Men's Basketball Game Notes

Jan. 25, 2002


Game #20 * Jefferson-Pilot TV

South Carolina (12-6, 2-3) vs. Ole Miss (15-4, 4-2)

Saturday, January 26 * 12:07 p.m. (CT) tip

Tad Smith Coliseum * Oxford, Miss.


Television: Jefferson-Pilot (David Steele, play-by-play, Barry Booker, color analyst, Scott Snyder, producer, Roy Alfers, director)

Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Stan Sandroni, pregame/ halftime/postgame host, Don Kessinger, guest color analyst)


The Ole Miss Rebels (15-4, 4-2 SEC) continue their three-game Southeastern Conference home-stand against the South Carolina Gamecocks (12-6, 2-3 SEC) Saturday, Jan. 26. The game, which will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot, is slated for a 12:07 p.m. (CT) tip at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss enters Wednesday's encounter having won 11 of its last 13 games. The Rebels have won two straight in the league, defeating Arkansas Jan. 19 and LSU Jan. 23. The Gamecocks enter Saturday's contest having won two of their last three. South Carolina posted an impressive 94-60 win at Tennessee Jan. 23.

- Ole Miss Probable Starters -
(Based on last game's starters)
No.     Player (Yr.)            Pos.    Ht.     Wt.     PPG/RPG      Hometown
40      Derrick Allen (Jr.)     F       6-8     230     9.9/6.9      Gadsden, Ala.
* Avg. 11.7 pts and 8.2 rebs in SEC play (6 games)
45      Richard Kirklin (Jr.)   F       6-9     215     2.1/1.1      Pine Bluff, Ark.
* Rebels are 7-0 when he starts in his career, started vs. LSU
5       Aaron Harper (So.)      G/F     6-7     215     11.3/4.2     Jackson, Miss.
* Avg. 16.5 pts, 8.5 rebs in last 2 games, career-high 6 stls vs. LSU
11      Jason Harrison (Sr.)    G       5-5     160     10.5/4.3apg  Little Rock, Ark.
* No. 3 on OM career assists chart with 386, has 966 career pts
15      David Sanders (Jr.)     G       6-3     185     11.5/4.4     Jackson, Miss.
* Dished out a career-high 7 assists vs. LSU

- Top Reserves - No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 23 Justin Reed (So.) F 6-8 230 14.4/6.3 Jackson, Miss. * Broke out of recent slump with 18 pts vs. LSU 32 Emmanuel Wade (Jr.) G 6-3 185 7.6/3.5 Marianna, Ark. * Career-high tying 6 rebs vs. LSU, also had 6 vs. Ky. Jan 15


Rod Barnes is in his fourth season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. The 2001 Naismith and National Coach of the Year, Barnes has compiled an 81-39 record. He has led Ole Miss to a 15-4 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).


Saturday's game will be the 15th time the two schools have faced each other on the hardwood. The series is tied at 7-7. The Rebels have won three straight in the series, including last year's 67-61 victory in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 17, 2001. Ole Miss holds a 5-0 series lead in games played in Oxford. The Gamecocks' last victory in the series was a 67-66 win in Columbia in the 1998-99 campaign (Jan. 27, 1999). The two schools met only one time prior to South Carolina joining the Southeastern Conference in the 1991-92 season. The two teams played in the Gulf-South Tournament in the 1960-61 season, with the Gamecocks taking an 85-79 decision. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 2-1 versus South Carolina and 1-0 against the Gamecocks in Oxford.


The Gamecocks enter Saturday's game with a 12-6 overall record and a 2-3 Southeastern Conference mark. South Carolina has won two of its last three games, with both victories coming on the road at Arkansas (62-60) Jan. 16 and at Tennessee (94-60) Jan. 23. The backcourt tandem of Jamel Bradley and Aaron Lucas leads the Gamecocks' offense. Bradley is the squad's top scorer with a 14.3 average, while Aaron Lucas has a 10.8 scoring average. Marius Petravicius leads South Carolina on the boards with a 6.3 average. Bradley is the team's top three-point shooter, hitting 44.8 percent of his attempts. The Gamecocks, as a team, are shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from the arc and 64.7 percent from the charity stripe. South Carolina has the SEC's top scoring defense, allowing its opponents only 60.1 points per game.

- South Carolina Probable Starters -
No.     Player (Yr.)            Pos.    Ht.     Wt.     PPG/RPG      Hometown
15      Carlos Powell (Fr.)     F       6-7     220     5.4/1.9      Florence, S.C.
* Got 1st SEC start at Tenn. Jan. 23, had 19 pts, 4 rebs vs. the Vols
31      Chuck Eidson (Jr.)      F       6-7     205     7.7/3.5      Summerville, S.C.
* Missed last year's OM-SC encounter with a knee injury
55      Rolando Howell (So.)    F/C     6-9     220     8.7/6.0      Columbia, S.C.
* Team's top FG shooter at 54 percent, has 2 dbl-dbls this year
5       Aaron Lucas (Sr.)       G       5-11    185     10.8/4.6apg  Columbia, S.C.
* Had 15 pts, 2 rebs, 3 assts and 2 stls in last year's meeting
10      Jamel Bradley (Sr.)     G       6-2     170     14.3/1.9     Beckley, W. Va.
* 3rd in the SEC in 3-pt. FG shooting at 44.8 percent

