Feb. 2, 2001
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Ole Miss (16-4, 4-3) vs. Auburn (13-8, 3-5)
Saturday, February 3, 2001 - 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum - Auburn, Ala.
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)
OLE MISS TO TRAVEL TO AUBURN FOR SATURDAY SHOWDOWN VS. THE TIGERS
The Ole Miss Rebels (16-4, 4-3 SEC) will be on the road again Saturday,
Feb. 3 when they travel to Auburn, Ala., for a Southeastern Conference
showdown versus the Tigers (13-8, 3-5 SEC). The game is scheduled for 1:00
p.m. (CT). Ole Miss, which is No. 26 in the "Also Receiving Votes"
category of both polls, bounced back after its loss at Mississippi State
(Jan. 27) with an 84-73 win over Arkansas Wednesday. Auburn defeated
Mississippi State, 60-56 Wednesday.
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 55-31 (.640 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-AUBURN SERIES
Saturday's game will the 101st meeting between the two schools, with the
Tigers holding an all-time series lead of 62-38. The series began in 1927.
Last year, the teams split their two meetings, with Ole Miss winning 79-77
(ot) in Oxford and the Tigers winning 75-72 in Auburn. The Tigers have a
commanding 41-7 series lead in games played in Auburn, and are 27-5 versus
the Rebels at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The last time the Rebels won
in Auburn was in the 1996-97 campaign, a 71-63 win on Mar. 1, 1997. Ole
Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 1-3 versus Auburn and 0-2 against the Tigers
The Tigers enter Saturday's game with a 13-8 overall record and a 3-5
Southeastern Conference mark. Auburn posted a 60-56 win over Mississippi
State Wednesday after suffering two close setbacks to Florida (65-63) and
Alabama (81-80). Sophomore guard Marquis Daniels leads three Tigers
averaging in double figures at 16.4 ppg. Sophomore transfer Adam
Harrington (15.6 ppg) and senior Scott Pohlman (13.0 ppg) are also
averaging double digits. Jamison Brewer leads the team on the boards with
a 7.4 average. Auburn players top the SEC statistical charts in assists,
steals and blocked shots. Brewer leads the league in assists (6.81 apg),
while Daniels is at the top of the conference in steals (2.48 spg). Kyle
Davis is the league's top shot blocker at 2.32 bpg. Auburn is shooting
47.3 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from the three-point arc and 63.7
percent from the foul line. The Tigers are out-rebounding their opponents
by an average of 3.6 boards per game (39.6-36.0).
WHAT A LONG (ROAD) TRIP IT WAS...
For the Rebels, January was a month on the road. In January, Ole Miss
played three home games and four road contests. The Rebels were one of
four Southeastern Conference teams - Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina,
Tennessee - to play only three home league games in January.
...AND THE "REBEL ROAD SHOW" CONTINUES
Saturday's contest will be the fifth road game for Ole Miss in
Southeastern Conference play. The Rebels are only one of two SEC squads to
have played five of their first eight league games on the road. Vanderbilt
is the other team. In its first four SEC road contests, Ole Miss is 2-2.
THE LAST TIME THAT...PART I
After hitting only 29.7 percent from the field versus Mississippi State
Jan. 27, the Rebels responded with a hot shooting performance from the
field in their victory over Arkansas Wednesday. Ole Miss hit 60 percent
from the field (24-of-40) in the victory over the Razorbacks.
It was the first time the Rebels shot 60 percent or better from the field
since they hit 61.2 percent (30-of-49) in an 87-82 win over Arkansas last
year (Feb. 2, 2000). In fact, Ole Miss shot better than 60 percent from
the field in three games last year-63 percent versus Southeastern
Louisiana, 62 percent versus Birmingham-Southern and 61.2 percent versus
Arkansas. All three were Ole Miss wins.
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 64.1 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 seven
SEC games, Harrison is hitting 56 percent from the arc (14-of-25).
WHERE ARE THE TV CAMERAS?
Saturday's game at Auburn will be Ole Miss' first non-televised contest
since the Rebels played at Arkansas Jan. 10. Ole Miss played five straight
games on television from Jan. 13 through Jan 31 (Georgia, Alabama,
Kentucky, Mississippi State, Arkansas). The Rebels have 14 scheduled
television appearances in 2000-01. This season, Ole Miss is 9-4 in
television games. The Rebels have appeared on television over 40 times the
past four seasons.
