February 5, 1999
Game #24 (Sunshine Network-TV)
Ole Miss (16-7, 6-4) vs.
Florida (16-4, 7-3)
Saturday, February 6 - 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Stephen O'Connell Center - Gainesville, Fla.
REBELS ON TELEVISION & RADIO
Television: Sunshine Network - tape delayed (Larry Vettel, play-by-play; Bill Koss, analyst)
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Sean Tuohy, analyst; Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO CONTINUE THREE-GAME ROAD SWING AT FLORIDA ON SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (16-7, 6-4 SEC) continue their three-game road swing when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators (16-4, 7-3 SEC) on Saturday, Feb. 6. The game, which will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by the Sunshine Network, is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. (CT). The Rebels enter the contest having won four of their last five games. During that stretch, Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State (81-68), Georgia, (85-76), No. 21 Arkansas (89-81) and LSU (82-66). Florida has also posted victories in four of its last five contests. The Gators defeated LSU (77-58), Tennessee (93-72), Alabama (72-68) and Kentucky (75-68), but lost at Mississippi State (66-63) in that stretch.
# 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 16-7 record after the Rebels defeated LSU, 82-66 on Feb. 3. 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).
The Gators enter Saturday's game with a 16-4 overall record and a 7-3 Southeastern Conference mark. The Gators have won four of their last five games. In that stretch, Florida defeated LSU (77-58), Tennessee (93-72), Alabama (72-68) and Kentucky (75-68), but lost at Mississippi State (66-63). Before the loss to Mississippi State, Florida was ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Freshman Mike Miller leads the Gator offense with a 13.6 scoring average. Udonis Haslem (12.7 pgg) and Teddy Dupay (11.5 ppg) both freshmen are also averaging in double figures for Florida. Haslem is the squad's leading rebounder with a 5.5 average, and is also tops on the squad in field goal percentage at 66.7 percent. Dupay is the team's top three-point threat at 42 percent from beyond the arc. Senior guard Eddie Shannon leads Florida in assists with 84. The Gators, as a team, are shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from the three-point line and 73 percent from the charity stripe. Florida is averaging 82.8 points and 35.9 rebounds, and is out-rebounding its opposition by a narrow margin of 0.6 boards per contest (35.9-35.3).
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 10.9/4.7 Wheatley, Ark.
24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 12.0/5.4 Jackson, Tenn.
3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 5.7/2.8 Little Rock, Ark.
22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 4.6/1.9 Tempe, Ariz.
33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 17.0/4.5 Perryville, Ark.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. 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 6.1/2.0 Little Rock, Ark.
13 Johnnie Rogers (Sr.) F 6-9 220 4.3/3.1 Laurel, Miss.
20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 2.9/1.2 Jonesboro, Ark.
21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 5.4/2.4 West Memphis, Ark.
23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-2 195 ------- Gulfport, Miss.#
25 Lataryl Williams (Jr.) G 6-6 200 4.0/1.9 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.%
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
00 Brent Wright (So.) F 6-7 229 8.1/5.1 Miami, Fla.
13 Mike Miller (Fr.) F 6-8 201 13.6/5.5 Mitchell, S.D.
50 Udonis Haslem (Fr.) C 6-7 265 12.7/5.5 Miami, Fla.
3 Eddie Shannon (Sr.) G 5-11 167 7.2/2.4 W. Palm Beach, Fla.
52 Kenyan Weaks (Jr.) G 6-4 194 9.5/2.8 Concord, N.C.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
5 Teddy Dupay (Fr.) G 5-10 172 11.5/1.6 Cape Coral, Fla.
24 Greg Stolt (Sr.) F 6-8 225 9.8/3.4 Huntsville, Ala.
23 Ladarius Halton (Fr.) G 6-3 190 6.4/1.4 New Syrma Bch., Fla.
25 Major Parker (So.) F 6-3 215 5.3/2.8 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
OLE MISS-FLORIDA SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 86th meeting between the two schools. Florida holds a 47-38 lead in the series, which began in 1941. The Gators have a 29-10 advantage in games played in Gainesville. Ole Miss won last year's encounter, a 90-79 victory in Oxford. The Rebels also won the last meeting between the two schools in Gainesville, a 67-65 win in the 1996-97 season. That victory in Gainesville was Ole Miss' first over the Gators since the 1993 SEC Tournament in Lexington (67-62 win). The last Florida win in the series was a 75-62 victory in the first round of the 1996 SEC Tournament in New Orleans.
