Andy Kennedy’s Ole Miss Rebel (15-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) squad travels north to take on the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats (25-1, 11-0 SEC) in a game the Cats need to continue their 17-game winning streak, while the Rebels will be looking to bounce back from a difficult 102-76 loss to Vanderbilt last time out.
In preparation for the game, here’s a look at the UK/Ole Miss series, some thoughts on the excellence of Anthony Davis, as well as a look at how Kentucky stacks up in the SEC rankings.
Kentucky leads the overall series 98-13, with the Cats winning 13 of the last 15 games between the two squads. UK’s .883 winning percentage versus Ole Miss is the highest against any SEC team.
In Rupp Arena, the Rebels have won only once in 24 games, a 73-64 Ole Miss victory in Feb. 1998. Since 2000 the Cats hold a 13-3 edge, and since 1990 Kentucky has won 24 games to only six losses.
In his career, John Calipari is 5-4 when playing Ole Miss.
- With 53 points against Ole Miss in February 1970, Dan Issel holds the Kentucky high-water scoring mark against the Rebels. Issel’s 23 made field goals in the same game is also a UK record against UM.
- Cotton Nash snatched 30 rebounds against Ole Miss in February 1964, setting the Kentucky record for most boards versus the Rebels.
- By dishing 12 assists, Rajon Rondo set the UK record for dimes against the Rebels in February 2006.
- Reggie Hanson recorded seven steals versus Ole Miss in February 1991, setting the UK record for most pilfers against Mississippi.
- Holding the Wildcat mark for most blocks against Ole Miss is Andre Riddick, who swatted seven shots in January 1992.
- John Pelphrey (January 1991) and Tayshaun Prince (March 2001) made six 3-point shots respectively against Ole Miss, setting the Kentucky record for most single-game treys against the Rebels.
Anthony Davis is pretty good
Kentucky’s freshman big man in the middle continues to dominate the competition, while at the same time shattering or threatening to shatter any number of team and league records by virtue of his incredible shot blocking ability, rebounding prowess and shooting accuracy.
Davis’ average of 4.9 blocks per game leads the NCAA, and his 127 blocks on the year are currently 12th on the Kentucky CAREER blocks list, only one block behind Reggie Hanson, eight behind Nazr Mohammed and 15 behind Tayshaun Prince. Davis is in seventh place on the SEC single-season block list, 43 behind leader Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State), who swatted 170 shots in 36 games in back-to-back years (2009, 2010).
Additionally, Davis is the only SEC player in the last 15 years to reach 27 points 14 rebounds, and seven blocks in a single game, a feat he accomplished against Arkansas on Jan. 17. Davis is the first player nationally to record those numbers in a game since the 2007 season.
Adding to his legend, Davis is also proving to be a deadly accurate shooter, helped in no small part by his 79 dunks on the year (3.0 per game), a ridiculous number. Davis’ resulting 65.1 field goal percentage is currently the second-best single-season shooting accuracy in UK history (minimum 150 attempts).
Davis’ 11 double-doubles this year rank him fourth in UK history among freshman, and his 9.9 per game rebounding average is good for 24th in the nation.
Calipari, Teague and being No. 1
UK is 70-1 under Calipari when holding the opponent to less than 67 points … For his career, Cal has posted a 50-7 record as the coach of the No. 1 team in the nation … UK is 162-25 all-time as the top team in the country (8-1 in 2012) … The Cats are 16-4 their last 20 games as No. 1 … When playing at home as No. 1, Kentucky has posted a 66-2 mark … UK is in its sixth week as the No. 1 team in the nation, its fourth week in a row, the longest uninterrupted stretch at No. 1 since 2003 … Kentucky’s 11-0 start in the SEC is the 11th time that record has been recorded in school history; the other 10 UK teams won the SEC regular-season championship … Over his last seven games, Teague has 46 assists to only 17 turnovers, a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio … Teague is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week.
On the year, the Cats have outscored their opponents 984-630 in points in the paint, giving UK a 14-point advantage per game, 37.8-24.2. Kentucky also dominates in points off turnovers, scoring 395 points to its opponents’ 298, an average of 15.2-11.5 per game. Finally, UK shines in second-chance points also, besting the opposition by a count of 355-262 on the season, for an average of 13.7-10.1 per game.
Kentucky in the SEC (league rank in parentheses)
Scoring — 77.8 (2)
Scoring defense — 57.9 (1)
Scoring margin — +19.9 (1)
Free-throw percentage — 72.0 (1)
Field-goal percentage — 48.7 (1)
Field-goal percentage defense — 35.8 (1)
3-point percentage — 37.3 (3)
3-point percentage defense — 31.3 (3)
Rebounds per game — 39.6 (1)
Opponent rebounds per game — 32.3 (1)
Rebound margin — +7.3 (1)
Offensive rebounds per game — 12.7(4)
Defensive rebounds per game — 26.9 (1)
Offensive rebound percentage — 39.1 (1)
Defensive rebound percentage — 68.2 (6)
Blocks per game — 9.3 (1)
Assists per game — 13.5 (4)
Steals per game — 6.5 (8)
Turnover margin — +.88 (6)
Assist/Turnover ratio — 1.1 (1)
3-point field goals per game — 5.6 (8)
Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, with television by the SEC Network. Stay tuned to CoachCal.com as Eric Lindsey and UK assistant coach John Robic will be along with a comprehensive scouting report on Ole Miss.