Jan. 13, 2000
Ole Miss (12-4, 0-3) at #12 Tennessee (14-2, 2-1)
Saturday, January 15, 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO BEGIN TWO-GAME SEC ROAD TRIP AT TENNESSEE ON SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (12-4, 0-3 SEC) begin a two-game Southeastern
Conference road trip on Saturday, Jan. 15 when they travel to Knoxville,
Tenn., to meet the No. 12 nationally-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (14-2, 2-1
SEC). Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Rebels enter Saturday's contest on a three-game skid after falling to
Arkansas, 71-64 on Jan. 5, No. 6 Florida, 75-71 on Jan. 8 and Mississippi
State, 61-59 on Jan. 12. Prior to that setback, Ole Miss had a six-game
winning streak with victories over Virginia Commonwealth (75-62, Dec. 7),
Memphis (74-64, Dec. 11), Southeastern Louisiana (77-46, Dec. 15),
Louisiana-Monroe (76-60, Dec. 19), Prairie View A&M (98-74, Dec. 29) and
Birmingham-Southern (89-48, Jan. 2). The Volunteers enter Saturday's
contest after a narrow 76-73 setback to Vanderbilt on Jan. 12. The loss
snapped Tennessee's three-game win streak.
OLE MISS-TENNESSEE SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 93rd meeting between the two teams. The
Volunteers hold a 59-33 lead in the series, which began in 1924. Tennessee
has won two straight in the series, posting a 77-67 victory in Knoxville in
1997-98 and a 69-67 win in Oxford last year. Tennessee also 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.
- PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters
|11||Jason Harrison (So.)||G||5-5||150||7.3/2.8||Little Rock, Ark.|
|22||Jason Flanigan (Jr.)||G||6-1||175||8.2/2.9||Little Rock, Ark.|
|24||Marcus Hicks (Sr.)||F||6-6||200||14.4/5.8||Jackson, Tenn.|
|25||Lataryl Williams (Sr.)||F||6-7||200||10.1/2.9||Oxford, Miss.|
|44||Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)||F||6-8||250||14.1/9.7||Mendenhall, Miss.|
- RESERVES -
|15||Ray Waddell (Jr.)||G||5-9||165||1.0/0.6||Philadelphia, Miss.|
|20||Jason Holmes (Jr.)||G||6-5||200||5.1/1.9||Tylertown, Miss.|
|21||Darrian Brown (So.)||G/F||6-6||200||6.8/3.6||West Memphis, Ark.|
|23||Syniker Taylor (Fr.)||G||6-0||195||2.7/0.7||Gulfport, Miss.|
|30||Josh Hayes (Fr.)||G||6-7||190||5.0/2.0||Little Rock, Ark.#|
|31||John Gunn (Fr.)||F/C||6-10||245||2.1/1.4||Oxford, Miss.|
|32||Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||3.6/1.2||Marianna, Ark.|
|45||Richard Kirklin (Fr.)||F||6-9||200||2.2/2.1||Pine Bluff, Ark.|
|54||John Engstrom (So.)||C||7-0||245||0.7/1.2||Paragould, Ark.|
# - will seek a medical redshirt at the end of the season
LAST YEAR'S MEETING
February 17, 1999
Tennessee 69, Ole Miss 67
Tennessee guard Brandon Wharton scored a game-high 25 points - all in the
second half - and Tony Harris added 17 points to lift the Volunteers to a
69-67 Southeastern Conference victory over Ole Miss. Harris also led
Tennessee on the boards with eight rebounds.
Ole Miss senior All-America candidate Keith Carter netted a team-best 20
points, while sophomore forward Rahim Lockhart posted a double-double of 16
points and 12 boards. Senior Jason Smith added 12 points, six boards, four
assists and five steals.
Tennessee led 66-63 with a little over a minute left in the contest when
Carter buried a trey to tie the game at 66-all with 1:01 remaining. A
Vincent Yarbrough put-back gave the Volunteers a 68-66 advantage with 30
seconds left. Smith then made one of two free throws to cut the Tennessee
lead to one at 68-67. After Wharton made one free throw with 16 seconds
left, Ole Miss had two opportunities to tie or win the game, but was unable
Earlier in the second half, the Rebels held a 41-31 lead at the 15:35
mark, but the Volunteers went on a 22-7 run over the next eight minutes to
take a 53-48 advantage with 7:45 left. Ole Miss came back to tie the game
at 62-all on a Michael White three-pointer, setting up the game's final two
minutes of play.
