Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy wanted to see where his team was early in the season by scheduling tough opponents. Just three days after the Rebels opened the year with a hard-fought win over Arkansas State, they made a statement Wednesday night with a 77-61 win over Murray State at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.
The victory was impressive for several reasons. Ole Miss (2-0 overall) continued to show its ability to guard teams and rebound well as a collective group while also shooting well from the free-throw line.
Wednesday’s win also came over a team that won 31 games last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a place the Rebels want to be later this season. (November 18, 2010, Page 6)
Thanks to career highs from Indiana-transfer Nick Williams and senior Zach Graham, the Ole Miss men’s hoops team picked up its second win of the season, topping the Murray State Racers 77-61. (more…) (November 17, 2010)
Ole Miss’ formidable non-conference slate to open the year only gets tougher this week as the Rebels host two teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and NIT respectively last season.
Murray State, a team that went 31-5 and was a made 3-point shot away from beating Butler in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, visits on Wednesday, while the Dayton Flyers, the team that beat the Rebels in last year’s NIT Final Four, comes to town on Saturday. (November 16, 2010, Page 2B)
A familiar team with a familiar coach will be the Ole Miss Rebels’ opponent in the first game of the season tonight at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.
Arkansas State, led by former LSU head man John Brady, will try to make things difficult on coach Andy Kennedy and his Rebels. Tipoff for the non conference game is set for 7 and the game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM.
Tonight’s game is the third in a series that started when Brady was first hired at ASU. Kennedy has won the first two that have been played at alternating sites and the goal is to make it a clean sweep. (November 12, 2010, Page 7A)
AROUND THE SQUARE AND BEYOND: Northwest Mississippi Community College football coach Ricky Woods wants to win an MACJC state title in the worst way, but he needs the help of area players, and district players, to help him do it. The Rangers finished the 2010 season with a 9-1 overall mark, but a 52-24 loss to Gulf Coast last Saturday at Bobby Franklin Field was not the ending Woods was hoping for. (more…) (November 11, 2010, Page 8)
Ole Miss fans first glimpse of the men’s basketball team comes tonight at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum against Delta State. Tipoff for the exhibition game is set for 7.
For Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, the exhibition game is a chance to expand on work that was started in scrimmage work that he said was productive. (November 5, 2010, Page 6A)
Versatility and length have been two things Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and his staff have valued from their players on the basketball court. In Aaron Jones, the Rebels’ latest verbal commitment, the staff has the luxury of getting both important aspects as they continue to keep the program headed in the right direction.
Jones, a 6-foot-9, 197-pounder from Gautier, committed to Kennedy early this week after visiting Ole Miss on his official visit over the weekend. Despite not playing AAU basketball over the summer, Jones was able to garner offers from Mississippi State, Baylor, Memphis, UTEP and considerable interest from Florida, who according to Jones’ coach, Keith McQueen, was prepared to offer once he came on an official visit. That trip to Florida for later in the month was scrapped after Jones saw Oxford. (October 21, 2010, Page 8)
Kennedy, who helped lead the Rebels to the NIT Final Four last year, talked highly about his team heading into the start of drills and thought the work they have done so far is a good foundation for things to come. (October 15, 2010, Page 6A)
Ole Miss’ slate of opponents includes nine teams that advanced to postseason play and 10 teams that won at least 20 games last season. Among them are NCAA Elite Eight teams Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as NIT champion Dayton, all of which will be visiting Tad Smith Coliseum in 2010-11.
A minimum of five contests will be featured on national television, and at least 12 more are slated for live regional TV coverage. Every league game will be televised live. (August 27, 2010, Page 8A)
Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy settled a defamation lawsuit Tuesday with a cab driver and a valet stemming from a dispute over a ride in the downtown district of Cincinnati in December, 2008.
Details of the settlement are confidential as attorneys told Judge Melba Marsh in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court that they had reached an agreement. According to a source, Kennedy did not pay cab driver Mohamed Jiddou, or valet Michael Strother a monetary settlement as some papers reported today. (August 18, 2010, Page 8)