Men's Basketball Game Notes
Jan. 18, 2002
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Television: FOX Sports Net South (Dave Neal, play-by-play, Barry Booker,
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OLE MISS TO CLOSE TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP AT ARKANSAS ON SATURDAY: The Ole Miss Rebels (13-4, 2-2 SEC) return to to road Saturday, Jan. 19, when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to meet the Arkansas Razorbacks (10-6, 2-2 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference Western Division clash. The game, which will be televised by FOX Sports Net South, is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (CT) at Bud Walton Arena. Ole Miss enters Saturday's encounter having won nine of its last 11 games. The Rebels, though, dropped their last game, an 87-64 setback at No. 12-ranked Kentucky Jan. 15. Arkansas has won six of its last nine, but dropped a narrow 62-60 decision to South Carolina Jan. 16.
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 79-39 record. He has led Ole Miss to a 13-4 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-ARKANSAS SERIES: Saturday's game will the 49th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 34-14. The series began in 1937. Since it joined the Southeastern Conference in the 1991-92 season, Arkansas holds an 11-9 series lead over the Rebels. Last season, Ole Miss swept the two meetings with the Razorbacks, defeating Arkansas 53-48 in Fayetteville and 84-73 in Oxford. The Rebels have won six of the last seven meetings versus the Razorbacks. Arkansas holds a 10-4 series lead in games played in Fayetteville, but Ole Miss has won three of the last five encounters in Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas' last win in the series came in the 1999-2000 season, a 71-64 victory on Jan. 5, 2000. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 5-1 versus Arkansas and 2-1 against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks enter Saturday's game with a 10-6 overall record and a 2-2 Southeastern Conference mark. Arkansas has won six of its last nine contests, but dropped a narrow 62-60 decision to South Carolina Jan. 16. Senior Jannero Pargo leads three Razorbacks in double figures with a 16.2 scoring average. Senior Brandon Dean (14.5 ppg) and freshman J.J. Sullinger (11.1 ppg) are also averaging double figures. Senior Dionisio Gomez is the squad's top rebounder with a 6.8 average. Dean leads the team from the field, hitting 54.8 percent of his attempts. Pargo is the team's top three-point threat, connecting on 41.9 percent of his shots from the arc. Arkansas, as a team, is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from the three-point line and 64.4 percent from the charity stripe. Opponents are out-rebounding the Razorbacks by an average of 7.4 boards per game (40.2-32.8).
PLAY THEM IN JANUARY: Since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1991-92, the Rebels have had some success versus the Razorbacks - especially when the contests are played in January. When the two teams have met in the month of January since the 1991-92 season, Ole Miss holds a narrow 7-4 edge in those meetings. The Rebels have won seven of the last nine January meetings, including sweeps of the Razorbacks in the 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons. The following are the results of the last nine January encounters between the Rebels and Razorbacks:
Date/Site Result 1-31-01/Oxford Ole Miss 84, Arkansas 73 1-10-01/Fayetteville Ole Miss 53, Arkansas 48 1-5-00/Fayetteville Arkansas 71, Ole Miss 64 1-30-99/Oxford Ole Miss 89, Arkansas 81 1-9-99/Fayetteville Ole Miss 76, Arkansas 65 1-29-97/Oxford Ole Miss 71, Arkansas 52 1-2-97/Fayetteville Ole Miss 91, Arkansas 74 1-10-96/Oxford Arkansas 63, Ole Miss 62 1-4-95/Oxford Ole Miss 76, Arkansas 71
COMMON OPPONENTS: The Rebels and the Razorbacks have played three common opponents this season. Both teams have a 3-0 record against those common opponents. The following shows the results of those common opponents:
THE SEC WEST'S BEST CLASH: Saturday's contest between Ole Miss and Arkansas will feature the two most successful programs in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division since the 1996-97 season. Ole Miss is the winningest SEC Western Division program in the last six seasons (1996-97 to present), while Arkansas is the conference's second-winningest program. The following is a "tale of the tape" of the two programs since 1996-97:
* Ole Miss and Arkansas have combined to win 7 of the 10 SEC Western Division titles since 1991-92.
