Road Rebels Head to Dayton
Dec. 28, 2014
ROAD REBELS LOOK TO STAY PERFECT
Like most squads, Ole Miss is two different teams at home versus on the road, however the Rebels fair better away from Tad Smith Coliseum this season posting a perfect 5-0 mark in road and neutral site games with wins over No. 23 Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon. Ole Miss is averaging 75.2 ppg and shooting 48.4 percent from the floor away from home compared to just 68.8 ppg and 38.6 percent at Tad Smith. The Rebels are shooting 38.6 percent from behind the arc on the road and just 29.3 percent at home.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Ole Miss leads the nation hitting 78.3 percent of its free throw attempts. The Rebels hit 19-of-21 attempts (.905) against Northern Arizona and have hit 42 of their last 50 from the line (.800). Four Ole Miss players are shooting at least 90.0 percent from the line, including junior G Stefan Moody, who leads the SEC and ranks 10th in the nation shooting 91.8 percent (45-of-49 0).
OLE MISS ROUTS SEMO
Senior G Terence Smith a scored career-high 16 points, including hitting 3 3-pointers, in his first career start as Ole Miss coasted to an 82-51 victory over Southeast Missouri. Smith had scored just 21 points all season coming into the game and was only 1-of-14 from behind the arc. Senior F M.J. Rhett added 14 as four Rebels scored in double-figures in the win.
OLE MISS OVERCOMES 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. 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 14.5 ppg off the bench over his last four 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 13.4 ppg off the bench over his last seven games and is shooting 47.3 percent (43-91) from the floor after starting the season just 2-of-9 from the field.
OLE MISS DOWNS 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 18.2 ppg and has hit 17-of-38 (.447) from 3-point range over his last six games.
REBELS VERSUS FLYERS
This is the sixth meeting all time between the Rebels and Flyers. Dayton has won all five prior matchups, including the last year's overtime loss at home. Ole Miss dropped the last meeting at Dayton 62-50 in 2011. The teams also met in 2010 with Dayton claiming a 78-71 overtime outcome in Oxford and a 68-63 decision in the 2010 NIT Final Four in New York City The Flyers won the first meeting played in Dayton in 1980, with the home team winning 72-70. Senior G Jarvis Summers is averaging 21.5 ppg in two meetings against Dayton including a career-high 29 points in last year's loss. (See page 13 for recap and box score.)
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS NINTH YEAR
In nine seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 179-102 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) - 179
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 (63.9 ppg), third in field goal percentage defense (.367), ninth in steals (7.0/game) and seventh in blocked shots (3.8/game).
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton is 9-2 on the season after a 75-61 win over Georgia Tech. The Flyers have won 11-straight home games dating back to last season and are 6-0 this season, giving up only 55.3 ppg on Tom Blackburn Court. Senior G Jordan Sibert leads UD averaging 15.3 ppg this season and scored a career-high 24 points in his last outing against the Yellow Jackets. Junior Dyshawn Pierre leads the squads pulling down 7.4 boards a game and ranks second on the team scoring 11.4 ppg. The Flyers don't have a player taller then 6-foot-6 while the Rebels boast six players 6-foot-9 or taller.
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