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Jan. 10, 2002

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Date: Saturday, January 12
Time: 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: Tad Smith Coliseum * Oxford, Miss.

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

PROBABLE STARTING LINE-UPS
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 11.2/3.8 Jackson, Miss. * Had 1st dlb-dlb (10-10) vs. Auburn, has 100 treys for career
23 Justin Reed (So.) F 6-8 230 14.9/7.2 Jackson, Miss. * Posted 21 pts, 8 boards vs. Auburn, went over 600 pts for career
40 Derrick Allen (Jr.) F 6-8 230 10.2/6.5 Gadsden, Ala. * Had career highs of 22 pts, 6 FGs, 10 FTs, 5 asts vs. Tenn.
11 Jason Harrison (Sr.) G 5-5 160 11.1/4.6 apg Little Rock, Ark. * Career-high 23 pts vs. UT, No. 4 on OM asts career list with 374
15 David Sanders (Jr.) G 6-3 185 10.9/4.1 Jackson, Miss. * Had 6 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts vs. Auburn, hit game-clinching FT
- Top Reserves -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
32 Emmanuel Wade (Jr.) G 6-3 185 7.5/3.1 Marianna, Ark. * Avg. 9.7 pts, 3.9 rebs in 7 gms prior to Auburn, 13 pts vs. Tenn.
12 Justin Johnson (Fr.) G 6-0 190 3.1/1.4 Fayetteville, N.C. * Dished out a career-high 6 assists vs. UAPB Dec. 29

- Mississippi State Probable Starters -

No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
21 Michael Gholar (Sr.) F 6-5 205 7.5/6.6 Prentiss, Miss. * Avg. 9.5 boards in last 2 games (10 vs. Ky., 9 vs. Ark.)
33 Mario Austin (So.) F/C 6-9 265 15.6/7.9 York, Ala. * SEC Player of the Week, team's leading FG shooter at 55.9 pct.
44 Michal Ignerski (Jr.) F 6-9 225 8.4/4.3 Lublin, Poland * Transfer from Eastern Okla.St., JUCO All-America last year
22 Derrick Zimmerman (Jr.) G 6-2 190 9.9/6.4apg Monroe, La. * Leads SEC in assists, also avg 4.1 boards from pt. guard spot
24 Marckell Patterson (Sr.) G 6-5 185 14.1/4.7 Eupora, Miss. * Avg. 13.5 pts, 7 rebs vs. OM in 2 games in 2000-01 season
- Top Reserves -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown Notes
15 Timmy Bowers (So.) G 6-2 180 10.5/2.1 Gulfport, Miss. * Miss. HS Player of the Year in 1999-2000, 40 pct. from 3-pt arc
23 Winsome Frazier (Fr.) G/F 6-4 175 5.3/1.2 Miami, Fla. * 2-time Florida All-State performer, one of top 100 srs. last yr.

REBEL GAME NOTES

OLE MISS TO HOST MISSISSIPPI STATE IN RIVALRY ENCOUNTER SATURDAY: The Ole Miss Rebels (12-3, 1-1 SEC) will close their short two-game homestand Saturday, Jan. 12 when they host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-2, 1-1 SEC). Game time for the Southeastern Conference Western Division contest is 2:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss got back to its winning ways with a 69-65 victory over Auburn Jan. 9. The Rebels have won eight of their last nine contests. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, enter Saturday's game having won three of their last four, including a 74-69 upset victory over Kentucky Jan. 5.

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 78-38 record. He has led Ole Miss to a 12-3 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-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES: Saturday's game will the 222nd meeting between the two schools, with the Bulldogs holding an all-time series lead of 122-99. Last year, the teams split their two meetings, with Mississippi State winning in Starkville 79-69 and Ole Miss winning in Oxford 51-48. The Bulldogs have won four of the last six meetings. Ole Miss holds a 73-37 lead in games played in Oxford, winning five of the last six encounters in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 2-4 versus Mississippi State and 2-1 against the Bulldogs in Oxford.

SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs, ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, bring a 14-2 overall record and a 1-1 Southeastern Conference mark into Saturday's contest. Mississippi State opened SEC play with a 74-69 overtime win over Kentucky Jan. 5, but dropped a 75-64 decision at Arkansas Jan. 8. The Bulldogs have won three of their last four. Sophomore Mario Austin, the SEC Player of the Week, leads three Bulldogs in double figures with a 15.6 average. Marckell Patterson (14.1 ppg) and Timmy Bowers (10.5 pgg) are also averaging double digits. Austin also leads Mississippi State with a 7.9 rebounding average and a 55.9 shooting percentage from the field. Michal Ignerski is the squad's top three-point threat, hitting 44 percent from the arc. The Bulldogs, as a team, are shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 36 percent from the arc and 65.3 percent from the foul line. Mississippi State is out-rebounding its opponents by nearly 10 boards per game (42.0-32.5).

OLE MISS-MSU IN RANKED MEETINGS: Since the 1995-96 campaign, the Ole Miss-Mississippi State rivalry has not only been for bragging rights in the state, but also a survival encounter to stay in the national polls. The Bulldogs enter Saturday's game ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. It will be the eighth time since 1995-96 that one of the teams will enter the game ranked nationally. Ole Miss holds a narrow 4-3 lead in the previous seven ranked match-ups. The following shows the results of those seven contests:

Date      Outcome
1-17-96   #21 Mississippi St. 53, Ole Miss 47%
2-17-96   Ole Miss 71, #25 Mississippi St. 64^
1-15-97   Mississippi St. 75, #20 Ole Miss 64%
1-24-98   #13 Ole Miss 82, Mississippi St. 77*^
2-21-98   #15 Ole Miss 82, Mississippi St. 78%
1-27-00   Mississippi St. 79, #19 Ole Miss 69%
2-14-00   #16 Ole Miss 51, Mississippi St. 48^
* overtime
% game played in Starkville
^ game played in Oxford

"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 84 of its last 93 games (.903 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. Ole Miss is 6-1 at the "Tad Pad" in 2001-02. In the past 10 seasons (1992-93 throught 2001-02), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 112-30 (.789 winning percentage).

REBELS ALL-TIME AT THE "TAD PAD": With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma in 2000-01, the Rebels posted their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record of 317-156 (.670 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.

"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.

REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS AT HOME: Ole Miss has a 14-5 record (.737 winning percentage) versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum since the beginning of the 1994-95 season. Mississippi State (#22 AP, #24 ESPN/USA Today) will be the second ranked opponent that Ole Miss will face at home this year, as the Rebels defeated No. 22 Memphis 71-67 on Dec. 7, 2001. Last year, the Rebels were 3-0 versus ranked opponents at home, defeating No. 14 Oklahoma 60-55 (Dec. 2, 2000), No. 10 Tennessee 87-71 (Feb. 10, 2001) and No. 20 Alabama 105-71 (Mar. 3, 2001).

Prior to the 1999 Auburn loss (1998-99 season), Ole Miss had won six straight versus ranked opponents at the "Tad Pad." During that streak, the Rebels defeated REBELS VERSUS RANKED TEAMS: Ole Miss will face its second nationally-ranked opponent of 2001-02 Saturday when it hosts Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Earlier this season, the Rebels defeated No. 22-ranked Memphis 71-67 Dec. 7. Last year, the Rebels were 7-4 against ranked opponents. Under head coach Rod Barnes (since the 1998-99 season), Ole Miss has a 13-16 record versus ranked opponents.

NO EARLY TV LOVE FOR THE REBELS: With its game at Tennessee Jan. 6 taken off television, Ole Miss will be the lone Southeastern Conference team not to have a game televised by week's end. The Rebels' contests versus Auburn Jan. 9 and Mississippi State Jan. 12 were not scheduled to be on television. Ole Miss, though, will see the television lights after this week, playing three of its next four contests on television (at Kentucky, Jan. 15, at Arkansas, Jan. 19, South Carolina, Jan. 26).

