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Game #23 - FOX Sports Net South
10/8 Tennessee (18-5, 5-4) vs.
25/24 Ole Miss (18-4, 6-3)
Saturday, February 10, 2001 - 4:06 p.m. (CT) tip
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Television: FOX Sports Net South (Dave Neal, play-by-play, Mike Pratt,
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS CONTINUES THREE-GAME SEC HOMESTAND VERSUS TENNESSEE
The Ole Miss Rebels (18-4, 6-3 SEC) continue their three-game Southeastern
Conference homestand Saturday, Feb. 10 versus the Tennessee Volunteers
(18-5, 5-4 SEC). The game is scheduled for 4:06 p.m. (CT) tip, and will be
televised by FOX Sports Net South. Ole Miss, ranked No. 25 in the
Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, won its third
straight game with a 50-33 victory over LSU Feb. 7. Tennessee, also ranked
in both polls, dropped an 82-77 overtime decision at Arkansas Feb. 7.
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 57-31 (.648 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-TENNESSEE SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 94th meeting between the two teams. The
Volunteers hold a 60-33 lead in the series, which began in 1924. Tennessee
has won three straight in the series, including a 98-60 victory in
Knoxville last season (see game recap and boxscore on page 5). The
Volunteers also hold a 23-18 series lead in games played in Oxford.
Tennessee won the last meeting in Tad Smith Coliseum, a nail-biting 69-67
Volunteer victory in the 1998-99 campaign (Feb. 17, 1999). Ole Miss' last
victory in the series was a 70-48 win in Oxford in the 1996-97 campaign
(Jan. 22, 1997). Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 0-2 versus Tennessee and
0-1 against the Volunteers in Oxford.
The Volunteers, ranked No. 10 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll
and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, enter Saturday's game with an
18-5 overall record and a 5-4 Southeastern Conference mark. Tennessee has
lost three of its last four games, including an 82-77 overtime setback at
Arkansas Feb. 7. Two of those three losses came in overtime. Senior
forward Isiah Victor leads four Tennessee players averaging in double
figures with a 13.9 average. Vincent Yarbrough (13.5 ppg), Tony Harris
(12.6 ppg) and Ron Slay (12.6 ppg) are also averaging double digits.
Victor is tops on the team with a 7.4 rebounding average, and also leads
the Volunteers from the field at 54.8 percent. Sophomore guard Jon Higgins
is the team's and SEC's top three-point threat, hitting 48.1 percent from
the arc. The Volunteers are shooting 46.4 percent from the floor, 36.7
percent from the three-point arc and 69.5 percent from the foul line.
Tennessee is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 1.1 boards per
FEBRUARY...YOU'RE FINALLY HERE
February is the month the Rebels have been waiting for, and it's finally
here. The past six seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000,
2000-01), Ole Miss has played well in the month of February, posting a
25-13 mark (.657 winning percentage).
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
After playing five of its first eight Southeast-ern 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 are
in the middle of a three-game SEC homestand. Ole Miss defeated LSU, 50-33
Feb. 7, and will host Tennessee Saturday (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
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 74 of its last 82 games (.902 winning percentage) at home,
including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are
11-1 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 102-29 (.779 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 307-155 (.665 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS AT HOME
Ole Miss has an 11-5 record (.688 winning percentage) versus ranked
opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum since the beginning of the 1994-95 season.
Tennessee will be the second ranked opponent that Ole Miss has played at
home during the 2000-01 season. The Rebels defeated No. 14 Oklahoma, 60-55
on Dec. 2. Prior to the 1999 Auburn loss (1998-99 season), Ole Miss had
won six straight versus ranked opponents at the "Tad Pad." During that
streak, 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. Last year, Ole Miss was 2-2 versus ranked opponents at home.
(NOTE: Ole Miss lost to No. 5 Kentucky in the 1994-95 season, but that
home game was played at The Pyramid in Memphis.)
REBELS ON TELEVISION
Ole Miss will be making its 14th and final scheduled television appearance
of the year Saturday when the Rebels meet Tennessee on FOX Sports Net
South. In the month of January, Ole Miss appeared before the television
cameras five straight games from Jan. 13 through Jan. 31 (Georgia, Alabama,
Kentucky, Mississippi State, Arkansas). This season, Ole Miss is 9-4 in
television games, and is 2-0 in games on FOX Sports Net South (88-84 win
over VCU Nov. 25, 60-55 win over Oklahoma Dec. 2). 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 those games.
