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Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Carver Rayburn


Being Andy Kennedy

AK-5Ole Miss Head Basketball Coach Andy Kennedy, in his ninth year at the university, has taken a program farther than any other coach in school history.

187 – All time Winningest Coach in Ole Miss history

20 Win Seasons – Seven, also the most in Ole Miss history

1986Parade All-American, as well as the Mississippi Player of the Year at Louisville High School.


AK-1AK Quotes:

After a loss to Charleston Southern: “Obviously, we’re all very disappointed. It’s the first game of a long season.”

After a loss to TCU: “We had no rhythm, and we’re searching for options offensively. Defensively, we were really locked in early. It’s hard to maintain a certain intensity on the defensive side when you’re so inefficient offensively. It spreads throughout. It’s not one or two guys; it’s throughout our team. It’s disheartening.”

After beating South Carolina and losing to Kentucky in OT: “The standard has been changed. Through 13 games, we’ve seen some high points and low points. Then we went into Rupp Arena, in that environment.
AK-3The only thing that bothered me afterwards was a lot of people saying that Kentucky didn’t play well. Kentucky played well. We took their best shot. My hope was that our guys saw that this is the new standard, and this is what we are capable of doing if we take the right approach. If we take the right approach, this team has a chance.”

After beating Florida at Home: “It’s good for our confidence. We’re not as confident of a group as I would have hoped despite some of our early wins that show we are a good basketball team.
You have to be able to stack wins at this time of the year. It was obviously a vital game for us.”

After the Mississippi State win at home: “We got an angle, shot faked and leaned in to get a guy off balance. We continue to make free throws at a very efficient rate. I want to give Mississippi State a lot of credit. They played exceptionally hard. Very seldom do you win basketball games in the SEC when you get outrebounded.” AK-6

After the Florida win on the Road on Stefan Moody’s three pointer: “It felt good. I obviously didn’t really feel it until it went in.’’

After the Tennessee win: “Finally, we got a kind bounce.”

After the Alabama win: “I thought Alabama’s zone in the first half had us really perimeter oriented and had us very stagnant. We were settling for way too many contested jump shots. We tried to challenge at the half to put some pressure on the paint and see if we could get dribble penetration through not only their man, but their zone.”   The Local Voice Ligature

This article was originally printed in The Local Voice #224 (published March 5, 2015.)
To download a PDF of this issue, click here.


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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.

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