Jan. 30, 2001
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Arkansas (12-6, 3-3)
#19 Ole Miss (15-4, 3-3)
Wednesday, January 31, 2001 - 7:07 p.m. (CT) Tip
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Jefferson Pilot (Tom Hammond, play-by-play, Larry Conley,
color analyst, Roger Roebuck, producer, Dave Burchett, director)
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO HOST ARKANSAS IN SEC WESTERN DIVISION TILT WEDNESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (15-4, 3-3 SEC) return to Tad Smith Coliseum
Wednesday, Jan. 31 to host Arkansas (12-6, 3-3 SEC) in a Southeastern
Conference Western Division showdown. The game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.
(CT) tip, and will be televised by Jefferson Pilot. Ole Miss, which is No.
26 in the "Also Receiving Votes" category of both polls, fell at
Mississippi State, 79-69 Jan. 27, while the Razorbacks have won three
straight SEC games, including a 59-52 win at LSU Jan. 27.
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 54-31 (.635 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-ARKANSAS SERIES
Wednesday's game will the 48th meeting between the two schools, with the
Razorbacks holding an all-time series lead of 34-13. The series began in
1937. Since it joined the Southeastern Conference in the 1991-92 season,
Arkansas holds an 11-8 series lead over the Rebels. Earlier this season,
Ole Miss defeated Arkansas, 53-48 in Fayetteville. Last year, the teams
split the two meetings, with Arkansas winning 71-64 in Fayetteville and Ole
Miss winning 87-82 in Oxford. The Rebels have won five of the last six
meetings versus the Razorbacks, and hold a 7-3 lead in games played in
Oxford. Arkansas' last win in Oxford came in the 1995-96 season, a narrow
63-62 victory (Jan. 10, 1996). Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 4-1
versus Arkansas and 2-0 against the Razorbacks in Oxford.
The Razorbacks enter Wednesday's contest with a 12-6 overall record and a
3-3 Southeastern Conference mark. After opening SEC play with three
straight setbacks, Arkansas has posted three consecutive league victories
over Auburn (82-72), Alabama (87-58) and LSU (59-52). Sophomore Joe
Johnson, the league's preseason player of the year pick, leads the team in
scoring with a 13.7 average. Johnson is also the squad's top rebounder
with a 6.2 average. Junior college transfer Jannero Pargo (12.1 ppg) is
Arkansas' only other double-figure scorer. Johnson is the squad's top
field goal shooter at 51.3 percent, while Pargo is the top three-point
threat at 45.4 percent. T.J. Cleveland leads the Razorbacks in assists
(58) and steals (37). Arkansas is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and
36 percent from the three-point arc. The Razorback defense has recorded
225 steals and forced 399 turnovers.
A GAME FOR SECOND IN THE WEST
It's almost the midway point of the conference season, and Wednesday's
match-up between Ole Miss and Arkansas will be a battle for second place in
the Southeastern Conference Western Division. Both squads enter the game
with 3-3 league marks.
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 6-4 edge in those
meetings. The Rebels have won six of the last eight January meetings,
including sweeps of the Razorbacks in the 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons. In
1996-97, Ole Miss defeated Arkansas, 91-74 Jan. 2 and 71-52 Jan. 29. In
the 1998-99 campaign, Ole Miss swept the Razorbacks, defeating Arkansas
76-65 in Fayetteville Jan. 9 and 89-81 in Oxford Jan. 30. During the
eight-game span, Arkansas' two wins were a 63-62 victory on Jan. 10, 1996
(1995-96 season) and a 71-64 win on Jan. 5, 2000 (1999-2000 season).
REBELS RETURN HOME
After playing four of its first six league games on the road, Ole Miss
returns home to the friendly confines of Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the
"Tad Pad") to host Arkansas Wednesday, Jan. 31. Wednesday's contest will
begin a stretch for the Rebels in which they will play four of their next
five games at the "Tad Pad."
After hosting Arkansas Wednesday, Ole Miss will travel to Auburn Feb. 3,
and then will return home to host LSU Feb. 7, Tennessee Feb. 10 and
Mississippi State Feb. 14.
