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

  • Game #25 (ESPN-TV)
  • Ole Miss (17-7, 7-4) vs.
  • #6/#3 Auburn (22-1, 10-1)
  • Tuesday, February 9 8:30 p.m. (CT)
  • Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Auburn, Ala.

    PROBABLE STARTERS

    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.%
    

    # 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

    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
    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 17-7 record after the Rebels defeated Florida, 79-68 on Feb. 6. 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).

    SCOUTING AUBURN
    Auburn enters Tuesday's game with a 22-1 overall record and a 10-1 Southeastern Conference mark. The Tigers have won five straight games since their first and only setback of the season to Kentucky on Jan. 20. Auburn boasts a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging in double figures. Junior Chris Porter leads the squad with a 16.6 scoring average, while Scott Pohlman (11.0 ppg), Bryant Smith (10.7 ppg) and Doc Robinson (10.5 ppg) also average double digits in scoring. Porter also leads Auburn on the boards with an 8.8 rebounding average. Mamadou N'diaye is the team's second-leading rebounder (7.4 rpg) and leads the squad with 55 blocked shots. Robinson is Auburn's assist leader with 117. Jay Heard is the Tigers' top three-point threat, hitting 46.9 percent from beyond the arc. Auburn is averaging 81 points and 45 rebounds per contest. The Tigers are shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 34.6 percent from the three-point arc and 63 percent from the charity stripe. Auburn has the top scoring defense in the SEC, allowing the opposition to score only 58.7 points per game. The Tigers are also out-rebounding the opposition by 10.7 boards per game (45.0-34.3).

    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

  • GAME #17
  • January 13, 1999
  • #8 Auburn 74, Ole Miss 59

    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   5
    

    Ole Miss FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl Smith 5-16 0-3 2-6 6 12 1 0 2 Rogers 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 1 0 White 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 4 0 0 0 Carter 5-10 2-5 2-3 7 14 1 0 1 Flanigan 2-6 1-4 1-2 3 6 2 0 1 Hicks 3-6 0-0 3-5 4 9 0 0 0 Harrison 0-5 0-4 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 Williams 1-3 0-1 0-2 2 2 2 0 0 Brown 1-3 0-1 0-2 2 2 2 0 0 Lockhart 1-1 0-0 1-4 3 3 1 0 0 TEAM 4 Totals 21-58 3-22 14-28 35 59 13 1 5

    Auburn 27 47 - 74 Ole Miss 20 39 - 59

    Officials: Clougherty, Sitton, Jordan Attendance: 8,382

    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 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 19-5
    
    DOES 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:

    1997-98 1998-99 SEC Western Division SEC Western Division (standings as of Feb. 8, 1998) (standings as of Feb. 8, 1999) Arkansas 9-1 Auburn 10-1 OLE MISS 6-4 OLE MISS 7-4

    (final regular season) OLE MISS 12-4 Arkansas 11-5

    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 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
    Ole Miss will be playing its seventh ranked opponent on Tuesday when the Rebels take on Auburn. The Rebels have a 3-3 record versus nationally-ranked opponents so far this season. Ole Miss defeated No. 23 Oklahoma, 75-72 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic on Dec. 22, No. 19 Arkansas, 76-65 on Jan. 9 and No. 21 Arkansas, 89-81 on Jan. 30. The Rebel losses have come to No. 7 Temple, 68-52, No. 8 Auburn, 74-59 and No. 6 Kentucky, 63-57.

    AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
    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, this senior class has done is again. With the Rebels' win over Florida on Feb. 6, the 1999 senior class has posted 71 victories, which is the most wins during 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   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   61
    
    DOUBLE 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
    After a slow start in his first season of Southeastern Conference play, junior Marcus Hicks, a transfer from Northwest Mississippi C.C., has begun to get a "feel" for the level of play in the SEC. And, in turn, Hicks has picked up his level of play in recent games. In the Rebels' last five SEC games (four wins), Hicks has netted double figures in each contest, and has averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Prior to that, Hicks was averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 boards in his first six conference games.

    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 10 straight contests (all SEC games). However, Carter has picked up his game even more lately especially in the Rebels' last five contests. In the last five 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 five-game span, the 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 24.2 points, and is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from beyond the arc. For the season, Carter leads Ole Miss with a 17.2 scoring average.

    SMITH "STEALS" THE RECORD
    Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) has done it. In the Jan. 30 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 two steals in the Rebels' win over Florida, Smith now has 183 for his career. This season, Smith leads the team in steals with 45.

    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 Tuesday's game versus Auburn with 232 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 60 treys and is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Carter's 232 career three-pointers also rank him among the SEC's top 20 career three-point shooters.