Ole Miss held the lead throughout most of the first half, building its
advantage to as many as 14 points at 29-15 with 5:24 left before the half.
The Volunteers then closed the first half with a 10-2 spurt to slice the
Rebel lead to 31-25 at the break.
Officials: Herring, Sitton, Corbett
Tennessee, ranked No. 12 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today
Top 25 polls, brings a 14-2 overall record and a 2-1 Southeastern
Conference mark into Saturday's game. The Volunteers dropped a narrow
76-73 decision to Vanderbilt on Jan. 12, but prior to that setback,
Tennessee had won three straight over Radford (72-46), South Carolina
(60-52) and LSU (64-59). The Volunteers began the 1999-2000 campaign with
11 consecutive victories before their first loss of the season to Tulsa in
the title game of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The tandem of Vincent
Yarbrough and Tony Harris is leading the Volunteer offense. Yarbrough is
tops on the team with a 14.5 scoring average, while Harris is second at
13.5. Harris is also the top three-point shooter for Tennessee, hitting
42.7 percent from beyond the arc. Isiah Victory leads Tennessee on the
boards with a 6.9 rebounding average. The Volunteers are shooting 45.9
percent from the field, 38.3 percent from the three-point line and 64.1
percent from the charity stripe. Tennessee is averaging 80.5 points per
game and 41.3 boards per contest.
- TENNESSEE PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters
|44||Isiah Victor (Jr.)||F||6-9||220||9.9/6.9||Hopkinsville, Ky.|
|22||Vincent Yarbrough (So.)||F||6-7||210||14.5/6.2||Cleveland, Tenn.|
|43||C.J. Black (Sr.)||F||6-8||255||8.0/5.3||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|14||Tony Harris (Jr.)||G||6-0||165||13.5/2.2||Memphis, Tenn.|
|42||Jon Higgins (Fr.)||G||6-3||190||7.6/3.6||Shaker Heights, Ohio|
- TOP RESERVES -
|35||Ron Slay (Fr.)||F||6-8||225||8.7/4.3||Nashville, Tenn.|
|12||Marcus Haislip (Fr.)||F||6-10||215||5.6/2.2||Lewisburg, Tenn.|
|32||Del Baker (Jr.)||G||6-5||200||3.6/1.1||Cleveland, Tenn.|
|31||Terrence Woods (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||3.4/0.8||Memphis, Tenn.|
BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. With the Rebels' setback to Mississippi State on Jan.
12, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 32-17. In his first
season in 1998-99, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native
became the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20
games in his first season. Last season, Barnes also guided the Rebels to a
72-70 win over Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round, marking the
program's first-ever victory in NCAA play. Barnes was hired as the Rebel
head coach on April 9, 1998, after Rob Evans left to take the h ead
coaching position at Arizona State on April 6. A 1988 graduate of Ole
Miss, Barnes served as an assistant under 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).
BARNES REACHES 50
Yes, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes celebrated his birthday last Saturday
(Jan. 8), but he hasn't reached 50 in terms of age. However, Saturday's
game versus Tennessee will be the 50th for Barnes as the Rebels' head
coach. He has a 32-17 overall coaching record in his one-plus seasons. By
the way, Barnes turned 34 years old last Saturday.
AN ALL-STAR REUNION
Saturday's contest will be an all-star reunion-of sorts. Ole Miss head
coach Rod Barnes, Rebel senior forward Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) and
Tennessee senior forward C.J. Black were all members of the Southeastern
Conference All-Stars that traveled to Japan last August. Barnes, who
served as the team's co-head coach with LSU's John Brady, guided the SEC
All-Stars to a 4-1 record versus the Japan National Team. Hicks averaged
10 points and 6.2 boards, and led the team in rebounding, blocked shots and
field goal percentage. Black averaged 8.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, while
shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
WILL THE REBELS GET A BREAK?
