Men's Basketball Game Notes
Jan. 1, 2002
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OLE MISS TO HOST LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY WEDNESDAY: The Ole Miss Rebels (10-2) will host the Lipscomb University Bison (2-10) in their final non-league contest of the 2001-02 season.. Game time is 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss enters Wednesday's contest with a six-game win streak with victories over Louisiana-Monroe, No. 22-ranked Memphis, Tennessee-Martin, IUPUI, UTEP and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Bison have dropped five straight, including a 77-44 setback to Wisconsin-Green Bay Dec. 29.
BARNES IN FOURTH SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR: Rod Barnes is in his fourth season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. The 2001 Naismith and CollegeInsider.com National Coach of the Year, Barnes has compiled a 76-37 record. He has led Ole Miss to a 10-2 mark this season. Last year, Barnes, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, guided Ole Miss to a school-record 27 wins (27-8 record) and the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen." The winning season and postseason tournament berth both were the fifth-straight for Ole Miss.
Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998. A 1988 graduate of Ole Miss, Barnes served as an assistant under Rob Evans from 1993-98. During his time as an assistant coach, the Rebels compiled a record of 76-63 and won back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western Division titles and received consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and 1998. Barnes played at Ole Miss from 1984-88 and was named All-SEC his senior season. He still ranks on the Ole Miss career charts in scoring (17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).
OLE MISS-LIPSCOMB SERIES: Wednesday's contest will be the fourth overall meeting between the two schools. The Rebels hold a 3-0 series lead versus Lipscomb University (formerly David Lipscomb). The last time the two schools met on the hardwood was the 1983-84 campaign, a 58-56 Rebel victory on Nov. 26, 1983, in Oxford.
SCOUTING LIPSCOMB: The Bison enter Wednesday's game with a 2-10 overall record. Lipscomb has dropped five straight, including a 77-44 setback to Wisconsin-Green Bay Dec. 29. The Bison's last win was an 87-73 victory over Reinhardt College Dec. 13. Freshman guard Jeff Dancy is the squad's top scorer with a 9.5 average followed by junior forward Jason Jackson with an 8.2 scoring average. Sophomore center Albert Hacker is the team's top rebounder with a 4.4 average, and also leads Lipscomb with 20 blocked shots. Junior Ryan Roller leads the squad with 32 assists, while Jackson has 21 steals to lead the Bison in the statistical category. Lipscomb is shooting 41.6 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from the three-point arc and 66.8 percent from the foul line. Opponents are out-rebounding the Bison by an average of 6.1 boards per game (38.3-32.2).
REBELS VERSUS INDEPENDENTS: Lipscomb is one of eight NCAA Division I independent schools in 2001-02. The other seven independents are Birmingham Southern, Centenary, Gardner Webb, IPFW, Morris Brown, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas Pan American. The Rebels have an 11-5 record versus the current NCAA Division I independents.
BARNES REACHES 70: Rod Barnes posted his 70th victory as head coach at Ole Miss with the Rebels' 92-45 win over Morris Brown Nov. 28. He has a current record of 76-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 76 victories are tied for the fifth most by a head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. The following lists the winningest coaches in Rebel history:
Coach Years Wins Bonne Graham 1950-62 144 Cob Jarvis 1969-76 87 Rob Evans 1992-98 86 Bob Weltlich 1977-81 83 Rod Barnes 1999-present 76 Ed Murphy 1986-92 76
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In the last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 89-32 record (.736 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last seven seasons (1995-96 through 2001-02), as the Rebels have an impressive 72-19 mark (.791 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record the last 10 years:
Year Record 1992-93 5-5 1993-94 7-3 1994-95 5-5 1995-96 6-4 1996-97 8-3 1997-98 9-2 1998-99* 11-4 1999-2000* 14-2 2000-01* 14-2 2001-02* 10-2 Totals 89-32
"TAD PAD" RENOVATIONS COMPLETE: Renovations began on C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. "Tad Pad") this summer, and the second wave of upgrades were completed before the Rebels' two exhibition games. The first change had new upholstered, chair-back seats, all in blue replace the old seats. As a result of the new seating, capacity jumped from 8,135 to approximately 8,700. Other new additions for the 2001-02 season included a Pro Star Video Board, two full display scoreboards and a state-of-the-art sound system.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD": Yes, all the home win streaks are over, but Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") is still one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to play. Ole Miss has won 82 of its last 91 games (.901 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels were 15-1 at Tad Smith Coliseum last season. Ole Miss is 4-1 at the "Tad Pad" in 2001-02. In the past 10 seasons (1992-93 through 2001-02), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 110-30 (.786 winning percentage).
