Dec. 29, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 13: Ole Miss (9-3) vs. Alcorn State (0-9)
Thursday 12.30.10 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: FSN (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Barry Booker, analyst)
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: XM 199
Live Video: RebelVision
OLE MISS RETURNS HOME TO FACE ALCORN
Ole Miss took two out of three at the Cancun Governor's Cup and now returns home to face Alcorn State in the first of three tilts before league play begins. The Rebels transformed themselves into a dominant rebounding team in Mexico, besting their foes on the boards by an average of 18.7 per game. Zach Graham was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Chris Warren contribued 14.7 ppg and Reginald Buckner led the team with 10.0 rpg. The Rebels are looking to finish the month of December with a 7-1 record before the turn of the year.
FREE TICKETS WITH LOCAL BUSINESS PURCHASES
Free tickets for the Alcorn State game are available at several Oxford businesses with certain purchases. Participating businesses include Big Star, Car Wash USA, Cellular South, Chick-fil-A, Kroger, My Favorite Shoes, Neilson's, Papa Johns, Rebel Rags, Rebel Shop and University Sporting Goods.
- The Rebels are 62-16 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy, including 43-2 at home.
- Kennedy has led Ole Miss to a 65-12 record at home during his tenure.
- The Rebels and Braves are meeting for the fourth time, with Ole Miss holding a 3-0 series lead.
- Ole Miss owns a perfect 31-0 all-time record against current members of the SWAC.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams with a 73.8 free-throw percentage.
- The Rebels rank third in the league with a 77.3 scoring average.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren is second on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and eighth in career points. He is the active SEC leader in points, assists, 3-pointers and 20-point games.
- Sophomore forward Reginald Buckner ranks second in the SEC with 3.0 blocks per game and a 64.9 field-goal percentage.
SCOUTING THE BRAVES
Alcorn State comes to Oxford looking for its first win of the season. The Braves are 0-9 and average 59.2 points to opponents' 88.0. Marquiz Baker leads the squad with 17.8 ppg, and Kendrick McDonald adds 9.6 ppg.
OLE MISS-ALCORN STATE SERIES
The Rebels and Braves are meeting for the fourth time, with Ole Miss holding a 3-0 advantage in the series. Dwayne Curtis scored 25 points with 9 rebounds to lead Ole Miss to an 82-69 victory in their last meeting on Dec. 30, 2005.
OLE MISS VERSUS SWAC FOES
Ole Miss enters Thursday's contest versus Alcorn State with a perfect 31-0 record against teams that currently comprise the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Rebels have faced every SWAC school except Texas Southern, while having played Alabama State the most times at seven.
Ole Miss boasts a 62-16 record (.795 win pct.) against teams outside the SEC since Andy Kennedy took over in 2006-07, including a 43-2 mark at home. Last year's team went 15-3 overall against non-league foes, while this year's team is off to a 9-3 start.
Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams with 77.3 ppg. The Rebels have eclipsed 80 points five times this year. The Rebels also rank third in the SEC with 14.1 assists per game. Ole Miss leads the league with a 73.8 free-throw percentage.
REBELS IN CANCUN
Ole Miss won two of three games at the Cancun Governor's Cup, including a 69-61 triumph over Saint Louis in the final round. Zach Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in the three games and was named to the All-Tournament team. Ole Miss out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 18.7 boards (44.7-26.0) and shot 82.6 percent from the free throw line.
PROTECTING THE ROCK
With veteran guard play at the core of the 2010-11 Rebel squad, Ole Miss has proven to be very good at limiting its turnovers. The team ranks third in the SEC in assist-turnover ratio (1.1) and fewest turnovers (13.2/game) and fifth in turnover margin (+0.8). The Rebels have won the turnover battle in eight of their 12 games so far.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Ole Miss vastly improved its rebounding numbers during its visit to Mexico. The Rebels came into the Cancun Governor's Cup with a -0.6 rebounding margin through their first nine games. But in three contests out of the country, Ole Miss out-rebounded their foes by an average of 18.7 boards, including a 45-22 advantage vs. Texas State and 42-23 vs. Saint Louis. The season rebounding margin has vaulted all the way to +4.3. Reginald Buckner is averaging 10.0 boards over the last three games, while Zach Graham is pulling down 8.0 per game over that span.
Ole Miss has displayed some impressive bursts of scoring in the early season. With feats of athleticism and sharp outside shooting, the Rebels have posted at least one 40-point half in all but one game this season, including a high of 52 in the first half against Mississippi Valley State.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams with a 73.8 FT percentage. Their 95.7 FT percentage against Murray State (22-of-23) was the second-best mark in school history for a game with at least 20 attempts. They are shooting 82.6 percent from the line over the last three games. Chris Warren leads the SEC and ranks among the nation's leaders with a 93.1 FT percentage, and Zach Graham is second in the league with an 88.2 percentage.