THE LAST TIME THAT...
The Rebels really put the defensive clamps on LSU in their 50-33 win over
the Tigers Feb. 7. The last time Ole Miss held an opponent to 33 points or
less in a game came in the 1981-82 campaign when the Rebels defeated
Mississippi State, 47-33 in Starkville (Feb. 20, 1982). That was also the
last time Ole Miss held an SEC opponent to under 40 points prior to
The last time Ole Miss held an opponent (all teams) to under 40 points in
a game came in the 1997-98 season when the Rebels defeated Arkansas-Pine
Bluff, 81-36 (Nov. 24, 1997).
THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
After tying several best starts this season and in recent years, the
2000-01 Rebel squad finally has its own best start. With its victory over
LSU Feb. 7, Ole Miss improved its overall record to 18-4, which is the best
22-game mark in school history. The previous best record after 22 games in
Rebel basketball history was 17-5 by the 1936-37 team. That squad finished
the season with a 20-6 record and was the program's first-ever 20-win team.
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, Auburn
Feb. 3 and LSU Feb. 7. The 6-foot-7 guard hit 14-of-35 from the field (40
percent) and 9-of-23 from the three-point arc (39.1 percent) in the three
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 Arkansas.
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 gave 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.
Harper exploded for 16 points in Ole Miss' victory over LSU Feb. 7. The
16-point performance was his best in SEC play. He also had four assists,
one block and one steal.
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.
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 63.0 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
eight opponents under 60 points, including three SEC teams. The Rebels
held Arkansas (53-48 Ole Miss win) Jan. 10, Kentucky (65-55 Ole Miss win)
Jan. 20 and LSU (50-33 Ole Miss win) 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.
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 outscored 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 two wins over Arkansas (Jan. 31) and Auburn (Feb. 3), the Rebels
had five players net double figures. This season, the Rebels are 3-0 when
they have five or more players post 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 four contests versus Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn and LSU. He
shot 11-of-25 from the field (44 percent), including 5-of-15 from the arc
(33.3 percent), in the four games. In the last three games (all Ole Miss
victories), Flanigan averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 boards and 3.3 assists.
Despite his shooting woes in that four-game stretch, Flanigan is still
hitting 45.6 percent from the field and 41.7 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.) used the halftime
break in Ole Miss' two games versus Arkansas (Jan. 31) and Auburn (Feb. 3)
to do the same.
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.
Although he didn't put up the numbers in the scoring column versus LSU
Feb. 7, Reed had a solid all-around game in the second half. After the
intermission, Reed grabbed seven of his team-high nine boards and also had
three steals. He finished the LSU game with six points, nine rebounds, and
four steals (no turnovers).
GET IN THOSE PASSING LANES
Ole Miss has a reputation for playing tough, "in-your-face" defense.
Lately, the Rebels have not only been in their opponents' faces but also
their passing lanes. In the Ole Miss' last five games (4-1 record), the
Rebels have forced their opponents into 111 turnovers (22.2 per game).
However, in its first four conference games, Ole Miss forced only 54
turnovers (13.5 per contest).
On the offensive end of the floor, the Rebels have taken better care of
the ball the last two games with only 27 turnovers (13.5 per game).
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.
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 32 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 nine
SEC games, Harrison is hitting 51.7 percent from the arc (15-of-29).
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
103. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3 with 131
career treys. This season, Harrison is shooting 46.4 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.
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 980 points and needs only 20 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.
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.
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 684 career rebounds, after grabbing
five boards versus LSU Feb. 7. Lockhart is in the No. 9 spot on the Ole
Miss career rebounding list, and needs 14 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 campaign.
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 LSU
Feb. 7, the 2000-01 senior class has 79 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).
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 nine 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 points
(leads team) and 6.4 boards (second on team) in SEC games only.
LOCKHART COMING ON STRONG IN SEC PLAY
After a slow start in conference play, senior Rahim Lockhart came on
strong for the Rebels in their 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 (nine games), Lockhart is averaging 10.3 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.
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
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 16-38 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 7-4 this year when scoring less than 70 points.
REBELS ON FIRE VERSUS ARKANSAS
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.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9. After his two block versus LSU Feb. 7, he now has 119 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 one three-pointer shy of moving into the top five on the
Ole Miss career three-pointers list. Flanigan has 81...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 straight from
1919-20 through 1927-28.