Jan. 18, 2001
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Game #18 - CBS Sports-TV
Kentucky (10-5, 3-0) vs.
#21/22 Ole Miss (14-3, 2-2)
Saturday, January 20, 2001 - 12:35 p.m. (CT) tip
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Television: CBS Sports (Gus Johnson, play-by-play, Dan Bonner, color
analyst, Bob Mansbach, producer)
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS RETURNS HOME TO HOST KENTUCKY SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (14-3, 2-2 SEC) return home to Tad Smith Coliseum
Saturday, Jan. 20 for a Southeastern Conference showdown versus Kentucky
(10-5, 3-0 SEC). The game is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. (CT) tip, and will
be televised by CBS. Ole Miss, ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top
25 Poll and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, suffered its second
straight SEC loss at Alabama Wednesday, while Kentucky won its seventh
straight with a victory over No. 4-ranked Tennessee Tuesday.
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. He has an overall record of 53-30 (.639 winning
percentage). In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27 record, and
the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two years in
Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14 overall
record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Rebels
advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth straight
for the Ole Miss program.
In 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native was
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first 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. 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).
OLE MISS-KENTUCKY SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 97th meeting between the two schools. The
Wildcats hold an 86-10 lead in the series, which began in 1925. Kentucky
has won the last three encounters in the series, including a 74-69 victory
in Lexington last season (Jan. 19, 2000). Ole Miss' last win in the series
was a 73-64 victory in Lexington in the 1997-98 season (Feb. 14, 1998).
The Wildcats hold a 30-7 series lead in games played in Oxford. The
Rebels' last win over Kentucky in Oxford was a 73-69 victory in the 1996-97
campaign (Jan. 11, 1997). Rebel head coach Rod Barnes is 0-3 versus
Kentucky and 0-1 versus the Wildcats in Tad Smith Coliseum.
The Wildcats bring a 10-5 overall record and a 3-0 Southeastern Conference
mark into Saturday's game. Kentucky has won seven straight, with its last
setback a narrow 46-45 loss at Michigan State in mid-December. The
Wildcats' 84-74 win over Tennessee Jan. 16 gave them the lead in the SEC
Eastern Division with a 3-0 league mark. The tandem of Keith Bogans and
Tayshaun Prince leads the Kentucky offense. Bogans is the team's top
scorer with a 16.4 average, while Prince is second with a 13.8 average.
Bogans and Prince both have netted double figures in the last 11 games for
Kentucky. Prince leads the Wildcats on the boards with a 6.1 rebounding
average. Marquis Estill is the team's top shooter from the field at 57.3
percent, while Bogans is the squad's top three-point threat at 37.4
percent. Kentucky is shooting 47.4 percent from the floor, 32.2 percent
from the arc and 64.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are
out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 4.3 rebounds per contest.
ISN'T THIS ODD?
For the first time in the history of the Ole Miss-Kentucky series, the
Rebels enter a game against the Wildcats with a higher national ranking.
In this week's polls, Ole Miss is ranked No. 21 in Associated Press and No.
22 in ESPN/USA Today. On the strength of its current seven-game winning
streak, Kentucky is on the verge of cracking the polls, as the Wildcats are
near the top of the "Also Receiving Votes" category of both polls (#31, AP,
#29, ESPN/USA Today).
WE KNOW THE FEELING
On Tuesday (Jan. 16), Kentucky began a week of facing three straight
Southeastern Conference opponents which are ranked. The Wildcats defeated
No. 4-ranked Tennessee, 84-74 at home Jan. 16. Kentucky now travels to No.
21 Ole Miss Saturday and to No. 15 Alabama Jan. 23.
Last season, the Rebels had their own "ranked" week in SEC play Jan.
15-22, 2000. Ole Miss started out at No. 12 Tennessee (a 98-60 Vol win)
and then played at No. 18 Kentucky (a 74-69 Wildcat win). The Rebels
finished "ranked" week with a thrilling 79-77 overtime victory over No. 4
Auburn at Tad Smith Coliseum.
