Rebels End Three-Game Road Trip at Auburn
February 7, 1999
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels (17-7, 7-4 SEC) will wrap up their three-game road trip on Tuesday, Feb. 9 with a Southeastern Conference Western Division clash versus the Auburn Tigers (22-1, 10-1 SEC). The game, which will start at 8:30 p.m. (CT), will be televised by ESPN. The Rebels enter the contest having won three straight and five of their last six games. During the six-game stretch, Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State (81-68), Georgia, (85-76), No. 21 Arkansas (89-81), LSU (82-66) and Florida (79-68), but lost at South Carolina (67-66). Auburn, which is ranked in the top 10 in both polls, has won five straight contests since its first and only loss of the season at Kentucky (72-62) on Jan. 20. Since that setback, the Tigers have defeated Alabama (73-58), Mississippi State (64-54), Georgia (85-74), South Carolina (76-48) and LSU (80-54).
1998-99 OLE MISS REBEL BASKETBALL
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 11.1/4.9 Wheatley, Ark. 24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 12.3/5.6 Jackson, Tenn. 3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 5.6/2.8 Little Rock, Ark. 22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 4.8/2.0 Tempe, Ariz. 33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 17.2/4.4 Perryville, Ark.RESERVES
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 4.1/3.1 Laurel, Miss. 20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 2.9/1.2 Jonesboro, Ark. 21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 5.2/2.4 West Memphis, Ark. 23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-2 195 Gulfport, Miss.# 25 Lataryl Williams (Jr.) G 6-6 200 3.9/1.8 Oxford, Miss. 44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 7.8/4.7 Mendenhall, Miss. 54 John Engstrom (Fr.) C 7-0 245 1.1/2.1 Paragould, Ark.%REBELS ON TELEVISION & RADIO
Television: ESPN (Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Larry Conley, analyst)
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Sean Tuohy, analyst; Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
BARNES IN FIRST YEAR AT HELM OF REBEL PROGRAM
AUBURN PROBABLE STARTERS
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 13 Bryant Smith (Sr.) F 6-5 195 10.7/6.1 Huntsville, Ala. 31 Mack McGadney (Fr.) F 6-7 215 6.2/3.3 Mobile, Ala. 34 Mamadou N'diaye (Jr.) C 7-0 235 7.7/7.4 Dakar, Senegal 10 Scott Pohlman (So.) G 6-2 160 11.0/2.3 Roswell, Ga. 50 Doc Robinson (Jr.) G 6-2 185 10.5/2.7 Selma, Ala.TOP RESERVES
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 4 Chris Porter (Jr.) F 6-7 218 16.6/8.8 Abbeville, Ala. 12 Jay Heard (Fr.) G 6-3 190 6.7/2.2 Oxford, Ala. 3 Reggie Sharp (So.) G 6-1 170 5.8/1.2 Shannon, Miss. 23 Daymeon Fishback (Jr.) G 6-5 205 3.7/1.8 Bowling Green, Ky.OLE MISS-AUBURN SERIES
Tuesday's game will the 98th meeting between the two schools, with the Tigers holding an all-time series lead of 60-37. The series began in 1927.
Earlier this season, Auburn defeated the Rebels, 74-59 in Oxford. Last season, the teams split their two meetings, with Auburn winning, 68-67 in Auburn and the Rebels winning, 74-67 in Oxford. Ole Miss has won seven of the last 11 meetings in the series. The Tigers have a commanding 39-7 series lead in games played in Auburn, and are 25-5 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.
1998-99 REBEL RECAP
Auburn forward Chris Porter recorded a double-double of 19 points and 12 boards, and Bryant Smith added 12 points to lead the No. 8 nationally-ranked Tigers to a 74-59 win over Ole Miss at Tad Smith Coliseum. The loss ended the Rebels' 29-game homecourt win streak. Senior All-America candidate Keith Carter led Ole Miss with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Smith added 12 points and six boards. Doc Robinson also netted double figures for Auburn with 10 points. Ole Miss grabbed an early 11-7 lead in the first half, but Auburn responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead for good at 17-11. From that point, the Tigers continued to build on their lead, and held a 27-20 advantage at the break.
After intermission, Auburn increased its advantage to as many as 13 points (50-37). The Rebels cut the lead down to eight points on several occasions, but could get no closer the rest of the game. Ole Miss shot 36.2 percent from the field, while the Tigers hit 45.5 percent from the floor. Auburn won the battle of the boards, 41-35.
Auburn FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl Porter 6-15 0-1 7-8 12 19 1 0 1 Pohlman 2-4 1-2 0-0 1 5 0 0 0 Smith 5-7 0-0 2-3 5 12 3 0 1 N'diaye 1-2 0-0 2-4 3 4 1 1 1 Robinson 4-10 2-3 1-2 7 11 4 0 1 Sharp 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 3 1 0 0 Heard 0-3 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 Fishback 3-4 1-1 2-2 2 9 3 0 0 McGadney 1-3 0-1 3-5 2 5 0 0 0 Chilliest 1-1 0-0 2-2 1 4 0 0 0 Person 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 TEAM 7 Totals 25-55 5-12 19-27 41 74 13 1 5FEBRUARY...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 Saturday's victory at Florida, Ole Miss' record in the month of February since the 1995-96 campaign is now 19-5. The following chart shows the Rebels' success in the month of February over the past three seasons:
Year Record Heading Into Feb. Feb. Record Record After Feb. 1998-99 15-7 2-0 -- 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 19-5DOES THIS LOOK A LITTLE FAMILIAR?
