Jan. 17, 2000
Ole Miss (12-5, 0-4) at #18 Kentucky (11-5, 2-1)
Wednesday, January 19 - 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Rupp Arena - Lexington, Ky.
OLE MISS TO CLOSE TWO-GAME SEC ROAD SWING AT KENTUCKY ON WEDNESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (12-5, 0-4 SEC) will close their two-game Southeastern
Conference road swing when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to meet the No.
18 nationally-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (11-5, 2-1 SEC). Tip-off is
scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Rupp Arena. The Rebels enter Wednesday's
contest on a four-game skid after falling to Arkansas, 71-64 on Jan. 5, No.
6 Florida, 75-71 on Jan. 8, Mississippi State, 61-59 on Jan. 12 and No. 12
Tennessee, 98-60. Prior to the four-game skid, 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 Wildcats enter Wednesday's
contest as one of the nation's hottest teams, winning seven of their last
eight. Kentucky's lone loss in the eight-game stretch was a narrow 66-63
setback at No. 4 Auburn. The Wildcats defeated South Carolina, 64-48 in
Columbia, S.C., in their last outing on Saturday.
OLE MISS-KENTUCKY SERIES
Wednesday's game will be the 96th meeting between the two schools. The
Wildcats hold an 85-10 lead in the series which began in 1925. Kentucky
won both meetings last year, a 63-57 win in Oxford and an 83-73 victory in
the Southeastern Conference Tournament second round in Atlanta. The
Wildcats hold a commanding 43-2 series lead in games played in Lexington.
However, Ole Miss won the last meeting between the two schools in
Lexington, a 73-64 victory on Feb. 14, 1998. That win was Ole Miss' first
in Lexington since 1927.
- PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters
|11||Jason Harrison (So.)||G||5-5||150||7.3/2.7||Little Rock, Ark.|
|20||Jason Holmes (Jr.)||G||6-5||200||4.8/1.9||Tylertown, Miss.|
|24||Marcus Hicks (Sr.)||F||6-6||200||14.2/5.6||Jackson, Tenn.|
|25||Lataryl Williams (Sr.)||F||6-7||200||9.6/2.9||Oxford, Miss.|
|44||Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)||F||6-8||250||13.5/9.2||Mendenhall, Miss.|
- RESERVES -
|15||Ray Waddell (Jr.)||G||5-9||165||0.9/0.6||Philadelphia, Miss.|
|21||Darrian Brown (So.)||G/F||6-6||200||7.1/3.5||West Memphis, Ark.|
|22||Jason Flanigan (Jr.)||G||6-1||175||8.2/2.9||Little Rock, Ark.|
|23||Syniker Taylor (Fr.)||G||6-0||195||2.5/1.2||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||2.9/1.7||Oxford, Miss.|
|32||Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||3.5/1.4||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||0.8/1.1||Paragould, Ark.|
# - will seek a medical redshirt at the end of the season
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)
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS
SEC Tournament - March 5, 1999
Kentucky 83, Ole Miss 73
In a game marred by 65 total fouls called, Kentucky guard Wayne Turner
scored a career-high 24 points to lead the No. 14-ranked Wildcats to an
83-73 SEC Tournament second-round victory over Ole Miss. Heshimu Evans (16
points) and Scott Padgett (10) also netted double figures for the Wildcats.
Padgett and Tayshaun Prince each grabbed eight rebounds to lead Kentucky.
Senior All-SEC first teamer Keith Carter led the Rebels with 23 points.
Jason Smith (11 points), Jason Harrison (10) and Hunter Carpenter (10) also
scored in double figures for Ole Miss. Sophomore Rahim Lockhart led the
Rebels on the boards with 10 rebounds.
The game was tied at 31-all at the break, but Kentucky opened the second
half with a 10-2 run to take the lead for good at 41-33. The Rebels
quickly cut the lead to 41-39 on consecutive three-pointers by Harrison and
Carter. Kentucky then opened up another eight-point lead at 47-39, but the
Rebels countered with a 7-0 run to cut the advantage to only one at 47-46
with 11:12 remaining in the contest.