WHAT A LONG (ROAD) TRIP IT WAS
For the Rebels, January has been a month on the road. In January, Ole
Miss played three home games and four road contests. The Rebels are one of
four Southeastern Conference teams?Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina,
Tennessee ?to play only three home league games by the end of January.
"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 72 of its last 80 games (.900 winning percentage) at home,
including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are
9-1 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
100-29 (.775 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 305-155 (.663 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
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 63.6 points per game,
which is still tops in the Southeastern Conference.
EVEN MORE DEFENSE
When Rob Evans took over the Rebel program in the 1992-93 season, he said
his squads were going to play defense?and they did. That emphasis on
defense has continued under Rod Barnes. This season, Ole Miss has held
seven opponents under 60 points, including two SEC teams. The Rebels held
Arkansas (53-48 Ole Miss win) Jan. 10 and Kentucky (65-55 Ole Miss win)
Jan. 20 to under 60 points. Last year, Ole Miss held nine opponents to
under 60 points, but only one league team.
Since the 1992-93 season, the campaign in which the Rebels held the most
opponents under 60 points was 1996-97. That year Ole Miss held 10
opponents to under 60 points, including five SEC squads. The 1996-97
season was the Rebels' first SEC Western Division title.
HARRISON HEATING UP
Junior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) has certainly found his range
from the arc in conference play. The 5-foot-5 guard hit a career-best four
three-pointers in the Rebels' victory over Kentucky Jan. 20. Harrison has
been hot from the three-point line since SEC play began Jan. 6. In six SEC
games, Harrison is hitting 57.1 percent from the arc (12-of-21).
HARRISON ON THE CHARTS
Junior Jason Harrison 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
100. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3 with 131
career treys. This season, Harrison is shooting 47.9 percent from the
HARRISON FINDING SCORING TOUCH
After averaging only 6.3 points in the Rebels' first four league games,
Jason Harrison, also known as "Little Man," has stepped up big. In Ole
Miss' last two Southeastern Conference contests, Harrison is averaging 16.5
points, 3.5 boards and 3.5 assists. The 5-foot-5 guard hit 42.1 percent
from the field and 58.3 percent from the arc in the last two contests
versus Kentucky (Jan. 20) and Mississippi State (Jan. 27).
LOCKHART COMING ON STRONG IN SEC PLAY
After a slow start in conference play, senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall,
Miss.) has been on a roll for the Rebels in their last three games versus
Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi State. In those three contests, Lockhart
averaged 13 points and 8.4 boards.
He had his best offensive Southeastern Conference game to date versus
Alabama Jan. 17. Entering the Alabama game, the 6-foot-8 forward was
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.
Lockhart followed that performance with 12 points and nine rebounds versus
Kentucky. He recorded his 21st career double-double versus Mississippi
State Jan. 27 with 10 points and 11 boards. In SEC action (six games),
Lockhart is averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.
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 21st double-double performance versus
Mississippi State Jan. 27 (10 points-11 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, Southern Cal (16-13) Dec. 22 and Morris Brown
(10-10) Dec. 30. 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
REBELS ON TELEVISION
Ole Miss will be making its 13th television appearance of the year
Wednesday when the Rebels meet Arkansas on Jefferson Pilot. Wednesday's
game is the final 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 8-4 in television games.
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
LOCKHART NEARING 1,000 POINTS
Rahim Lockhart is nearing 1,000, and it's a good thing. The 6-foot-8
forward has 950 points and needs only 50 more to reach the 1,000-point
plateau. When he reaches the milestone, Lockhart will be the 25th Rebel to
do so. The last Rebels to reach the 1,000-point mark were Ansu Sesay and
Keith Carter, both in the 1997-98 season.
REED ENJOYING SEC ACTION
They say the big players step up in "primetime." Well, there's nothing
more "primetime" than Southeastern Conference play, and freshman Justin
Reed (Jackson, Miss.) is making his presence known in the league. In six
SEC games, Reed has netted double figures in five contests, including a
career-high 21 points versus Georgia Jan. 13. The 6-foot-8 forward is
averaging 12.3 points (leads team) and 6.3 boards (second on team) in SEC
THE LAST TIME THAT...
