Dec. 31, 2010
Complete Ole Miss Game Notes
GAME 14: Ole Miss (10-3) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (6-5)
Sunday 1.2.11 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
Live TV: CSS (Matt Stewart, play-by-play; Daymeon Fishback, analyst); ESPN Full Court
Live Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Keith Carter, analyst).
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS 216, XM 199
Live Video: ESPN3.com
REBELS ENTERTAIN LIONS
Ole Miss winds down the non-conference portion of its schedule with its final non-league home game against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. The Rebels will travel to SMU on Wednesday before opening SEC play at Florida on Saturday. Chris Warren led four Rebels in double figures with 24 points against Alcorn State, helping his team reach triple digits in a 100-62 win over the Braves. Ole Miss improved to 7-1 at home this year. The Rebels are one of the highest scoring teams in the nation, averaging 79.1 points per game, which is third-best in the SEC and 28th in the nation.
- The Rebels are 63-16 against non-league foes under Andy Kennedy, including 44-2 at home.
- Kennedy has led Ole Miss to a 66-12 record at home during his tenure.
- The Rebels and Lions are meeting for the 17th time, with Ole Miss holding a 16-0 series lead.
- Ole Miss owns a 45-2 all-time record against current members of the Southland Conference.
- Ole Miss leads all SEC teams with a 74.6 FT percentage and is second with a 46.9 FG percentage.
- The Rebels rank third in the league and 28th in the country with a 79.1 scoring average.
- National awards candidate Chris Warren is second on the Ole Miss career 3-pointers chart and seventh 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 LIONS
Southeastern Louisiana comes to Oxford with a 6-5 overall record and a 76-60 win over Mississippi Valley State in its most recent outing. The Lions won five of their first seven games, but are just 1-3 in the last four. They sport a 3-0 record at home, but have gone 3-5 away from Hammond (2-4 in true road games). SLU averages 72.4 ppg and allows 69.8 to opponents. Jim Yarbrough’s club owns the second-best free-throw percentage in the Southland Conference at 73.3. Trent Hutchin tops four players averaging in double figures with 14.5 ppg. Brandon Fortenberry scores 10.9 ppg, David Ndoumba adds 10.5 ppg and a team-high 6.9 rpg, and Gary Dixon chips in 10.1 ppg.
OLE MISS-SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA SERIES
The Rebels own a perfect 16-0 mark all-time against the Lions, including a 14-0 record in Oxford. The teams last met on Dec. 21, 2005, with Ole Miss edging out SLU 68-62 in Oxford. Dwayne Curtis led the Rebels with 23 points and nine rebounds in that matchup.
OLE MISS VERSUS SOUTHLAND FOES
Ole Miss owns a 45-2 all-time record against current members of the Southland Conference. Southeastern Louisiana is the second Southland opponent on this year’s slate (beat Texas State 83-72 in Cancun). The Rebels’ most frequest Southland foe is Southeastern Louisiana (OM leads 16-0), while the only two losses against that conference were against McNeese (1994) and Lamar (1995).
REBELS ADD HIGHLY TOUTED TRANSFER
Head coach Andy Kennedy announced on Thursday that former Memphis guard Jelan Kendrick has chosen to transfer to Ole Miss. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Atlanta native will begin practicing with the team for the upcoming semester, but he must sit out until next December due to NCAA transfer rules. Kendrick was a consensus top-15 rated recruit out of Atlanta’s Wheeler High School and will be the first McDonald’s All-American to suit up for Ole Miss.
Ole Miss ranks third among SEC teams (and 28th in the nation) with 79.1 ppg. The Rebels have eclipsed 80 points six times this year and have reached triple digits twice (101 vs. Mississippi Valley State, 100 vs. Alcorn State). Ole Miss leads the league (28th in the nation) with a 74.6 free-throw percentage, ranks second with a 46.9 field-goal percentage and third with 14.5 assists per game.
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 ppg and 8.0 rpg in three games and was named All-Tournament. Ole Miss out-rebounded its foes by an average of 18.7 boards (44.7-26.0) and shot 82.6 percent from the free throw line.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Ole Miss has vastly improved its rebounding numbers in the last few outings. The Rebels came into the Cancun Governor’s Cup with a -0.6 rebounding margin (which was worst in the SEC) through their first nine games. But in the last four outings, Ole Miss has out-rebounded its foes by an average of 19.0 boards, including a 45-22 advantage vs. Texas State, 42-23 vs. Saint Louis and 47-27 vs. Alcorn State. The season rebounding margin has vaulted all the way to +5.5, which is fourth-best among SEC teams. Reginald Buckner is averaging 10.0 boards over his last three games, while Zach Graham is pulling down 8.0 per game in the last four.
