Ole Miss (18-10, 8-7 SEC) at Georgia (14-12, 7-8 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Stegman Coliseum (10,523)
Television: SEC Network
Paul Sunderland, play-by-play
Kyle Macy, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Georgia leads series 70-42
In Athens: Georgia leads 39-12
Streak: OM, W1
Last Meeting: OM, W 72-71 (1/09/16)
• Ole Miss hits the road Saturday riding a two-game winning streak to face the Georgia Bulldogs. The Rebels are looking for their first season sweep of the ‘Dogs since 1989.
• The Rebels are 6-2 in the SEC over their last eight conference games since starting league play 2-5.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks eighth nationally, in scoring at 23.0 ppg this year. Moody has posted 20-plus points 19 times this, including a streak of 14-consecutive games, and has topped the 30-point mark three times. He also leads league in the scoring in SEC play at 23.4 ppg.
• Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his seventh double-double of the season this 15 points and 14 boards in the Rebels’ win over Mizzou. Saiz also posted a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds) in Ole Miss’ victory over Georgia earlier this season.
• Senior F Tomasz Gielo, who was averaging 5.3 ppg and shooting 21.8% from the field over the seven games before the game at Mizzou (Feb. 3), knocked down 6 of 8 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3, and scored 16 points in the Rebels’ road win over the Tigers. Since that game he is averaging 15.0 ppg and shooting 50.0% (20 of 40) from 3 over his last seven games.
• Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up 200th career victory as the Ole Miss head man versus Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 210-124 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 231-137 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 fourth-most wins by a coach in his first 10 years in the SEC at one school.
• With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stefan Moody became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody is the fifth-fast player in school history to reach 1,000 career points (52 games) and ranks eighth in Ole Miss history with a 19.4 ppg career scoring average.
ROAD TO NASHVILLE
Ole Miss would claim the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament if it started today. The Rebels own tiebreakers over Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Vanderbilt, as it relates to seeding purposes. Ole Miss has won six of their last eight SEC games after starting league play 2-5.
REBELS SECURE WINNING SEASON
Ole Miss has secured its 10th-consecutive winning season, all under head coach Andy Kennedy, and is one of just two teams in the SEC and 16 programs in the nation to have 10-straight winning seasons. That list includes Syracuse (46), Kansas (33), Arizona (32), Kentucky (26), Maryland (23), Duke (21), Michigan State (20), Xavier (20), Wisconsin (18), Pittsburgh (16), Louisville (15), North Carolina (14), Ohio State (12), Georgetown (11) and Florida State (10).
MOODY POWERS REBELS PAST MIZZOU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points and added a career-high 8 assists as Ole Miss completed a season sweep of Missouri with an 85-76 victory. Moody knocked down 4 3-pointers in the win and also tied a career best with 8 rebounds. Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 boards, as the Rebels outrebounded the Tigers 47-38.
OLE MISS COMPLETES SEASON SWEEP OF AUBURN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points, including 19 in the first half, as Ole Miss completed a season sweep of Auburn with a 69-59 win over the Tigers. The Rebels have now won eight straight over Auburn and 11 of the last 13 meetings. Moody knocked down 4 of 9 from behind the arc and added 5 assists. Sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon posted 12 points and 6 boards and averaged 15.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg in the pair of wins over the Tigers.
REBELS ROLL RAZORBACKS
Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 16 points, including 12 in the first half, and grabbed 5 boards, as Ole Miss cruised past Arkansas 76-60. Senior G Stefan Moody added 17 points, with 16 coming after halftime, as the Rebels erased a two-point halftime deficit in the 16-point victory. Ole Miss out-rebounded Arkansas 47-29, as five Rebels pulled down 5+ boards.
GIELO CONTINUES HOT STREAK
Senior F Tomasz Gielo entered the Rebels’ game at Missouri on Feb. 3 averaging just 5.2 ppg and shooting only 21.8 percent from the field (12 of 55) over the previous seven games. Gielo broke out of his slump against the Tigers with 4 3-pointers and 16 points in the road victory and has continued his hot streak. He is averaging 15.0 ppg and shooting 55.7 percent (34 of 61) from the field and 50.0 percent (20 of 40) from 3 over his last seven games after posting. He scored 20 points and tied a career high with 8 rebounds in the Rebels’ road setback at Florida and posted 15 points and 8 boards at Texas A&M.
