January 29, 1999
1998-99 OLE MISS REBEL BASKETBALL
Game #22 (CBS Sports TV)
#21/#22 Arkansas (15-5, 4-3) vs.
Ole Miss (14-7, 4-4)
Saturday, January 30 - 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum
OLE MISS TO HOST ARKANSAS IN SEC WESTERN DIVISION CLASH ON SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (14-7, 4-4 SEC) return home to the friendly confines of Tad Smith Coliseum to host the Arkansas Razorbacks (15-5, 4-3 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference Western Division clash on Saturday, Jan. 30. The game, which will be televised by CBS Sports, is scheduled for a 12:05 p.m. tip. The Razorbacks are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. In their last outing, the Rebels dropped a narrow 67-66 decision at South Carolina on Wednesday. Prior to the loss, Ole Miss had won two straight with victories over Mississippi State (81-68) and Georgia (85-76). The Razorbacks enter Saturday's game having won two straight and four of their last five games. During that five-game stretch, Arkansas defeated Mississippi State (61-59), Georgia (82-79), Providence (118-79) and LSU (86-64), but lost to Alabama (67-60).
No Player (Yr.) P Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 10.7/4.9 Wheatley, Ark.
24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 11.8/5.4 Jackson, Tenn.
3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 5.9/2.7 Little Rock, Ark.
22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 4.2/2.0 Tempe, Ariz.
33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 16.1/4.2 Perryville, Ark.
No Player (Yr.) P Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
11 Hunter Carpenter (Sr.) G 6-0 180 4.7/0.6 Little Rock, Ark.
12 Jason Harrison (Fr.) G 5-5 150 5.9/2.1 Little Rock, Ark.
13 Johnnie Rogers (Sr.) F 6-9 220 4.6/3.1 Laurel, Miss.
20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 2.9/1.2 Jonesboro, Ark.
21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 5.4/2.3 West Memphis, Ark.
23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-2 195 - Gulfport, Miss.#
25 Lataryl Williams (Jr.) G 6-6 200 4.2/1.9 Oxford, Miss.
44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 8.1/4.8 Mendenhall, Miss.
54 John Engstrom (Fr.) C 7-0 245 1.1/2.1 Paragould, Ark.%
# - will miss the 1998-99 season as a result of a broken left fibula and dislocated ankle suffered in football practice Nov. 4
% - redshirted in 1997-98
BARNES IN FIRST YEAR AT HELM OF REBEL PROGRAM
Rod Barnes is in his first season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. He posted his first victory as head coach on Nov. 13 when the Rebels defeated Alabama State, 87-45. He now has a 14-7 record after the Rebels lost at South Carolina, 67-66 on Jan. 27. 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 (16th; 1,201 points), assists (2nd; 456) and steals (6th; 154).
Arkansas enters Saturday's game with a 15-5 overall record and a 4-3 Southeastern Conference mark. The Razorbacks have won two straight and four of their last five games, and are coming off a four-game homestand. The trio of Pat Bradley, Derek Hood and Kareem Reid pace the Razorback offense. Bradley leads Arkansas with a 15.4 scoring average. The Everett, Mass., native is also the team's top three-point threat, as he has hit 60 treys and is shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc. Hood is averaging 12.2 points, and is also the squad's top rebounder with a 10.8 average. Reid, who is scoring 10.2 points per game, is tops on the team in assists with 108. Arkansas, as a team, is shooting 46 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from the three-point arc. The Razorbacks are averaging 79.8 points and 37.4 rebounds per contest. The Razorbacks are being out-rebounded by their opponents by an average of 1.4 boards per game (38.1-39.5).
ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTERS
No Player (Yr.) P Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
15 Chris Jefferies (Fr.) F 6-8 212 8.1/4.3 Fresno, Calif.
55 Derek Hood (Sr.) F 6-8 222 12.2/10.8 Kansas City, Mo.
12 Kareem Reid (Sr.) G 5-11 176 10.2/2.2 Bronx, N.Y.
20 Brandon Davis (So.) G 6-2 192 3.3/1.6 Camden, Ark.
22 Pat Bradley (Sr.) G 6-2 196 15.4/2.5 Everett, Mass.
No Player (Yr.) P Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
13 Brandon Dean (Fr.) G 6-1 190 7.3/2.1 Monroe, La.
23 Sergerio Gipson (Fr.) F 6-3 165 7.3/1.9 Farmersville, La.
41 Chris Walker (Jr.) G 6-5 220 4.8/3.3 Pine Bluff, Ark.
52 Jason Jennings (So.) C 7-0 285 6.0/3.8 Bald Knob, Ark.
OLE MISS-ARKANSAS SERIES
Saturday's game will the 44th meeting between the two schools, with the Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 33-10. The series began in 1938. Since it joined the Southeastern Conference in the 1991-92 season, Arkansas holds a 10-5 series lead over the Rebels. Earlier this year, Ole Miss defeated Arkansas, 76-65 in Fayetteville. The two teams split last year's encounters, with Arkansas winning in Fayetteville, 100-87, and Ole Miss winning in Oxford, 81-65. The Rebels have won four of the last five meetings versus the Razorbacks, and hold a 5-3 lead in games played in Oxford. Arkansas' last win in Oxford came in the 1995-96 season, a narrow 63-62 victory.
1998-99 REBEL RECAP - GAME #16
January 9, 1999
Ole Miss 76, #19 Arkansas 65
Ole Miss freshman guard Jason Harrison netted a career-high 22 points, and the Rebels used a 26-6 run over a 10-minute span in the second half to post a 76-65 win over No. 19 Arkansas in Fayetteville. Senior All-America candidate Keith Carter posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Ole Miss.
Derek Hood led Arkansas with a double-double of 20 points and 11 boards, while Kareem Reid scored 13 points.
Down 41-31 with 17:13 left in the second half, Ole Miss began its comeback with a 10-0 run to tie the contest at 41-all. Harrison keyed the Rebel spurt with six points. The Razorbacks regained the advantage at 45-41, but a Carter trey at the 11:05 mark gave Ole Miss the lead for good at 46-45. Jason Flanigan, who pulled down a career-high eight boards, followed the Carter three-pointer with one of his own to start an 11-2 run which gave the Rebels a 57-47 lead with 6:47 left. Ole Miss then sealed the win at the foul line, hitting 15-of-21 free throws in the final six minutes. The Rebels hit 32.8 percent from the field and 76 percent from the charity stripe.
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, the series is tied at 4-4. The Rebels have won three straight and four of the last five January meetings, including a sweep of the Razorbacks in the 1996-97 season. In that year (1996-97), Ole Miss defeated Arkansas, 91-74 on Jan. 2 and 71-52 on Jan. 29. During this same five-game span, Arkansas' lone victory was a narrow 63-62 win over Ole Miss on Jan. 10, 1996 (1995-96 season).
CARTER NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK; AVERAGED 20 POINTS LAST WEEK
Senior Keith Carter (Perryville, Ark.) was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.
It is the first time that Carter has been awarded the weekly honor in his career.
Last week, the All-America candidate averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 4.0 steals in leading the Rebels to victories over Mississippi State (81-68) and Georgia (85-76). In the Ole Miss win over Georgia, Carter scored 26 points, which is his highest output in SEC play this year. The 6-foot-4 Naismith Player of the Year candidate netted his 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from the arc, and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Carter scored 14 points and had four rebounds and four steals in Ole Miss' win over Mississippi State. This season, Carter leads the team with a 16.1 scoring average. He also leads the squad in three-pointers made (50) and steals (40), while averaging 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Carter is ranked among the SEC leaders in scoring (7th), field goal percentage (8th), free throw percentage (8th), steals (4th) and three-pointers made per game (2nd).
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past three seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99), Ole Miss has an incredible 50-4 record (.926 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. One of the four losses when scoring over 70 points came at arkansas last year, a 100-87 razorback win. On the other hand, the Rebels are 6-19 when they net less than 70 points in a game. This season, Ole Miss has a 13-1 record when it eclipses the 70-point plateau.
