Rebels Travel To No. 12 Auburn Saturday

Feb. 17, 2000

Game #25
Ole Miss (15-9, 3-8) at
#12/#11 Auburn (20-4, 8-3)

FOX Sports Net South
Saturday, February 19 - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum - Auburn, Ala.

Rebels on Television and Radio

Television: FOX Sports Net South (Dave Neal, play-by-play, Mike Pratt, color analyst, Ray Goodrich, producer, Mike Miller, director)

Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy, color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)

OLE MISS TO BEGIN TWO-GAME SEC ROAD TRIP AT NATIONALLY-RANKED AUBURN ON SATURDAY

The Ole Miss Rebels (15-9, 3-8 SEC) begin a two-game Southeastern Conference road trip at nationally-ranked Auburn (20-4, 8-3 SEC) on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Tigers are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. The contest, which will be televised by FOX Sports Net South, is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (CT) at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The Rebels enter Saturday's game on a two-game losing skid after losses to Georgia and No. 16 LSU. The Tigers enter Saturday's contest having won four of their last five games, with their lone setback being an 83-68 loss at LSU. Auburn's victories in that stretch have come against Mississippi State (73-57), Alabama (77-63), Arkansas (73-55) and Vanderbilt (86-80).

OLE MISS-AUBURN SERIES

Saturday's game will the 100th meeting between the two schools, with the Tigers holding an all-time series lead of 61-38. The series began in 1927. Earlier this year, Ole Miss defeated then-No. 4 Auburn, 79-77 in overtime. Last season, Auburn swept the Rebels, winning 74-59 in Oxford and 95-66 in Auburn. The Tigers have a commanding 40-7 series lead in games played in Auburn, and are 26-5 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.

THE LAST MEETING
Game #19 - January 22, 2000
Ole Miss 79, #4 Auburn 77 (ot)

Junior Jason Flanigan, sophomore Jason Harrison and freshman John Gunn each scored a team-high 13 points to lift Ole Miss to a 79-77 overtime victory over then-No. 4 Auburn. Senior Lataryl Williams added 11 points for the Rebels, including the key putback in the overtime session to give Ole Miss the lead for good. Williams also grabbed a team-high seven boards.

Scott Pohlman led four Auburn players in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Chris Porter (13 points), Mamadou N'diaye (12) and Doc Robinson (12) also scored in double figures. Porter led the Tigers on the boards with eight rebounds.

In overtime, Ole Miss build a 74-69 lead on consecutive three-pointers by Harrison and Darrian Brown. The Tigers, however, responded with six consecutive free throws to retake the lead at 75-74 with 57 seconds left. On the Rebels' next possession, Brown missed his three-point attempt, but Williams grabbed the offensive board and hit a reverse lay-up for a 76-75 Ole Miss lead. The Rebels would never trail again.

On Auburn's ensuing possession, Pohlman turned the ball over with nine seconds remaining, and Ole Miss then sealed the victory at the free throw line. Flanigan's two free throws with nine seconds increased the Rebel advantage to 78-75, and Wade's charity stripe toss with one second left clinched the 79-77 win.

Ole Miss led most of regulation, but the Tigers took their first lead of the second half at 62-59 at the 2:23 mark. Flanigan responded with a trey to tie the contest at 62-all with 2:03 remaining. Auburn regained the lead on a Robinson basket with under a minute to play, but Harrison sent the game to overtime with a driving scoop shot.

SCOUTING AUBURN

Auburn, ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, brings a 20-4 overall mark and an 8-3 Southeastern Conference record into Saturday's game. The Tigers enter Saturday's contest having won four of their last five games, with their lone setback being an 83-68 loss at LSU. Auburn's victories in that stretch have come against Mississippi State (73-57), Alabama (77-63), Arkansas (73-55) and Vanderbilt (86-80). The trio of Chris Porter, Doc Robinson and Scott Pohlman leads the Auburn offense, as all three players are averaging double figures. Porter, a preseason National Player of the Year candidate, leads the team with a 14.4 scoring average, while Robinson averages 11.0 points and Pohlman 10.2 points. Mamadou N'diaye leads Auburn on the boards with an 8.1 average, while Porter grabs 7.2 rebounds per contest. The Tigers are shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 33.8 percent >from the three-point arc and 64.1 percent from the charity stripe. The Tigers are averaging 73.5 points, while holding their opponents to 61.6 points. Auburn is also out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 4.8 boards (39.9-35.1).

- PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
22Jason Flanigan (Jr.)G6-11757.9/3.0Little Rock, Ark.
32Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)G6-31855.3/1.7Marianna, Ark.
24Marcus Hicks (Sr.)F6-620014.8/5.7Jackson, Tenn.
25Lataryl Williams (Sr.)F6-72009.0/3.3Oxford, Miss.
44Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)F6-825012.4/8.5Mendenhall, Miss.

- RESERVES -

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
11Jason Harrison (So.)G5-51508.0/2.6Little Rock, Ark.
15Ray Waddell (Jr.)G5-91650.9/0.6Philadelphia, Miss.
20Jason Holmes (Jr.)G6-52003.6/1.7Tylertown, Miss.
21Darrian Brown (So.)G/F6-62007.0/3.2West Memphis, Ark.
23Syniker Taylor (Fr.)G6-01952.0/1.4Gulfport, Miss.
30Josh Hayes (Fr.)G6-71905.0/2.0Little Rock, Ark.#
31John Gunn (Fr.)F/C6-102453.2/1.9Oxford, Miss.
45Richard Kirklin (Fr.)F6-92002.2/1.9Pine Bluff, Ark.
54John Engstrom (So.)C7-02451.1/1.1Paragould, Ark.
# - will seek a medical redshirt at the end of the season

- AUBURN PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
4Chris Porter (Sr.)F6-721814.4/7.2Abbeville, Ala.
34Mamadou N'diaye (Sr.)C7-02359.2/8.1Dakar, Senegal
10Scott Pohlman (Jr.)G6-216010.2/2.4Roswell, Ga.
23Daymeon Fishback (Sr.)G6-52059.7/3.7Bowling Green, Ky.
50Doc Robinson (Sr.)G6-218511.0/2.8Selma, Ala.

- TOP RESERVES -

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
31Mack McGadney (So.)F6-72155.5/4.2Mobile, Ala.
11Reggie Sharp (Jr.)G6-11703.8/1.3Shannon, Miss.
12Jay Heard (So.)G6-31903.3/1.2Oxford, Ala.
5Jamison Brewer (Fr.)G6-11802.2/1.8East Point, Ga.

OLE MISS-AUBURN TEAM COMPARISONS

Ole MissStatistical CategoryAuburn
73.5Scoring Offense73.5
69.5Scoring Defense61.6
38.5Rebound Avg.39.9
32.9Opponent Rebound Avg.35.1
+5.6Rebound Margin+4.8
45.3Field Goal Percentage42.4
43.2Opponent Field Goal Percentage39.7
33.6Three-Point Field Goal Percentage33.8
32.2Opp. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage29.3
65.0Free Throw Percentage64.1
417Turnovers317
385Opponent Turnovers432
349Assists334
98Blocks75
181Steals207

BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR

Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. With the Rebels' loss to LSU on Feb. 16, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 35-22. In his first season in 1998-99, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native became the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in his first season. Last 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, 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 (17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).

REBELS LOVE THOSE TELEVISION CAMERAS!!!

When its comes to television games in 1999-2000, the Ole Miss Rebels have fared quite well. Ole Miss will be playing its eighth television game on Saturday at Auburn. In their previous seven television appearances this season, the Rebels are 5-2, including a 79-77 overtime victory over then-No. 4 ranked Auburn on Jan. 22. Ole Miss' two television setbacks were at Oklahoma (81-73) and to then-No. 6 ranked Florida (75-71). Ole Miss' other television wins came against Alabama State (77-65), Virginia Commonwealth (75-62), Memphis (74-64) and Arkansas (87-82).

FEBRUARY...YOU'RE FINALLY HERE

February is the month the Rebels have been waiting for, and it's finally here. The past four seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99), Ole Miss has played well in the month of February, posting a 20-9 mark. With their 2-2 record in February this year, the Rebels' mark in the month since 1996 is 22-11 (.667 winning percentage). The following chart shows the Rebels' success in the month of February over the past five seasons:

YearRecord Heading Into Feb.Feb. RecordRecord After Feb.
1999-200013-72-2---
1998-9915-73-418-11*
1997-9814-47-121-5*
1996-9713-65-118-7*
1995-967-105-312-13
Cumulative Feb. Record22-11 (.667 winning percentage)
* team received NCAA Tournament bid

THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...

Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past four seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has an incredible 69-8 record (.896 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-30 when they net less than 70 points in a game. This year, the Rebels are 13-2 when scoring 70 points or more. In SEC action the last four seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has a 33-5 record (.868 winning percentage) when scoring 70 or more points.

