Kennedy talks win No. 144, Henderson

Ole Miss’ 84-74 overtime win against Georgia tied Andy Kennedy with B.L. Graham for the most wins in school history with 144.

Graham reached the number in 13 seasons. Kennedy is in his seventh season.

It’s hard to appreciate an achievement like that right now, because it’s not a number that singly evaluates the program.

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy (Daily Journal photo)

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy (Daily Journal photo)

Kennedy, as you might expect, is more concerned with helping Ole Miss earn an NCAA bid, something he hasn’t done as a head coach and the Rebels as a program have not done since 2002.

“I have not really thought lot about it, those are things reflect on when all said and done with us still being in the grind, the biggest thrill for or us against Georgia was winning the game, having lost four of five, We needed to protect home floor. I was proud that we found enough fight down the stretch to make that happen. To get to 8-4 in the league was really where our focus was. Now it’s on trying to win No. 9. Now in my seventh year we’ve had some success. My hope is that we can continue on that and try to improve the program.”

Kennedy can get win No. 145 Wednesday night at South Carolina against his good friend, Frank Martin, who is in his first year in Columbia.

Kennedy praises Martin’s ability as a coach, but his team is struggling this year, just 2-10 in SEC play.

Also on the SEC teleconference Kennedy was asked about Marshall Henderson’s one-liner in the door of the media room Saturday night after scoring 25 against Georgia.

“Marshall and I have constant dialogue about trying to make good decisions. I think that was all in fun, The King has left the building or whatever he said. He has fun with lot of things, sometimes I’m envious of his nature. He seems to be enjoying it a lot more than I am.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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