Every team needs breaks to have successful seasons, but so far, the breaks
have not gone the Rebels' way in the early portion of the Southeastern
Conference schedule. It seems that the next opponent for Ole Miss suffers
a setback prior to its contest with the Rebels. See the chart below:
|Opponent||Game Prior to OM||OM Game Result|
|Tennessee||lost to Vanderbilt, 76-73||--|
|Mississippi St.||lost to Alabama, 77-74 (ot)||MSU wins 61-59|
|Florida||lost to Vanderbilt, 87-77||UF wins 75-71|
|Arkansas||lost to Memphis, 76-71||AR wins 71-64|
WILLIAMS MAKES HIS RETURN
Well, senior Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) never really left-it was
just his shooting touch that left him for a couple of games. However, it
returned in a big way versus Mississippi State on Jan. 12. The 6-foot-7
forward hit 8-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-4 from the three-piint
arc. He scored 21 points (one shy of tying his career high of 22), and the
eight field goals were a career best and the four treys tied a career high.
In the previous two SEC games versus Arkansas and Florida, Williams was
2-of-11 from the field and 1-of-5 from the arc. Despite those two subpar
performances, Williams is still hitting 60.3 percent from the field and 50
percent from the arc in the Rebels' last 10 games. For the season,
Williams is shooting 54.7 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from the
WILLIAMS ALSO TOUGH ON THE DEFENSIVE END
The offensive end of the floor wasn't the only place senior Lataryl
Williams could be found versus the Bulldogs on Jan. 12. The forward also
was at the top of his game on defense, recording a career-best five blocked
shots against Mississippi State. The five blocked shots are tied for the
eighth most in a single game in Rebel history. Williams now has 13 blocked
shots for the season and 21 for his career.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 17-32 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Eastern Division since the conference began divisional play in the 1991-92
season. Ole Miss is 20-38 versus the SEC Eastern Division teams, including
tournament play. The Rebels, however, posted a 10-8 record (regular season
only) versus their Eastern Division foes over the previous three seasons
(1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99). The following charts show the Rebels'
year-by-year record versus the SEC Eastern Division and their mark against
each school from the Eastern Division (includes tournament games):
Year-By-Year Versus Record Against The SEC
|The SEC Eastern Division||Eastern Division Teams|
|(Regular Season Only)||(Includes Tourney Games)|
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
With his two blocked shots versus Mississippi State on Jan. 12, junior
Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) moved into the top six on the Ole Miss
career blocked shot chart. The 6-foot-8 forward currently has 69 career
blocks and is No. 6 on the chart. He passed former Rebel Patrick Eddie,
who recorded 68 blocked shots in his two year-career from 1989-91, and
needs only two more to tie Ronnie Sims (1985-86), who recorded 71 blocked
shots. Lockhart leads the Rebels in blocked shots this season with 32, and
is ranked fourth in the SEC in blocks.
BROWN HAS CAREER GAME VERSUS FLORIDA
Sophomore Darrian Brown (West Memphis, Ark.) had the proverbial "hot hand"
against the nationally-ranked Gators on Jan. 8, and in turn, had a career
game versus Florida. The 6-foot-6 guard netted a career-best 18 points on
5-of-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from the three-point arc,
and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. The four treys were also a career best
for him. For the season, Brown is averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.
He is shooting 37.9 percent from the floor and 72.4 percent from the free
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past four
seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has an incredible
66-8 record (.892 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a
game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-25 when they net less than 70
points in a game. This year, the Rebels are 11-2 when scoring 70 points or
more. In SEC action the last four seasons, Ole Miss has a 30-5 record
(.857 winning percentage) when scoring 70 or more points.
HARRISON HITS 150
Sophomore Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) recorded the 150th assist of
his career in the Rebels' game versus Mississippi State on Jan. 12. With
his five assists versus the Bulldogs, Harrison now has 152 for his career.
The 5-foot-5 guard leads the team with 66 assists this season, and is
ranked ninth in the SEC in assists.
HICKS PASSES 600-POINT MILESTONE VERSUS FLORIDA
Senior Marcus Hicks reached another milestone in his career as a Rebel,
passing the 600-point plateau. Hicks hit point No. 600 on a free throw at
the 16:53 mark of the first half versus the Gators, and finished the game
with 11 points. After his seven-point performance versus Mississippi State
on Jan. 12, the 6-foot-6 senior now has scored 617 points in 49 career
games. Earlier this season, Hicks reached the 500-point plateau in the
Rebels' game at Oklahoma on Dec. 4. Hicks entered the game with 492
points, and scored his 500th point on a free throw at the 3:10 mark of the
first half versus the Sooners.