CARTER HAS A LONG-RANGE RECORD
Senior All-America candidate Keith Carter has his name throughout the Ole Miss record book, and on the Rebel career three-pointers made chart, Carter's name is at the top. With his five treys in Ole Miss' win over Georgia on Jan. 23, Carter set the career record with 218 three-pointers, passing the former record of 214 held by Joe Harvell (1990-93). Carter enters Saturday's game versus Arkansas with 222 career treys. Carter came into the Georgia game with 213 three-pointers, and hit the record-breaking 215th trey at the 9:53 mark of the first half. This season, Carter has hit 50 treys and is shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Carter's 222 career three-pointers rank him among the SEC's top 20 career three-point shooters.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
Yes, the homecourt winning streak is 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. Despite the consecutive losses to No. 8 Auburn on Jan. 13 and No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 16, Ole Miss has won 46 of its last 49 games (.939 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The 29-game homecourt was the third longest in the nation at the time (behind Murray State and Duke). The Rebels are 11-2 at Tad Smith Coliseum this season. The Rebels' other loss during this time of success was a 59-46 setback to Alabama on Jan. 8, 1997. The homecourt winning period (46 of 49) began on Jan. 24, 1996, with an 82-69 win over Auburn. In the past seven seasons (1992-present), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 74-24 (.755 winning percentage).
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
Ole Miss will be playing its sixth ranked opponent on Saturday when the Arkansas Razorbacks visit Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels have a 2-3 record versus nationally-ranked opponents so far this season. Ole Miss defeated No. 23 Oklahoma, 75-72 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic on Dec. 22, and No. 19 Arkansas, 76-65 on Jan. 9. The Rebel losses have come to No. 7 Temple, 68-52, No. 8 Auburn, 74-59 and No. 6 Kentucky, 63-57.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS AT HOME
Despite the consecutive setbacks to No. 8 Auburn and No. 6 Kentucky at home, Ole Miss still has a 7-3 record versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum since the beginning of the 1994-95 season. Prior to the Auburn loss, Ole Miss had won its last six games versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels defeated Temple (#18), South Carolina (#11) and Arkansas (#12) in 1997-98, Kentucky (#3) in 1996-97, and Auburn (#21) and Mississippi State (#25) in 1995-96. Ole Miss' first win over a ranked opponent since the 1994-95 season was a 76-71 win over No. 3 Arkansas on Jan. 4, 1995. (NOTE: Ole Miss also lost to No. 5 Kentucky, 82-65 in the 1994-95 season, but that home game was played at The Pyramid in Memphis.)
SMITH LOOKING TO "STEAL" A RECORD
With each passing game, senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) is moving ever closer to "stealing" the Ole Miss career steals record away from Eric Laird (1982-85). Smith currently has 177 career steals and needs only three to take over the top spot. Laird holds the record with 179 steals. This season, Smith is second on the team in steals with 39.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!"; ROGERS SECOND ON CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS CHART
That saying has become the personal motto for senior forward Johnnie Rogers (Laurel, Miss.) throughout his career at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-9 forward leads the squad with 22 blocked shots in only 16 games this year. In the Rebels' Jan. 2 game at Vanderbilt, Rogers recorded the 100th blocked shot of his career. After recording one block in limited action versus Georgia on Jan. 23, Rogers is now in second place on the Ole Miss career blocked shots chart with 109. Rogers passed David Dean (1993-94), who had 108 blocks in his career. Sean Murphy (1988-91) is the Ole Miss record holder for blocks in a career with 180. The previous two seasons, Rogers has led the Rebel squad in blocked shots with 39 in 1996-97 and 48 in 1997-98. Rogers' career high for blocked shots is six which he has set on three occasions. He recorded six blocks versus LSU (Feb. 18, 1998), Louisiana Tech (Nov. 19, 1997) and Davidson (Dec. 2, 1996).