January 7, 1998 - Oxford, Miss.
#14 Ole Miss 90, Florida 79
Jason Smith scored a season-high 20 points and recorded career highs with five assists and seven steals to lead the No. 14 Ole Miss Rebels to a 90-79 Southeastern Conference win over Florida on Jan. 7. Ansu Sesay scored 18 points, and Keith Carter added 14 points. Smith also led Ole Miss on the boards with nine rebounds. Jason Williams led the Gators with 17 points, while Eddie Shannon added 14 points. Damen Maddox grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for Florida.
The Rebels jumped out to a 7-0 advantage in the first two minutes and never lost the lead the entire contest. The Gators pulled to within two at 12-10 at the 14:58 mark of the first half, but Ole Miss answered with a 12-2 run to take a 24-12 lead with 10:09 left. The Rebels led 48-32 at the intermission, but Florida cut the Ole Miss lead to nine points at 66-57 with 9:16 remaining in the game. The Rebels, however, went on a 7-0 run to increase their lead to 73-57 and put the game out of reach. In a match-up of the league's two top three-point shooting teams, Florida hit 35 percent (7-of-20) from the arc, while Ole Miss shot only 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from the three-point line. The Rebels won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Gators, 42-32.
Florida FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl
Stolt 1-2 0-1 2-2 7 4 0 0 0
Wright 2-4 0-0 3-6 4 7 0 0 1
Maddox 3-3 0-0 0-2 8 6 1 0 0
Williams, J. 6-19 2-8 3-4 1 17 8 0 0
Shannon 5-12 1-4 3-4 5 14 0 0 2
Parker 2-5 1-3 3-4 2 8 0 0 1
Nnaji 3-3 0-0 1-2 0 7 1 1 0
Williams, D. 1-3 1-1 4-4 1 7 0 0 1
Weaks 3-5 2-3 1-1 2 9 1 0 0
Totals 26-56 7-20 20-29 32 79 11 1 5
Ole Miss FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl
Smith 7-12 0-1 6-12 9 20 5 0 7
Sesay 7-13 0-1 4-8 8 18 2 0 1
Boone, A. 3-3 0-0 2-5 4 8 0 0 1
White 1-3 1-2 0-0 2 3 2 0 0
Carter 4-9 1-3 5-6 6 14 2 0 1
Darby 2-7 1-4 0-0 1 5 2 0 0
Flanigan 2-6 0-1 3-5 4 7 1 0 0
Cantrell 1-2 0-1 1-2 0 3 0 0 1
Lockhart 4-4 0-0 2-4 2 10 1 0 0
Rogers 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0
Totals 32-62 3-13 23-42 42 90 15 0 11
Florida 32 47 - 79
Ole Miss 48 42 - 90
Officials: Gene Monje, Rusty Herring, Doug Shows
A WINNING CLASS; 1999 SENIORS TIE RECORD FOR MOST WINS IN FOUR-YEAR PERIOD
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. After the Rebels' win over LSU on Feb. 3, the 1999 senior class has posted 70 victories, which ties it for most wins in 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
1995-96 to present 70
1979-80 to 1982-83 70
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
CARTER ON A SCORING STREAK
Since netting only six points in the Rebels' conference opener at Vanderbilt on Jan. 2, senior All-America candidate Keith Carter (Perryville, Ark.) has scored in double figures in nine straight contests (all SEC games). However, Carter has picked up his game even more lately especially in the Rebels' last four contests. In the last four outings, Carter has scored over 20 points in each game, including a career-high tying 33 points in Ole Miss' victory over Arkansas on Jan. 30. During the four-game span, the 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 27.8 points, and is shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. For the season, Carter leads Ole Miss with a 17.0 scoring average.