REBEL DOMINATION ON THE BOARDS
Despite being out-rebounded by VCU on Dec. 7 and Mississippi State on Jan.
12, Ole Miss has simply dominated its opponents on the boards this season.
After 16 games, the Rebels are averaging 39.7 rebounds per contest, while
the opposition has a rebounding average of 29.5 boards-a margin of 10.2
boards per game, which is first in the SEC. In the NCAA stats released on
Jan. 10, the Rebels were fifth in the nation in rebounding margin. The
following chart shows the Rebels' domination on the boards:
|Opponent||Rebel Rebs.||Opp. Rebs.||Margin|
|Prairie View A&M||50||37||+13|
REBELS GETTING THEIR SHOOTING TOUCH BACK
Despite their "off" shooting night versus Arkansas on Jan. 5, the Rebels
are still shooting over 50 percent from the field in their last nine games.
Ole Miss is shooting a combined 50.9 percent (287-of-564) from the floor
in the last 11 contests, and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field
overall, which is fourth in the SEC. The Rebels started the 1999-2000
campaign on a subpar note in terms of shooting from the field, but that
changed in early December. Since Dec. 1, Ole Miss has shot over 50
percent from the floor against Alabama State, Oklahoma, Southeastern
Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe and Birmingham-Southern and nearly hit 50
percent from the field versus VCU, Memphis, Prairie View A&M, Florida and
Mississippi State. The lone outing during the nine-game stretch in which
the Rebels did not come close to hitting 50 percent was the Jan. 5 Arkansas
game. The following chart shows the Rebels' improvement from the field in
the last 11 games:
First five games
Last 11 games
|Prairie View A&M||35-72||.486|
BARNES THIRD FASTEST TO 30 WINS
With the Rebels' win over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19, Ole Miss head coach
Rod Barnes posted his 30th victory in only the 44th game in his career as
the Rebel mentor. Barnes reached the 30-win plateau the third fastest of
any head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. See the following chart:
|Head Coach||Overall Coaching||Game Which|
|Record at Time of||Recorded|
|30th win||30th Win|
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-A 10TH TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart has certainly doubled his pleasure for the Rebels in
1999-2000, as he has recorded 10 double-doubles in the Rebels' 16 games.
Lockhart is currently averaging 14.1 points (10th in SEC) and 9.7 rebounds
(1st in SEC, 11th in the nation). The following charts Lockhart's
double-doubles this season:
|Jacksonville St.||29||11||career high pts|
|McNeese St.||13||16||career high rebs|
|Furman||15||14||tied car-high blks (4)|
The junior forward now has 11 career double-doubles, as his first came last
season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 16 pts-12 rebs).
REBELS START WITH 12-1 RECORD FOR SECOND TIME IN THREE SEASONS
Prior to its losses to Arkansas and Florida, Ole Miss had started the
1999-2000 season with a 12-1 record, marking the second time in three
seasons the Rebels had done so. The 1997-98 Rebel squad also began its
year with a 12-1 record. The last time an Ole Miss team started a campaign
with a better record was 1925-26 when that squad had a 15-1 record to begin
the year. That team finished the season with a 15-2 mark.
Saturday's game will offer a contrast beyond the three-point arc.
Tennessee is one of the SEC's top three-point shooting teams at 38.3
percent (second in the league), while Ole Miss is second in the SEC at
defending the three-pointer, as opponents are shooting only 30 percent
against the Rebels...Junior Ray Waddell (Philadelphia, Miss.) and junior
John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) both made the UMAA Honor Roll (3.00-3.49
gpa) for the fall semester...The Ole Miss-Auburn game, scheduled for a
12:00 p.m. tip on Jan. 22, is sold out. The contest will be televised by
Jefferson-Pilot. It is the second sellout of the season, as the Jan. 12
Mississippi State game was also sold out...Rahim Lockhart became the second
Rebel to pass the 500-point plateau this year. With his 14 points versus
Mississippi State, Lockhart now has 526 career points.