- Top Reserves - No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 12 Marius Petravicius(Jr.) C 6-10 250 9.4/6.3 Kltenenu, Lithuania * Squad's leading rebounder with a 6.3 average 23 Chris Warren (Jr.) F 6-5 195 4.6/2.1 Garland, Texas * Played in all 18 games, shooting 82.4 pct from the foul line


When the Rebels and Gamecocks meet Saturday, fans can expect a tough defensive struggle. Both teams rank among the top five in the league in scoring defense, with Ole Miss tied for third (63.8 ppg) and South Carolina first (61.0 ppg).


Well, it's still early in the races for the league's overall championship and Western Division title. But, good signs are always needed whenever they show up during a season. Ole Miss opened a three-game homestand Jan. 23 versus LSU, which is nearly reminiscent to the Rebels' three-game homestand of 2000-01. The following compares the two:

     2000-01    Notes Around            2001-02

3-Game Homestand 5-3 SEC Record 3-2 entering homestand Trails Ala. SEC West Standings Trails Ala. (6-3) going into homestand (4-1) Win at AU Game before homestand Win at Ark. LSU Opp. to open LSU 3-game homestand 3-0 Record for homestand 1-0 8-3 Record after homestand - 11-5 Final SEC Record - Champ SEC West Division -


Prior to Ole Miss' win at South Carolina last year, neither team had lost a home game in the short series. The Rebels, though, broke that trend, posting a 67-61 win in Columbia, S.C., last season. The Gamecocks still have a 4-1 lead in the series in games played in Columbia.

Saturday, the Rebels will look to protect it perfect record versus South Carolina in Oxford. Ole Miss is 5-0 against the Gamecocks in Tad Smith Coliseum. South Carolina, however, has won its last two SEC road games at Arkansas Jan. 16 and at Tennessee Jan. 23. For the season, the Gamecocks have a 4-1 overall road record.


It's always nice to come back home, and that's what more than 50 former Rebel players are doing this weekend. The former players attended a reception on Friday and will be in attendance at Saturday's contest. The late B.L. Graham, former Ole Miss player and head coach, will be honored prior to the contest.


The Rebels and the Gamecocks have played three common opponents this season. Ole Miss has a 1-2 record versus the common opponents, while South Carolina is 2-1. The following shows the results of those common opponents:

Ole Miss        Opponent        So. Carolina
70-64, W (A)    Arkansas        62-60, W (A)
64-87, L (A)    Kentucky        50-51, L (H)
76-82, L (A)    Tennessee       94-60, W (A)


Saturday's game versus South Carolina will be the Rebels' fifth overall television appearance in 2001-02 and their third in Southeastern Conference play. In fact, Saturday will end a stretch in which Ole Miss played three of its last four contests on television (at Kentucky, Jan. 15, at Arkansas, Jan. 19, South Carolina, Jan. 26). Ole Miss is 3-1 in television games this year, defeating Kansas State 67-65 Nov. 24, No. 22-ranked Memphis 71-67 Dec. 7 and Arkansas 70-64 Jan. 19 and falling at No. 12-ranked Kentucky 87-64 Jan. 15.


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 123 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 123 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 158 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. 25)
Team         All Wins  SEC Wins
Ole Miss        123      51
Arkansas        114      47
Auburn          112      44
Alabama         100      36
Miss State       93      32
LSU              84      25

Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC Teams (Top 6) (1996-97 to present, through Jan. 25) Team All Wins SEC Wins Kentucky 158 65 Ole Miss 123 51 Florida 117 49 Arkansas 114 47 Auburn 112 44 Tennessee 108 46


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       No. of Titles   Years
Arkansas        4          1992-93-94-95
Ole Miss        3          1997-98-2001
Miss State      2          1995-96
Auburn          1          1999
LSU             1          2000


The Rebels host South Carolina Saturday, Jan. 26 and that will begin their three-game run through the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division this week. Following Saturday's contest, Ole Miss will host Vanderbilt Jan. 30 before traveling to Georgia (No. 15 in Associated Press poll, No. 17 in ESPN/USA Today poll) Feb. 2.


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 86 of its last 95 games (.905 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. Ole Miss is 8-1 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 114-30 (.792 winning percentage).


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 319-156 (.672 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.


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.


Rod Barnes posted his 80th victory as head coach at Ole Miss with the Rebels' 70-64 victory at Arkansas Jan. 19. He has a current record of 81-39, and reached the 80-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 81 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
B.L. Graham     1950-62         144
Cob Jarvis      1969-76         87
Rob Evans       1992-98         86
Bob Weltlich    1977-81         83
Rod Barnes      1999-present    81
Ed Murphy       1986-92         76


As if he hasn't done enough in his short tenure as head coach of the Ole Miss basketball program, Rod Barnes achieved another "first" with the Rebels' 70-64 victory at Arkansas Jan. 19. With that win, Barnes earned his 80th as head coach and is the first Rebel mentor to average 20 victories per season in the program's history.