OLE MISS KNOCKS OFF VANDERBILT AT HOME
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points and ignited a decisive 21-5 run midway through the second half, as Ole Miss knocked off the Commodores. Moody knocked down 10 of 10 free throw attempts including four in the final seconds of the game to secure the victory. Senior F Tomasz Gielo scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench for the Rebels.
FREE THROWS GIVE REBELS ROAD WIN AT MIZZOU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with 13.4 seconds left to give Ole Miss the lead, as the Rebels knocked off Missouri 76-73. Moody also matched his career best with 8 rebounds and had 5 assists for the Rebels. Senior F Tomasz Gielo knocked down 6 of 8 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3, and scored 16 points to help Ole Miss rally from a five-point deficit. Junior G Rasheed Brooks added 15 points and hit 4 3s, as the Rebels made a season-high 14 3-pointers.
Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC in steals per game in conference play at 7.7 thefts per game. Junior G Rasheed Brooks ranks third in the league in steals in SEC games at 1.8/game, while senor G Stefan Moody is tied for 6th in all games averaging 1.4/game. Brooks has posted 13 steals over the last seven games and the Rebels have recorded 109 steals over their last 12 games.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 210-124 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.
HYMON GROWING INTO POST ROLE
After being forced into the starting lineup after junior F Sebastian Saiz went down with an eye injury, sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon adapted to the role well. Hymon entered the South Carolina game averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 boards a game, and has posted 8.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg and is shooting 55.2 percent (37 of 67) from the field in the 10 games since Saiz’s injury. He recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards against the Razorbacks.
MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 33 points at LSU and leads the SEC, and ranks eighth nationally, in scoring this season at 23.0 ppg. He had his 14-game, 20+ point scoring streak snapped at Kansas State, which is tied for the third-longest streak in school history. He has scored 20-plus points 20 times this season and eclipsed the 30-point mark three times. He is the third highest power-conference scorer in the nation this season and holds a 19.4 ppg career scoring average, which ranks eighth in school history.
NCAA Scoring Leaders
1. James Daniel, Howard 27.6 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.4 PPG
3. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 25.0 PPG
4. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.5 PPG
5. Kahil Felder, Oakland 24.3 PPG
6. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.3 PPG
7. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.1 PPG
8. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 23.0 PPG
9. Zeke Woodley, Northwestern St. 22.8 PPG
10. Cane Broome, Sacred Heart 22.8 PPG
Head coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 200th win as the Ole Miss head man against Louisiana Tech earlier this season. The all-time winningest coach in school history, Kennedy is 210-124 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 230-137 record in 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.
MOODY JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
With 24 points against South Carolina, senior G Stan Moody became just the 37th player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point mark in his career. Moody reached the historic club in just 52 career games and is the tied with Cob Jarvis for the fifth-fastest Rebel to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The only players to reach 1,000 points faster in school history are Gerald Glass (37 games), Denver Brakeen (41 games), Don Kessinger (47 games) and Marshall Henderson (51 games). Head coach Andy Kennedy has now coached nine of Ole Miss’ 37 1,000-point scorers.
The long awaited next chapter of Ole Miss Basketball began in January, as the Rebels christened the centerpiece of the Forward Together campaign, the state-of-the-art $96.5 million Pavilion at Ole Miss. The Pavilion has a capacity of 9,051 fans and includes 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.
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).
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 is also fourth 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. Andy Kennedy (Ole Miss) – 210
5. Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) – 208
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
MOODY, HYMON LEAD REBELS IN ROUT OF AUBURN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 24 points, including 19 in an explosive second half, and sophomore F Marcanvis Hymon recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 boards as Ole Miss routed Auburn 80-63. Moody scored 19 of his 24 points after the break and knocked down 6 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. He also dished out 5 assists and committed only one turnover, as the Rebels erased a one-point halftime deficit and outscored the Tigers 51-33 in the second half.
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.
