Ole Miss Basketball: Stefan Moody was named SEC Player of the Week, Again


OXFORD — It was just a week ago when the Ole Miss Rebels‘ rising junior guard was named SEC Player of the Week. Once again, Moody was named SEC Player of the Week this week after his performances against the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers, and it was his best performances to date.

Jan 17, 2015; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Ole Miss Rebels guard Stefan Moody (42) dribbles during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena. Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 96-82. Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Stefan Moody hauled in 51 points in the victories over the Bulldogs and Volunteers. Moody recorded 29 points in Thursday night’s game against Mississippi State, then just two nights later recorded another 22 against Tennessee. It was because of both these of outstanding performances by Moody the Rebels were able to claim victory in both games, as both were nail bitters until the end.

Moody is averaging 16.4 points per game, shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, and 38.6 percent from three-point range. It was his skills from behind the arch that helped him boost the 51 points last week. Moody drained eight three-pointers against Mississippi State and then another six against Tennessee.

On top of that, Moody was able to rack up 10 steals in both games, which included an impressive four with four minutes of play in Ole Miss’ rally to beat Tennessee.

Along with Moody, Arkansas’ Anton Beard was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 12 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins against Missouri and at Mississippi State.

“He should be considered for (SEC player of the year),” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “I’m not sure anybody has been able to guard him.”

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“Stefan Moody is playing with a lot of confidence,” coach Andy Kennedy said after the win over Tennessee. “He’s making hard shots for us.”

The Rebels (19-8, 10-4) are currently tied with the Texas A&M Aggies (19-7, 10-4) for third place in the SEC standings. Ole Miss was predicted to finish sixth in the SEC during the preseason, and with just four games left in the regular season, they’re just four games behind No. 1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (27-0, 14-0) and one game behind the No. 18 Arkansas Razorbacks (22-5, 11-3).

Ole Miss has a tough stretch to end the regular season. This week, Stefan Moody and the Rebels will host the Georgia Bulldogs (17-9, 8-6) Wednesday night and will travel to Baton Rouge on Saturday to face the LSU Tigers (19-8, 8-6). These are two teams the Rebels lost to in the previous meetings this season.

Tip off time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CST against the Bulldogs and the game will be aired on the SEC Network.