A REVERSAL OF FORTUNES
The Rebels have been the road warriors in the early portion of the
Southeastern Conference schedule, having played three of its first four
league games on the road. On the other hand, Saturday will be Kentucky's
first on the road in SEC action. The Wildcats have played their first
three league contests at Rupp Arena versus Georgia, South Carolina and
REBELS ON INAUGURATION DAY
Aside from Ole Miss and Kentucky playing hoops on Saturday, the other big
news story will be the Presidential Inauguration. Since Ronald Reagan took
the oath in January of 1981, the Rebels have had considerable success
playing on or near the Presidential Inauguration. The last time Ole Miss
played a contest on the day of inauguration was the 1992-93 campaign, with
the Rebels posting a 69-53 home win over rival Mississippi State (Jan. 20,
The Rebels and the Wildcats have played only one common opponent so far
this season?Georgia. Ole Miss dropped a 70-66 decision to Georgia at home
Jan. 13, while Kentucky defeated the Bulldogs, 67-63 in Lexington Jan. 6.
CLOSING THE GAP
There's no question that Kentucky has dominated the overall series with
Ole Miss, holding a commanding 86-10 lead. However, the gap has closed
somewhat in recent years. Since the 1996-97 season, the Wildcats hold a
4-2 lead in those games, with the Rebels taking the regular-season
encounters in 1996-97 (73-69 win) and 1997-98 (73-64 win). But, to look at
it another way, in Kentucky's four wins since 1996-97, the Wildcats'
average margin of victory was 9.8 points per game. In its seven-game win
streak over the Rebels from 1990-91 to 1995-96, Kentucky's average margin
of victory was 21.9 points per game.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Kentucky's last run to the national title in 1997-98, Ole Miss was the
last team to defeat the Wildcats. The Rebels won, 73-64 in Lexington Feb.
14, 1998. It was Ole Miss' first win in Lexington since 1927. Kentucky
finished the 1997-98 campaign with 13 straight victories en route to the
LOCKHART HAS BEST SEC GAME TO DATE VERSUS ALABAMA
Senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) had his best offensive
Southeastern Conference game so far this season versus Alabama Jan. 17.
Entering the Alabama game, the 6-foot-8 forward had been averaging 8.0
points in SEC play, but broke out versus the Crimson Tide with 17 points
and six boards. Lockhart scored his 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the
field and 1-of-3 from the charity stripe. He also had two blocks versus
Alabama. In SEC action (four games), Lockhart is now averaging 10.3 points.
REED DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Freshman Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) doubled his pleasure for a second
time this season versus Georgia Jan. 13. The 6-foot-8 forward scored a
career-high 21 points and also grabbed 12 boards in the 70-66 setback to
the Bulldogs. His first collegiate double-double was a 16 point-13 rebound
performance in the Rebels' 88-84 overtime victory over VCU Nov. 25. The 21
points against the Bulldogs bested Reed's previous high of 19 points a week
earlier versus Vanderbilt. Reed also hit a career-high nine field goals
versus Georgia. For the season, he is averaging 10.6 points and 5.6
rebounds. In SEC play only (four games), Reed is averaging 13 points and
CALL HIM "MR. TOUGH GUY"
Despite suffering an ankle injury in the Rebels' Jan. 13 game versus
Georgia, sophomore David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) played 28 minutes at
Alabama Jan. 17 and had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and two
steals versus the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-3 guard suffered a sprained
left ankle versus Georgia and was listed as probable for the Alabama game.
Sanders suffered the injury with under six minutes to go in the second half
versus the Bulldogs. Before he left the game, Sanders had four points, two
boards, five assists and one steal. This season, Sanders is averaging 6.8
points, 2.5 rebounds, while shooting 53.2 percent from the field.
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) and Rahim
Lockhart and junior redshirt John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) are now at the
head of all the classes in Ole Miss basketball history. With the Rebels'
victory over Arkansas Jan. 10, the 2000-01 senior class has 75 wins, the
most victories by a class in a four-year span. The 75 victories surpass
the previous mark of 74 wins by the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter,
Keith Carter, Jason Smith and Michael White. The 2000-01 senior class has
also been a part of the 1998 SEC Western Division championship squad and
has been to three straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT).
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
Yes, the school-record 29-game homecourt winning streak came to an end in
the 1998-99 season, 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 71 of its last 79 games (.899 winning percentage) at home,
including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are
8-1 at Tad Smith Coliseum this season, with the loss coming to Georgia Jan.
