Feb. 5, 2001
The Ole Miss Rebels (17-4, 5-3 SEC) open a three-game Southeastern
Conference homestand Wednesday, Feb. 7 versus the LSU Tigers (11-8, 1-7
SEC). The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss, which is ranked
No. 25 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll,
won its second straight SEC game with a 74-70 victory at Auburn Saturday.
LSU dropped its third straight league contest Saturday, a 76-66 setback at
No. 17-ranked Alabama.
LSU (11-8, 1-7) vs. #25/#24 Ole Miss (17-4, 5-3)
Wednesday, February 7, 2001 -- 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum -- Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
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 56-31 (.644 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-LSU SERIES
Wednesday's game will be the 181st meeting between the two schools. The
series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second longest in Ole
Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series, 104-76, but the
Rebels have won nine of the last 13 in the series. Last year, the Tigers
swept Ole Miss, winning 97-53 in Oxford and 64-60 in Baton Rouge. The
Rebels hold a 48-32 lead in games played in Oxford, and have won seven of
the last eight games played in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss' last win in
the series was a 79-57 victory Feb. 27, 1999, in Baton Rouge. The Rebels'
last victory over LSU in Oxford was an 82-66 win Feb. 3, 1999. Ole Miss
head coach Rod Barnes is 2-2 versus LSU and 1-1 against the Tigers in Oxford.
The Tigers enter Wednesday's game with an 11-8 overall record and a 1-7
Southeastern Conference mark. LSU dropped its last three games to Arkansas
(59-52), South Carolina (68-56) and Alabama (76-66). The Tigers' last
victory was an 82-73 win at Mississippi State Jan. 24. Sophomore forward
Ronald Dupree leads the Tigers in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.9
rpg). Dupree ranks among the SEC's leaders in both statistical categories.
Collis Temple III (14.5 ppg), Torris Bright (12.2 ppg) and Brian Beshara
(12.2 ppg) also are averaging in double figures. Bright, 2000 SEC
co-Freshman of the Year, is tops on the team in assists (85) and steals
(41). Dupree is the team's top field goal shooter at 50.6 percent, while
Bright is the squad's top three-point threat at 39.3 percent. LSU is
shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from the three-point arc
and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
After playing five of its first eight Southeastern Conference games on the
road, Ole Miss will play five of its final eight league games in the
friendly confines of Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. 'Tad Pad'). The Rebels
will play their next three contests at home versus LSU Feb. 7, Tennessee
Feb. 10 and Mississippi State Feb. 14. The current three-game homestand is
the Rebels' longest in SEC play since Ole Miss hosted four straight league
games in January of 1998-99 campaign.
THE 'REBEL ROAD SHOW' COMPLETE
The Rebels played five of their first eight conference games on the road,
including a Feb. 3 win at Auburn. The Rebels were one of only two SEC
squads to have played five of their first eight league games on the road.
Vanderbilt is the other team. In its first five SEC road contests, Ole
Miss posted a 3-2 record.
'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 73 of its last 81 games (.901 winning percentage) at home,
including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are
10-1 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 101-29 (.777 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 306-155 (.664 winning percentage) at the 'Tad Pad.' Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
Call them 'Cardiac Kids' or maybe even 'Comeback Kids,' the Rebels have
proven they can be resilient when they are down in games this season. Ole
Miss pulled off another comeback Feb. 3 at Auburn. Down 52-43 with under
11 minutes to play, Ole Miss began its comeback. Over the next six
minutes, the Rebels out-scored Auburn, 17-7 to take a 60-59 lead with 5:14
left in the game. Ole Miss went on to win the contest, 74-70.
Three days earlier (Jan. 31), the Rebels put together another comeback
versus Arkansas. Down 48-41 with 13 minutes left, Ole Miss went on a 21-3
run to take a 62-51 lead en route to the 84-73 victory over the Razorbacks.
In their win over Southern Cal Dec. 22, the Rebels overcame a 77-71
deficit in the final 1:30 to tie the game at 78-all and send the contest
into overtime. Ole Miss won the game, 84-83.
ANOTHER MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE REBELS
The last five seasons, 70 has been a special number for Ole Miss because
when the Rebels score 70 or more points, they usually win. Well, the
Rebels now have another magic number?five, as in five double figure scorers.
In their last two games, the Rebels had five players netting double
figures. Ole Miss won both games over Arkansas and Auburn. This season,
the Rebels are 3-0 when they have five or more players net double figures.
'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 three 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 (21.1 percent) in
the next four games. However, Flanigan has bounced back in the Rebels'
last three contests versus Mississippi State, Arkansas and Auburn. He shot
9-of-19 from the field (47.4 percent), including 5-of-12 from the arc (41.7
percent), in the three games.
Despite his shooting woes in that four-game stretch, Flanigan is still
hitting 46.2 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from the arc for the
Where Clark Kent uses a telephone booth to change into comic-book hero
'Superman,' Rebel freshman Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) has been using the
halftime break in Ole Miss' last two games to do the same.
Reed has been nothing short of superb in the second halves of victories
over Arkansas Jan. 31 and Auburn Feb. 3. Against the Razorbacks, the
6-foot-8 forward had no points and one board in the first half, but
exploded in the second half with 12 points and five rebounds. Reed
finished the Arkansas game with 12 points (4-of-5 FG, 4-of-5 FT) and six
boards. Six of Reed's 12 points came in a second-half stretch in which Ole
Miss turned a 48-41 deficit into a 62-51 lead (21-3 run).
