Men's Basketball Game Notes
Jan. 4, 2002
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OLE MISS TO OPEN SEC PLAY AT TENNESSEE ON SUNDAY: The Ole Miss Rebels (11-2) will open Southeastern Conference play Sunday, Jan. 6 when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to meet the Tennessee Volunteers (5-6). Game time is 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Thompson-Boling Arena. Ole Miss enters Sunday's contest on a seven-game win streak with victories over Louisiana-Monroe, No. 22-ranked Memphis, Tennessee-Martin, IUPUI, UTEP, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Lipscomb. The Volunteers have dropped three straight to Louisville (73-72), West Virginia (74-72) and Wisconsin (65-62).
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 77-37 record. He has led Ole Miss to an 11-2 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-TENNESSEE SERIES: The Volunteers hold a 60-35 lead in the series, which began in 1924. Last year, Ole Miss swept Tennessee, posting an 87-71 win in Oxford and an 86-73 victory in the second round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. Prior to the 2000-01 campaign, Tennessee had won three straight in the series, including a 98-60 victory in the 1999-2000 season. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 2-2 versus Tennessee.
Tennessee holds a 33-10 series lead in games played in Knoxville. The last time Ole Miss won in Thompson-Boling Arena was the 1990-91 season, a 93-88 win.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE: The Volunteers, under first-year head coach Buzz Peterson, enter Sunday's game with a 5-6 overall record. Tennessee has dropped three straight to Louisville, West Virginia and Wisconsin, but all three have been by three points or less. Vincent Yarbrough leads three Volunteers in double figures with an 18.5 scoring average. Ron Slay (13.8 ppg) and Marcus Haislip (13.0 ppg) are also averaging double digits. Yarbrough is the team's top rebounder with a 7.1 average, while Haislip is grabbing 6.4 boards per game. Haislip is shooting 54.2 percent from the field to lead the Volunteers in that statistical category, while Thaydeus Holden is the squad's top three-point threat at 41.9 percent. The Volunteers are shooting 46.8 percent from the floor, 38.4 percent from the three-point arc and 68.9 percent from the foul line.
OLE MISS IN SEC OPENERS: The Rebels have an overall record of 25-43 in Southeastern Conference openers in their previous 68 years of play in the league. In the last nine years, Ole Miss has a 4-5 record in SEC openers, and has won three of its last five season openers. Last year, the Rebels won their league opener at Vanderbilt, defeating the Commodores 81-68 Jan. 6, 2001. Prior to last year's win, Ole Miss had dropped two straight conference openers at Arkansas 71-64 (1999-2000) and at http://www.fansonly.com/schools//ole/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/010399aaa.html">Vanderbilt 79-64 (1998-99). In the last nine years, Ole Miss' other SEC-opening victories came in 1994-95 (Arkansas, 76-71), 1996-97 (Arkansas, 91-74) and 1997-98 (South Carolina, 73-54). Head coach Rod Barnes is 1-2 in SEC openers.
REBELS IN CONFERENCE ROAD OPENERS: Ole Miss has an all-time record of 8-60 in Southeastern Conference road openers. The past nine seasons, the Rebels are 3-6 in SEC road openers. Ole Miss, however, has posted victories in three of its last five SEC road openers. In 1997-98, the Rebels defeated Alabama 74-63 in Tuscaloosa in their first conference road game, and in 1996-97, Ole Miss won its conference road opener with a 91-74 victory over Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Rebels dropped conference road openers in 1998-99 (Vanderbilt, 79-64) and 1999-2000 (Arkansas, 71-64), but bounced back with a win in their SEC road opener in 2000-01 (Vanderbilt, 81-68).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART I: For the fourth consecutive year, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball begins its Southeastern Conference schedule on the road. The Rebels are only team in the SEC to play its conference opener on the road the last four years (including 2001-02).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART II: Since the 1990-91 season (and including the 2001-02 campaign), the Rebels have opened the Southeastern Conference portion of their schedule on the road 10 times compared to only two league openers in Oxford.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN...PART III: For the third time in the last four years, the Rebels begin their road schedule in Southeastern Conference play in the state of Tennessee. In the 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons, Ole Miss had its league opener at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Rebels open their 2001-02 SEC schedule against Tennessee in Knoxville.