13. That loss ended a 12-game homecourt win streak. Ole Miss also owns
the third longest homecourt winning streak versus non-conference opponents
in the nation at 43 straight (Maryland is first at 75 straight). In the
past nine seasons (1992-present), Ole Miss has an overall home record of
99-29 (.773 winning percentage).
A HAPPY 300 FOR THE "TAD PAD"
With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2, the Rebels posted
their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record
of 304-155 (.662 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
REBELS ON TELEVISION
Ole Miss will be making its 11th television appearance of the year
Saturday when the Rebels meet Kentucky on CBS. Saturday's game is the
third of five consecutive television appearances for the Rebels in the
month of January. The Rebels have 14 scheduled television appearances in
2000-01. This season, Ole Miss is 7-3 in television games, with the losses
coming to Iowa State in the championship game of the Yahoo! Sports
Invitational Dec. 23, Georgia Jan. 13 and Alabama Jan. 17. The Rebels have
appeared on television over 40 times the past four seasons. Last year, Ole
Miss had 11 television contests, and posted a 6-5 record in those games.
REBELS IN CBS GAMES
Since the 1996-97 season, Ole Miss has a 3-3 record when playing a game on
CBS. The Rebels are 2-0 in regular-season games on CBS, winning at Alabama
(74-63) in the 1997-98 season and defeating Arkansas (89-81) in the 1998-99
campaign. Ole Miss' other win came in the 1999 NCAA Tournament first
round, a 72-70 victory over Villanova. The win was the program's
first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. All three Ole Miss losses on CBS have
come in NCAA Tournament play.
REBELS WERE IN THE FINAL TWO
Forget the Final Four for now. Ole Miss was among the "Final Two" prior
to the Rebels' loss to Iowa State Dec. 23. Before the setback to Iowa
State, Ole Miss was one of the last two NCAA Division I schools to have
both its men's and women's basketball teams undefeated. The Lady Rebels
have a 12-3 record (prior to Thursday's game at Alabama). Baylor was the
final school to have both its men's and women's teams undefeated, but both
lost last week in Big 12 Conference play.
Heading into play the week of Dec. 18, 2000, four schools had both its
men's and women's teams undefeated. They were Baylor, Ole Miss, Alabama,
MOVING ON UP THE CHARTS
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 648 career rebounds, after grabbing six
boards versus Alabama Jan. 17. Lockhart is in the No. 10 spot on the Ole
Miss career rebounding list, and needs 24 more rebounds to take over the
No. 9 spot currently held by Jason Smith (1996-99, 671 career rebounds).
Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 278 boards, and with his 220
rebounds in 1999-2000, he had 498 rebounds coming into the 2000-01 campaign.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97
season and including this campaign, Ole Miss has an incredible 80-9 record
(.899 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 14-37 when they net less than 70 points during that
five-year period (including 2000-01). This season, Ole Miss has a 9-0
record when scoring 70 points or more.
The old saying is that defense wins championships. If that is the case,
Ole Miss may be in contention for a title in 2000-01, especially if the
Rebels can continue to hassle the opposition with their defensive pressure.
Ole Miss is holding its opponents to an average of 63.2 points per game,
which is still tops in the Southeastern Conference.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9. After his two blocks versus Alabama Jan. 17, he now has
114 for his career and is tied for second place on the Ole Miss career
blocked shots chart. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the 2000-01 season with
83 career blocks. Lockhart led the Rebels in blocked shots the previous
two seasons with 44 and 46 blocks, respectively.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart is picking up where he left off last year?doubling
his pleasure. Lockhart came into the 2000-01 season with 14 career
double-doubles, and he recorded his 20th double-double performance in Ole
Miss' win over Morris Brown (10 points-10 rebounds). He also had
double-doubles versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-12) Nov. 18,
Louisiana-Monroe (16-10) Nov. 28, Memphis (15-14) Dec. 9, Southeastern
Louisiana (21-14) Dec. 13 and Southern Cal (16-13) Dec. 22. Last year,
Lockhart had 13 double-doubles, which ranked him in the top 10 in the
nation in that statistical category. His first career double-double came
versus Tennessee (16-12) as a sophomore in the 1998-99 season.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 20-36 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Eastern Division since the conference began divisional play in the 1991-92
season. Ole Miss is 23-43 versus the SEC Eastern Division teams, including
HEATING UP THEN COOLING OFF FROM LONG DISTANCE
Many say you can live and die by the three-point shot. Well, the Rebels
aren't dead yet, but after shooting a high percentage from the arc in games
9-14, they have cooled off in the last three contests.