The Rebels could not find their shooting touch Jan. 27 versus Mississippi
State, hitting only 29.7 percent (19-of-64) from the floor. The last time
Ole Miss shot worse from the field was versus N.C. State in the National
Invitation Tournament quarterfinal game in Raleigh, N.C., last March. The
Rebels hit 28.8 percent (17-of-59) versus the Wolfpack. The last time Ole
Miss shot worse than 29.7 percent in regular-season play was 26.6 percent
(17-of-64) versus Kentucky in the 1995-96 campaign.
REED DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Freshman Justin Reed 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.
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 66.2
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, Arkansas and Kentucky, the Rebels shot 73.1 percent from the
line (76-of-104) in the final four minutes (and overtime) of those games.
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 15-38 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.
...BUT SCORING 70 ISN'T NECESSARY IN 2000-01
As discussed in the previous note, the Rebels have been nearly unbeatable
when they score 70 points or more. However, the 2000-01 Rebels are proving
they can win games when they don't reach that magical number of 70. Ole
Miss is 6-4 this year when scoring less than 70 points.
CALL HIM "MR. TOUGH GUY"
Give David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) some credit. He's trying to tough it
out, but the sprained left ankle he suffered versus Georgia Jan. 13 is
still affecting his play. In the three league games prior to the injury,
the 6-foot-3 guard was averaging 8.0 points and playing outstanding
defense. Since that injury, Sanders is averaging only 5.3 points and has
been limited in his lateral movement on the defensive end.
Sanders played 28 minutes at Alabama Jan. 17 and had eight points, two
rebounds, two assists and two steals versus the Crimson Tide. He played 14
minutes versus Kentucky Jan. 20 and 23 minutes versus Mississippi State
Sanders suffered the injury with under six minutes to go in the second
half versus the Georgia. Before he left the game, Sanders had four points,
two boards, five assists and one steal. But, more importantly, he was
playing outstanding defense on Georgia's D.A. Layne. After Sanders left
the game with the injury, Layne scored eight of his 21 points, including
the basket that put the Bulldogs ahead to stay at 1:11 mark of the second
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 Kentucky Jan. 20, the 2000-01 senior class has 76 wins, the
most victories by a class in a four-year span. The 76 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).
THERE'S ALWAYS A SILVER LINING
Yes, Ole Miss lost to its rival Mississippi State Jan. 27, but something
good may have come out of it. Senior Jason Flanigan may have found his
shot again, and that is good news for the Rebels. Since scoring 14 points
versus Vanderbilt Jan. 6, the 6-foot-1 guard had been in a shooting funk,
hitting only 4-of-19 from the field in the next four games. However,
Flanigan was 3-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the arc, versus
Mississippi State. His two treys helped the Rebels cut an 18-point Bulldog
lead to only three with two minutes to play.
Despite his shooting woes in that four-game stretch, Flanigan is still
hitting 46.7 percent from the field and 44.3 percent from the arc for the
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9. After his one block versus Kentucky Jan. 20, he now has
115 for his career and is in 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.
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 668 career rebounds, after grabbing 11
boards versus Mississippi State Jan. 27. Lockhart is in the No. 10 spot on
the Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs four 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
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 cooled off in contests 15-17.
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 three games prior to Kentucky Jan. 20, Ole Miss hit 5.33
three-pointers per game and shot 26.2 percent.
GAINING BACK THE FORM?
The Rebels hope they have gained their stroke back from the three-point
line. After shooting under 30 percent (26.2 percent, to be exact) in the
three games prior to Jan. 20, Ole Miss hit 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the
arc in its 65-55 victory over Kentucky. In their last two games versus
Kentucky and Mississippi State, the Rebels are shooting 39 percent from the
three-point arc (16-of-41).
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.
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.
Wade also proved he was "da man" in the Rebels' win over Kentucky Jan. 20.
He came off the bench to score nine points and grab two boards. He scored
his nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from
the three-point line.
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 54-31.
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.
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 over Arkansas,
besting his previous high of six rebounds versus VCU earlier this year.
Holmes is averaging 2.7 rebounds per contest this season (52 total boards),
and has already surpassed his rebound total (44) of a year ago.
TAYLOR TO FOCUS ON FOOTBALL
Sophomore 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. 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.