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. The Rebels have a pair of 100-point games for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The last time Ole Miss reached triple digits three times in a season was in 1998-99.
FREEBIES FALLING AT HIGH RATE
The Rebels lead all SEC teams and rank 28th in the country with a 74.6 FT percentage. They have shot 80 percent or better in five games this season, including three of the last four. 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. Chris Warren leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with a 93.5 FT percentage, and Zach Graham is third in the league with an 87.7 percentage.
As the season has progressed, so has the Rebels’ field-goal percentage. They rank second in the SEC, making 46.9 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 four 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 (9th, 51.9). Every regular in the Rebels’ lineup is hitting his shots at better than a 40 percent clip.
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 third in the SEC in scoring (18.2), third in assists (4.3), first in FT percentage (93.5), 10th in 3-pointers made (2.2), sixth in assist-turnover ratio (1.9) and fourth in minutes (33.2). He has scored 20+ points in six games and has led the Rebels in scoring seven times. He has led the team in assists in all but one game, including a season-high seven at UALR.
WARREN SOARING UP CAREER POINTS LIST
Chris Warren continues to fly up the Ole Miss career points list. With 24 points against Alcorn State, he jumped into seventh place all-time. Entering the Southeastern Louisiana game, he has 1,608 career points and needs 75 more to overtake Keith Carter for sixth place.
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 267, he needs 11 to match Aaron Harper’s school record of 278.
WARREN PASSES HIS WAY INTO TOP FIVE
With six assists against Alcorn State, Chris Warren moved into the top five in school history with 380 career assists. Next up is Jason Harrison, who ranks fourth with 427.
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 19th in the SEC with 6.3 rpg for the season. He missed the Alcorn State game with a sore knee.
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 14.2 scoring average and third with an 87.7 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. He put up 18 points and 8 boards vs. Alcorn State.
Zach Graham = WINNER
Senior guard Zach Graham has done nothing but win since he arrived in Oxford. With 74 career wins, he needs 13 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 Southeastern Louisiana game, the senior guard has 976 career points, needing 24 to reach the milestone.
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 9.2 points and 4.6 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.
FRESHMEN COMING ALONG
The Rebels’ freshman duo of Demarco Cox and Dundrecous Nelson, like most freshmen, took a few games to adjust to the college game. But now they are coming on quickly. The 6-8, 295-pound Cox posted career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds against Alcorn State for his first double-double. He had seven boards in the previous game vs. Saint Louis. Nelson, a 5-11, 194-pound point guard, has been brilliant in the last two contests, putting up career bests in back-to-back games with 16 points vs. Saint Louis and then 17 against Alcorn State.
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 19th in rebounding (6.3/game) ... Averaging 9.3 points and 8.3 rebounds over last 6 games ... Missed the Alcorn State game with a sore knee ... 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 7 boards ... Started against Alcorn State and posted season bests of 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double.
Trevor Gaskins: Ranks 29th in the SEC in scoring (10.3) and tied for 12th 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 and Alcorn State games ... 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 (14.2) and third in free-throw percentage (87.7) ... 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 ... 18 points, 8 rebounds vs. Alcorn State.
Terrance Henry: Ranks 9th in the SEC in FG percentage (51.9) ... 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 a season-high 14 points (3-4 FGs, 7-10 FTs) with 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 ... Season highs with 9 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Alcorn State.
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 16 points (4-5 FGs, 6-6 FTs) vs. Saint Louis ... Second straight game with a career high in points, scoring 17 against Alcorn State, adding 4 assists and 2 steals.
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 ... Had 8 points with 4 boards vs. MVSU ... Missed the ETSU game due to a sick stomach ... Best game as a Rebel with 8 points (4-4 FGs) and 10 rebounds vs. Alcorn State.
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 ... Had 24 points (8-11 FGs, 3-5 3-pt FGs, 5-5 FTs), 6 assists and no turnovers vs. Alcorn State.
Nick Williams: Has started his first 13 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.