83.8 points per game. Fast-break buckets, slashing drives and a nice outside touch have been key components to such a prolific offense. The team has put up 80+ points in eight of the first 12 games, 90+ in four contests and a season-high 108 against Centenary. Ole Miss has posted a 40+ point half in every game this season. Five players average 10 or more ppg, led by Chris Warren's 17.6 average and Terrico White's 16.0 average.
IT'S RAINING THREE'S
With an abundance of shooters in its backcourt-heavy lineup, Ole Miss is getting plenty of production from behind the arc this season. The Rebels rank second among SEC teams and 28th in the nation with 8.4 three's made per game. They drained 12 treys against Southern Miss and UTEP, a total that is tied for the fifth-highest in a single game in school history.
Individually, Chris Warren leads the way with 37 3-pointers, ranking third in the SEC with 3.1/game. Zach Graham has drained 21 shots from downtown, including a career-high four triples in back-to-back outings at Arkansas State and vs. Southern Miss. Terrico White has added 19 three's.
REBELS VALUE THE BALL
Ole Miss has shown itself to be one of the better SEC teams at limiting its turnovers. The Rebels average 12.7 turnovers per game (2nd-fewest in SEC), rank second among SEC teams with a +4.9 turnover margin and second in the league with a 1.2 assist-turnover ratio. They have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in 10 of 12 games. Ole Miss had just five turnovers in the season opener vs. UALR and gave up the ball six times vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and seven vs. McNeese State.
Ole Miss finished one shy of a school record with 32 assists in its 108-64 rout of Centenary on Saturday. The Rebels have been sharing the ball at a high rate this season and rank fourth among SEC teams with 15.5 assists per game. Eniel Polynice tops the squad with 4.4 dimes per game, and Chris Warren adds 3.3 per contest.
REBELS' "D" TURNS UP THE HEAT
Ole Miss has proven itself as a high-pressure defensive squad this season. The Rebels rank second in the SEC with a +4.9 turnover margin and are also tied for fourth in the SEC with 8.8 steals/game.
SULTANS OF SWAT
There's a new strength on this year's team that the Rebels have not featured much in years past - the blocked shot. The intimidating presence of freshman Reginald Buckner, who ranks third in the SEC with 2.3 blocks per game, has helped the Rebels average 6.1 swats per contest, fourth-best among SEC teams. The team's 12 blocks against Indiana in San Juan were one shy of a school record.
CLIMBING THE CAREER TREY CHART
Junior guard Chris Warren has climbed the Ole Miss career 3-point chart at a record pace and has moved into fourth place all-time with 165 career treys.
CONSISTENCY FROM DOWNTOWN
Sophomore guard Terrico White and junior guard Chris Warren have entered rare territory with their streaks of consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal. White had his streak of 23 straight games end when he missed all seven attempts from downtown at West Virginia, while Warren extended his to 22 straight.
WARREN BACK TO HIS OLD WAYS
He set the Ole Miss record for 3-pointers in a season as a freshman and then averaged 19.6 ppg as a sophomore before being injured. Now, Chris Warren is providing his magic again. The junior point guard currently ranks third in the SEC with 17.6 ppg and 3.1 3-pointers per game. He posted his third straight 20-point game with a career-high 32 (5-of-10 3's, 13-of-15 FT's) - with 11 points in overtime - in the win over UTEP. He poured in 20 points, including a clutch pair of three's in the final minute, in the comeback win over Southern Miss, while adding six assists. He was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament Team after he led all scorers in San Juan with a 22.3 average. He had 16 in the win over Indiana before putting together back-to-back 20-point games against Kansas State (27) and No. 5 Villanova (24).
Junior guard Chris Warren has already posted five games of 20+ points this season, tied for the most among SEC players. Warren has 19 career 20-point games, and both he and sophomore guard Terrico White rank in the top 10 among active SEC players in that category.
WHITE MAKES SCORING LOOK EASY
With his laid-back, smooth approach on offense, sometimes Terrico White's eye-popping scoring totals can take a person by surprise. The sophomore guard is averaging 16.0 ppg, which is tied for ninth-best among SEC players. He led all scorers with 17 points in a rout of Centenary. He tallied 19 points, including 8-of-10 from the foul line, in the OT win over UTEP. He had 15 points with a pair of treys against Southern Miss. He poured in a season-high 25 points in a win over Kansas State and has dropped in 19 points three times (vs. Alabama State, vs. Texas A&M-CC and at Arkansas State). He posted 14 points and a career-high 9 rebounds vs. No. 5 Villanova.