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 6-3 in contests decided by less than 10 points this year, including victories over versus Auburn (69-65), No. 22-ranked Mississippi State (66-59) and Arkansas (70-64). Last year, the Rebels had a 14-3 mark in games decided by single digits.

South Carolina is 2-4 in games decided by less than 10 points this season.


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).


In 2001-02, the Rebels are showing their opponents they have a multi-offensive attack. Ole Miss has four players averaging double figures with Justin Reed at 14.4 ppg, David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) at 11.5 ppg, Aaron Harper at 11.3 ppg, and Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) at 10.5 ppg. Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) is just under double figures at 9.9 ppg.

In 14 of their 19 games this year, the Rebels have had at least four players score in double figures. Ole Miss has an 11-3 record in those games.

NO. 23 PLUS 19 EQUALS 18

The math doesn't look correct, but it added up for sophomore Justin Reed in the Rebels' victory over LSU Jan. 23. In the two games prior to the LSU game, the 6-foot-8 forward, who wears No. 23, had a couple of subpar performances against Kentucky and Arkansas. Before the LSU contest, head coach Rod Barnes told Reed to enjoy himself and have fun like a 19-year-old should (Reed turned 20 on Jan. 16).

Reed took his coach's advice and bounced back with 18 points off the bench against the Tigers Jan. 23. He scored his 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line.


Coaches often have tough decisions when making the starting lineup, but this one may not be that difficult. Junior forward Richard Kirklin (Pine Bluff, Ark.) made his first Southeastern Conference start of the season in the Rebels' victory over LSU Jan. 23. The 6-foot-9 forward has started seven games in his Ole Miss career, and the Rebels are 7-0 in those contests, including 5-0 in SEC games. Among those seven starts are the last two regular-season games versus the Gamecocks.


If the Rebels have one player who is hot when he gets going, that player is Aaron Harper. And, in Ole Miss' last two games, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward has been "on fire." He is averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 boards while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the three-point line in the two wins over Arkansas and LSU. Against the Razorbacks Jan. 19, Harper had his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. He followed with 16 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six steals versus LSU Jan. 23.


Junior Derrick Allen and sophomore Aaron Harper did double their pleasure in the Rebels' 70-64 win at Arkansas Jan. 19. Both players recorded the second double-doubles of their careers. Allen had 10 points and a career-high 16 boards against the Razorbacks, while Harper added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Harper's 10 boards tied a career best.

Allen had his first double-double of 12 points and 11 boards versus Kansas State Nov. 25, while Harper posted his first versus Auburn with a 10-point, 10-rebound performance.


As if recording a double-double isn't hard enough for an entire game, Ole Miss junior Derrick Allen tries to do his damage in the first half. In both games in which he recorded a double-double (versus Kansas State, Arkansas), the 6-foot-8 forward had reached the feat by halftime. Allen had 12 points and 10 boards by the intermission against Kansas State and posted 10 points and 12 rebounds by half against Arkansas. Allen's 12 first-half rebounds versus the Razorbacks were one more than their team total at the break (11).


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           4.4         +1.7
Wade          1.8           3.5         +1.7
Harper        2.9           4.2         +1.3


Sophomore Aaron Harper's touch from the three-point arc has been coming back in recent games, and he has also hit the three-pointer when the Rebels need it most.

Harper did it again against Arkansas Jan. 19. Down 35-34 after an 8-2 run by the Razorbacks, Harper nailed a trey to regain the lead (37-35) for Ole Miss. The three-pointer began a run of eight straight points by Harper. He hit another trey in the spurt to extend the Rebel advantage to 42-35.

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.

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.


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 19 games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 200 points (10.5 average) and now has 966 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.


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 659 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 274 in 2001-02. He is leading the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and is second on the squad in rebounding (6.3 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.


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 19 games in 2001-02, Harrison has 81 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 386 assists. He is in 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
Player/Years    No.
1. Sean Tuohy/1979-82           830
2. Rod Barnes/1985-88           456
3. Jason Harrison/1999-present  386
4. Henry Jackson/1976-79        378
5. Michael White/1996-99        370
6. Bob Mahoney/1973-75          362


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 LSU Jan. 23, this year's senior class has 81 victories, which is seven 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      81
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


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 46 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  141
4. Joezon Darby/1996-98         131
5. Aaron Harper/2001-present    109
6. Jason Flanigan/1998-2001     89
7. Gerald Glass/1989-90         87
8. Tim Jumper/1988-91           82


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, 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 12 games, the Marianna, Ark., native is averaging 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds, while shooting 84.4 percent from the charity stripe (27-of-32).

He also has come up big for the Rebels during the 12-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. 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. In Ole Miss' 70-64 victory at Arkansas, Wade came alive in the second half, scoring all eight of his points and grabbing four rebounds after the intermission. Against LSU Jan. 23, he grabbed a career-high tying six rebounds.



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