FEBRUARY...YOU'RE FINALLY HERE
February is the month the Rebels have been waiting for, and it's finally here. The past three seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98), Ole Miss has played well in the month of February, posting a 17-5 mark. After Wednesday's victory at LSU, Ole Miss' record in the month of February since the 1995-96 campaign is now 18-5. The following chart shows the Rebels' success in the month of February over the past three seasons:
Year Record Feb. Record
Heading Record After
Into Feb. Feb.
1998-99 15-7 1-0 --
1997-98 14-4 7-1 21-5
1996-97 13-6 5-1 18-7
1995-96 7-10 5-3 12-13
Cumulative Feb. Record 18-5
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 52-4 record (.929 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. 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 15-1 record when it eclipses the 70-point plateau.
SMITH "STEALS" THE RECORD
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) has done it. In Saturday's win over Arkansas, the 6-foot-6 forward placed his name at the top of the Ole Miss career steals chart. Smith entered the Arkansas game with 177 and needed three steals to move past Eric Laird (1982-85), who recorded 179 swipes in his career. He tied Laird for the top spot at the 4:22 mark of the first half, and then with only 32 seconds left before halftime, Smith recorded his third steal of the contest and took over sole possession of the record. After his one steal in the Rebels' win over LSU, Smith now has 181 for his career. This season, Smith is second on the team in steals with 43.
CARTER EXPLODES FOR CAREER-HIGH SCORING GAME
Dare we say it? Yes, Dan Patrick of ESPN, we must. In the Rebels' victory over Arkansas on Jan. 30, senior All-America candidate Keith Carter was en fuego on fire. Carter bombed his home state school for a career-high tying 33 points in the Rebels' victory. He also netted 33 points Ole Miss' victory over Temple on Nov. 22, 1997. En route to his career-high tying performance, Carter recorded a career best by hitting 10 free throws. The 6-foot-4 guard also scored 10 of his 33 points in a key second-half run which turned a 53-50 Razorback lead into a 60-57 Ole Miss advantage.
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 Florida with 229 career treys. Carter went 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 57 treys and is shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc. Carter's 229 career three-pointers also rank him among the SEC's top 20 career three-point shooters.
SMITH MOVES UP TO NO. 20 SPOT ON CAREER SCORING 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 nine points versus LSU on Feb. 3, he now has 1,112 career points and is in the No. 20 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart. Up next for Smith is Joe Ayers (1984-87), who is in the No. 19 spot with 1,130 points.
"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 67. The 6-foot-6 forward dished out a career-high tying seven assists versus South Carolina on Jan. 27. He also recorded seven assists in the Rebels' victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29. In the Rebels' last seven games, Smith is averaging 3.6 assists per contest.