BUCKNER TABBED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
After helping Ole Miss to wins over UTEP and Centenary, forward Reginald Buckner was named SEC Freshman of the Week last Monday. Buckner averaged 9.5 points on 88.9 percent shooting from the field to go with 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in leading the Rebels to the pair of wins. He registered a season-high 11 points (5-of-6 from the field) to go with six rebounds and three blocks in the 91-81 OT win over UTEP and added eight points, four boards and three blocks in just 11 minutes of action in Saturday's 108-64 blowout against the Gents.
WARREN NAMED CANDIDATE FOR COUSY AWARD
Junior Chris Warren is one of 50 Division I candidates for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Dec. 16. This original list of Cousy Award candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by Jan. 1, final 10 by Feb. 1 and final five by March 1.
OTHER PLAYER POINTS
- Reginald Buckner: Third among SEC players and tops among freshmen with 2.3 blocks per game ... His 28 blocks through 12 games are already halfway to David Dean's school record of 56 blocks in 1992-93 ... Season-high 11 points (5-of-6 FG's) with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in the OT win over UTEP ... Made his first career start vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and scored 8 points ... Season-high 12 rebounds with 3 blocks vs. Indiana ... Posted 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks vs. Alabama State ... Had 4 blocks and 4 rebounds in collegiate debut vs. UALR ... Tennessee high school record holder for career blocked shots.
- DeAundre Cranston: 8 points, 6 rebounds vs. Centenary ... Posted 8 points and 5 rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Career-high 21 points (8-9 FGs, 3-4 3-pters) with 7 boards in season opener.
- Trevor Gaskins: Set a career high with 4 steals at West Virginia ... Had 7 points and a season-high 4 assists vs. Centenary ... Played in his first game since 2007-08 after missing last year with injury and scored 7 points with 3 boards and 3 assists in opener.
- Zach Graham: Produced his sixth straight game with 12 or more points when he scored a team-high 14 at West Virginia ... 12 points vs. Centenary, while also dishing out a career-high 5 assists ... 14 points to go with 7 boards in OT win over UTEP ... Contributed 12 points and 5 rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Tied career high with 4 3-pointers en route to 15 points vs. Southern Miss ... Dropped in a season-high 17 points in the win at Arkansas State, connecting on a career-high 4 3-pointers ... Also dished out 4 assists at ASU ... Scored 11 points in back-to-back games vs. Alabama State and Indiana.
- Terrance Henry: Had 9 points and 6 boards vs. Centenary ... Made his first 10 field-goal attempts of the season, including 3-of-3 from downtown, before missing a trey against McNeese State ... Career-high 12 points (5-of-5 FGs) vs. Texas A&M-CC ... Returned from injury to post 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 5 minutes of play in his first action of the season vs. Indiana ... Injured his hand slipping on stairs on campus and missed the first two games.
- Murphy Holloway: Leads all SEC players with a 62.6 field-goal percentage ... Ranks 10th in the SEC with 6.8 rebounds/game and 28th with 11.9 ppg ... 13 points (6-of-7 FGs) at West Virginia ... Turned in 12 points and 5 rebounds against Centenary ... Tallied 13 points and 5 boards against McNeese State ... Missed the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi game while resting an ankle injury, but returned to tally 9 points and a season-high 13 rebounds at Arkansas State ... 10 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State, his second double-double of the year ... Posted a career-high 26 points against Indiana at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, finishing 12-for-18 from the floor and pulling down seven rebounds ... 17 points, 10 boards in opener vs. UALR.
- Eniel Polynice: Averages 10.3 ppg, 3.8 rebounds/game, 4.4 assists/game (T-6th SEC) and 1.6 steals/game (T-10th SEC) ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists at West Virginia ... 13 points, 6 assists vs. Centenary ... Tied season high with 8 rebounds in OT win over UTEP ... Came up big in late rally vs. McNeese State to finish with 12 points and tie career highs with 9 assists and 4 steals ... Had 15 points, 6 assists and the game-winning dunk with 1.3 seconds left vs. Southern Miss ... Against Kansas State he put up 13 points, 5 boards and 2 steals ... Against Indiana, he posted 10 points, 7 assists, 2 blocks and a steal ... Against Alabama State, he had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and a block.
- DeAngelo Riley: Against Centenary, posted 6 points, 3 assists, 2 boards and 2 blocks ... Made his Rebel debut in the opener and had 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 10 minutes of action.
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