IN GOOD COMPANY: One saying is people judge you by the company you keep. If that is the case, Ole Miss must be considered among the Southeastern Conference's elite - especially since 1996-97. The Rebels are one of three SEC teams to advance to the postseason each of the previous five years (4 NCAA, 1 NIT). Arkansas (4 NCAA, 1 NIT) and Kentucky (5 NCAA) are the only two other SEC schools to see action in the last five postseason tournaments.
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 121 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 121 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 156 wins. The following charts show the Rebels' success (including the 2001-02 season):
Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC West Teams
Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC Teams (Top 6)
REBELS SECOND ON WEST TITLES LIST: The Rebels clinched the Southeastern Conference Western Division title outright in 2000-01, and it was the program's third SEC Western Division championship in the last five years. Since the league went to the two-division format in 1991-92, the Rebels have won the second-most SEC West titles. The following chart shows the SEC Western Division champions (outright and shared titles):
SEC Western Division Team Titles Years Arkansas 4 1992-93-94-95 Ole Miss 3 1997-98-2001 Mississippi State 2 1995-96 Auburn 1 1999 LSU 1 2000
BARNES CLOSING IN ON 80: Rod Barnes posted his 70th victory as head coach at Ole Miss earlier in 2001-02, and is now closing in on win No. 80. Barnes won his 70th game in the Rebels' 92-45 win over Morris Brown Nov. 28. He has a current record of 79-39, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 79 victories are the fifth most by a head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. The following lists the winningest coaches in Rebel history:
BARNES LOOKING FOR ANOTHER "FIRST": As if he hasn't done enough in his short tenure as head coach of the Ole Miss basketball program, Rod Barnes would achieve another "first" when the Rebels win their next game. With another win, Barnes would have his 80th as head coach and would be the first Rebel mentor to average 20 victories per season in the program's history.
RESILIENT REBELS: Last season, Ole Miss proved when it was down, it wasn't necessarily out. The 2001-02 Rebels are proving they have the same character to comeback. The following chronicles Ole Miss' resiliency:
GUNN BACK FOR PRACTICE: Junior John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) returned to the floor for the Rebels this week, but it was only in practice. The 6-foot-10 forward underwent surgery to repair a kidney ailment Nov. 9 in New Orleans, La. The surgery was successful. Gunn will miss the 2001-02 season, but will continue to practice with the team. He will apply for a medical redshirt.
"TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS" OFF THE COURT: One of Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes' favorite lines is "take care of your business." Well, the Rebels did it once again in the classroom. Three Rebels - sophomores Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) and Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) and freshman Spence Shutt (Savannah, Tenn.) - made the University of Mississippi Athletic Association (UMAA) Honor Roll (3.00-3.49 gpa) for the fall semester. In the spring of 2001, seven Ole Miss players made one of the University's three honor rolls (Chancellor's, Dean's, UMAA).
SANDERS BACK TO FORM: In the three games prior to the Jan. 15 contest at Kentucky, junior David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. Those numbers were fine - for last year. This season, the 6-foot-3 guard has picked up both his scoring and rebounding, and he got back to form against the Kentucky Wildcats. Sanders had 17 points and eight boards, while also recording three assists. The following shows Sanders' statistical improvement from 2000-01 to 2001-02:
Year Points Rebs. FG% 3-pt.% 2001-02 11.2 4.3 55.4 50.0 2000-01 6.9 2.7 50.3 21.9
SANDERS LOVES PLAYING ARKANSAS: There always seems to be one player who loves to play against one opponent. For junior David Sanders, that opponent is Arkansas. In his first two games against the Razorbacks in 2000-01, Sanders averaged 15.5 points and 3.0 boards, while shooting 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the field and 69.2 percent from the foul line (9-of-13).
In the Jan. 10, 2001, game, the 6-foot-3 guard scored 12 points and hit the game-clinching free throws with :08 on the clock. Sanders netted a career-high tying 19 points and also had three boards and three steals in the second encounter between the teams last season.