REBELS ALL-TIME AT THE "TAD PAD": With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma last year, the Rebels posted their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record of 315-156 (.669 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
DEFENSE IS GETTING THERE: Unlike past years, the Rebel defense -- the staple of the Ole Miss basketball program -- began 2001-02 a little behind the offense. But, the young Rebels are getting back to playing defense the Ole Miss way, and it is showing in the numbers. In the first six games, Ole Miss' opponents were shooting nearly 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line, while scoring close to 65 points per game. Those percentages have dropped the last six contests to 36.9 percent from the floor, 26.5 percent from the arc and 60.5 points per game. The following shows the Rebels' progress:
Rebel Defense Clamping Down (Opponents Stats) FG% 3-pt% Rebs Points 1st 6 gms 44.5 39.8 +0.5 64.8 Last 6 gms 36.9 26.5 -8.9 60.5
REBELS CELEBRATE NEW YEAR: The Rebels will welcome in the new year with a home contest versus Lipscomb Wednesday, Jan. 2. In the last five years, Ole Miss has started the new year off right, winning its first game after Jan. 1 four times during that span. Last season, the Rebels began the new year with an 81-68 victory at Vanderbilt Jan. 6. Ole Miss' lone loss in that span was a 77-64 setback at Vanderbilt to open the 1999 Southeastern Conference schedule (Jan. 2, 1999).
DECEMBER FRUITFUL ONCE AGAIN: The month of December has been good to the Rebels in recent years, and December of 2001 proved no different. Ole Miss posted a 6-1 record last month, and the last three years (1999-2000 to 2001-02), the Rebels record in the month of December was 20-3 (.870 winning percentage). Since the 1990-91 campaign, Ole Miss has a 58-27 record (.682 winning percentage) in December games.
HITTING THE GLASS BY COMMITTEE: Entering the 2001-02 season, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes knew his Rebels had to make up for its lack of inside presence. He challenged his off-guard trio of juniors David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) and Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) and sophomore Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) to up their numbers on the boards, and they have responded. All three players have increased their rebounding production from last year, and the following shows that:
2000-01 2001-02 Avg. Avg. Diff. Sanders 2.7 3.7 +1.0 Wade 1.8 3.3 +1.5 Harper 2.9 3.5 +0.6
HARPER GETTING HIS TOUCH BACK: Sophomore Aaron Harper is back in rhythm with his shot, and that spells trouble for opponents. In the last two games, the 6-foot-7 forward/guard is hitting 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the field and 75 percent from the three-point line (6-of-8) and free throw line (3-of-4). He is also averaging 15.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the two contests versus UTEP and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
BOMBS AWAY!, HARPER CLIMBING CHART: Sophomore Aaron Harper is the Rebels' primary three-point shooter, and so far in 2001-02, he is living up to that reputation. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward has hit 30 treys this year and is moving up the Ole Miss career three-pointers chart. The following shows the career leaders for the Rebels:
Rebel Career Three-Pointers Player/Years No. 1. Keith Carter/1996-99 249 2. Joe Harvell/1990-93 214 3. Joezon Darby/1996-98 131 4. Jason Harrison/1999-present 130 5. Aaron Harper/2001-present 93 6. Jason Flanigan/1998-2001 89 7. Gerald Glass/1989-90 87 8. Tim Jumper/1988-91 82
DOWN BUT NOT OUT: The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Committee released its national poll of the Top 30 Midseason Candidates for the 2001-2002 Wooden Award Player of the Year and All-American Team Dec. 28, and Ole Miss sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) did not make the list. But, that does not mean Reed is out of the running for Wooden postseason honors, as players who do not make this list are still eligible for consideration for the Wooden Award.
Reed was one of six SEC players among the 2001-02 Wooden Award preseason candidates, joining Kentucky's Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans, Florida's Udonis Haslem and Brett Nelson and Tennessee's Vincent Yarbrough. Those SEC players making the midseason list were Prince, Haslem and Florida's Matt Bonner.
