Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - The 16th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels will attempt to
continue their reign atop the SEC standings on Tuesday night when they
entertain the Kentucky Wildcats at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Kentucky is fresh off a 75-70 home win over LSU on Saturday for its third win
in its last four contests to move to 4-2 in SEC play. The defending national
champions still have a ways to go to restore their reputation however, as they
are just 13-6 overall after beginning the season as the third-ranked team in
Ole Miss is undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises in the nation, and at
17-2 and 6-0 in conference action, it is off to its best start in program
history. The Rebels are in the midst of a nine-game winning streak, the
longest active streak in the SEC, and although they experienced a scare in
their latest game at Auburn, they escaped with a 63-61 victory. They now
return to Tad Smith Coliseum, where they are perfect in 11 tries this season.
Kentucky has thoroughly dominated the all-time series over Ole Miss, winning
99 of the 112 matchups.
The Wildcats built a comfortable 11-point halftime lead against LSU over the
weekend, and even though they allowed the Tigers to cut their deficit to just
one in the final minute, Kentucky was able to hold on for the five-point
victory. It shot nearly 52 percent from the floor in the triumph and was led
by a career-day from Alex Poythress, who tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds for
his first-ever double-double. Archie Goodwin added 15 points, Ryan Harrow
netted 11 points, and Nerlens Noels contributed 10 points, eight rebounds, and
In addition to posting 10.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg, Noel is one of the premiere
defenders in the country, blocking 4.3 shots and swiping 2.4 steals per
contest. He has swatted away at least six shots in five straight games.
Goodwin leads the team in both scoring (14.6 ppg) and assists (3.2 apg), and
Poythress rounds out the fantastic freshmen trio with 13.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg.
Kyle Wiltjer (11.3 ppg) and Harrow (10.1 ppg) are also double-digit scorers
for UK, which pours in 75.8 ppg, while yielding just 62.0 ppg.
Ole Miss and Auburn spent the majority of the second half on Saturday within
one possession of one another, but while the Tigers tied the game with a
minute left, the Rebels iced it at the foul line with a pair of game-winning
free throws by Marshall Henderson with just six seconds to play. Their saving
grace in the triumph was the 3-pointer, as they shot 11-of-24 from long range,
with LaDarius White draining all three of his long range buckets for 17
points. Marshall Henderson added 15 points (albeit on just 4-of-15 from the
floor), Jarvis Summer chipped in 14 points, and Murphy Holloway grabbed 11
Not only are the Rebels the SEC's top scoring team, but they rank fifth in the
nation in putting up 80.3 ppg. Henderson is the most potent scorer in the
conference, netting 19.2 ppg thanks in large part to his 74 3-pointers (sixth
in the nation). Rounding out the dynamic inside-outside duo is Holloway, who
scores 14.8 ppg on 55.6 percent shooting while grabbing a league-high 10.4
rpg. Reginald Buckner (9.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.8 bpg) is also a force to be
reckoned with in the paint, while Nick Williams (9.7 ppg) and Summers (8.8
ppg, 3.8 apg) are also consistently effective.
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