CARTER IN AN ELITE GROUP
Senior All-America candidate Keith Carter is in an elite group in Ole Miss basketball history. That is, if you can count one as a group. Carter currently has 534 career rebounds, and is the only guard in Rebel basketball history to record over 500 boards in a career. Overall, Carter's 534 rebounds are the 14th most in Rebel basketball history. The following chart shows the top rebounders in Ole Miss history:
Player/Position Reb Player/Position Reb
1. Walter Actwood/F 945 8. Sean Murphy/C 697
2. Elston Turner/F 828 9. Duaine Boucher/F 681
3. Joe Gibbon/F 827 10. Joe Harvell/F 636
4. John Stroud/F 826 11. Jason Smith/F 589
5. Coolidge Ball/F 754 12. Roger Steig/C 555
6. Fred Cox/C 729 13. Ivan Richmann/C 537
7. Ansu Sesay/F 699 14. Keith Carter/G 534
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 35-39 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC Western Division (includes 3-1 mark this year). Ole Miss is 35-40 versus the SEC Western Division teams, including tournament play (includes 3-1 mark this year). The Rebels, however, have been successful versus their SEC Western Division foes the last two years (1996-97 and 1997-98), posting a 15-5 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 7-8
1992-93 4-6 Arkansas 5-10
1993-94 4-6 Auburn 7-8
1994-95 3-7 LSU 8-7
1995-96 4-6 Miss. State 8-7
1996-97 7-3 Total 35-40
CARTER NAMED PRESEASON NAISMITH CANDIDATE
Senior Keith Carter was named as one of 20 preseason candidates for the 1999 Naismith College Player of the Year, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club in early October. Carter is one of four players from the Southeastern Conference to be named among the preseason candidates. Georgia's Jumaine Jones, South Carolina's BJ McKie and Kentucky's Scott Padgett were also among the 20 preseason candidates for the player of the year honor.
This past summer, Carter played an integral role in helping lead the USA Goodwill Games Team to a 4-1 record and the gold medal. It was the first time that a USA amateur team had won gold in international play since 1986.
In the five games, Carter averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point arc.
Following the 1997-98 season, the Perryville, Ark., native was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference second team. This season, Carter is averaging 16.1 points (leads the team) and 4.2 rebounds per game.
A WINNING CLASS
The 1999 senior class will go down in Ole Miss basketball history as helping produce one of the most successful runs for the Rebels. The five seniors have helped the Rebels to win consecutive Southeastern Conference Western Division titles, the first regular season championships of any kind for the Ole Miss basketball program. They also helped Ole Miss earn back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths. Well, the senior class seems to be on track for another first in Rebel basketball history. The 1999 senior class has posted 68 victories, which is the second most for a four-year span in Rebel basketball history. The following charts lists the most successful (in terms of number of victories) in Ole Miss history:
Four-Year Span No. of Wins
1979-80 to 1982-83 70
1995-96 to present 68
1935-36 to 1938-39 63
1994-95 to 1997-98 62
1978-79 to 1981-82 62
1923-24 to 1926-27 62
1980-81 to 1983-84 61
1936-37 to 1939-40 61
1934-35 to 1937-38 61
THE REBELS MAY BE SMALL, BUT...
Their defense against some of the big men in the Southeastern Conference has been nothing short of outstanding. In the Rebels' three games versus Auburn (Jan. 13), Kentucky (Jan. 16) and Mississippi State (Jan. 20), the Ole Miss defense faced Mamadou N'diaye, Jamaal Magloire and Tyrone Washington, and held the trio in check. The three big men combined for 12 points, nine boards and three blocks. The following chart shows how N'diaye, Magloire and Washington did against the tough Rebel defense:
Player Pts Reb Bk Min
Mamadou N'diaye 4 3 1 20
Jamaal Magloire 2 1 0 10
Tyrone Washington 6 5 2 33
TOTALS 12 9 3 63
"MR. DO-IT-ALL" IS DOING IT ALL
Senior Jason Smith knows high-flying dunks. Smith knows tough defense and steals. But, Smith knows assists? Well, believe it! Don't look at the stat sheet now, but Smith leads the Rebels in assists with 61. The 6-foot-6 forward dished out a career-high tying seven assists versus South Carolina on Wednesday. He also recorded seven assists in the Rebels' victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29. In the Rebels' last five games, Smith is averaging 4.8 assists per contest.
CARTER MOVES INTO NO. 8 SPOT ON SCORING CHART
Senior All-America candidate Keith Carter moved into the No. 8 spot on Ole Miss career scoring chart after scoring 14 points in Ole Miss' 81-68 win over Mississippi State on Jan. 20. Carter now has 1,478 career points after his 21-point performance versus South Carolina on Jan. 27. On his current pace of averaging 16.1 points per game, Carter could climb as high as No. 6 on the Ole Miss career scoring chart by the end of the regular season. In the Rebels' victory over Alabama A&M on Nov. 23, Carter passed his head coach, Rod Barnes, on the Ole Miss career scoring chart. Barnes scored 1,201 points in his career from 1985-88.