The Rebels had a slow start dialing from long distance in the first eight
games, hitting only 4.63 treys per contest and shooting 35.6 percent.
However, Ole Miss heated up with a school-record 14 three-pointers in its
win over Troy State Dec. 18 and continued the hot streak through the
Vanderbilt contest Jan. 6. During that string of games from Troy State to
Vanderbilt, the Rebels hit 9.83 treys per game and shot 44 percent from the
In the last three games, Ole Miss has hit 5.33 three-pointers per game and
is shooting 26.2 percent.
OLE MISS PICKED SIXTH IN WEST BY MEDIA
The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in sixth place in the SEC
Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media
days Nov. 1-2 in Birmingham, Ala. Arkansas was picked to win the SEC
Western Division championship, while Tennessee was selected to win both the
SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown.
HARRISON ON THE CHARTS
Junior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) has put his name on the Ole Miss
career three-pointers made list. The 5-foot-5 guard jumped into the top
five with his two treys versus Troy State Dec. 18, and now is in the No. 4
spot with 93. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3
with 131 career treys. This season, Harrison is shooting 44.4 percent from
the three-point line.
HITTING 'EM WHEN THEY COUNT
The Rebels haven't had a reputation for hitting a high percentage >from the
charity stripe the last couple of seasons, especially down the stretch in
games. However, that may be changing in 2000-01. Ole Miss is hitting 66.0
percent from the foul line for the season, but more importantly, the Rebels
are hitting their foul shots down the stretch. In their wins over Sam
Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis, Southern Illinois, Southern Cal,
Vanderbilt and Arkansas, the Rebels shot 72.3 percent from the line
(68-of-94) in the final four minutes (and overtime) of those games.
A HAPPY 50 FOR COACH BARNES
No, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is not celebrating his 50th birthday
(not even close for the 35-year-old, by the way). With the Rebels'
overtime victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal Dec. 22, Barnes won his
50th game as the Ole Miss head coach. He has a current record of 53-30.
Barnes reached the 50-win plateau the third fastest of any coach in Rebel
history. George Bohler and Homer Hazel are the only two coaches in Ole
Miss history to reach the milestone faster.
THE FIRST TIME SINCE, PART I...
The Rebels opened their Southeastern Conference schedule with consecutive
road wins at Vanderbilt (81-68) and at Arkansas (53-48). The last time Ole
Miss won back-to-back road games in the SEC (at any time during the season)
was the 1998-99 campaign when the Rebels won at LSU (82-66) Feb. 3, 1999,
and at Florida (79-68) Feb. 6, 1999.
THE FIRST TIME SINCE, PART II...
The Rebels opened their Southeastern Conference schedule with consecutive
road wins at Vanderbilt (81-68) and at Arkansas (53-48). The last time Ole
Miss won its first two SEC games on the road was the 1950-51 season. The
Rebels won at Auburn (65-61) Dec. 9, 1950, and at Alabama (67-61) Dec. 11,
HOLMES BULLISH ON THE BOARDS
Senior Jason Holmes (Tylertown, Miss.) proved he is more than just a
three-point threat in the Rebels' 53-48 victory over Arkansas Jan. 10. The
6-foot-5 guard grabbed a career-high nine boards in the win, besting his
previous high of six rebounds versus VCU earlier this year. Holmes is
averaging 2.5 rebounds per contest this season (42 total boards), and has
nearly equalled his rebound total (44) of a year ago. Holmes, who is
shooting 39.6 percent from the three-point line, also hit a couple of key
second-half three-pointers versus the Razorbacks Jan. 10.
MANNY'S DA MAN!