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 548 career rebounds, and is the only guard in Rebel basketball history to record over 500 boards in a career. Overall, Carter's 548 rebounds are the 13th most in Rebel basketball history. The following chart shows the top rebounders in Ole Miss history:
Player/Position Rebs Player/Position Rebs 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 596 5. Coolidge Ball/F 754 12. Roger Steig/C 555 6. Fred Cox/C 729 13. Keith Carter/G 548 7. Ansu Sesay/F 699 14. Ivan Richmann/C 537
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 16-30 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC Eastern Division since the conference began divisional play in the 1991-92 season (includes 1-3 mark in 1998-99). Ole Miss is 19-36 versus the SEC Eastern Division teams, including tournament play (includes 1-3 mark in 1998-99). The Rebels, however, have posted an 8-4 record (regular season only) versus their Eastern Division foes over the previous two seasons (1996-97 and 1997-98). OLE MISS IS THE ONLY SEC WESTERN DIVISION TEAM TO HAVE A WINNING RECORD VERSUS THE EASTERN DIVISION THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS. The following charts show the Rebels' year-by-year record versus the SEC Eastern Division and their mark against each school from the Eastern Division (includes tournament games):
Year-By-Year Versus Record Against The SEC
Eastern Division Teams
1991-92 2-4 Florida 3-7
1992-93 0-6 Georgia 4-6
1993-94 3-3 Kentucky 2-7
1994-95 0-6 South Carolina 4-6
1995-96 2-4 Tennessee 1-6
1996-97 4-2 Vanderbilt 5-4
1997-98 4-2 Total 19-36
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 1,532 career points after his 21-point performance versus LSU on Feb. 3. On his current pace of averaging 17 points per game, Carter could climb as high as No. 5 on the Ole Miss career scoring chart by the end of the regular season. Up next for Carter is former Rebel All-America Don Kessinger (1962-64), who is No. 7 with 1,553 points. 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 (see career charts box on page 5).
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 17 points (leads the team) and 4.5 rebounds per game.
"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 is second on the squad with 23 blocked shots in 18 games this year.
In the Rebels' Jan. 2 game at Vanderbilt, Rogers recorded the 100th blocked shot of his career. Rogers' one block versus LSU on Feb. 3 upped his career total to 110. Rogers took over sole possession of the No. 2 spot on the Ole Miss career blocked shots chart with his one block versus Georgia on Jan. 23. That block versus Georgia gave him 109, moving him past 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).
REBELS HITTING THEIR MARK
Ole Miss has been shooting extremely well from the field this season, and is currently hitting 48.1 percent from the floor for the season. The Rebels have shot 50 percent or better 12 times this year. In 1997-98, Ole Miss shot 50 percent or better in only 10 games all season, while in 1996-97, the Rebels shot 50 percent or higher in five games. In the NCAA statistical leaders released on Feb. 1, Ole Miss was 16th in the country in field goal percentage (48.3 percent). Junior Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) was ranked second (66.9 percent) among the NCAA individual leaders in field goal percentage.
A YEAR OF FIRSTS
With Rod Barnes in his first season at the helm of the Rebel program, one would expect a lot of "firsts," and there have been. The following are the "firsts" for Barnes:
First win Alabama State (87-45), Nov. 13 First win away from home St. Joseph's (66-61), Dec. 21 First win vs. a ranked opponent Oklahoma (75-72), Dec. 22 First SEC win Alabama (78-60), Jan. 6
First SEC road win Arkansas (76-65), Jan. 9 First road win vs. a ranked opponent Arkansas (76-65), Jan. 9 First home win vs. a ranked opp. Arkansas (89-81), Jan. 30 First SEC season sweep Arkansas (76-65), Jan. 9 and Arkansas (89-81), Jan. 30
SMITH NEARING 600
Earlier this season, senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith broke 500, and now he is closing in on 600. With four more rebounds, Smith will become only the 11th player in Ole Miss basketball history to record 600 rebounds in a career. Smith now has 596 career rebounds, and is averaging 4.7 rebounds per game this season.
Saturday's game will feature the two best field goal percentage teams in the SEC. Florida tops the league at 48.3 percent, while Ole Miss is second at 48.1 percent. The game will also have two of the league's top scoring offenses. The Gators lead the SEC in scoring at 82.8 points per game, while the Rebels are third at 79.6...Saturday's contest will be the Rebels' fifth on television this season. Ole Miss has a 3-1 record in its four previous television games...Rod Barnes' 16 victories is tied for the second most by a Rebel head coach in his first season. Barnes is tied with Homer Hazel, who had 16 wins in his first season in 1925-26. Lee Hunt (19 wins; 1982-83) is the only head coach to have posted more wins in his first season...Ole Miss has recorded 20 or more assists in eight games all Rebel wins.