Kentucky then put the game away with a 16-0 run to take a 63-46 lead with
6:54 left. The Rebels, however, would not give up, hitting five treys in
the final six minutes to cut the Wildcat margin to 10 (83-73) by the end of
Ole Miss shot 36.1 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the
three-point arc. Kentucky hit 48.9 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent
from the arc. The Wildcats won the battle on the boards, 41-34.
Ole Miss 31 42 - 73
Kentucky 31 52 - 83
Officials: Clougherty, Lopes, Day
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS
Regular Season - January 16, 1999
Kentucky 63, Ole Miss 57
Kentucky reserve Saul Smith came off the bench to score a team-high 17
points, and Michael Bradley and Scott Padgett each added 13 points apiece
to lead the No. 6 Wildcats to a 63-57 Southeastern Conference victory over
Ole Miss. Padgett also led Kentucky on the boards with six rebounds.
Ole Miss senior All-America candidate Keith Carter led all scorers with 18
points. Junior Marcus Hicks scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high eight
boards, while senior Johnnie Rogers blocked four shots.
The Rebels held a narrow 34-31 halftime lead, but Kentucky quickly
responded after the intermission with a 6-2 spurt to take a 37-36
advantage. The teams then traded baskets over the next seven minutes, with
Ole Miss holding a 44-43 lead with 10:08 remaining. However, a Padgett
trey gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 46-44 at the 9:40 mark.
Kentucky built its lead to seven at 51-44, before Ole Miss responded with a
Rahim Lockhart dunk to cut the advantage to five at 51-46.
The Wildcats then upped their lead to 55-46, but Ole Miss put together one
more spurt on a Jason Flaningan three-pointer and a Hicks dunk to slice the
Kentucky lead to 55-51 with 2:34 left. Kentucky, however, sealed the
victory at the charity stripe, hitting on all six attempts in the final
minute of play.
Kentucky 31 32 - 63
Ole Miss 34 23 - 57
Officials: Pattillo, Thibodeaux, Guardiola
Kentucky, which is ranked No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, brings
an 11-5 overall mark and a 2-1 Southeastern Conference record into
Wednesday's game. The Wildcats enter Wednesday's contest as one of the
nation's hottest teams, winning seven of their last eight. Kentucky's lone
loss in the eight-game stretch was a narrow 66-63 setback at No. 4 Auburn.
The Wildcats defeated South Carolina, 64-48 in Columbia, S.C., in their
last outing on Saturday. Sophomore Tayshaun Prince leads the Kentucky
offense with a 14.4 scoring average, while senior Jamaal Magliore is the
Wildcats' only other double figure scorer at 12.6 points-per-game.
Magliore is also tops on the team in rebounding with a 7.6 average.
Kentucky is shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 27 percent from the
three-point and 71.8 percent from the charity stripe. The Wildcats are
averaging 67.2 points per game, and are out-rebounding their opposition by
an average of 5.6 boards per game (38.7-33.1).
- KENTUCKY PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters
|21||Tayshaun Prince (So.)||F||6-9||215||14.4/6.1||Compton, Calif.|
|32||Desmond Allison (So.)||F||6-5||214||6.0/2.9||Tampa, Fla.|
|42||Jamaal Magliore (Sr.)||C||6-10||260||12.6/7.6||Toronto, Ontario|
|10||Keith Bogans (Fr.)||G||6-5||205||9.1/2.6||Hyattsville, Md.|
|11||Saul Smith (Jr.)||G||6-2||175||6.2/2.4||Athens, Ga.|
- TOP RESERVES -
|40||Jules Camara (So.)||F||6-11||223||7.8/4.4||Dakar, Senegal|
|24||Marvin Stone (Fr.)||F/C||6-10||256||5.1/4.9||Huntsville, Ala.|
|3||J.P. Blevins (So.)||G||6-2||181||4.2/1.4||Edmonton, Ky.|
|5||Nate Knight (Jr.)||F||6-9||220||1.7/2.2||Sandy, Utah|
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 Tennessee on Jan. 15,
Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 32-18. 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 head
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).
THE LAST TIME...
