Men's Hoops Travels to Mississippi State
February 19, 1999
OLE MISS TO RENEW RIVALRY VERSUS MISSISSIPPI STATE ON SATURDAY
Ole Miss (17-9, 7-6) vs.
Mississippi State (17-9, 7-6)
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 11.2/5.1 Wheatley, Ark. 24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 12.0/5.4 Jackson, Tenn. 3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 5.5/2.7 Little Rock, Ark. 22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 5.4/2.0 Tempe, Ariz. 33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 16.7/4.7 Perryville, Ark.RESERVES
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 11 Hunter Carpenter (Sr.) G 6-0 180 4.5/0.5 Little Rock, Ark. 12 Jason Harrison (Fr.) G 5-5 150 5.9/1.8 Little Rock, Ark. 20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 2.5/1.1 Jonesboro, Ark. 21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 4.9/2.4 West Memphis, Ark. 23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-2 195 Gulfport, Miss.# 25 Lataryl Williams (Jr.) G 6-6 200 3.6/1.8 Oxford, Miss. 44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 8.0/4.9 Mendenhall, Miss. 54 John Engstrom (Fr.) C 7-0 245 1.0/2.1 Paragould, Ark.% # will miss the 1998-99 season as a result of a broken left fibula and dislocated ankle suffered in football practice Nov. 4REBELS ON TELEVISION & RADIO
Television: FOX Sports South (Dave Neal, play-by-play; Mike Pratt, 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
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
MISSISSIPPI STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 20 Tang Hamilton (So.) F 6-7 215 12.2/5.9 Jackson, Miss. 42 Tyrone Washington (Sr.) C 6-10 260 12.4/8.4 Indianola, Miss. 3 Detrick White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 9.4/2.9 Durant, Miss. 15 Joe Marshall (So.) G 6-2 195 3.2/1.2 Mobile, Ala. 24 Marckell Patterson (Fr.) G 6-5 175 3.8/2.8 Eupora, Miss.TOP RESERVES
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 45 Oral Roberts (Sr.) F 6-7 245 7.8/6.1 Kingstown, St. Vincent 55 Robert Jackson (Fr.) F/C 6-8 245 6.4/4.1 Milwaukee, Wis. 22 Bart Hyche (Sr.) G 5-11 170 6.0/1.0 Winfield, Ala. 5 Todd Myles (Jr.) G 6-4 175 4.6/1.3 Brooklyn, N.Y.OLE MISS-MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES
Saturday's game will the 218th meeting between the two schools, with the Bulldogs holding an all-time series lead of 118-99. Earlier this year, the Rebels defeated Mississippi State, 81-68 in Oxford. Last season, Ole Miss swept the season series, posting victories over the Bulldogs in Oxford (81-77, 2ot) and Starkville (82-78). The Bulldogs hold a 78-23 series lead in games played in Starkville, but the Rebels posted an 82-78 win in Starkville last season. Prior to last season, Mississippi State had won the last four meetings in Humphrey Coliseum. Overall, Ole Miss has won four straight and five of the last six meetings in the series, dating back to the Rebels' upset victory over then-No. 25 Mississippi State, 71-64 in February 1996. The Rebels' current four-game winning streak in the series is their longest since they posted eight straight wins over the Bulldogs from 1980-83.
Ole Miss 81, Mississippi State 68
Sophomore guard Jason Flanigan scored a career-high 20 points, and senior Michael White also netted a career best with 17 points to lead Ole Miss to an 81-68 win over in-state rival Mississippi State. Senior All-America candidate Keith Carter (14 points) and Jason Smith (10) also scored in double figures for the Rebels. Sophomore Rahim Lockhart pulled down a career-best 12 boards.
Detrick White led Mississippi State with 14 points. Bart Hyche (11 points), Oral Roberts (10) and Robert Jackson (10) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs. The Rebel defense held the Bulldog big man, Tyrone Washington, in check, limiting the 6-foot-10 center to only six points and five rebounds.
The Rebels held a 38-32 halftime advantage, but used a 14-6 run to open the second half to build their lead to 12 points at 50-38. White and Flanigan each hit a three-pointer to key the Ole Miss run. The Bulldogs were able to cut the Ole Miss lead to under double digits (nine points) at 54-45 with 11:58 left, but were unable to get any closer the remainder of the contest.