REBELS WIN SUNCLASSIC TITLE: Before the Christmas break, Ole Miss traveled to El Paso, Texas, to participate in the 41st annual Sierra Providence SunClassic. The Rebels posted victories over IUPUI (77-70) and host UTEP (68-58) to claim the two-day tournament crown. It is the second regular-season tournament title for Ole Miss under head coach Rod Barnes. In 1999-2000, the Rebels won the inaugural SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament championship.
REED, ALLEN WIN HONORS AT SIERRA PROVIDENCE SUNCLASSIC: Sophomore Justin Reed and junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) received tournament honors following the Sierra Providence SunClassic championship win over UTEP. Reed was voted the tournament's MVP. He averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two contests. Allen was named to the SunClassic All-Tournament Team. In the two games, he averaged 9.5 points and 9.0 boards.
THE REBELS' NEW SIXTH-MAN: The last three years, Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) was the Rebels' "super-sub," thriving in the role of Ole Miss' sixth-man. With Harrison moving into the starting lineup at the point in 2001-02, head coach Rod Barnes has been looking for someone to become the Rebels' sixth-man, and Emmanuel Wade may be taking over that role.
In Ole Miss' last five games, the Marianna, Ark., native is averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. He is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 43.8percent from the arc and 100 percent from the charity stripe. He also has come up big for the Rebels in recent contests, hitting the game-clinching free throws to seal the 71-67 victory over Memphis Dec. 7 and recording five steals in the SunClassic Tournament.
REED-ALLEN TANDEM ON A TEAR: The Ole Miss inside tandem of junior Derrick Allen and sophomore Justin Reed has been working well of late, and that is bad news for the opposition. In the Rebels' last six games, Allen has averaged 11.2 points and 7.5 boards, while Reed has posted averages of 16.7 points and 7.8 boards. Both are also shooting over 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe in the last six games, all Ole Miss victories. In fact, the Rebels are 6-0 when Allen and Reed both notch double figures.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: Justin Reed did just that in the Rebels' victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Dec. 29. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward recorded 16 points and 10 boards in the 95-53 win over the Golden Lions. The double-double performance was Reed's second of the season, as he recorded a double-double earlier this season versus Kansas State (15-11). It was also the fifth double-double of his career.
SHARING THE WEALTH: Well, it is the season of giving, and the Rebels have been giving it up for each other -- especially in their wins over Memphis, Tennessee-Martin and IUPUI. In those games, Ole Miss had five players score in double figures. The Rebels have had nine games in which at least four players have netted double digits, and Ole Miss is 8-1 in those contests. The lone loss was a 71-70 setback to George Mason.
SANDERS HAS CAREER-HIGH (TYING) NIGHT: Sophomore guard David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) tied his career bests for scoring (19 points) and field goals made (8) in the Rebels' victory over IUPUI Dec. 21. Sanders also had 19 points versus Arkansas last year (Jan. 31, 2001), and hit eight field goals earlier this season versus George Mason (Dec. 1, 2001). Sanders' six rebounds and five assists versus IUPUI both were one shy of tying his career marks in those statistical categories.
JOHNSON HAS CAREER GAME (TO DATE) VERSUS UT-MARTIN: Freshman Justin Johnson (Fayetteville, N.C.) has his "coming-out" party in Ole Miss' victory over Tennessee-Martin Dec. 16. The 6-foot guard posted career highs for points (12), three-pointers (2) and free throws (4). He also tied a career high with three field goals. For the season, Johnson is averaging 3.4 points and is shooting 51.9 percent from the floor.
OLE MISS SECOND MOST WINS SINCE 1996-97: The Rebels have, indeed, been one of the Southeastern Conference's most successful teams in recent years -- especially since 1996-97. Ole Miss has won 118 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 118 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 153 wins. The following charts show the Rebels' success (including the 2001-02 season):
Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC West Teams
Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC Teams (Top 6)
NO. 11 LOOKING TO BECOME NO. 26: Senior Jason Harrison, who wears jersey No. 11, entered the 2001-02 season with 766 career points and needed 234 to become the 26th player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Harrison is on track to do so. After 12 games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 127 points (10.6 average) and now has 893 career points.
REBELS HOT FROM THE LINE: In recent seasons, Ole Miss has not been as productive from the free throw line. My, how things have changed so far in 2001-02. The Rebels are hitting a league-leading 78.9 percent (228-of-289) from the charity stripe. In all of its games, Ole Miss has shot 70 percent or better from the foul line, including over 80 percent five times. The Rebels also have three players -- Derrick Allen, Jason Harrison and Justin Reed -- ranked among the SEC individual leaders in free throw shooting percentage.