NEXT WIN SECURES WINNING SEASON

With one more victory, Ole Miss would guarantee its fourth consecutive winning season. The last time the Rebel basketball program put together four straight winning seasons was 1979-80 through 1982-83 (17-13, 1979-80, 16-14, 1980-81, 18-12, 1981-82, 19-12, 1982-83). The last time the Rebels had more than four consecutive winning campaigns was nine straight from 1919-20 through 1927-28.

LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-AN 11TH TIME

Junior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) has certainly doubled his pleasure for the Rebels in 1999-2000, as he has recorded 11 double-doubles. His last double-double performance came versus Georgia on Feb. 12 with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Lockhart is currently averaging 12.4 points (19th in SEC) and 8.5 rebounds (4th in SEC). The following charts Lockhart's double-doubles this season:

OpponentPointsRebsNotes
Jacksonville St.2911career high pts
McNeese St.1316career high rebs
Furman1514tied car-high blks (4)
Oregon St.1112
Wisconsin-GB1313
Alabama St.1210
Oklahoma1310
Memphis2213
Louisiana-Monroe1811
Arkansas1410
Georgia1113

The junior forward now has 12 career double-doubles, as his first came last season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 16 pts-12 rebs).

AN ALL-STAR REUNION

Saturday's contest will be an all-star reunion-of sorts. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes, Rebel senior forward Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) and Auburn senior guard Doc Robinson were all members of the Southeastern Conference All-Stars that traveled to Japan last August. Barnes, who served as the team's co-head coach with LSU's John Brady, guided the SEC All-Stars to a 4-1 record versus the Japan National Team. Hicks averaged 10 points and 6.2 boards, and led the team in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. Robinson was the team's second-leading scorer at 11.4 points and led the squad with 19 assists. He played in all five games, starting four.

FLANIGAN BREAKS 200 ASSISTS, TIES CAREER HIGH

Junior guard Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) reached a milestone in the Rebels' 83-75 victory over South Carolina on Feb. 9, surpassing the 200-assist plateau for his career. He dished out a career-high tying nine assists versus the Gamecocks, and after his two-assist performance versus LSU on Feb. 16, Flanigan now has 210 for his career. He also dished out nine assists versus Northwestern State during his freshman campaign in 1997-98. This season, the 6-foot-1 guard has 81 assists, which is second on team.

HARRISON CLOSING IN ON 200 ASSISTS

Sophomore Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) is also closing in on the 200-assist plateau. With his one assist versus LSU on Feb. 16, Harrison now has 176 for his career. He recorded the 150th assist of his career in the Rebels' game versus Mississippi State on Jan. 12. The 5-foot-5 guard leads the team with 90 assists this season, and is ranked ninth in the SEC in assists. Harrison is also on pace to become the first Rebel since Cedric Brim in 1994-95 to have 100 assists or more in a season.

"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"

With his three blocked shots versus Arkansas on Feb. 2, junior Rahim Lockhart moved into the top five on the Ole Miss career blocked shot chart. The 6-foot-8 forward currently has 75 career blocks and is No. 5 on the chart. In the Arkansas contest, he passed former Rebel Ronnie Sims, who recorded 71 blocked shots in his career from 1985-86. Lockhart leads the Rebels in blocked shots this season with 38, and is fifth in the SEC in blocks.

WADE PLAYING WELL FOR THE REBELS

Freshman Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) has come on strong of late for the Rebels-especially in the last seven games . The 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 9.9 points and 2.4 boards in the seven-game stretch, which includes four starts. He is also shooting 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field and 50 percent (10-of-20) from the three-point arc in the last seven games. He had a career game versus Alabama on Jan. 29, recording career bests of 19 points, seven field goals and four treys. His previous career bests were points (14), field goals (6) and treys (2) came versus Birmingham-Southern on Jan. 2. In the Rebels' victory over South Carolina on Feb. 9, Wade grabbed a career-best five rebounds.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

With freshman John Gunn not able to play as a result of mononucleosis, sophomore John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) has received some additional playing time, and has made the most of his opportunity. In the Rebels' last three games, the 7-foot center has averaged 2.7 points and 1.0 rebounds while shooting 80 percent (4-of-5) from the field in 32 minutes of action (10.7 minutes per game). He tied a career high with four points versus LSU on Feb. 16, and set a career best with two field goals against the Tigers.

