Jan. 26, 2000
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels (13-6, 1-5 SEC) will take to the road again on Jan. 29
when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to meet the Alabama Crimson Tide
(9-8, 2-3 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference Western Division showdown. The
contest is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Coleman Coliseum. The Rebels
enter Saturday's contest after recording their first conference victory of
the season last Saturday, a 79-77 overtime win over then-No. 4 Auburn. The
win ended Ole Miss' five-game losing streak with setbacks to Arkansas, No.
6 Florida, Mississippi State, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 18 Kentucky. The
Crimson Tide enter Saturday's contest after a loss to Florida, 77-73 at
Coleman Coliseum last Saturday.
OLE MISS-ALABAMA SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 144th meeting between the two schools. The
Crimson Tide hold a 102-41 lead in the series, which began in 1921. Last
season, the two teams split their meetings, with Ole Miss winning 78-60 in
Oxford and Alabama winning 78-74 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama holds a 57-8 lead
in games played in Tuscaloosa. The last time Ole Miss won in Coleman
Coliseum was the 1997-98 campaign, a 74-63 win on Jan. 10, 1998. Prior to
that victory in Tuscaloosa, the Rebels had lost five straight to the
Crimson Tide in Coleman Coliseum, with the last Ole Miss win coming in the
1991-92 season (78-77 win).
Ole Miss (13-6, 1-5) at Alabama (9-8, 2-3)
Saturday, January 29 - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Coleman Coliseum - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
* Based on last game's starters
|11||Jason Harrison (So.)||G||5-5||150||7.6/2.7||Little Rock, Ark.|
|22||Jason Flanigan (Jr.)||G||6-1||175||8.2/2.8||Little Rock, Ark.|
|24||Marcus Hicks (Sr.)||F||6-6||200||14.6/5.8||Jackson, Tenn.|
|25||Lataryl Williams (Sr.)||F||6-7||200||9.5/3.0||Oxford, Miss.|
|44||Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)||F||6-8||250||12.7/8.7||Mendenhall, Miss.|
|15||Ray Waddell (Jr.)||G||5-9||165||1.1/0.6||Philadelphia, Miss.|
|20||Jason Holmes (Jr.)||G||6-5||200||4.3/1.8||Tylertown, Miss.|
|21||Darrian Brown (So.)||G/F||6-6||200||7.2/3.5||West Memphis, Ark.|
|23||Syniker Taylor (Fr.)||G||6-0||195||2.2/1.4||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||3.5/1.9||Oxford, Miss.|
|32||Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||4.0/1.5||Marianna, Ark.|
|45||Richard Kirklin (Fr.)||F||6-9||200||2.1/1.9||Pine Bluff, Ark.|
|54||John Engstrom (So.)||C||7-0||245||0.8/1.2||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
Second Game - February 24, 1999
Alabama 78, Ole Miss 74
Alabama's Brian Williams scored a game-high 25 points, including hitting
two free throws with 8.5 seconds left, to lift the Crimson Tide to a 78-74
Southeastern Conference victory over Ole Miss. Williams' two free throws
gave Alabama a 76-74 lead, and after the Rebels were unable to tie the
game, Tarik London canned two more free throws with under a second left to
seal the victory.
Jeremy Hays (14 points), Chris Rollins (13) and Sam Haginas (10) also
scored in double figures for Alabama. Hays also led the Crimson Tide on
the boards with 11 rebounds.
Jason Smith led Ole Miss with a career-high tying 24 points, while Keith
Carter and Michael White added 14 and 13 points, respectively. Smith and
Marcus Hicks led the Rebels with seven rebounds apiece.
Alabama held a 69-58 lead with 4:57 remaining in the game when Ole Miss
began its comeback. Lockhart's four straight points (2 FT, 1 FG) cut the
Crimson Tide lead to 69-62 at the 4:31 mark. Smith then followed with
consecutive baskets to slice the lead to 69-66 with 3:56 left.