The last time the Rebels visited Rupp Arena was Feb. 14, 1998, and Ole
Miss came away with one of the program's biggest victories. The Rebels
overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to record a 73-64 win. The victory
was Ole Miss' first in Lexington since 1927. That loss was Kentucky's
final setback of the 1997-98 season, as the Wildcats went on to win the
1998 NCAA title.
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
Kentucky junior guard Saul Smith 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. Smith averaged 4.6 points and dished out 15 assists
(second on the team). Smith led the team with seven steals.
SOMETHING GOOD EVENTUALLY COMES...
Yes, the Rebels are 0-4 in Southeastern Conference play, but the Ole Miss
basketball program has proven resilient in recent years after losing
streaks. The following charts that:
|Year||Losing Streak||Following Streak|
|1995-96||Begin SEC 0-5||Close SEC with 6-5 run to|
|finish conference at 6-10, team|
|was base for two SEC West|
|titles in 1997 and 1998|
|1997-98||Three-game losing||Made up three-game deficit|
|streak in early Feb.||to claim 2nd SEC West title,|
|(0-3)||2nd NCAA berth|
|1998-99||Four-game skid in||Won 2 of 3 down stretch to|
|late February (0-4)||earn third straight NCAA bid,|
|won program's first NCAA|
|game and advanced to second|
"RANKED-TEAM" WEEK CONTINUES FOR REBELS
The Southeastern Conference schedule-makers were definitely unkind to the
very young 1999-2000 Ole Miss Rebel squad for the early part of the
conference season-especially this week. "Ranked-Team" week for the Rebels
began at then-No. 12 Tennessee on Jan. 15 (98-60 loss) and continues at No.
18 Kentucky on Jan. 19 and at home versus No. 4 Auburn on Jan. 22.
GUNN HAS CAREER GAME VERSUS TENNESSEE
Freshman John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) had a career game against the
Volunteers on Jan. 15. The 6-foot-10 forward recorded career bests of 14
points, six boards and six field goals (6-of-9). The 14 points bested his
previous career high of nine points against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29,
and the six rebounds were one better than his five-board performance versus
Oregon State on Nov. 27.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 17-33 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Eastern Division since the conference began divisional play in the 1991-92
season. Ole Miss is 20-39 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
|(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.
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 7-26 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 (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99,
1999-2000), Ole Miss has a 30-5 record (.857 winning percentage) when
scoring 70 or more points.
BROWN FINDING HIS SCORING TOUCH
Sophomore Darrian Brown (West Memphis, Ark.) joined the Ole Miss
basketball program in the fall of 1998 with the reputation of being a
scorer, and now, Rebels fans are beginning to see glimpses of what Brown
can do. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward has netted double figures in three of
Ole Miss' last five games, and has averaged 10 points in the five-game
span. He scored a career-high 18 points versus Florida, and also netted 11
points versus Tennessee and 10 points versus Birmingham-Southern. For the
season, Brown is averaging 7.1 points and 3.5 boards. Last year, he
averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 rebounds.
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. He was also 1-of-8 versus
Tennessee on Jan. 15. Despite those three subpar performances, Williams is
still hitting 55.3 percent from the field (42-of-76) and 51.6 percent from
the arc (16-of-31) in the Rebels' last 11 games. For the season, Williams
is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and 40.8 percent from the arc.
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.
BROWN HAS CAREER GAME VERSUS FLORIDA
Sophomore Darrian Brown 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
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 three assists versus Tennessee, Harrison now has 155 for his career.
The 5-foot-5 guard leads the team with 69 assists this season, and is
ranked ninth in the SEC in assists.
REBEL DOMINATION ON THE BOARDS
Despite being out-rebounded three times this season (two coming in the
last two games), Ole Miss has simply dominated its opponents on the boards
this season. After 17 games, the Rebels are averaging 39.5 rebounds per
contest, while the opposition has a rebounding average of 30.5 boards-a
margin of 9.0 boards per game, which is second 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
|Opponent||Rebel Rebs.||Opp. Rebs.||Margin|
|Prairie View A&M||50||37||+13|
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 12-point performance versus Tennessee on Jan.
15, the 6-foot-6 senior now has scored 629 points in 50 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.
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' 17 games.
Lockhart is currently averaging 13.5 points (12th in SEC) and 9.2 rebounds
(2nd 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).