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
102. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3 with 131
career treys. This season, Harrison is shooting 48.1 percent from the
"BUCK" IS BACK!!
All players have their ups and downs during a season, and senior Jason
Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) is no different. Flanigan, who also goes by
the nickname "Buck," had his down spell from Jan. 10 through Jan. 20, but
has returned to his old form in the Rebels' last two games.
After scoring 14 points versus Vanderbilt Jan. 6, the 6-foot-1 guard went
into a shooting funk, hitting only 4-of-19 from the field in the next four
games. However, Flanigan has bounced back in the Rebels' last two contests
versus Mississippi State and Arkansas. He shot 5-of-11 from the field,
including 3-of-8 from the arc, in the two games. His three treys also came
at key moments in the two games.
Despite his shooting woes in that four-game stretch, Flanigan is still
hitting 45.9 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from the arc for 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 lately. In
Ole Miss' last three Southeastern Conference contests, Harrison is
averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 boards and 5.0 assists. The 5-foot-5 guard hit
41.4 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from the arc in the last three
contests versus Kentucky (Jan. 20), Mississippi State (Jan. 27) and
Arkansas (Jan. 31).
SANDERS RECORDS CAREER HIGH VS. ARKANSAS
Talk about getting over an injury. Ole Miss' David Sanders (Jackson,
Miss.) got over his left sprained ankle in a big way Wednesday against the
Razorbacks. The 6-foot-3 guard scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-6
shooting from the field, including 1-of-1 from the arc, and 6-of-8 from the
charity stripe. He also had three boards and three steals in the win.
Prior to his career-high performance versus Arkansas, Sanders had been
suffering from a left sprained ankle which he injured in the Georgia game
Jan. 13. In the three league games prior to the injury, he was averaging
8.0 points and playing outstanding defense. In the games from Jan. 17
through Jan. 27 after the injury, Sanders averaged only 5.3 points and was
limited in his lateral movement on the defensive end.
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 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
Arkansas Jan. 31, the 2000-01 senior class has 77 wins, the most victories
by a class in a four-year span. The 77 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).
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 four games versus
Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Arkansas. In those four contests,
Lockhart averaged 13 points and 7.5 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. He had 13 points and four
rebounds in the win over Arkansas. In SEC action (seven games), Lockhart
is averaging 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds.
THEY'RE FINALLY FALLING!
Shooters are known to lose and then regain their shot during a season.
But, in the case of freshman Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.), he never really
lost his shot. His shots just didn't seem to want to fall.
That, however, changed in the Rebels' win over the Razorbacks Wednesday.
The 6-foot-7 guard hit 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-7 from the
three-point arc. Harper hit two key treys in a second-half run for Ole
Miss which turned a 48-41 Arkansas lead into a 62-51 Rebel advantage. He
also grabbed five boards in the win.
In the two games prior to Arkansas, Harper was 1-of-10 from the floor and
1-of-6 from the arc. But again, over half of his shots were on target, but
rattled in and out of the basket.
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
LOCKHART NEARING 1,000 POINTS
Rahim Lockhart is nearing 1,000, and it's a good thing. The 6-foot-8
forward has 963 points and needs only 37 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 seven
SEC games, Reed has netted double figures in six 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...PART II
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 66.3
percent from the foul line for the season (11th in the SEC), 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 (both games) and Kentucky, the
Rebels shot 73.1 percent from the line (87-of-119) 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 81-9 record
(.900 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 10-0
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.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9. After his one block versus Arkansas Jan. 31, he now has
116 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 672 career rebounds, after grabbing
four boards versus Arkansas Jan. 31. Lockhart is in the No. 9 spot on the
Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 26 more rebounds to take over
the No. 8 spot currently held by Sean Murphy (1988-91, 697 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 three games versus
Kentucky, Mississippi State and Arkansas, the Rebels are shooting 40.7
percent from the three-point arc (24-of-59).
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 55-31.
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 2.8 rebounds per contest this season (56 total boards),
and has already surpassed his rebound total (44) of a year ago.
Jason Harrison was one assist shy of tying his career high versus
Arkansas. He had eight assists versus the Razorbacks...Saturday's game
will have the two worst free throw shooting teams in the SEC, with Ole Miss
11th and Auburn 12th...Jason Flanigan's brother, Wes, was an All-SEC guard
at Auburn. Wes is currently serving as an assistant coach at Northwest
(Miss.) C.C. in Senatobia, Miss.