If the Rebels are able to keep up this pace, they would break the single-season free throw percentage record of 75.2 percent set by the 1970-71 squad.
DISHING IT OUT: One of Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes' favorite lines to his players is "take care of your business." Well, senior Jason Harrison is listening to his coach, as he has taken very good care of the ball in his point guard role. After 12 games, Harrison has dished out 53 assists compared to only 27 turnovers for nearly a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In two Rebel wins over Kansas State and Louisiana-Monroe, Harrison had no turnovers.
HARRISON CLIMBING ASSISTS CHART: Senior Jason Harrison is looking to surpass the 100-assists plateau for the third-straight year, and he is well on his way to that accomplishment. After 11 games in 2001-02, Harrison has 53 dishes for a 4.4 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 132 assists this season.
Harrison dished out 115 assists as a sophomore in 1999-2000 and 104 as a junior in 2000-01. The 5-foot-5 guard entered the 2001-02 campaign with 305 career assists, and now has 358 assists. He is No. 6 on the Rebel all-time assists chart.
If Harrison reaches the 100-assists plateau this season, he would become only the third player in Rebel history to accomplish the feat three-straight years. Rod Barnes and Sean Tuohy also did so. Harrison would also join Barnes and Tuohy as the only Rebels to pass out over 400 assists in a career.
REED PASSES 500: After the eighth game of his sophomore campaign, Justin Reed passed 500 -- points, that is. The 2001-02 John Wooden Award candidate entered the Dec. 7 Memphis contest with 491 career points and netted 17 points in the win. He now has 574 career points. Last year, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year netted 385 points, and has 140 in 2001-02. The Jackson, Miss., native is leading the team in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).
Reed's 385 points last season were the third most by a freshman in Ole Miss history. Joe Harvell (395 points, 1990) and Tim Jumper (394 points, 1988) were the only two to score more than Reed in their freshmen campaigns.
OLE MISS ALSO HOT FROM THE FLOOR: In the early portion of the 2001-02 campaign, the Rebels have literally been "on fire" shooting the basketball from the field.
After 12 games, Ole Miss is shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from the three-point arc. The Rebels are second in the SEC in field goal percentage and first in three-point field goal percentage.
ANOTHER THREE-POINT THREAT: One look at the Rebels' final stats of 2000-01, and opposing coaches could see that Ole Miss had only two major three-point threats in Jason Harrison and Aaron Harper returning for this campaign. Well, after only nine games in 2001-02, those coaches may want to change their game plans, as David Sanders is proving to be another weapon beyond the arc.
After 12 games, Sanders has hit 13 treys and is shooting 59.1 percent from the arc. Last year, the 6-foot-3 guard had only seven three-pointers and shot 21.9 percent from the arc.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS... Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97 season (including 2001-02), Ole Miss has an incredible 95-12 record (.888 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other hand, the Rebels are 22-40 when they net less than 70 points during that six-year period. Last season, Ole Miss had a 16-1 record when scoring 70 points or more, with the lone setback a 78-77 OT loss at LSU. This year, the Rebels are 8-2 when reaching that magical number of 70.
RHODES TO PLAY, REDSHIRT LIFTED: Freshman Chris Rhodes (Houston, Texas) will now play the 2001-02 season as a result of John Gunn not being able to return to action this year. In his first action Dec. 7, the 6-foot-7 forward played four minutes versus the Tigers. Rhodes, a member of four-straight Texas state championships at Westbury Christian High School, averaged 20.4 points and 12.5 boards his senior season. Rhodes was named MVP of the Texas state tournament as a senior.
Freshman Jonathan Loe (Memphis, Tenn.) will be the Rebels' lone redshirt this season. The MVP of the 2001 Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game, Loe averaged 20.9 points, 6.2 boards, 3.6 assists and 3.4 steals in helping lead Bartlett High School to the Tennessee Class AAA state title in 2000-01.
A NEW REBEL IRONMAN: It took 18 seasons, but the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program crowned a new ironman in 2000-01 as Jason Flanigan set a school record for career games played with 127. Flanigan broke the previous mark of 121 games played set by Roger Stieg, who played from 1980-83.
Well, Flanigan's record may fall after only one season. Jason Harrison has
played in 113 games, including all 12 in 2001-02, and could set a new Ole
Miss record this season.
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