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December 18, 2013

Ole Miss Preview

Ole Miss Preview
OXFORD, Miss. - Playing against its only opponent from the state of Mississippi and its only Wednesday game of the season, the ULM men's basketball program will head to Ole Miss for a 6:00 p.m. tip at C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum.

In ULM's (3-2) last outing, the Warhawks scored the final 11 points of the game against LSU. Though it fell 61-54, ULM held a pair of leads in the game and had three double-figure scorers including junior Marvin Williams who tallied a game-high 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

Williams averages 12.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He is one of three ULM student-athletes who average double-figures in scoring. Junior Tylor Ongwae also puts in 12.6 points per game and has reached double-digits in four consecutive games.

Senior Amos Olatayo notched his 12th double figure scoring game in the last 13 contests dating back to last season with 11 points against LSU. He leads the team with 16.2 points per game and also pulls down 5.8 rebounds per game. His .582 field goal percentage is second in the Sun Belt Conference and ranks 48th in the nation.

Ole Miss (7-2) is coming off a 72-63 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The Rebel's only losses came to Kansas State on the road 61-58 and Oregon at home in overtime 115-105. Ole Miss opened the season against a Sun Belt Conference opponent, defeating Troy at home 69-54.

Marshall Henderson leads the Rebels with 17.9 points per game and has hit 39-of-90 (.378) from three-point range. Jarvis Summers is also a big offensive contributor with 16.6 points per game while Derrick Millinghaus averages 12.8 points per game. Aaron Jones is the team's leading rebounder with 7.3 boards per contest and also has 25 blocks on the season.

The game will be televised on CSS (Sean Moore producer). Live radio coverage can be heard on KLIP LA 105.3 (Nick White, play-by-play).
- ULM ranks first in the nation in three-point defense and holds opponents to just a .227 clip

- In addition to 3FG defense, the Warhawks lead the Sun Belt Conference in field goal percentage (.484), assists (15.6 apg), steals (8.2 spg), rebounding margin (+3.8) and defensive rebounds (28.4 drpg)

- ULM has a record over .500 after five games for the first time since 2009-10. It will look to stay over .500 after six games for the first time since 2004-05

- Senior Amos Olatayo leads the SBC and ranks 48th in the nation with a .582 field goal percentage. He has scored in double-figures in 12 of the last 13 games dating back to last season and posted his second career 30-point game in the team's 84-80 victory over Northwestern State on Nov. 21

- Junior Tylor Ongwae has recorded four consecutive double-figure scoring games. He also ranks second in the conference with 1.8 steals per game and a .852 free throw percentage

- At least three ULM student-athletes have scored in double-figures for ULM in every game this season

- The Warhawks went 36 days in-between their two losses on the season. It was their longest stretch without a loss since 1993-94 when they went from Jan. 18 - Feb. 28 between defeats

- Sophomore Daniel Grieves is shooting at a .500 mark from beyond-the-arc on the season. He has drained 8-of-16 attempts from long range

- Junior Marvin Williams posted a game-high 19 points against No. 5/6 Kansas in the season opener, outscoring Andrew Wiggins who was named Preseason National Player of the Year by cbssports.com. Williams went 8-for-13 from the field and grabbed a team-high six rebounds in 24 minutes.

- ULM earned the 2012-13 SBC team academic award and was one of 21 NCAA Division I men's basketball programs to earn Team Academic Excellence Awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches

- The Warhawks carry a full scholarship roster for the first time under head coach Keith Richard after inheriting APR penalties. Richard is in his fourth season with the program under head coach Keith Richard after inheriting APR penalties. Richard is in his fourth season with the program






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