REBELS IN CLOSE CALLS: While the Ole Miss fans may not enjoy the nailbiters this season, the Rebels are proving they can be successful in games decided by single digits. Ole Miss is 5-3 in contests decided by less than 10 points, including narrow recent victories over versus Auburn (69-65) and No. 22-ranked Mississippi State (66-59). Last year, the Rebels had a 14-3 mark in games decided by single digits.
Arkansas is 2-5 in games decided by less than 10 points this season.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: The Rebels sure are doubling their pleasure in the scoring column in 2001-02, as five players are averaging double digits. Sophomore Justin Reed leads the team with a 14.8 average, followed by junior David Sanders at 11.2 ppg, senior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) and sophomore Aaron Harper at 11.2 ppg, and junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) at 10.1 ppg.
HARPER HITTING THE CLUTCH TREY: Sophomore Aaron Harper's touch from the three-point arc may have been a little off in recent contests. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward, however, has been able to hit the three-pointer when the Rebels need it most.
In Ole Miss' win over Auburn Jan. 9, the contest was tied at 57-all with 3:05 left, but three seconds later Harper nailed a three-pointer to give the Rebels a 60-57 lead. Ole Miss would not lose the lead again en route to the victory.
Against Mississippi State Jan. 12, Harper did not hit a trey in the first half. His first three-pointer of the second half gave Ole Miss a 28-26 lead, and Harper's second long-range bomb came with only 2:11 left in the game, extending the Rebel lead from 55-52 to 58-52.
CALL HIM MR. HUSTLE: What he lacks in height, senior Jason Harrison makes up for it more than enough with his hustle, and it was evident once again in the Rebels' victory over No. 22-ranked Mississippi State Jan. 12. With Ole Miss ahead 60-54 with 1:11 left, Harrison came up with a key steal and called a timeout before going out of bounds. The 5-foot-5 guard also came up with a huge rebound down low with under a minute to play to preserve the victory. He had 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. Harrison hit 4-of-6 from the foul line in the final minute.
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 17 games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 182 points (10.7 average) and now has 948 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 17 games in 2001-02, Harrison has 73 dishes for a 4.3 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 129 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 378 assists. He is tied for the No. 3 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
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:
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 10 games, the Marianna, Ark., native is averaging 8.8 points and 3.6 rebounds, while shooting 84.6 percent from the charity stripe (22-of-26).
He also has come up big for the Rebels during the 10-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. He also scored five straight points (trey, 2 FTs) during a 10-2 second half run versus Mississippi State Jan. 12 that helped propel the Rebels to victory.
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 No. 22-ranked Mississippi State Jan. 12, this year's senior class has 79 victories, which is nine 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:
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 40 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
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 went over 600 points for his career. He now has 637 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 252 in 2001-02. He is leading the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 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.
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 11 games, Allen has averaged 11.6 points and 7.2 boards, while Reed has posted averages of 14.8 points and 6.6 boards. Both are also shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (Reed, 46.3 percent, Allen, 52.2) and close to 75 percent from the charity stripe (Reed, 81.5 percent, Allen, 72.5 percent) in the last 10 games. In fact, the Rebels are 8-0 when Allen and Reed both notch double figures.
HARPER RECORDS A "FIRST": Sophomore Aaron Harper 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.
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 10.1 points and 6.5 boards and is shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 75 percent from the charity stripe. He is ranked among the SEC leaders in free throw percentage (10th) and rebounding (15th).
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):
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:
A NEW REBEL IRONMAN: It took 18 seasons, but the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program crowned a new ironman in 2000-01 as Jason Flanigan set a school record for career games played with 127. Flanigan broke the previous mark of 121 games played set by Roger Stieg, who played from 1980-83.
Well, Flanigan's record may fall after only one season. Jason Harrison has played in 118 games, including all 17 in 2001-02, and could set a new Ole Miss record this season.
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