After the teams traded baskets, Lockhart and Smith each hit one free throw
to cut the Alabama lead to 71-70 with 1:13 remaining. A Haginas bucket
increased the Tide lead to 73-70 with 53 seconds left, but Smith quickly
cut the lead to 73-72 with two free throws. After one London free throw
made the score 74-72, Lockhart tied the game at 74-all with 11 seconds
remaining, setting up the game's final frantic seconds.
In the first half, the contest was tied at 18-all, but an 8-1 run gave
Alabama a 26-19 advantage at the 6:58 mark. The Crimson Tide was able to
hold on to that lead for the remainder of the game.
Officials: Herring, Day, Maxwell
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS
First Game - January 6, 1999
Ole Miss 78, Alabama 60
Sophomore Rahim Lockhart scored a career-high 21 points, and senior
All-America candidate Keith Carter added 19 points to lead Ole Miss to a
78-60 Southeastern Conference victory over Alabama. The win was head coach
Rod Barnes' first conference win. Junior Marcus Hicks also scored in
double figures for the Rebels with 13 points.
Brian Williams led Alabama with 18 points, while MC Mazique and Chris
Rollins each added 10 points apiece. Mazique led the Crimson Tide on the
boards with eight rebounds.
Alabama jumped out to an early 9-5 lead, but Ole Miss roared back with a
24-6 run over a 10-minute span to take a 29-15 lead with 5:12 left in the
first half. The Crimson Tide cut the Rebel lead to six at 31-25. Carter
then hit four free throws to close the half, giving the Rebels a 35-25
After the break, Ole Miss used a 14-4 spurt to take command of the contest
with a 49-29 advantage. The run was keyed by the Rebel defense and
three-pointers by Carter and Jason Harrison.
The Rebels shot 58.8 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from the
three-point line. Alabama hit 55.8 percent from the floor. The Crimson
Tide won the battle of the boards by a 28-23 count.
Officials: Donato, Hess, O'Neill
Alabama brings a 9-8 overall record and a 2-3 Southeastern Conference mark
into Saturday's game. The Crimson Tide dropped a narrow 77-73 decision to
Florida in their last outing on Jan. 22. Alabama has a 2-1 record at home
versus SEC opponents, posting conference victories over Mississippi State
(77-74, ot) and Arkansas (73-64) and falling to Florida. Sophomore forward
Schea Cotton leads four Crimson Tide players in double figures with a 15.5
scoring average. In SEC play, Cotton has raised his average to 18.6 points
per contest. Alabama's other double figure scorers are freshman Erwin
Dudley (11.2 ppg), freshman Rod Grizzard (11.1 ppg) and freshman Terrance
Meade (10.7 ppg). Dudley also leads Alabama on the boards (8.4 rpg) and in
field goal percentage (49.6). The Crimson Tide are shooting 43.9 percent
from the field, 36 percent from the three-point line and 69.7 percent from
the charity stripe. In SEC play, Alabama has really found its touch from
the arc (39.3 percent ) and the foul line (71.2 percent), as the Tide are
ranked in the top three in the league in both categories. Alabama is
averaging 75.4 points and 42.5 boards per contest. The Crimson Tide are
out-rebounding their opposition by an average of 7.6 boards (42.5-34.9) per
ALABAMA PROBABLE STARTERS
* Based on last game's starters
|4||Schea Cotton (So.)||F||6-5||215||15.5/4.9||Long Beach, Calif.|
|21||Rod Grizzard (Fr.)||F||6-8||186||11.1/5.2||Birmingham, Ala.|
|35||Erwin Dudley (Fr.)||C||6-8||225||11.2/8.4||Uniontown, Ala.|
|5||Tarik Lonson (Jr.)||G||6-1||190||2.0/1.8||Savannah, Ga.|
|14||Terrance Meade (Fr.)||G||6-2||180||10.7/3.3||Scottsboro, Ala.|
|42||Kenny Walker (Fr.)||F||6-9||214||8.1/5.6||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|20||Doc Martin (Jr.)||G||6-3||193||6.5/3.7||Tuscaloosa, Ala.|
|43||Sam Haginas (So.)||F||6-8||235||5.8/3.6||Mobile, Ala.|
|40||Alfred Moss (Sr.)||C||6-8||210||1.8/1.6||Newnan, Ga.|
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' win over then-No. 4 Auburn on Jan.
22, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 33-19. 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).
A LITTLE DEJA VU...
The Rebels had a case of deja vu last Saturday (Jan. 22) with their 79-77
win over then-No. 4 Auburn. Ole Miss began the 1999-2000 Southeastern
Conference play with a 0-5 mark, but notched its first league win over a
ranked Auburn team in the Rebels' sixth game in SEC play. Now, jump back
to the 1995-96 season. Ole Miss began SEC play that year with a 0-5
record, but bounced back in its sixth game to defeat-you guessed it-a
ranked Auburn (No. 21 at the time) team, 82-69 for the Rebels' first league
win of that season. That game was played on Jan. 24, 1996.
...AND THE REBELS ARE HOPING FOR A LITTLE MORE DEJA VU
Following that Jan. 24, 1996, win over Auburn, the Rebels played Alabama
on Jan. 27 and defeated the Crimson Tide, 70-63 in Oxford. Last Saturday,
Ole Miss defeated Auburn and will play at Alabama on Jan. 29.
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
Alabama sophomore forward Sam Haginas 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. Haginas played in all five games and averaged 1.2
points and 1.4 rebounds.
REBELS' "BIG GUNN" ON FIRE
Freshman John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) has been on fire of late for the
Rebels-especially in the Rebels' last three games. The 6-foot-10 forward
averaged 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds during the Rebels' "Ranked Row" week
versus No. 12 Tennessee, No. 18 Kentucky and No. 4 Auburn. Gunn also shot
77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the field in those three contests. For the
season, Gunn is averaging 3.5 points and 1.9 boards, while shooting 64.9
percent from the floor. In SEC play, Gunn's numbers improved to 6.2
points, 2.8 boards and 73.7 field goal shooting.
Gunn posted career-highs of 14 points and six rebounds versus Tennessee on
Jan. 15. After a four-point, five-board performance versus Kentucky, he
came off the bench to spark Ole Miss to the win over Auburn. In that
victory over the Tigers, Gunn scored 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and
blocked two shots.
ANOTHER FIRST FOR BARNES
One would think that, after a successful first season as head coach in
1998-99, Rebel mentor Rod Barnes had already done it all. Close, but not
quite. Barnes recorded another coaching first in his career with the
Rebels' win over Auburn last Saturday. With that 79-77 overtime win over
the then-No. 4 ranked Tigers, Barnes posted his first coaching victory over
a top-10 team. Last season, Barnes recorded three wins over top-25 teams
(#19, #21 Arkansas twice, #23 Oklahoma).
FREE THROWS FALLING FOR REBELS
Well, the free throws haven't been falling for Ole Miss this entire
season, but they did when it counted versus then-No. 4 ranked Auburn on
Jan. 22. In the overtime session versus Auburn, the Rebels were 5-of-6
from the charity stripe (.833). The only missed free throw was
intentionally missed by freshman Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) with one
second remaining in overtime. With nine seconds left, junior Jason
Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) nailed his two attempts to give the Rebels a
78-75 lead. After Auburn cut the lead to 78-77, Wade then hit one of his
two attempts to seal the 79-77 win. For the game, Ole Miss hit 73.3
percent from the foul line (11-of-15).
SOMETHING GOOD EVENTUALLY COMES...
And it did on Jan. 22 when the Rebels upset then-No.4 Auburn, 79-77 in
overtime. Although the Rebels are only 1-5 in Southeastern Conference
play, 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 round|
|1999-2000||Begin SEC 0-5||--------|
WILLIAMS TIES CAREER HIGH VERSUS AUBURN
Senior Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) tied a career high with seven
rebounds in the Rebels' victory over Auburn on Jan. 22. He also grabbed
seven boards in Ole Miss' victory over Oregon State on Nov. 27. The
6-foot-7 forward's biggest rebound of the game came with 38 seconds left in
overtime when he grabbed an offensive board off a Darrian Brown missed trey
and laid it in, giving the Rebels the lead for good at 76-75. Williams is
averaging 3.0 boards per game.