HAPPY (EARLY) BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR COACH: Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes will be celebrating his 36th birthday Jan. 8. Here's wishing Coach Barnes a happy birthday a little early.
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 77-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 77 victories are 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 77 Ed Murphy 1986-92 76
REBELS DOUBLE THEIR PLEASURE: For the fourth consecutive year, Ole Miss enters conference play with double-digit victories. The Rebels bring an 11-2 mark into Sunday's contest at Tennessee. In the last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted a 90-32 record (.738 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. The following shows Ole Miss' record entering Southeastern Conference action the last four years (all under head coach Rod Barnes):
Year Record 1998-99 10-3 1999-2000 12-1 2000-01 12-1 2001-02 11-2 Totals 45-7
STREAKING REBELS: The Rebels' homecourt win streak against non-conference opponents ended Dec. 1 with a loss to Georgia Mason (71-70), but since that setback, Ole Miss has put together a win streak of seven straight. The Rebels have defeated Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Tennessee-Martin, IUPUI, UTEP, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Lipscomb in the current streak. The following shows the longest win streaks in Rebel history:
Win Streak Year 11 2000-01 11 1937-38 11 1936-37 8 1997-98 (two times) 8 1911-12 7 2001-02 7 1924-25
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 statistics have dropped the last seven contests to 36.3 percent from the floor, 25.6 percent from the arc and 58.9 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 7 gms 36.3 25.6 -8.7 58.9
A MATCH-UP OF WOODEN CANDIDATES: Sunday's game will feature a match-up of 2001-02 preseason Wooden Award candidates in Ole Miss' Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) and Tennessee's Vincent Yarbrough. Both players were on the preseason list, but did not make the midseason poll for Wooden honors. Although they did not make the midseason list, Reed and Yarbrough are still eligible for consideration for the Wooden Award. The following is the "tale of the tape" between the two:
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 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.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE...AGAIN: Justin Reed has been doing that a lot lately, and it comes just as the Rebels head into conference play. In Ole Miss' last two contests, the 6-foot-8 forward posted double-doubles. Reed had 16 points and 10 boards versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Dec. 29 and followed that with a 12-point, 10-rebound performance against Lipscomb Jan. 2. Reed now has three double-doubles this season (tied for third in the SEC) and six for his career. The following lists Reed's double-double performances:
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 improve 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 4.1 +1.4 Wade 1.8 3.2 +1.4 Harper 2.9 3.4 +0.5
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 32 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. Jason Harrison/1999-present 131 3. Joezon Darby/1996-98 131 5. Aaron Harper/2001-present 95 6. Jason Flanigan/1998-2001 89 7. Gerald Glass/1989-90 87 8. Tim Jumper/1988-91 82
OLE MISS PICKED THIRD IN SEC WEST BY MEDIA: The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in third place in the SEC Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media day Nov. 1 in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division championship, while Kentucky was selected to win both the SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown. The following shows the media's picks for the 2001-02 campaign (first-place votes in parentheses):
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 119 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 119 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 154 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)
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES): Well, Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) is only one player, but he is the 2002 Rebel senior class. And, he is closing in the record for most victories by a class in a four-year span. Entering Southeastern Conference play, this year's senior class has 77 victories, which is 11 shy of the record of 88 wins set by the 2001 seniors (Jason Flanigan, Rahim Lockhart, Jason Holmes and John Engstrom). The 2001-02 senior class has also been a part of the 2001 SEC Western Division championship squad and has been to three straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT). The following chart lists the most successful classes in Ole Miss history:
Four-Year Span Wins 1997-98 to 2000-01 88 1998-99 to present 77 1995-96 to 1998-99 74 1979-80 to 1982-83 70 1935-36 to 1938-39 63 1994-95 to 1997-98 62 1978-79 to 1981-82 62 1923-24 to 1926-27 62
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