Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Mississippi State

msu logoOle Miss (18-11, 8-8 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (13-15, 6-10 SEC)

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network
Dave Neal, play-by-play
Daymeon Fishback, 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: MSU leads 142-111
In Oxford: OM leads 81-43
Streak: MSU, W1
Last Meeting: OM, L 77-83 (1/23/16)\

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss returns home to host rival Mississippi State Wednesday. The Rebels have won four of the last five meet ings against the Bulldogs.
• The Rebels will honor Tomasz Gielo, Martavious Newby, Stefan Moody and Anthony Perez as part of Senior Day activities. Ole Miss is 7-2 all time on Senior Day under head coach Andy Kennedy.
• Senior G Stefan Moody leads the SEC, and ranks ninth nationally, in scoring at 22.8 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 22.8 ppg.
• Senior F Anthony Perez posted a season-high 19 points in the Rebels’ last game at Georgia. Perez also pulled down 9 boards against the Bulldogs, one rebound shy of his second career double-double.
• 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 14.8 ppg and shooting 48.9% (23 of 47) from 3 over his last eight 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 210-125 in 10 seasons in Oxford and 231-138 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.

OLE MISS CLOSES HOME SLATE WITH RIVAL MSU
Ole Miss closes out the inaugural season of The Pavilion Wednesday when the Rebels host rivals Mississippi State. Ole Miss has taken four of the last five meetings against the Bulldogs. The Rebels will also honor Tomasz Gielo, Martavious Newby, Stefan Moody and Anthony Perez as part of Senior Day activities. Ole Miss is 7-2 all time on Senior Day under head coach Andy Kennedy.

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, and Vanderbilt, as it relates to seeding purposes. Ole Miss has won six of their last nine SEC games after starting league play 2-5.

PEREZ LEADS REBELS AT UGA
Senior F Anthony Perez scored a season-high 19 points and pulled down 9 boards in the Rebels’ road setback at Georgia. Perez finished 5 of 10 from the field, 3 of 4 from behind the arc and 6 of 7 from the line, and was one rebound shy of his second career double-double.

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.

REBEL THIEVES
Ole Miss ranks second in the SEC in steals per game in conference play at 7.4 thefts per game. Junior G Rasheed Brooks ranks third in the league in steals in SEC games at 1.7/game, while senor G Stefan Moody is 7th in conference in all games averaging 1.4/game. Brooks has posted 13 steals over the last eight games and the Rebels have recorded 113 steals over their last 13 games.

KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IN 10TH YEAR
In 10 seasons under Mississippi native Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss has a 210-125 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.

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 14.8 ppg and shooting 53.5 percent (38 of 71) from the field and 48.9 percent (23 of 47) from 3 over his last eight 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.

MOODY LEADS THE SEC IN SCORING
Senior G Stan Moody scored a career-high 33 points at LSU and leads the SEC, and ranks ninth nationally, in scoring this season at 22.8 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 27.7 PPG
2. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma 25.4 PPG
3. Jack Gibbs, Davidson 24.8 PPG
4. Josh Adams, Wyoming 24.8 PPG
5. Kahil Felder, Oakland 24.4 PPG
6. Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts 23.4 PPG
7. Anthony Barber, North Carolina St. 23.2 PPG
8. Zeke Woodley, Northwestern St. 22.8 PPG
9. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss 22.8 PPG
10. Cane Broome, Sacred Heart 22.7 PPG

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.

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 8.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg and is shooting 55.2 percent (37 of 67) from the field in the 11 games since Saiz’s injury. He recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards against the Razorbacks.

#NEXTCHAPTER
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.

#AK200
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 210-125 in 10 seasons in Oxford and holds a 238-138 recordin 11 years as a head coach. Kennedy is just the 20th coach in SEC history with 200 career wins at one school.

CONSISTENT WINNER
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.

OFFENSIVE MACHINE
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 +1.6 rebounding margin. The Rebels have been out rebounded by their opponent just 11 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 seventh double-double of the season against Missouri (Feb. 23) with 15 points and 14 rebounds and now has nine 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 and Georgia (Jan. 7-9). He is tied for 8th 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. MSU
The Bulldogs are Ole Miss’ most-played opponent, having met 253 times on the hardwood, which is also the SEC’s most-played rivalry. Mississippi State holds a 142-111 lead in the series, which began in 1914, but the Rebels have won four of the last five matchups. Ole Miss holds a 81-43 advantage in the series in Oxford and have won the last three meetings at home. Head coach Andy Kennedy is 9-11 against MSU in his career.

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 71.0 percent this year, which ranks fourth 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 83.5 percent (187 of 224) of his attempts. His 187 free throw made this year ranks ninth in the nation. Moody ranks second all time in Ole Miss history with an 86.4 career free throw percentage (min. 200 attempts).

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs are 13-15 and 6-10 in the SEC after knocking off South Carolina 68-58 at home Saturday. MSU has won four of its last six SEC games after starting conference play 2-8. Senior F Gavin Ware leads the team in scoring at 15.6 ppg and rebounding at 7.5 rpg, while freshman G Quinndary Weatherspoon is leading the squad in scoring in SEC play at 14.8 ppg. Mississippi State ranks 10th in the league in scoring in SEC play at 72.2 ppg and is last in the conference in offense rebounding pulling down just 35.2 boards a game during conference action.

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