    SMITH TOPS THE 600 REBOUND MARK
    Earlier this season, senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith broke 500, and now he has surpassed the 600 mark in rebounds. With his nine boards in the Rebels' win at Florida, Smith has 605 career rebounds, and is only the 11th player in Ole Miss basketball history to record 600 rebounds in a career. Smith is averaging 4.9 rebounds this season.

    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 16 points versus Florida on Feb. 6, he now has 1,128 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.

    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 550 career rebounds, and is the only guard in Rebel basketball history to record over 500 boards in a career. Overall, Carter's 550 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    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  537 
    
    REBELS 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
    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 1,552 career points after his 20-point performance versus Florida on Feb. 6. On his current pace of averaging 17.2 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.

    CARTER JOINS ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE GROUP
    If there wasn't already enough to say about Ole Miss' senior All-America candidate Keith Carter, there is more. With his one assist and two rebounds in Ole Miss' win at Florida on Feb. 6, Carter became one of only three players in Rebel basketball history to have at least 1,000 points, 550 rebounds and 200 assists in a career. The other two players are former Rebel standout Elston Turner (1978-81) and 1998 SEC Player of the Year and All-America Ansu Sesay (1995-98). Turner is currently an assistant coach on the Portland Trailblazers staff, while Sesay is a member of the Dallas Mavericks. The following chart compares the three players:

    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      238
    
    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 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 was 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 17.2 points (leads the team) and 4.4 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 26 blocked shots in 19 games this year.

    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
    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 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. 6 
    
    TIP-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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      • Game 3: Ole Miss 8, ECU 6

        Sunday, February 19, 2017 - Baseball

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 16.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #333333; -webkit-text-stroke: #333333} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #ffffff} span.s2 {font-kerning: none} For the second-consecutive game, ECU held a lead in the late stages of the game. ECU... read more

      • Game 2: Ole Miss 3, ECU 2

        Saturday, February 18, 2017 - Baseball

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Ole Miss rallied from a two-run deficit in the late innings to knock off ECU 3-2 and clinch the... read more

      • Ole Miss 5, ECU 4

        Friday, February 17, 2017 - Baseball

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; min-height: 14.0px} In a game that had the feel of an SEC Friday night showdown, baserunners were difficult to come by... read more

      • 2017 Ole Miss Baseball Walk Out Music

        Thursday, February 16, 2017 -

        With the 2017 Ole Miss Baseball season beginning tomorrow at Swayze Field (4 p.m. CT vs. No. 6 East Carolina), check out the always much-anticipated walk out music list. Which song is your favorite? Let us know on Twitter by... read more

      • Four Rebels Invited to the NFL Combine

        Monday, February 13, 2017 - Football

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Four Rebels will head to Indianapolis to take part in the NFL Combine in hopes of bolstering their draft... read more

      • What They're Saying: Men's Golf Sophomore Braden Thornberry

        Monday, February 13, 2017 - Men's Golf

        The breakout college golfer of the fall is trying to prove it wasn't a fluke. (@OleMissMGolf) https://t.co/S1IgwNJxmJ pic.twitter.com/p0IezRH1ul-- Ryan Herrington (@GWcampusinsider) February 6, 2017 .@tberrygolf enters the mix for this September at LACC.#WalkerCup Watch List: https://t.co/UPkkcOD3lX pic.twitter.com/0Sprbl7Qv4-- Golfweek (@golfweek) February... read more

      • Rebels Focus on Defense on Signing Day

        Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Football

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Ole Miss' defense needed a shot in the arm after a 2016 season to forget. It began by retooling... read more

      • Engram Named a Top Performer by NFL Network's Mike Mayock

        Monday, January 30, 2017 - Football

        The Senior Bowl always offers players a chance to improve their draft stock by performing well against some of the best players in the nation. Evan Engram took advantage of that opportunity. NFL Network's draft expert Mike Mayock named Engram... read more

      • Know the Opponent: Texas A&M

        Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Men's Basketball

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Know the Opponent: Texas A&M (10-8, 2-5) KenPom ranking: 64 Best win: vs. No. 50 Virginia Tech Worst loss:... read more

      • Rebels Impressing at East-West Shrine Game

        Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Football

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      • Former Rebel Coach Ron Aldy Honored at Kirk Academy

        Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Women's Basketball

        Former Women's Basketball Head Coach Ron Aldy and his family at gym floor dedication at Kirk Academy today. pic.twitter.com/Ruyc9TFui5-- Holmes Athletics (@holmesathletics) January 14, 2017 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px... read more

      • Tunsil Named AFC East Rookie of the Year by ESPN

        Monday, January 16, 2017 - Football

        p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Miami Dolphins offensive lineman and Ole Miss' former blind side protector Laremy Tunsil was named AFC East rookie of... read more

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