BARNES THIRD FASTEST TO 35 WINS

With the Rebels' win over South Carolina on Feb. 9, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes posted his 35th victory in only the 55th game in his career as the Rebel mentor. Barnes reached the 35-win plateau the third fastest of any head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. See the following chart:

Head CoachOverall Coaching Record at Time of 35th winGame Which Recorded 35th Win
Homer Hazel35-1651st
George Bohler35-1954th
Rod Barnes35-2055th
Ed Murphy35-3368th
Bonnie Graham35-3974th
Lee Hunt35-4479th
Cob Jarvis35-4681st
Bob Weltlich35-5085th
Rob Evans35-5489th

SOMETHING GOOD EVENTUALLY COMES...

And it did on Jan. 22 when the Rebels upset then-No.4 Auburn, 79-77 in overtime. Since the skid, Ole Miss is 3-3. Although the Rebels are only 3-8 in Southeastern Conference play, the Ole Miss basketball program has proven resilient in recent years after losing streaks. The following charts that:

YearLosing StreakFollowing Streak
1995-96Begin SEC 0-5Close SEC with 6-5 run to finish conference at 6-10, team was base for two SEC West titles in 1997 and 1998
1997-98Three-game losing streak in early Feb.Made up three-game deficit to claim 2nd SEC West title,
(0-3)2nd NCAA berth
1998-99Four-game skid in late February (0-4)Won 2 of 3 down stretch to earn third straight NCAA bid, won program's first NCAA game and advanced to second round
1999-2000Begin SEC 0-5Has 3-3 record since skid

HICKS REACHES 700-POINT MILESTONE

Senior Marcus Hicks reached another milestone in his Rebel career, surpassing the 700-point plateau in Ole Miss' victory over Arkansas on Feb. 2. The 6-foot-6 forward entered the Arkansas game with 684 points, and after his 31-point performance versus the Razorbacks, he had 715 points. With his six points versus LSU on Feb. 16, Hicks now has 742 career points in 57 games. He scored point No. 700 on a layup with 2:12 left in the first half versus Arkansas. On Jan. 8, Hicks passed the 600-point plateau, scoring point No. 600 on a free throw at the 16:53 mark of the first half versus the Gators. Earlier this season, Hicks reached the 500-point plateau in the Rebels' game at Oklahoma on Dec. 4. Hicks entered the game with 492 points, and scored his 500th point on a free throw at the 3:10 mark of the first half versus the Sooners.

HICKS ALSO PASSES 300-REBOUND MARK

Senior Marcus Hicks really doubled his pleasure in the Rebels' win over Arkansas on Feb. 2. Hicks' double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds not only allowed him to reach the 700-point milestone but also surpass the 300-rebound mark. The 6-foot-6 forward entered the Arkansas game with 292 career boards, and his 10 rebounds versus the Razorbacks gave him 302. He now has 316 after grabbing six boards versus LSU on Feb. 16. This season, Hicks is the Rebels' second-leading rebounder with a 5.7 average. He was also the team's second-leading rebounder in 1998-99 with a 5.4 average. Hicks came to Ole Miss from Northwest Mississippi C.C., where he compiled 624 rebounds in two seasons from 1996-98.

LOCKHART REACHES 400-REBOUND MILESTONE

Junior Rahim Lockhart has been a rebounding machine for the Rebels this season, and as a result of his board prowess, he has reached the 400-rebound plateau for his career. With his five boards versus Arkansas on Feb. 2, the 6-foot-8 forward reached the 400-board plateau. After recording two boards versus LSU on Feb. 16, he now has 424 career rebounds. Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 220 career rebounds, and has grabbed 204 so far this year. Lockhart leads the Rebels with an 8.5 rebounding average.

TIP-INS...

Freshman forward John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) has missed the last three games versus South Carolina, Georgia and LSU games as a result of mononucleosis...Freshman Emmanuel Wade led Ole Miss in scoring for the second time this season-first time in SEC play-with 10 points versus LSU on Feb. 16. Wade also was the team's leading scorer with 14 points in the Rebels' win over Birmingham-Southern on Jan. 2...The 44-point loss to LSU on Feb. 16 was the Rebels' worst loss since a 46-point setback to Tennessee (96-50) on Feb. 8, 1965...Freshman Syniker Taylor (Gulfport, Miss.) had his best scoring game in SEC play with six points versus LSU on Feb. 16. Taylor tied his career high with two field goals, including his first career three-pointer...Freshman Richard Kirklin (Pine Bluff, Ark.) also had six points versus LSU, his best offensive output in SEC action.

 

 

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