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Jan. 4, 2002

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Date: Sunday, January 6
Time: 12:30 p.m. (CT)
Site: Thompson-Boling Arena * Knoxville, Tenn.

Television: None
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)

Ole Miss Probable Starters
(Based on last game's starters)

No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
5 Aaron Harper (So.) G/F 6-7 215 11.3/3.4 Jackson, Miss. * Avg. 22 points vs. Tennessee in last year's two meetings
23 Justin Reed (So.) F 6-8 230 15.5/7.5 Jackson, Miss. * Had consecutive dbl-dbls vs. UAPB (16-10), Lipscomb (12-10)
40 Derrick Allen (Jr.) F 6-8 230 9.1/6.3 Gadsden, Ala. * Named to All-SunClassic Team, avg. 9.5 pts, 9.0 rebs in tour.
11 Jason Harrison (Sr.) G 5-5 160 10.0/4.6apg Little Rock, Ark. * No. 5 on Ole Miss assists chart with 365 dishes
15 David Sanders (Jr.) G 6-3 185 12.0/4.1 Jackson, Miss. * Grabbed a career-best 9 boards vs. Lipscomb
- Top Reserves -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
32 Emmanuel Wade (Jr.) G 6-3 185 7.5/3.2 Marianna, Ark. * Avg. 10.2 pts, 4.2 rebs in 5 games prior to Lipscomb
12 Justin Johnson (Fr.) G 6-0 190 3.6/1.4 Fayetteville, N.C. * Netted career-high 12 points vs. UT-Martin Dec. 16

- Tennessee Probable Starters -

No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
1 Vincent Yarbrough (Sr.) F 6-7 210 18.5/7.1 Cleveland, Tenn. * Preseason Wooden Award candidate, team leader with 29 stls
12 Marcus Haislip (Jr.) F 6-10 230 13.0/6.4 Lewisburg, Tenn. * Leads team in FG pct. (54.2) and blocked shots (12)
35 Ron Slay (Jr.) F 6-8 235 13.8/6.0 Nashville, Tenn. * Avg. 17.5 pts, 6.0 rebs vs. OM last year (2 games)
10 Thaydeus Holden (Jr.) G 6-0 175 9.8/3.4 Silsbee, Texas * Transfer from Seward Co. C.C., played at Lamar Univ. 1999-2000
42 Jon Higgins (Jr.) G 6-3 190 7.2/5.4apg Shaker Heights, Ohio * A three-point threat (41.3 pct.), leads team with 58 assists
- Top Reserves -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
4 Brandon Crump (Fr.) C 6-10 225 8.5/5.1 Klein, Texas * Redshirted last season, a Texas HS All-State first team pick
24 Jenis Grindstaff (Sr.) G 6-2 190 4.6/1.0 Spruce Pine, N.C. * Transferred from Va. Tech, had 1st career start vs. OM last yr.


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 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">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:

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:

Reed Statistical Category Yarbrough
15.5 Points 18.5
7.5 Rebounds 7.1
51.8 FG Pct. 46.5
78.8 FT Pct. 70.6
11/7/11 Assts/Blks/Stls 35/9/29

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:

2001-02 Season Pts Rebs
Lipscomb 12 10
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 16 10
Kansas State 15 11

2000-01 Season Pts Rebs
South Carolina 18 11
Georgia 21 12
VCU 16 13

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):

Eastern Division Western Division
1. Kentucky (20) 1. Alabama (15)
2. Flordia (3) 2. Arkansas (5)
3. Tennessee 3. Ole Miss (2)
4. South Carolina 4. Auburn (1)
5. Georgia 5. LSU
6. Vanderbilt 6. Mississippi State
Overall Champion: Kentucky (20), Florida (3)

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
(1996-97 to present, through Jan. 1)

Team All Wins SEC Wins
Ole Miss 119 47
Arkansas 112 45
Auburn 111 43
Alabama 96 32
Mississippi State 91 30
LSU 82 23

Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC Teams (Top 6)
(1996-97 to present, through Jan. 1)

Team All Wins SEC Wins
Kentucky 154 62
Ole Miss 119 47
Florida 113 45
Arkansas 112 45
Auburn 111 43
Tennessee 105 45

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

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 13 games in 2001-02, Harrison has 60 dishes for a 4.6 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 138 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 365 assists. He is No. 5 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. The following lists the Rebels' all-time assists leaders:

Rebel Career Assists
Player/Years                        No.
1. Sean Tuohy/1979-82           830
2. Rod Barnes/1985-88           456
3. Henry Jackson/1976-79        378
4. Michael White/1996-99        370
5. Jason Harrison/1999-present      365
6. Bob Mahoney/1973-75          362

THE REBELS' NEW SIXTH-MAN: The last three years, Jason Harrison 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 six games, the Marianna, Ark., native is averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. 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 (Gadsden, Ala.) and sophomore Justin Reed has been working well of late, and that is bad news for the opposition. In the Rebels' last seven games, Allen has averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 boards, while Reed has posted averages of 16 points and 8.1 boards. Both are also shooting over 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from the charity stripe in the last seven games, all Ole Miss victories. In fact, the Rebels are 6-0 when Allen and Reed both notch double figures.

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 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.

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.

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 13 games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 130 points (10.0 average) and now has 896 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 77.1 percent (239-of-310) from the charity stripe. In 12 of 13 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 13 games, Harrison has dished out 60 assists compared to only 27 turnovers for a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In three Rebel wins over Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Lipscomb, Harrison had no turnovers.

REED PASSES 500: After the eighth game of his sophomore campaign, Justin Reed passed 500 - points, that is. He entered the Dec. 7 Memphis contest with 491 career points and netted 17 points in the win. He now has 586 career points. Last year, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year netted 385 points, and has 201 in 2001-02. The Jackson, Miss., native is leading the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 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 13 games, Ole Miss is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 42.3 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 the first 13 games of the 2001-02 season, those coaches may want to change their game plans, as David Sanders is proving to be another weapon beyond the arc.

After 13 games, Sanders has hit 15 treys and is shooting 60 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 96-12 record (.889 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 9-2 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 and has seen action in every contest since. 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.



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      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Miami Dolphins offensive lineman and Ole Miss' former blind side protector Laremy Tunsil was named AFC East rookie of... read more

    • Three Rebel Coaches Among Top-20 Recruiters Nationally

      Friday, January 13, 2017 - Football

      With the hiring of Jacob Peeler as wide receiver coach, #OleMiss now has three asst coaches ranked in @247Sports '16 Top 20 best recruiters.-- Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) January 10, 2017 Ole Miss football bolstered its coaching staff by adding coaching... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Georgia

      Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Men's Basketball

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Georgia (10-5, 2-1) KenPom ranking: 61 Best win: at No. 103 Auburn Worst loss: at No. 79 Oakland Ole... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Auburn

      Saturday, January 7, 2017 -

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Know the Opponent: Auburn (10-4) KenPom ranking: 105 Best win: No. 28 Texas Tech Worst loss: No. 172 Boston... read more




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