Ole Miss Opens SEC Tournament vs. Arkansas



March 4, 2014

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Game 31: Ole Miss (11-19, 2-14 SEC) vs Arkansas (19-10, 6-10 SEC)
Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Location: Oxford, Miss. (Gwinnett Arena)
Ole Miss leads, 23-14
Streak: Arkansas has won 5

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Starting Five
1. Ole Miss closed out the regular-season with a 73-71 overtime win over Auburn on Senior Day on Sunday (Mar. 2). The win snapped the Rebels nine-game losing streak and moved Ole Miss to 11-19, 2-14 in SEC action. The overtime win was the second OT win for Ole Miss in 2013-14

2. Valencia McFarland recorded her 12th game of 20+ points with 27 points against the Tigers. McFarland has now scored in double figures in 86 games throughout her career and is No. 6 on Ole Miss all-time list. She has reached double digits in 25 of Ole Miss' 30 games this season.

3. Ole Miss will be making its first appearance at the SEC Tournament since 2011-12. The Rebels are looking to advance past the opening day of action for the first time since the 2010 tournament when they defeated South Carolina in opening day action. Ole Miss hasn't advanced past the second round since the 1993 tournament.

4. Junior forward Tia Faleru was named a finalist for the 2014 C Spire Gillom Trophy. The award, given to the top female collegiate basketball player in Mississippi, is named after former Ole Miss player Peggie Gillom.

5. Valencia McFarland was named a finalist the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award. The award is given to the nation's top point guard. McFarland is one of 22 finalists and is the lone guard from the SEC on the list. Arkansas' Calli Berna, Tennessee's Ariel Massengale and Texas A&M's Jordan Jones joined McFarland on the watch list released on Jan.

Ole Miss vs. Arkansas Notables
-This will be the second meeting between Ole Miss and Arkansas this season. The Razorbacks took the first meeting 68-65 in Fayetteville back on Jan. 19. This will be the second consecutive meeting in the SEC Tournament for the teams. The teams meet back in 2012 with Arkansas taking a 67-47 win in Nashville.

-This will be the sixth meeting between the teams in the postseason.  Ole Miss leads 3-2 in postseason games and holds an overall 4-2 advantage in games played in neutral sites. .

-Gracie Frizzell is an Arkansas native, hailing from Little Rock. The redshirt sophomore played her prep basketball at Arkansas Christian Central High School. Additionally, Ole Miss assistant coach Todd Schaefer spent the last two seasons on staff at Arkansas State.

A Win Would
-Give Ole Miss its first win in the SEC tournament since 2010, when they knocked off South Carolina 64-63. It would also give the Rebels their second consecutive victory after closing the season with a 73-71 overtime win over Auburn. 

A Loss Would
-End the 2013-14 season for Ole Miss giving them a 11-20, 2-14 SEC record under first year head coach Matt Insell. It would also be the third consecutive SEC Tournament opening round loss for the Rebels.

Scouting Arkansas
Arkansas enters the SEC Tournament with a 19-10, 6-10 SEC record after a 72-70 win over Missouri in Fayetteville to close out the regular season. The Razorbacks, the No. 11 seed, are led by Jessica Jackson who is averaging a team-best 16.0 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. Keira Peak joins Jackson in double-figures with 10.2 points per game. After defeating Ole Miss on Jan. 19, the Razorbacks dropped their last three games and since then have alternated wins and losses for the remainder of the regular season.  Arkansas is averaging 66.7 points and 36.1 rebounds per game.

About Ole Miss
The Rebels closed the regular-season on a high note wining an overtime thriller, 73-71, over Auburn. The loss snapped Ole Miss' nine-game losing streak and gave Ole Miss its second SEC victory after defeating Mississippi State back on Jan. 23, also in overtime. Ole Miss enters Sunday's game with a 11-19, 2-14 SEC record. Valencia McFarland leads the Ole Miss offense with 16.9 points per game and junior Tia Faleru isn't took far behind with 16.8 points per game and an SEC-best 9.8 rebounds per game.  Faleru is the lone SEC player to rank in the top five in both scoring and rebounding. The Rebels are averaging 73.0 points per game and 41.1 rebounds.  

Up Next
Should Ole Miss advance to the second round, they will take on the No. 6 seed, Auburn on Thursday at 8: 30 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on Fox Sports South. The tournament runs through March 9 with the finals airing on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  

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