SMITH REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE; MOVES UP TO NO. 22 SPOT ON CAREER CHART
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career during the Rebels' trip to the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic Dec. 21-23. Smith netted 36 points in the tournament's three games. After scoring six points versus South Carolina on Jan. 27, he now has 1,086 career points and is in the No. 21 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart.
HARRISON HAS CAREER GAME IN LAST GAME AGAINST ARKANSAS
Freshman Jason Harrison had the game of his career to date versus his home state school on Jan. 9. Harrison, who is from Little Rock, Ark., netted a career-best 22 points in the Rebels' upset win over Arkansas on Saturday. Harrison hit a career-high 12 free throws, and proved to be a clutch player at the charity stripe for Ole Miss. The 5-foot-5 guard hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final six minutes to help seal the victory for the Rebels.
(THREE-POINT) BOMBS AWAY!!!
For the fourth time this season, the Rebels hit double-digit three-pointers in their win over Georgia on Jan. 23. Ole Miss was 10-of-21 from the three-point arc versus the Bulldogs. The Rebels also hit double-digit treys in wins over Belmont (10 three-pointers), Austin Peay State (12) and Prairie View A&M (12). The 12 treys against both Austin Peay State and Prairie View A&M were the most by an Ole Miss squad since the Rebels nailed 13 three-pointers versus Arkansas on Jan. 18, 1992. In the Prairie View A&M game, senior All-America candidate Keith Carter led the Rebel three-point shooting parade, hitting 8 of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc. Carter's eight three-pointers were a single-game record, breaking his own previous record of seven. Carter hit seven treys in the Rebels' 87-74 victory over Temple on Nov. 22, 1997.
FLANIGAN RECORDS CAREER HIGH IN REBOUNDS IN LAST GAME VERSUS ARKANSAS
Making a quick impression is so important, and sophomore guard Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) did so in only his second career start when Ole Miss met Arkansas on Jan. 9. In the win over the Razorbacks, Flanigan registered a career-best eight boards. He also scored six points, but his primary contribution to the Rebel win came on the defensive end, where he held Arkansas' Pat Bradley to 1-of-11 shooting from the field and 0-of-4 from the three-point arc. In the Rebels' victory over Mississippi State on Jan. 20, Flanigan scored a career-best 20 points.
WHITE RETURNS TO COURT IN GRAND FASHION; RECORDS CAREER HIGH VERSUS MISSISSIPPI STATE
After suffering a severely sprained right ankle in the Jan. 13 game versus Auburn, senior guard Michael White (Tempe, Ariz.) did not see any action in the Rebels' Jan. 16 game versus Kentucky, breaking a string of 95 consecutive games in which he had started. However, White returned to the Ole Miss starting lineup versus Mississippi State on Jan. 20, and made a tremendous impact. White netted a career-high 17 points, breaking his previous career best of 16 points which he set twice last season in victories over Vanderbilt and Kentucky. White also tied career bests of six field goals made and four three-pointers made in the win over Mississippi State. White also had a solid game in the Rebels' victory over Georgia on Jan. 23 with a six-point, four-assist performance (one turnover). Prior to not starting in the Kentucky game on Jan. 16, White had started 95 straight games, a string that began on Dec. 28, 1995, versus Nicholls State. During that string of starts, the Rebels posted a record of 63-32 (.663 winning percentage).
Earlier this season, White reached a milestone in his career when he recorded the 300th assist in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic Dec. 21-23. White recorded his 300th assist in the Rebels' first-round victory over St. Joseph's on Dec. 21, and now has 333 assists for his career.
Hurry up, February and get here soon. The Rebels love the month of February, as they have a 17-5 record in the month over the last three seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98)...Saturday's game will feature two of the league's all-time best three-point shooters in Arkansas' Pat Bradley and Ole Miss' Keith Carter. Bradley's 333 career treys are No. 2 all-time in SEC history, while Carter is in the No. 16 spot...Ole Miss fans should not worry about the Rebels' 4-4 SEC mark so far this year. The last two seasons, the Rebels have had three or more league losses by the end of January and still won Western Division titles.