HICKS HAS CAREER NIGHT VERSUS KENTUCKY
Senior Marcus Hicks, who had been averaging just under seven shot attempts
in the Rebels' first four conference games, got plenty of opportunities to
score in his career-high game versus Kentucky on Jan. 19. The 6-foot-6
forward scored a career-best 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting (54.5 percent)
from the field and 3-of-4 from the three-point arc. The 12 field goals and
three treys were also career highs. Hicks' previous career bests were 26
points and 11 field goals versus McNeese State (Nov. 23, 1999) and two
treys versus Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 15, 1999) and Louisiana-Monroe
(Dec. 19, 1999).
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 six assists versus Auburn, Harrison now has 166 for his career. The
5-foot-5 guard leads the team with 78 assists this season, and is ranked
ninth in the SEC in assists.
...AND FLANIGAN IS NEARING 200
While teammate Jason Harrison recently passed the 150-assist plateau,
junior guard Jason Flanigan is closing in on 200 assists for his career.
After his six-assist performance versus Auburn on Jan. 22, Flanigan now has
190 for his career, needing 10 more to reach 200. This season, the
6-foot-1 guard is second on the team in assists with 61.
HICKS DOUBLING HIS PLEASURE
Senior Marcus Hicks recorded his first double-double of the 1999-2000
season versus Kentucky on Jan. 19. The 6-foot-6 forward scored a
career-high 27 points and grabbed a season-best 10 boards against the
Wildcats. It was Hicks' third double-double of his career, as he also had
double-double performances versus Alabama A&M (17-13, Nov. 23, 1998) and
Florida (20-10, Feb. 6, 1999) last season.
HICKS EXPANDING HIS GAME
Everybody has seen Rebel senior Marcus Hicks' rim-rattling dunks and
acrobatic moves to the hoop. But, Hicks shooting beyond the arc? Don't
look now, but the 6-foot-6 forward is feeling rather comfortable beyond the
three-point line. Hicks nailed a career-best three treys (3-of-4) versus
Kentucky on Jan. 19. He is shooting 56.2 percent (9-of-16) from the
three-point line and has hit eight of his last 10 attempts from the arc.
WADE RECEIVES FIRST SEC START
Freshman Emmanuel Wade got his first starting nod in Southeastern
Conference play versus Kentucky on Jan. 19, and he made the most of it. In
21 minutes of action, the 6-foot-3 guard scored 11 points (5-of-12 FG,
1-of-4 3-pt.) and grabbed two boards. Wade received the first start of his
collegiate career versus Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 39-44 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Western Division. Ole Miss is 39-45 versus the SEC Western Division teams,
including tournament play. The Rebels, however, have been successful
versus their SEC Western Division foes the last three years (1996-97,
1997-98 and 1998-99), posting a 21-9 record. The following charts show the
Rebels' year-by-year record versus the SEC Western Division and their mark
against each school from the Western Division (includes tournament games):
Year-By-Year Versus Record Against The SEC
|The SEC Western Division ||Western Division Teams|
|(Regular Season Only)||(Includes Tourney Games)|
|1991-92 2-8||Alabama 7-9|
|1992-93 4-6||Arkansas 6-11|
|1993-94 4-6||Auburn 8-9|
|1994-95 3-7||LSU 10-7|
|1995-96 4-6||Miss. State 8-9|
|1996-97 7-3||Total 39-45|
"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 fifth 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
67-8 record (.893 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a
game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-27 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 31-5 record (.861 winning percentage) when
scoring 70 or more points.
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 eight-point performance versus Auburn on Jan.
22, the 6-foot-6 senior now has scored 664 points in 52 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.
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' 19 games.
Lockhart is currently averaging 12.7 points (16th in SEC) and 8.7 rebounds
(2nd in SEC). 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).
Saturday's game between Ole Miss and Alabama will feature the youth
movement in the Southeastern Conference. Both squads combined have only
four seniors on their rosters...Ole Miss and Alabama are second and third,
respectively, in rebounding margin (overall games) in the SEC...Rahim
Lockhart is 15 boards shy of 400 for his career...Jason Harrison is on pace
to become the first Rebel since Cedric Brim in 1994-95 to have 100 assists
or more in a season.