As the season has progressed, so has the Rebels' field-goal percentage. They rank fourth in the SEC, making 46.1 percent of their shots from the field. They have shot better than 40 percent in all but one game and better than 50 percent in three outings. That includes a season-best 59.6 percent at UALR, which was the highest mark ever allowed by the Trojans at the Jack Stephens Center. Two Rebels rank among the top 10 in the SEC in FG percentage - Reginald Buckner (2nd, 64.9) and Terrance Henry (10th, 52.0).
Chris Warren LEADS THE WAY
For the 2010-11 Rebels, most things run through senior point guard Chris Warren. A candidate for numerous accolades, he currently ranks fourth in the SEC in scoring (17.7), third in assists (4.2), first in FT percentage (93.1), 11th in 3-pointers made (2.1), sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.7) and third in minutes (33.9). He has scored 20+ points in five of 12 games and has led the Rebels in scoring six times. He has led the team in assists in all but one game, including a season-high seven at UALR.
WARREN NAMED COUSY AWARD CANDIDATE
Senior Chris Warren has been named a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. He was one of 20 finalists for the award last season. Warren has also been named a preseason candidate for the Naismith Award (nation's top player) and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (nation's top senior).
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. Entering the Alcorn State game, he has 1,584 career points and needs 18 more to overtake Joe Gibbon for seventh place (see list on page 4).
CAREER 3-POINT RECORD IN SIGHT
At his current pace, Chris Warren will set the Ole Miss record for most career 3-pointers sometime in the next few games. With 264, he needs 14 to match Aaron Harper's school record of 278 (see list on page 4).
WARREN OVERTAKES HIS COACH
With two assists against Colorado State, Chris Warren surpassed his position coach, Michael White, for the sixth-most career assists in school history. He now has 374. White had 370 assists as a four-year starter at the point for Ole Miss. Warren needs four more helpers to match Henry Jackson and move into the top five all-time.
BLOCKING SHOTS, BUCKNER STYLE
With two blocks in the Colorado State game, Reginald Buckner leaped into the top five in school history by reaching 100 career blocked shots, passing Ansu Sesay (who had 99). He ranks second in the SEC with 3.0 blocks per game and has recorded five or more swats in five games this year, including a career-high seven in a recent outing vs. ETSU.
BUCKNER DOMINATING THE GLASS
Reginald Buckner has started to make himself a force to reckon with on the glass. The 6-9 sophomore is pulling down 8.3 rebounds per game over the last six contests, including totals of 11 (at UALR), 13 (vs. Texas State) and 12 (vs. Colorado State). He ranks 15th in the SEC with 6.3 rpg for the season.
Nick Williams MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
After transferring from Indiana and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules, sophomore guard Nick Williams has already been a big addition on the court this year. He is averaging 9.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. He has also been an instrumental vocal leader on the floor. His 21 points against Murray State were a career high (including Indiana and Ole Miss). Against Penn State, he scored 15 points with career highs of three treys and four assists. He grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State and Colorado State and scored 13 point against the Rams. In the preseason, he was named one of the top 25 impact transfers in the country by Athlon Sports.
GRAHAM LOOKS SHARP
Senior guard Zach Graham has gotten off to a strong start in 2010-11. He ranks 13th in the SEC with a 13.9 scoring average and second with an 88.2 free-throw percentage. He posted a career-high 22 points against Murray State and led the Rebels with 16 vs. Dayton. He posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State. Graham averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games in Mexico and was named to the Cancun Governor's Cup All-Tournament team.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 73 career wins, he needs 14 more to become the winningest player in school history. Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) currently holds the record with 87 career victories.
GRAHAM CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS
With steady improvement in each of his four seasons, Zach Graham is poised to crack the 1,000-point mark in the next few games. Entering the Alcorn State game, the senior guard has 958 career points, needing 42 to reach the milestone.
There are two Mississippi natives running the floor for the Rebels this year in freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson). They are the first scholarship players from the Magnolia State to suit up for the Rebels since Oxford native Kendrick Fox roamed the court from 2002-05. In addition, Ole Miss signed three more Mississippians to join the Rebels next season: Aaron Jones (Pascagoula), Jarvis Summers (Jackson) and Ladarius White (McComb).
