Men's Hoops Travels to Mississippi State

February 19, 1999

OLE MISS TO RENEW RIVALRY VERSUS MISSISSIPPI STATE ON SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (17-9, 7-6 SEC) travel to Starkville, Miss., on Saturday. Feb. 20 to renew their rivalry versus the Mississippi State Bulldogs (17-9, 7-6 SEC). The Southeastern Conference Western Division clash, which will be televised by FOX Sports South, is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. (CT) start. The Rebels enter the contest having won five of their last eight games. During the eight-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), at No. 3 Auburn (95-66) and Tennessee (69-67). The Bulldogs enter Saturday's game after a week off from action. Prior to its break, Mississippi State had posted four victories in its last five games. The Bulldogs defeated Florida (66-63), Alabama (79-50), Tennessee (88-82) and Vanderbilt (67-62) before falling at Arkansas (82-62).

Ole Miss (17-9, 7-6) vs. Mississippi State (17-9, 7-6)
Saturday, February 20 - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Humphrey Coliseum - Starkville, Miss.

PROBABLE STARTERS

  
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. 4

% redshirted in 1997-98

REBELS 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
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 17-9 record after the Rebels lost to Tennessee, 69-67 on Feb. 17. 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 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Mississippi State enters Saturday's game with a 17-9 overall mark and a 7-6 Southeast-ern Conference record. Prior to their loss at Arkansas, the Bulldogs had won four straight games with victories over Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The tandem of Tyrone Washington and Tang Hamilton is leading the Mississippi State offense. Washington is the squad's top scorer with a 12.4 average, while Hamilton is second on the team with a 12.2 average. Washington also leads the Bulldogs on the boards with an 8.4 rebounding average. Detrick White, who is the team's third-leading scorer with a 9.4 average, is tops on the squad in assists with 151 (5.8 apg). He is also ranked among the SEC leaders in assists. Oral Roberts leads Mississippi State in shooting from the floor at 54.4 percent, while Hamilton is the team's top three-point threat, hitting 37.1 percent of his attempts. The Bulldogs, as a team, are shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from the three-point arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. Mississippi State is averaging 69.2 points and 39.5 boards per game, and is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 6.6 boards per game (39.5-32.9)

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   4

Ole Miss FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl Flanigan 6-12 1-4 7-7 3 20 1 0 1 Smith 4-7 0-0 2-4 5 10 4 0 1 White, M. 6-8 4-5 1-3 1 17 3 0 2 Carter 4-11 1-5 5-6 4 14 1 0 4 Lockhart 2-4 0-0 2-5 12 6 3 3 1 Carpenter 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 Harrison 1-6 0-4 1-3 1 3 3 0 0 Rogers 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 1 0 Pruitt 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Brown 3-7 1-3 0-0 6 7 1 0 1 Hicks 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 Williams 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 TEAM 3 Totals 28-60 7-22 18-28 37 81 17 4 10

Mississippi State 32 36 68 Ole Miss 38 43 81

Officials: Monje, Guardiola, Poole Attendance: 7,812

THE 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, Auburn
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. 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    19-7
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 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  61
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 6-21 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 VERSUS TENNESSEE
Sophomore Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) doubled his pleasure versus Tennessee on Feb. 17. Lockhart posted the first double-double of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds versus the Volunteers. He scored his 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, and his 12 boards tied a career best. Lockhart also grabbed 12 rebounds in the Rebels' 81-68 win over Mississippi State on Jan. 20. Earlier this season, Lockhart scored a career-best 21 points in Ole Miss' victory over Alabama on Jan. 6. For the season, Lockhart is averaging 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds (third on the team).

WHITE NETS CAREER HIGH IN SCORING VERSUS AUBURN
In the Rebels' setback to Auburn on Feb. 9, senior guard Michael White (Tempe, Ariz.) netted a career-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including 2-of-4 from the arc, and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. The seven field goals made were also a career best for the 6-foot-1 guard. White's 19-point performance broke his previous career best of 17 points in the Rebels' victory over Mississippi State on Jan. 20. His seven field goals made bested his previous high of six made on three occasions (most recently versus Mississippi State).

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
Dare we say it? Yes, Dan Patrick of ESPN, we must. Senior guard Michael White has been en fuego on fire in the last nine games in which he has played. In those nine games, White has averaged 9.2 points per game and is shooting an incredible 58.7 percent from the floor (27-of-46) and 57.1 percent from the three-point arc (12-of-21). During this stretch, White has set a new career high in scoring twice with 17 points first versus Mississippi State on Jan. 20 and 19 points versus No. 3 Auburn on Feb. 9.