The contest was close throughout the first half, as the Rebels had the largest lead at 38-32 just before the intermission. Mississippi State had one-point leads on two occasions in the first half, but was unable to build on its advantages.
Miss. St. FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl White, D. 4-13 3-8 3-4 3 14 9 0 2 Hamilton 3-5 0-2 0-0 2 6 0 0 0 Hyche 3-10 3-7 2-2 2 11 2 0 1 Washington 3-3 0-0 0-0 5 6 2 2 0 Roberts 3-5 0-0 4-8 8 10 0 0 0 Billups 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Marshall 1-4 0-1 2-2 2 4 0 0 0 Gholar 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 Patterson 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 1 1 0 0 Boswell 3-4 0-0 0-2 5 6 0 0 0 Jackson 4-8 0-0 2-3 1 10 0 0 0 TEAM 3 Totals 24-54 6-18 14-23 35 68 15 2 4THE BATTLE FOR THE BYE
A first-round bye in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, that is. Entering play on Saturday, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas all are tied for the No. 2 spot in the SEC Western Division with a 7-6 league marke. Of course, the top two seeds in both divisions receive a first-round bye in the tournament. But, the Western Division No. 3 seed could also receive a first-round bye if LSU is ineligible to participate in the tournament. The Western No. 3 seed could receive that bye if it has the better league winning percentage of the two No. 3 seeds. The following chart shows the race for the bye:
Western Division "Battle For The Bye"
Team Record Games Left Arkansas 7-6 Kentucky, Auburn, at Alabama Ole Miss 7-6 at Miss. St., at Alabama, LSU Miss. State 7-6 Ole Miss, at LSU, AuburnFEBRUARY...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. Despite the consecutive setbacks to No. 3 Auburn and Tennessee, Ole Miss' record in the month of February since the 1995-96 campaign is now 19-7. 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 2-2 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 19-7AT 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 four 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 61THE 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 6-21 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.
LOCKHART RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
WHITE NETS CAREER HIGH IN SCORING VERSUS AUBURN
Earlier this season, White's string of 95 consecutive starts came to an end when he missed the Kentucky game on Jan. 16, after suffering a severely sprained right ankle on Jan. 13 versus Auburn. White's 95-game starting streak began on Dec. 28, 1995, versus Nicholls State. During that string of starts, the Rebels posted a record of 63-32 (.663 winning percentage).
At the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic on Dec. 21-23, White reached a milestone in his career when he recorded the 300th assist in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic Dec. 21-23. White recorded his 300th assist in the Rebels' first-round victory over St. Joseph's on Dec. 21, and now has 346 assists for his career.
WHITE ON FIRE FROM THE FLOOR
"MR. DO-IT-ALL" IS DOING IT ALL
CARTER MOVES INTO NO. 6 SPOT ON SCORING CHART
CARTER JOINS ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE GROUP
Player/Years Points Rebounds Assists Keith Carter/1996-pres. 1,575 566 203 Ansu Sesay/1995-98 1,428 699 227 Elston Turner/1978-81 1,805 828 238SMITH 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 broke the 600-board plateau with 605 career rebounds, and became only the 11th player in Ole Miss basketball history to record 600 rebounds in a career. Smith, who now has 619 rebounds for his career, is averaging 5.1 rebounds this season.
SMITH MOVES UP TO NO. 18 SPOT ON CAREER SCORING CHART
SMITH "STEALS" THE RECORD
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 619 5. Coolidge Ball/F 754 12. Keith Carter/G 566 6. Fred Cox/C 729 13. Roger Steig/C 555 7. Ansu Sesay/F 699 14. Ivan Richmann/C 537CARTER 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 Wednesday's game versus Tennessee with 236 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 64 treys and is shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc. Carter's 236 career three-pointers also rank him No. 14 among the SEC's career three-point shooters.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
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 7-9 1994-95 3-7 LSU 9-7 1995-96 4-6 Miss. St. 8-7 1996-97 7-3 Total 37-41 1997-98 8-2 1998-99 5-2 Total 37-40CARTER 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 16.7 points (leads the team) and 4.7 rebounds per game.
CARTER ON A SCORING STREAK
HICKS HITTING HIS STRIDE
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 and Arkansas (89-81), Jan. 30 First road win vs. SEC East opp. at Florida (79-68), Feb. 6DOUBLE 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 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.
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