MOODY HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST LSU
Senior G Stefan Moody scored a career-high 33 points and junior G Rasheed Brooks added 18 points and 6 boards, but Ole Miss dropped a tight SEC road contest 90-81 at LSU. It marked the third time this season Moody topped the 30-point mark and bested his previous career high of 30 points set against Towson and UMass. The 5-10 guard knocked down 10 of 18 from the field, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc, and was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. He also added 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
REBELS WINNING BATTLE OF BOARDS
Ole Miss ranks sixth in the SEC with a +1.8 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just 10 times this season and are 16-2 when tying or out rebounding their opponent.
BROOKS, FITZPATRICK-DORSEY AND PEREZ LEAD REBELS AT MSU
Senior F Anthony Perez recorded his first career double-double against Mississippi State with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Perez is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 boards a game over his last six games. Freshman G Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey posted career highs with 16 points and 4 assists in his first career start against the Bulldogs. Junior G Rasheed Brooks led the Rebels with 20 points on 4 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, both of which tied career bests.
MOODY’S GAME-WINNER LIFTS REBELS TO WIN
Senior G Stefan Moody scored 29 points, including the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left to give Ole Miss a 72-171 victory over Georgia. Moody tied a career high with 7 assists and added 3 steals, as the Rebels erased a 15-point deficit. Junior F Sebastian Saiz posted his second-straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior G Rasheed Brooks recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels swept Alabama and Georgia in the opening weekend at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
SAIZ SAYS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his sixth double-double of the season against Georgia (14 points, 10 rebounds) and now has eight double-doubles in his career. Saiz recorded a double-double in back-to-back games for the second time this year after recording two straight against Alabama (21 points, 16 boards) and Georgia. He is tied for 10th in the SEC with seven double-doubles this year, despite missing six games, and is pulling down 9.0 rpg, which ranks fourth in the SEC.
SERIES HISTORY VS. GEORGIA
Saturday’s game will be the 113th meeting between the two schools, with Georgia hol/ding a 70-42 lead in the series (UGA lists its lead as 68-41, with wins in 2002 and 2003 vacated due to NCAA sanctions). Ole Miss holds a slight 8-7 advantage over the last 15 meetings, but the Rebels are seeking their first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 1989. The Bulldogs lead 39-12 in games played in Athens, but Ole Miss have won three of the last five meetings at Stegeman Coliseum. Head coach Andy Kennedy owns a 7-6 record against UGA.
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 70.9 percent this year, which ranks third in the league. Ole Miss hit 21 of 22 attempts from the line against the Razorbacks and hit 40 of 53 attempts against Georgia Southern earlier this season, which was the second-most attempts and makes in school history. 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 third in the league this season hitting 83.7 percent (185 of 221) of his attempts. His 185 free throw made this year ranks seventh in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 86.5 career free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts).
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs are 14-12 and 7-8 in the SEC after falling 84-81 on the road at Auburn Wednesday. Georgia has lost three straight and four of its last five SEC games after starting conference play 6-3. Junior G J.J. Frazier leads the squad in scoring at 16.0 ppg and has dished out a team-high 109 assists on the season, while sophomore F Yante Maten is second on the team in scoring at 15.7 ppg and has pulled down a team-best 8.0 rebounds a game. Senior G Kenny Gaines, who is third on the team in scoring at 14.1 ppg, has knocked down a team-high 66 3-pointers. The Bulldogs are second in the SEC limiting opponents to just 38.1 percent from the field, but rank last in the league with a -2.8 turnover margin.
SAIZ, REBELS RULE OPENING NIGHT
Junior F Sebastian Saiz recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 21 points and 16 boards, as Ole Miss knocked off Alabama 74-66 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,500 at the grand opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior G Stefan Moody also recorded his ninth-straight 20-point game with 21 points in the win, as the Rebels out scored the Tide 34-24 in the paint and erased an eight-point halftime deficit.
REBELS IN THE RPI
Ole Miss ranks No. 85 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released by the NCAA, while Georgia checks in at No. 87. The Rebels boast three RPI top-100 wins over No. 51 Alabama, No. 55 Vanderbilt and No. 87 Georgia. Ole Miss also ranks No. 72 in the latest ESPN Basketball Power Index and has six wins against BPI top-100 teams.