Sophomore Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) came up with a big half of
basketball for the Rebels in the second half of their victory over Arkansas
Jan. 10. The 6-foot-3 guard, who also goes by "Manny," was held scoreless
and had no boards in the first half. However, that changed after
intermission. Wade scored six points and grabbed a career-high tying five
boards in the second half to help propel the Rebels to the win. Wade
netted the Rebels' first six points of the second half, and then grabbed
three huge rebounds in the closing minutes. This season, he is averaging
4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds.
FLANIGAN HOT FROM THE ARC
After tying his career high for three-pointers made (three) seven previous
imes, Jason Flanigan finally got "over the hump," hitting a career-best
five treys in the Rebels' victory over Morris Brown Dec. 30. The 6-foot-1
senior guard hit 5-of-6 from the arc and was 7-of-8 from the field versus
the Wolverines. Flanigan scored 19 points in the victory, just one point
shy of tying his career high.
KIRKLIN'S THE KEY THREE
In the years from 1996-99, Ole Miss fans got an early sense the Rebels
would win the game when guard Michael White would hit a couple of
three-pointers in the game's opening minutes. Well, that mantle has been
passed to sophomore Richard Kirklin (Pine Bluff, Ark.). The 6-foot-9
forward hit the first five points, including a three-pointer, for the
Rebels versus Vanderbilt Jan. 6. Ole Miss went on to win the game, 81-68.
Kirklin, who received his first start of the season versus the Commodores,
finished the contest with eight points and four boards.
It must have been deja vu for Vanderbilt because Kirklin also hit the
game-opening basket?a three-pointer?last year versus the Commodores. Ole
Miss won that contest, 75-67.
However, Kirklin has also hit key three-pointers for the Rebels other than
those at the beginning of the games. He had two crucial treys in the first
half of Ole Miss' 84-83 overtime win over Southern Cal Dec. 22. Kirklin
also nailed a clutch second-half three-pointer in the Rebels' 60-55 victory
over Oklahoma Dec. 2.
REED HAS STRONG PERFORMANCE OFF THE BENCH VERSUS VANDERBILT
Maybe freshman Justin Reed should be "under the weather" more often. No,
we're just kidding. But, after missing most of practice the week leading
up to the Vanderbilt game due to illness, Reed came off the bench versus
the Commodores to net 19 points in leading the Rebels to the 81-68 victory.
It was the first time this season that Reed did not start. Reed hit a
career-best five free throws. The 6-foot-8 forward also grabbed seven
boards and had one assist and two steals versus Vanderbilt.
TAYLOR TO FOCUS ON FOOTBALL
Rebel sophomore guard Syniker Taylor (Gulfport, Miss.), who also played
basketball at Ole Miss last year, has decided to pass on joining the
basketball team for the 2000-01 season and concentrate on football. This
fall, Taylor started all 11 games at free safety for the Ole Miss football
squad and recorded 67 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions, 19 passes
defensed and two fumble recoveries. He was second on the squad in tackles
and interceptions. Taylor also returned one interception 65 yards for a
touchdown versus Georgia (Nov. 18, 2000).
Last year, Taylor played in 18 games for the Ole Miss basketball team. He
averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds, while posting 10 assists and 18 steals.
"PROVINE POSSE" STEPS UP AGAIN
The "Provine Posse" of sophomore David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) and
freshmen Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) and Justin Reed came up big again
for the Rebels in the win over Vanderbilt Jan. 6. Reed led the team with
19 points, while Sanders hit 6-of-7 from the foul line, including four
straight in the final four minutes. Harper added five points, four
rebounds and four assists in the win.
It was the third game this year that the "Posse" shined. The trio, led by
Reed's double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, helped Ole Miss to an
88-84 overtime win at VCU Nov. 25. One week later (Dec. 2), the trio
combined to score 38 of the Rebels' 60 points in a win over Oklahoma
(60-55). Harper led the way with 18 points versus the Sooners.
All three played their high school basketball at Provine High School in
Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith is 4-2 versus Ole Miss (3-1 at Ky., 1-1 at
Ga.)...CBS Sports Executive Producer Terry Ewert is a 1973 Ole Miss
grad...Ole Miss' Rod Barnes is 1-12 versus Kentucky as a player and head
coach. The lone win was a 76-65 victory in 1986-87 season. Barnes netted
10 points in that win.