Ole Miss Opens SEC Play At Kentucky
Dec. 31, 2015
Ole Miss (10-2, 0-0 SEC) at #10/11 Kentucky (10-2, 0-0 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Lexington, Ky.
Arena: Rupp Arena (23,500)
Television: SEC Network
Matt Stewart, play-by-play
John Pelphry, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Cabell Philpott, play-by-play
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Kentucky leads series 103-13
In Lexington: Kentucky leads 49-2
Streak: Kentucky, W6
Last Meeting: Kentucky W, 89-86 (OT) (1/06/15)
• Ole Miss heads to Kentucky to face the No. 10/11 Wildcats in the SEC opener for both schools. The Rebels have opened conference play on the road 14 of the last 18 seasons and are 11-4 in road games the last two years.
• The Rebels have won seven-straight games, which is the second-longest winning streak in the SEC, and own the league’s best KenPom non-conference road win at Memphis (No. 73).
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 202-116 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 223-129 in 11 years as a head coach. He is the 20th coach in SEC history to win 200 games at one school and has the fifth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the league at one school.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks eighth nationally, in scoring at 23.8 ppg this year. He scored 20-plus points in seven-straight games, which is the best streak in school history since 1992. Moody has broke the 30-point mark twice and has made a 3-pointer in 26-straight games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history.
• Senior G Stefan Moody is the SEC career leader in free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts) at 89.02 per cent ahead of Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent).
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz grabbed 12 rebounds in Ole Miss’ win over Memphis and ranks third in the SEC, and 23rd nationally, pulling down 10.2 rpg. He also ranks fifth in the league with four double-doubles this year.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored a career-high 23 points and pulled down 6 boards in the Rebels’ win versus Troy. Gielo is averaging 12.3 ppg over his last eight games after posting just 3.3 ppg in the first four.
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 202-116 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 223-129 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy has beaten 92 different teams, including all 13 SEC foes, in his 10 years at Ole Miss and is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION BEGINS 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 201-116 record, one SEC Tournament championship, two SEC West championships, seven 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 nine full years in Oxford.
Andy Kennedy is one of 10 active head coaches with 10 or more seasons without a losing record. The list includes: Roy Williams (27), Tom Izzo (20), Thad Matta (16), Mark Few (16), John Thompson III (15), Mike Anderson (13), Jamie Dixon (12) and Sean Miller (11).
Ole Miss leads the SEC in scoring over the last nine years under Andy Kennedy averaging just under 75.0 points a game and has produced a top-five individual scorer in the league seven of his nine seasons.
REBEL OPEN SEC PLAY ON THE ROAD
Ole Miss will open league play at No. 10/11 Kentucky Saturday night. It marks the 14th time in the last 18 years the Rebels have opened conference play on the road. Ole Miss has won its last two SEC openers before falling in overtime at Kentucky last year. The Rebels are 28-55 all-time in league openers.
OLE MISS CLOSES OUT TAD PAD WITH WIN
Ole Miss knocked off Troy in overtime 83-80 in the 700th and final game in C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored a career-high 23 points and finished 5 of 11 from 3-point range in the victory, while senior G Stefan Moody also added 23 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. The Rebels finished with an overall record of 490-210 in the Tad Pad and were 126-31 (.803) under head coach Andy Kennedy. Opened in 1966, Tad Smith Coliseum was built for an original cost of $1.8 million and hosted 3,463,639 fans in its 50 years.
PAVILION TO OPEN IN JANUARY
The centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $95 million Pavilion at Ole Miss, will open January 7, 2016. The Pavilion will have a capacity of 9,500 fans and will include a number of first class amenities, including a private student concourse, courtside and baseline seating for students, three premium club areas for fans, and over 1,700 premium seats all within an intimate seating bowl.