For the Rebels, it does. Entering Tuesday's game at Auburn, Ole Miss has a 7-4 Southeastern Conference mark and trails the SEC Western Division-leading Tigers by three games (Auburn is 10-1). Last season at this same time, the Rebels had a 6-4 conference mark and trailed SEC Western Division leader Arkansas by three games, as the Razorbacks were 9-1. Ole Miss won its final eight regular-season contests and overcame the three-game deficit to claim its second straight SEC Western Division crown.
The following chart shows the similarities:
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 53-4 record (.930 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 16-1 record when it eclipses the 70-point plateau.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
Four-Year Span No. of Wins
1995-96 to present 71 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 61DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
It was a case of "doubling your pleasure" in the Rebels' 79-68 win over the Florida Gators in Gainesville, as junior Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) posted his second double-double of the season. Hicks netted a game-high tying 20 points and grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds. It was Hicks' second double-double of the season, as he also had a double-double performance of 17 points and 13 boards in the Rebels' win over Alabama A&M on Nov. 23. For the season, Hicks is averaging 12.3 points (second on team) and 5.6 rebounds (leads team).
HICKS HITTING HIS STRIDE
CARTER ON A SCORING STREAK
SMITH "STEALS" THE RECORD
CARTER HAS A LONG-RANGE RECORD
SMITH TOPS THE 600 REBOUND MARK
SMITH MOVES UP TO NO. 20 SPOT ON CAREER SCORING CHART
CARTER IN AN ELITE GROUP
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 605 5. Coolidge Ball/F 754 12. Roger Steig/C 555 6. Fred Cox/C 729 13. Keith Carter/G 550 7. Ansu Sesay/F 699 14. Ivan Richmann/C 537REBELS VERSUS THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 37-39 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC Western Division (includes 5-1 mark this year). Ole Miss is 37-40 versus the SEC Western Division teams, including tournament play (includes 5-1 mark this year). The Rebels, however, have been successful versus their SEC Western Division foes the last three years (1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99), posting a 20-6 record. The following charts show the Rebels' year-by-year record versus the SEC Western Division and their mark against each school from the Western Division (includes tournament games):
Year-By-Year Versus Record Against The SEC
The SEC Western Division Western Division Teams (Regular Season Only) (Includes Tourney Games) 1991-92 2-8 Alabama 7-8 1992-93 4-6 Arkansas 6-10 1993-94 4-6 Auburn 7-8 1994-95 3-7 LSU 9-7 1995-96 4-6 Miss. State 8-7 1996-97 7-3 Total 37-40 1997-98 8-2 1998-99 5-1 Total 37-39"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 71. 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 4.1 assists per contest.
CARTER MOVES INTO NO. 8 SPOT ON SCORING CHART
CARTER JOINS ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE GROUP
Player/Years Points Rebounds Assists Keith Carter/1996-pres. 1,552 550 200 Ansu Sesay/1995-98 1,428 699 227 Elston Turner/1978-81 1,805 828 238CARTER 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 NAMED PRESEASON NAISMITH CANDIDATE
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 17.2 points (leads the team) and 4.4 rebounds per game.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!"; ROGERS SECOND ON CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS CHART
In the Rebels' Jan. 2 game at Vanderbilt, Rogers recorded the 100th blocked shot of his career. Rogers' three blocks in the Rebels' victory at Florida on Feb. 6 increased his career total to 113. 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).
A YEAR OF FIRSTS
First win Alabama St. (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 Arkansas (89-81), Jan. 30 First road win vs. SEC East opp. at Florida (79-68), Feb. 6TIP-INS...
Auburn moved up to No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, and that may be good news for the Rebels. The last two times that Ole Miss has played a team ranked No. 3 in the nation, the Rebels have won. Ole Miss defeated No. 3 Arkansas, 76-71 in the 1994-95 season, and also beat No. 3 Kentucky, 73-69 in the 1996-97 season. Of course, both games were played at Tad Smith Coliseum...A further note on Rebels' magic number of scoring 70 points equals victory in Auburn's last three victories over Ole Miss, the Tigers have held the Rebels to below 70 points...Tuesday's contest will be the Rebels' sixth on television this season. Ole Miss has a 4-1 record in its five previous television games. Tuesday's game will also be Ole Miss' fourth consecutive television contest...Rod Barnes' 17 victories is the second most by a Rebel head coach in his first season. Barnes is second only to Lee Hunt, who posted 19 victories in his first season as Rebel head coach in 1982-83. Hunt was Barnes' head coach in 1984-85 and 1985-86.
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