In the Rebels' win over Auburn, Reed had only three points and two
rebounds at the break, but posted 13 points, three boards and four steals
in the second half. Reed finished the contest with 16 points, five
rebounds and a career-high seven steals. He netted eight of his 16 points
during a second-half run that turned a 52-43 deficit into a 60-59 lead.
Reed also hit the game-clinching free throw with :05 left to seal the win.
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' wins over Arkansas Jan. 31 and
Auburn Feb. 3. The 6-foot-7 guard hit 8-of-21 from the field and 6-of-15
from the three-point arc in the two games. Against the Razorbacks, Harper
hit two key treys in a second-half run which turned a 48-41 Arkansas lead
into a 62-51 Rebel advantage. He grabbed five boards in the win over
Harper also aided in the Rebels' comeback at Auburn Feb. 3. His
back-to-back three-pointers during a 17-7 second-half run tied the game at
56-all with 6:37 left. Harper's dunk with 1:09 left game Ole Miss the lead
for good at 68-67, and he hit two free throws with :46 left to extend the
Rebels' lead to three points at 70-67.
In the two games prior to Arkansas (Jan. 31), 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.
MANNY'S DA MAN!
Sophomore Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) has proven to be 'da man' for the
Rebels in the second half of three Southeastern Conference games this season.
His first big second-half performance came in the Rebels' victory over
Arkansas Jan. 10. The 6-foot-3 guard, who also goes by the nickname
'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 had another huge second half in the Rebels' win over Kentucky
Jan. 20. He netted five of his nine points in the second half versus the
Wildcats, including a hoop at the 3:57 mark to extend the Rebels' lead to
In the win at Auburn, Wade played inspired ball in the second half after
having no stats at halftime. He had seven points, four rebounds, three
assists and two steals in the second half versus Auburn. All of his seven
points against the Tigers came in the opening minutes of the second half,
keeping the Rebels within striking distance.
GIVE HOLMES THE MVGP AWARD
All the good teams have 'glue' players?those that do anything to help the
squad. A basket here, an assist there, a steal here, or a floor burn there
is what a 'glue' player gives the team. For Ole Miss this season, that
player has been senior Jason Holmes (Tylertown, Miss.). So, give Holmes
the Most Valuable 'Glue' Player (MVGP) Award.
Holmes came to Ole Miss with the reputation of being only a three-point
threat, but his first season (1999-2000) did not turn out as planned for
the 6-foot-5 guard. Holmes, however, has bounced back in a big way in
2000-01, giving the Rebels more than just a key trey now and then.
He is averaging 2.8 rebounds and has grabbed more boards (59) this year
than all of last season (44). Holmes also has 34 assists, six blocks and
21 steals. In SEC play, he is averaging 7.0 points and 3.9 boards and has
nine assists, three blocks and seven steals. Holmes grabbed a career-high
nine boards in the win over Arkansas Jan. 10, and had a key block late in
the victory over Kentucky Jan. 20.
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 64.4 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.
REED POSTS CAREER HIGH IN STEALS
Just call Justin Reed 'Mr. Swipe'?especially in the Rebels' victory at
Auburn Feb. 3. Reed recorded a career-high seven steals against the
Tigers. The seven steals are tied for the third most in a single game in
Ole Miss history. The Ole Miss record is eight steals by Gerald Glass (vs.
Christian Brothers, Nov. 2, 1988) and Eric Laird (vs. DePaul, Mar. 25,
1983) The 6-foot-8 forward has 28 steals for the season.
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 eight
SEC games, Harrison is hitting 53.8 percent from the arc (14-of-26).
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 47.2 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 lately. In
Ole Miss' three Southeastern Conference contests versus Kentucky,
Mississippi State and Arkansas, Harrison averaged 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 those three games.
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 Jan. 31 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 left in the game versus
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 half.
LOCKHART NEARING 1,000 POINTS
Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) is nearing 1,000, and it's a good
thing. The 6-foot-8 forward has 974 points and needs only 26 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.
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 679 career rebounds, after grabbing
seven boards versus Auburn Feb. 3. Lockhart is in the No. 9 spot on the
Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 19 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
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 is making his presence known in the league. In eight SEC games, Reed
has netted double figures in seven contests, including a career-high 21
points versus Georgia Jan. 13. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 12.8
points (leads team) and 6.1 boards (second on team) in SEC games only.
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
Auburn Feb. 3, the 2000-01 senior class has 78 wins, the most victories by
a class in a four-year span. The 78 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 has been on a
roll for the Rebels in their last five games versus Alabama, Kentucky,
Mississippi State, Arkansas and Auburn. In those five contests, Lockhart
averaged 12.6 points and 7.4 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 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, and 11 points and seven boards versus
Auburn. In SEC action (eight games), Lockhart is averaging 10.9 points and
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 66.0
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), Kentucky and
Auburn, the Rebels shot 73.2 percent from the line (93-of-127) in the final
four minutes (and overtime) of those games.
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 Jan. 31. 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 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.
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
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.
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 82-9 record
(.901 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 an 11-0
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 Auburn Feb. 3, he now has 117
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.
Jason Flanigan is two three-pointers shy of moving into the top five on
the Ole Miss career three-pointers list. Flanigan has 80, and Tim Jumper
(1987-90) is in fifth place with 82 treys...With their win at Auburn Feb.
3, the Rebels guaranteed their fifth consecutive winning season. It is the
first time that the Ole Miss program has put together five straight winning
seasons since the Rebels had nine consecutive winning campaigns from
1919-20 through 1927-28...On their current pace of hitting 6.8 treys per
game, the Rebels would finish regular-season play with 225 three-pointers,
which would be a new single-season record.