"MR. DO-IT-ALL" IS DOING IT ALL
Senior Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) 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 79. If Smith ends the season as the team's assists leader, he would become the first Ole Miss forward to do so since Gerald Glass in 1989-90 (121 assists). 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 nine games, Smith is averaging 4.1 assists per contest.

CARTER MOVES INTO NO. 6 SPOT ON SCORING CHART
After scoring 20 points versus Tennessee on Feb. 17, senior All-America candidate Keith Carter (Perryville, Ark.) moved into the No. 6 spot on Ole Miss career scoring chart, moving past former Ole Miss All-America Gerald Glass (1989-90). Carter now has 1,575 career points, while Glass netted 1,564 in his career. On his current pace of averaging 16.7 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 Joe Gibbon (1954-57), who is No. 5 with 1,601 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.  1,575   566        203
Ansu Sesay/1995-98       1,428   699        227
Elston Turner/1978-81    1,805   828        238
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 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
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 12 points versus Tennessee on Feb. 17, he now has 1,142 career points and is in the No. 18 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart. Up next for Smith is Ken Turner (1967-69), who is in the No. 17 spot with 1,159 points.

SMITH "STEALS" THE RECORD
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith 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 five steals versus Tennessee on Feb. 17, Smith now has 190 for his career. This season, Smith leads the team in steals with 52.

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 566 career rebounds, and is the only guard in Rebel basketball history to record over 500 boards in a career. Overall, Carter's 566 rebounds are the 12th 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     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   537
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 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
The Rebels have a 37-40 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC Western Division (includes 5-2 mark this year). Ole Miss is 37-41 versus the SEC Western Division teams, including tournament play (includes 5-2 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 20-7 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     7-9
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   37-40
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 16.7 points (leads the team) and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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 has scored in double figures in 11 of the Rebels' next 12 games (all SEC games). However, Carter has picked up his game even more lately especially in the Rebels' last seven contests. In the last seven outings, Carter has scored over 20 points in six contests, including a career-high tying 33 points in Ole Miss' victory over Arkansas on Jan. 30. During the seven-game span, the 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 20.6 points, and is shooting 44.7 percent >from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc. For the season, Carter leads Ole Miss with a 16.7 scoring average.

HICKS HITTING HIS STRIDE
After a slow start in his first season of Southeastern Conference play, junior Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.), 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 seven SEC games (four wins), Hicks has netted double figures in five contests during that stretch, and has averaged 12.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. (NOTE: Hicks only played 15 minutes in the Auburn game as the result of a sprained ankle.) Prior to this current stretch, Hicks was averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 boards in his first six conference games.

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 and Arkansas (89-81), Jan. 30
First road win vs. SEC East opp.      at Florida (79-68), Feb. 6
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 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.

TIP-INS...
Junior Marcus Hicks recorded a career-high four blocked shots versus Tennessee on Feb. 17...Ole Miss will play its sixth straight television game on Saturday...Is 80 another magic number for Ole Miss? Well, it has been lately in the Rebels' series versus the Bulldogs. In Ole Miss' last four victories over Mississippi State, the Rebels have scored over 80 points...With 10 more steals, Jason Smith would become only the 12th player in SEC history to record 200 or more steals in a career. Smith is currently No. 17 on the SEC career steals chart.


 

 

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 8, Southern Illinois 0

      Friday, May 19, 2017 - Softball

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3

      Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Baseball

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    • Game 2: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Baseball

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    • We Meet Again

      Thursday, May 11, 2017 -

      As the Ole Miss men's tennis team gets set for its NCAA first round match against UC Santa Barbara Friday, we throw it back to 1997, the first ever meeting between the two schools that kicked off an NCAA Tournament... read more

    • From the Tennis Court to Dr. Rangel

      Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Women's Tennis

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    • Carter Breaks Course Record at Texas Shootout

      Friday, April 28, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comIt was a special day for a Rebel great. Ole Miss Women's Golf alumna Dori Carter tied the lowest round of her career on Friday to break the course record at Las Colinas Country Club and... read more

    • Final Thoughts From The Tee Box

      Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Women's Golf

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    • Mock Draft Roundup

      Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Football

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

      Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Baseball

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