REBELS TAKE DOWN TIGERS
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 21 points leading five Ole Miss players in double figures as the Rebels won their sixth straight with an 85-79 victory over Memphis. The Rebels built an 18-point lead in the first half, thanks to an 18-2 run, and the Ole Miss defense held Memphis without a field goal for more than 10 minutes. Senior G Martavious Newby recorded his second career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards. The Rebels improved to 11-4 in road games over the last two years.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody posted 23 points in the Rebels’ over the Troy and leads the in the SEC, and ranks eighth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.8 ppg. It was his seventh-straight game with 20-plus points becoming the first Rebel since Joe Harvell in 1992 to post seven-straight 20-point games. He has scored 20-plus points 10 times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark twice against Towson and UMass. He is the second highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 18.4 ppg career scoring average, which ranks 10th in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 29.0 PPG
2. Josh Adams, Wyoming 26.9 PPG
3. Kahil Felder, Oakland 26.6 PPG
4. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 24.9 PPG
5. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.6 PPG
6. Ladarius Tabb, Alabama A&M 24.0 PPG
7. Pascal Siakam, New Mexico St. 23.8 PPG
8. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.8 PPG
9. Zeek Woodley, Northwestern St. 23.7 PPG
10. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.1 PPG
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Memphis (12 points, 12 rebounds) and now has six double-doubles in his career. He is averaging 11.4 boards a game over his last five games. Saiz became the first Rebel since Murphy Holloway in 2013 to record a double-double in back-to-back games after recording two-straight to start the season. Saiz ranks fifth in the SEC with four double-doubles this year and is pulling down 10.2 boards a game, which ranks third in the conference and 23rd nationally.
REBELS HITTING FREEBIES
Last year, Ole Miss ranked third in the nation hitting 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts and the Rebels have picked up with they left off hitting 72.4 percent to start the year, which ranks third in the league. Ole Miss hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern, which was the second-most attempts in a game in school history and tied for the second-most made. Senior G Stefan Moody, who led the SEC and ranked seventh in the nation a year ago shooting 90.7 percent (149 of 165), ranks fourth in the league this season hitting 86.7 percent (78 of 90) of his attempts. Moody is the SEC’s career leader in free throw percentage at 89.02 percent (min. 200 attempts) ahead of Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks (88.988 percent) and Kyle Macy (88.978 percent).
KENNEDY’S FIRST NINE YEARS RANK AMONG ALL-TIME SEC GREATS ...
Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past Alabama’s Wimp Sanderson for the third-most wins by a head 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 192
4. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) - 190
5. Rick Stansbury (MSU) - 185
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) - 181
7. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) - 172
8. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 170
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) - 169
10. John Brady (LSU) - 167
11. Hugh Durham (Georgia) - 164
12. Dale Brown (LSU) - 161
Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) - 161
14. Babe McCarthy (MSU) - 159
... AND HE IS CLIMBING UP THE 10-YEAR LIST
Kennedy also ranks fifth on the list for most win by a coach in their first 10 years in the league at one school. See the list below:
1. Joe B. Hall (Kentucky) – 227
2. Bill Donovan (Florida) – 226
3. Wimp Sanderson (Alabama) – 216
4. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
5. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) - 202
6. Mark Gottfried (Alabama) – 198
7. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) - 189
8. Cliff Ellis (Auburn) – 186
9. Don Devoe (Tennessee) – 185
10. John Brady (LSU) – 184
Hugh Durham (Georgia) – 184
12. Dale Brown (LSU) – 175
13. Roy Skinner (Vanderbilt) – 173
14. Babe McCarthy (Mississippi State) – 169
SERIES HISTORY VS. KENTUCKY
Saturday’s game will be the 117th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold a 103-13 lead in the series, but two of the Rebels’ 13 all-time wins have come in the last ten meetings. Ole Miss is 49-2 all time versus the Wildcats in Lexington, including one win all time at Rupp Arena in 1998. The Rebels other won in Lexington came in the schools’ second all-time meeting in 1927.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats are 10-2 this year after knocking off in-state foe Louisville 75-73 Saturday. Freshman G Jamal Murray leads Kentucky in scoring at 16.7 ppg and is averaging 19.0 pgg over the last five games. The reigning SEC Player of the Week, sophomore G Tyler Ulis is second on the team in scoring at 12.8 ppg and has dished out a team-best 61 assists. Junior F Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress lead the team each pulling down just 7.2 rebounds a game, but the Wildcats have a +7.1 rebounding margin and rank second in the league in rebounding defense at 32.7 rpg.
REBELS FOLLOWING NEW RULES
With the introduction of new rules this season regarding how players defend, the Rebels have done a good job following them. Ole Miss is committing just 18.2 fouls a game, which is the fewest in the SEC.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss is tied for third in the SEC and 65th in the nation with a +5.6 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just two times this season and are 8-1 when out rebounding their opponent.
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