A BATTLE FROM THE FIELD: Saturday's Ole Miss-Mississippi State match-up will feature two of the top field goal shooting teams in the Southeastern Conference. The following is a short "tale of the tape" between the two teams (SEC ranking):

Ole Miss Stat Category Miss. St.
48.2 (4th) Field Goal Pct. 49.5 (1st)
41.2 (1st) 3-pt. Field Goal Pct. 36.0 (6th)

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 78-38, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 78 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
Rod Barnes 1999-present 78
Bob Weltlich 1977-81 83
Ed Murphy 1986-92 76

HARPER RECORDS A "FIRST": Sophomore Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) posted a "first" for his collegiate career Jan. 9 versus Auburn when he recorded his first double-double. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward scored 10 points and grabbed 10 boards. The 10 rebounds were also a career high. For the season, Harper is averaging 11.2 points and 3.8 boards per game.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE...PART I: The Rebels sure are doubling their pleasure in the scoring column in 2001-02, as five players are averaging double digits. Sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) leads the team with a 14.9 average, followed by sophomore Aaron Harper at 11.2 ppg, senior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) at 11.1 ppg, junior David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) at 10.9 ppg and junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) at 10.2 ppg.

ALLEN HAS CAREER GAME VERSUS TENNESSEE: Talk about a "break-out" game. Well, junior Derrick Allen had one in the Rebels' 82-76 setback at Tennessee Jan. 6. The 6-foot-8 forward recorded career bests for points (22), field goals (6), free throws (10) and assists (5). He also grabbed nine boards in the game. His previous scoring high was 14 points in a 71-67 Ole Miss victory over Memphis Dec. 7. Allen is averaging 10.2 points and 6.5 boards and is shooting 59.5 percent frm the field and 79.7 percent from the charity stripe. He is ranked among the SEC leaders in free throw percentage (6th) and rebounding (16th).

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE...PART II: For the fourth consecutive year, Ole Miss entered conference play with double-digit victories. The Rebels took an 11-2 mark into their SEC opener at Tennessee Jan. 6. 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

NO. 11 LOOKING TO BECOME NO. 26, NETS CAREER HIGH 23 VERSUS TENNESSEE: 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 15 games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 167 points (11.1 average) and now has 933 career points.

In the Rebels' contest at Tennessee Jan. 6, the Little Rock, Ark., native scored a career-high 23 points, surpassing his previous best of 22 points against Arkansas in the 1998-99 campaign (freshman year). He also hit a career-best seven field goals versus the Volunteers.

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 15 games in 2001-02, Harrison has 69 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 374 assists. He is in the No. 4 spot on the career 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' career assists leaders:

Rebel Career Assists Leaders

Player/Years No.
1. Sean Tuohy/1979-82 830
2. Rod Barnes/1985-88 456
3. Henry Jackson/1976-79 378
4. Jason Harrison/1999-present 374
4. Michael White/1996-99 370
6. Bob Mahoney/1973-75 362

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 nine contests to 38.2 percent from the floor, 29.3 percent from the arc and 62.1 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 9 gms 38.2 29.3 -7.4 62.1

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 37 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 136
4. Joezon Darby/1996-98 131
5. Aaron Harper/2001-present 100
6. Jason Flanigan/1998-2001 89
7. Gerald Glass/1989-90 87
8. Tim Jumper/1988-91 82

"FOX"-HUNTING ON DEFENSE: After a sub-par December, it seems as if freshman Kendrick Fox (Oxford, Miss.) is back in the groove - especially on the defensive end. In the Rebels' contest at Tennessee Jan. 6, the 6-foot-7 forward blocked a career-high three shots and had one steal. Fox also hit a key three-pointer in the second half versus the Volunteers

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 and Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) and sophomore Aaron Harper 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 Avg. 2001-02 Avg. Diff.
Sanders 2.7 4.1 +1.4
Wade 1.8 3.1 +1.3
Harper 2.9 3.8 +0.9

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 doubled his pleasure when the Rebels closed up non-conference action in early January. In Ole Miss' two games versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Lipscomb, 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 fourth in the SEC) and six for his career. The following lists Reed's double-double performances: p>

