A few odds and ends on the basketball Rebels, who host Delta State Friday at 6 in an exhibition …
– Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy is beginning his fifth year. He has led the Rebels to the NIT four times but is aiming for his first NCAA tournament appearance.
– The Rebels have not reached the NCAA tournament since 2002.
– Ole Miss has nine newcomers on the roster, many expected to play key roles, most notably Indiana University transfer Nick Williams. He’ll play the shooting guard vacated by Terriro White, but he’s a much different player, a slasher and a get-to-the-rim guy, whereas White shot a lot of 3s.
– Chris Warren is the only full-time returning starter, but Zach Graham, Terrance Henry and Reggie Buckner combined for 29 starts last year.
– Warren begins the season with a streak of at least one made 3-pointer in 45 games. Warren’s streak is the longest of any active SEC player. He needs to stretch it 15 games to tie former Arkansas guard Pat Bradley (1996-98) for the longest such streak in SEC history. The streak is currently the 11th longest in NCAA history.
– Warren is a preseason All-SEC choice, and Ole Miss was picked second in the Western Division.
– Warren also leads active SEC players with 26 games of 20 points or more.
– Williams started 29 of 31 games as a freshman at IU two years ago. The Mobile native averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds.
– Buckner is coming off a freshman season in which he set the school’s blocked shots single-season record (64) in spite of missing four games. He made the freshman All-SEC team last year.
– Freshmen Demarco Cox (Yazoo City) and Dundrecous Nelson (Jackson) are the Rebels’ first scholarship players from Mississippi since Oxford native Kendrick Fox completed his career in 2005.