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Mississippi guard Stefan Moody (42) is fouled as he shoots between Georgia forwards Houston Kessler (24), Derek Ogbeide (34), and Kenny Paul Geno (25)  during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Oxford, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
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VIDEO: Stefan Moody’s layup caps wild game-winning sequence for Ole Miss

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Ole Miss moved to 2-0 at its new home arena, The Pavilion at Ole Miss, with a 72-71 win over Georgia Saturday night. The game-winning shot was made by senior guard Stefan Moody, who drove through the Georgia defense and hit a tough layup with just under five seconds remaining.

Ole Miss nearly turned the ball over before Moody got his hands on it, then splitting three Bulldog defenders on his way to the basket. Some questioned if Moody got away with traveling on the play, and feel free to leave your thoughts on that below. In a tight SEC this is a big win for the Rebels, who are now one of five teams with a 2-1 record in conference play.

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Tyler Ulis helps No. 10 Kentucky beat Mississippi 83-61

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis made an impression on Andy Kennedy.

The Mississippi coach heaped praise on Ulis after he had 20 points and 10 assists to help No. 10 Kentucky beat Mississippi 83-61 on Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

“I think he is best point guard in college basketball,” Kennedy said. “He just kind of skates through. When he is making shots, he is very difficult (to stop).”

Ulis set the tone for the blowout, scoring seven of Kentucky’s first nine points. He pounded his chest after connecting on a layup igniting those in attendance, including his parents.

“There was just a lot of energy,” Ulis said. “The crowd was going crazy. I was actually looking for my parents but they had changed seats. I finally found them.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari was pleased with the way Ulis performed on both ends of the court.

“He is a good player and also took on a challenge (of facing Ole Miss scoring leader Stefan Moody),” Calipari said. “He is out to prove who he is. I just want a team full of guys that want that.”

Sparked by Ulis, Kentucky (11-2) ended the Rebels’ seven-game winning streak and limited Moody to eight points in the first half, hindering the Rebels’ hopes for an upset.

Jamal Murray made four of Kentucky’s seven 3-pointers and had 18 points. Marcus Lee added 13.

Despite a slow start, Moody led the Rebels (10-3) with 23 points. Sebastian Saiz followed with 12.

The Wildcats held a 14-11 advantage with 10:29 remaining in the first half and put the game away with a 23-3 run, pushing it to 37-14 with 3:40 remaining in the first half.

Murray made two 3-pointers during the decisive spurt and finished with 11 points in the opening half.

Kentucky led 46-22 at the break and didn’t let up in the second half.

Ole Miss struggled from the field, especially in the first half, shooting 23 percent (6 for 26). The Rebels fared better in the second half and finished 20 of 50 from the floor for 40 percent.

A year ago, Ole Miss took the Wildcats to the wire before losing 89-86 in overtime, but failed to duplicate the performance.

“We lost a lot of guys that were part of that run,” Kennedy said. “I thought the moment might have been a little big for them early.”

HAWKINS HURT

Kentucky junior guard Dominique Hawkins left with 13:55 remaining and didn’t return after tweaking his ankle while going up for a rebound. Hawkins scored a career-high 13 points against No. 18 Louisville in his last outing. Hawkins played three minutes and didn’t score.

“They say he will be fine,” Calipari said. “I didn’t see it but it was ugly. But he is a tough kid.”

SMITH WOWS CROWD

Jordan Smith, the latest winner in NBC’s “The Voice,” drew a rousing applause after performing the national anthem prior to tipoff. Smith, a native of Harlan County, is a senior at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and has already signed a contract with Republic Records.

TIP-INS

Kentucky: Briscoe returned to the lineup after tweaking his ankle during pregame warmups prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville. He finished with six points. … Murray has hit a 3-pointer in his first 13 games, a school record. … After playing 10 of their first 13 games at home, the Wildcats play their next two conference games on the road, starting Tuesday at LSU. … Kentucky has won nine of its last 10 games against the Rebels. … Calipari improved to 8-1 against Ole Miss as coach of the Wildcats.

Ole Miss: The Rebels fell to 53-2 in games played against the Wildcats in Lexington. Their last victory over Kentucky at Rupp Arena came when they posted a 73-64 win in 1998. … Moody has made a 3-pointer in 27 straight games, the fourth-longest in school history. … The Rebels play their first game at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Thursday. The facility will seat 8,867 fans.

NEXT UP

Kentucky is at LSU on Tuesday night.

Ole Miss hosts Alabama on Thursday night.

VIDEO: ‘Randy Kennedy’ makes his return to Ole Miss

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While Andy Kennedy has been the head coach at Ole Miss since 2006, leading the program to seven postseason appearances and seven 20-win seasons, he also has an alter ego who want some respect for his own coaching chops. “Randy Kennedy: Landshark Legend” is the winningest coach in city youth league history, and in the video below he interrupts ESPN analyst Jay Bilas’ preparations for an interview with the Ole Miss head coach.

Unfortunately for Randy, the city youth league (8 and under division) he claims to have dominated does not keep score. So we’re not sure exactly how many “wins” he has on his resume. 

As for Andy Kennedy’s accomplishments in Oxford, he’s the program’s all-time winningest coach (192 wins). And prior to his arrival Ole Miss had a total of seven 20-win seasons and nine postseason victories throughout the history of the program. Andy’s matched those numbers, and with senior guard Stefan Moody leading the way for a group that returns three starters from last season the hope in Oxford is that they can put together another successful season. 

Here’s to hoping that at some point Andy Kennedy shows up on the sidelines as Randy, but we’re not holding our breath. 

Ole Miss lands three-star 2016 center

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Ole Miss picked up a commitment from a key Class of 2016 target on Tuesday night as three-star center Nate Morris pledged to the Rebels.

A native of Texas, the 6-foot-10 Morris played for the Dallas Mustangs in the adidas Gauntlet and he hails from Lancaster, Texas. A solid post player who does a nice job playing with physicality, Morris should be a productive player for head coach Andy Kennedy, as he’s active and hits the glass hard.

Morris is the fourth commitment for Ole Miss in the Class of 2016 as he joins three-star guard Breein Tyree, three-star small forward Justas Furmanavicius and JUCO forward Tyrek Coger.

VIDEO: The return of Randy Kennedy

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Monday marked the return of Randy Kennedy, the head coaching alter ego of Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. Randy coming back meant some rambling press conference responses in a video from the Ole Miss twitter.

Andy Kennedy’s alter ego Randy Kennedy dances in new Ole Miss ticket ad (VIDEO)

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Randy Kennedy is the alter ego of Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. The radical version of Kennedy returned to dance the Whip/Nae Nae in a new season ticket ad for the Rebels.

Released on Wednesday, the video features multiple Randy Kennedy’s dancing to the recent  before cutting to highlights of Ole Miss on the floor.

Ole Miss is doing plenty to promote its men’s basketball program this week. The school also released news on Monday that its new scoreboard will feature the largest center-hung video display board in college sports when it’s unveiled in January.

If Ole Miss wants to put this video of Kennedy dancing on that giant video board, I support that decision.