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

2001-02 Season Pts Rebs
South Carolina 18 11
Georgia 21 12
VCU 16 13

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 120 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 120 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. 10)

Team All Wins SEC Wins
Ole Miss 120 48
Arkansas 114 47
Auburn 111 43
Alabama 98 34
Mississippi State 92 31
LSU 82 23

Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC Teams (Top 6)
(1996-97 to present, through Jan. 10)

Team All Wins SEC Wins
Kentucky 154 62
Ole Miss 120 48
Florida 115 47
Arkansas 114 47
Auburn 111 43
Tennessee 106 46

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 eight games, the Marianna, Ark., native is averaging 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 43.5 percent from the three-point line and 80 percent from the charity stripe. He also has come up big for the Rebels during the eight-game stretch, hitting the game-clinching free throws to seal the 71-67 victory over Memphis Dec. 7 and recording five steals in the SunClassic Tournament Dec. 21-22. In the Jan. 6 contest at Tennessee, Wade hit three big treys in the second half to help the Rebels get back in the game.

AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES): Well, Jason Harrison 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. After the Rebels' victory over Auburn Jan. 9, this year's senior class has 78 victories, which is 10 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 No. of Wins
1997-98 to 2000-01 88
1998-99 to present 78
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

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 eight games, Allen has averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 boards, while Reed has posted averages of 15.0 points and 7.4 boards. Both are also shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (Reed, 47.1 percent, Allen, 57.4) and over 75 percent from the charity stripe in the last eight games. In fact, the Rebels are 7-0 when Allen and Reed both notch double figures.

REBELS HOT FROM THE LINE: After a two-game slump from the foul line, Ole Miss rebounded with an 83.3 percent performance from the charity against Auburn. The Rebels are hitting a league-leading 76.3 percent (277-of-363) from the charity stripe. In 13 of 15 games, Ole Miss has shot 70 percent or better from the foul line, including over 80 percent six 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 15 games, Harrison has dished out 69 assists compared to only 35 turnovers for nearly a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In three Rebel wins over Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Lipscomb, Harrison had no turnovers.

REED PASSES 600: Justin Reed is moving on up the chart - the scoring chart, that is. After his 21-point performance versus Auburn Jan. 9, the Jackson, Miss., native now has 609 career points. Earlier this season, Reed eclipsed the 500-point plateau with his 17 points against Memphis. Last year, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year netted 385 points, and has 224 in 2001-02. He is leading the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 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 first half of the 2001-02 campaign, the Rebels have literally been "on fire" shooting the basketball from the field.

After 15 games, Ole Miss is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the three-point arc. The Rebels are fourth in the SEC in field goal percentage and first in three-point field goal percentage.

OLE MISS ALSO HOT FROM THE FLOOR: In the first half of the 2001-02 campaign, the Rebels have literally been "on fire" shooting the basketball from the field.

After 15 games, Ole Miss is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the three-point arc. The Rebels are fourth in the SEC in field goal percentage and first in three-point field goal percentage.

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 96-13 record (.881 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other hand, the Rebels are 23-40 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 9-3 when reaching that magical number of 70.

 

 

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3

      Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Baseball

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    • Game 2: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Baseball

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    • We Meet Again

      Thursday, May 11, 2017 -

      As the Ole Miss men's tennis team gets set for its NCAA first round match against UC Santa Barbara Friday, we throw it back to 1997, the first ever meeting between the two schools that kicked off an NCAA Tournament... read more

    • From the Tennis Court to Dr. Rangel

      Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Women's Tennis

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    • Carter Breaks Course Record at Texas Shootout

      Friday, April 28, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comIt was a special day for a Rebel great. Ole Miss Women's Golf alumna Dori Carter tied the lowest round of her career on Friday to break the course record at Las Colinas Country Club and... read more

    • Final Thoughts From The Tee Box

      Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Women's Golf

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    • Mock Draft Roundup

      Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Football

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

      Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Baseball

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