OTHER PLAYER NOTES
Reginald Buckner: Ranks 2nd in the SEC and among the nation's leaders in blocks (3.0/game) ... Also 2nd in the SEC in field-goal percentage (64.9) and 15th in rebounding (6.3/game) ... Averaging 9.3 points and 8.3 rebounds over last 6 games ... 5 blocks vs. Arkansas State ... 8 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks vs. Murray State ... 5 blocks vs. Penn State ... First double-double of his career with 14 points, 11 rebounds at UALR, while also blocking 5 shots ... Posted yet another 5-block game vs. MVSU ... Posted career highs with 16 points and 7 blocks vs. ETSU ... 8 points, career-high 13 rebounds vs. Texas State ... 7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Colorado State.
Demarco Cox: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Dayton ... Made first career start vs. Penn State (2 pts, 4 rebs) ... Posted season highs of 10 points (5-6 FGs) and 6 boards vs. MVSU ... Made second career start vs. Saint Louis and grabbed a season-high 7 boards.
Trevor Gaskins: Ranks 28th in the SEC in scoring (10.3) and tied for 10th in steals (1.4/game) ... Averaged 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds over 4 games prior to injuring his hamstring in the Colorado State game ... Missed the Saint Louis game ... Scored 8 points with 7 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Had 8 points, 4 boards and 3 steals vs. Murray State ... Poured in career-high 24 points vs. Penn State, making 9-of-14 FGs and 6-of-11 3s ... Scored 11 points (4-5 FGs) and grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds at UALR ... Tallied 15 points, 4 assists, no turnovers, 3 rebounds and 3 steals vs. MVSU ... 7 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 3 steals vs. ETSU ... Led the Rebels with 21 points, 4 assists and 3 steals vs. Texas State.
Zach Graham: Ranks 13th in the SEC in scoring (13.9) and second in free-throw percentage (88.2) ... Posted double-figure points in each of first three games (12 vs. Arkansas State, 22 vs. Murray State, 16 vs. Dayton) ... Scored 19 off the bench at Miami ... Posted 16 points off the bench vs. Southern Miss (8-8 FTs) ... Had 17 points off the bench at UALR ... 14 points off the bench vs. ETSU ... 10 points off the bench vs. Texas State ... Posted his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 boards vs. Colorado State ... Averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds at the Cancun Governor's Cup and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Terrance Henry: Ranks 10th in the SEC in FG percentage (52.0) ... Posted 8 points and 6 rebounds vs. Arkansas State ... Scored 12 points with a team-high 7 boards vs. Dayton ... 13 points (7-8 FTs), team-high 6 boards vs. Penn State ... 8 points, team-high 7 boards vs. Southern Miss ... Posted season highs of 14 points (3-4 FGs, 7-10 FTs) and 8 boards vs. MVSU ... 13 points (4-6 FGs, 5-5 FTs), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks vs. Texas State ... 10 points, 5 boards vs. Saint Louis.
Dundrecous Nelson: Saw his first career action in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Scored first career basket against Murray State ... Tallied 12 points (5-8 FGs, 2-5 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 3 assists tied for the team lead at Miami ... 11 points (3-5 3-pt FGs), 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 9 points (3-4 3-pt FGs) at UALR ... 10 points vs. MVSU ... Dished out a career-high 6 assists vs. ETSU ... Had his first highlight-reel dunk vs. Colorado State ... Poured in a career-high 16 points (4-5 FGs, 6-6 FTs) vs. Saint Louis.
Steadman Short: Saw his first action as a Rebel in the season opener vs. Arkansas State ... Pulled down 6 boards vs. Murray State and Dayton ... Season-high 8 points with 4 boards vs. MVSU ... Missed the ETSU game due to a sick stomach.
Chris Warren: Scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half vs. Arkansas State ... Dished out a game-high 5 assists vs. Murray State ... 11 points, 6 assists vs. Dayton ... 20 points, 4 assists vs. Penn State ... 18 of his 23 points in second half at Miami ... 15 of his 20 points in the second half vs. Southern Miss ... 18 points, season-high 7 assists at UALR ... 18 points (9-11 FTs), 5 assists vs. MVSU ... Posted 22 points, 6 assists, 1 turnover vs. ETSU ... Scored 18 points (12-12 FTs) with 3 assists vs. Texas State ... 15 points vs. Saint Louis.
Nick Williams: Has started his first 12 games in a Rebel uniform ... Career-high 21 points vs. Murray State ... 14 points (6-9 FGs, 2-4 3-pt FGs) vs. Dayton ... 15 points (3-4 3-pt FGs), 4 assists, 4 rebounds vs. Penn State ... 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Southern Miss ... 10 points, 7 rebounds vs. MVSU ... Season-high 8 rebounds vs. Texas State ... Scored 13 points and tied a season-high 8 boards vs. Colorado State.