Feb. 22, 2001
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Auburn (16-10, 6-7) vs.
12/13 Ole Miss (21-5, 9-4)
Saturday, February 24, 2001 - 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO HOST AUBURN SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (21-5, 9-4 SEC) return home to Tad Smith Coliseum
Saturday, Feb. 24 when they host the Auburn Tigers (16-10, 6-7 SEC) in a
Southeastern Conference Western Division clash. The game is scheduled for
2:00 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss, ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and
No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, had its six-game win streak snapped at
Florida (75-55 loss) Feb. 21. Auburn has won three of its last four games,
including a heart-stopping 72-69 overtime victory over Alabama Feb. 21.
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. He has an overall record of 60-32 (.652 winning
percentage). In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27 record, and
the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two years in
Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14 overall
record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Rebels
advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth straight
for the Ole Miss program.
In 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native was
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first 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. 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).
OLE MISS-AUBURN SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 102nd meeting between the two schools, with
the Tigers holding an all-time series lead of 62-39. The series began in
1927. Earlier this month, Ole Miss posted a 74-70 victory at Auburn. Last
year, the teams split their two meetings, with Ole Miss winning 79-77 (ot)
in Oxford and the Tigers winning 75-72 in Auburn. The Rebels hold a 28-20
series lead in games played in Oxford, and have won 22 of the 34 meetings
versus the Tigers in Tad Smith Coliseum. Auburn's last victory over Ole
Miss in Oxford was a 74-59 win in the 1998-99 season (Jan. 13, 1999). Ole
Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 2-3 versus Auburn and 1-1 against the Tigers
The Tigers enter Saturday's contest with a 16-10 overall record and a 6-7
Southeastern Conference mark. Auburn has won three of its last four games
with victories over LSU (76-65), Arkansas (71-63) and Alabama (72-69, ot).
In the game versus Alabama, Reggie Sharp, a Shannon, Miss., native, hit the
game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Marquis Daniels leads three
Tigers in double figures with a 16.7 scoring average. Adam Harrington
(15.3 ppg) and Scott Pohlman (13.5 ppg) are also scoring double digits.
Jamison Brewer is the squad's top rebounder with 7.0 boards per game.
Brewer also leads the SEC in assists with 161 (6.2 apg), while Daniels is
tops in the league in steals with 60 (2.3 spg). Freshman Kyle Davis leads
the SEC in blocked shots with 61 (2.5 bpg). The Tigers are shooting 46.6
percent from the field, 33.5 percent from the arc and 63.4 percent from the
foul line. Auburn is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 1.6
boards per game (38.9-37.3).
THE RACE IS ON
Entering the final week of the regular season, the race in the
Southeastern Conference Western Division is coming down to the wire. Ole
Miss, Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn all are still in the running for the
title. As for the SEC overall crown, Kentucky leads the race, but Florida,
Georgia, Ole Miss and Alabama all are still in the race.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
Yes, the school-record 29-game homecourt winning streak came to an end in
the 1998-99 season, but Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") is still
one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to play. Ole
Miss has won 76 of its last 84 games (.905 winning percentage) at home,
including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are
13-1 at Tad Smith Coliseum this season, with the loss coming to Georgia
Jan. 13. That loss ended a 12-game homecourt win streak. Ole Miss also
owns the third longest homecourt winning streak versus non-conference
opponents in the nation at 43 straight (Maryland is first at 75 straight).
In the past nine seasons (1992-present), Ole Miss has an overall home
record of 104-29 (.782 winning percentage).
A HAPPY 300 FOR THE "TAD PAD"
With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2, the Rebels posted
their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record
of 309-155 (.667 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
BARNES REACHES 60
No, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes did reach his 60th birthday (not even
close for the 35-year-old, by the way). Barnes posted his 60th victory as
head coach at Ole Miss with the Rebels' 67-61 win over South Carolina Feb.
17. He has a current record of 60-32, and reached the 60-win plateau the
fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history.
Earlier this season, Barnes won his 50th game as Ole Miss head coach with
the Rebels' 84-83 overtime victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal Dec. 22.
BARNES SELECTED A FINALIST FOR NAISMITH COACH OF YEAR AWARD
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes was selected as one of 20 finalists for the
Naismith National Coach of the Year Award, announced the Atlanta Tipoff
Club Feb. 22. Barnes is one of three SEC coaches up for the honor, as
Florida's Billy Donovan and Alabama's Mark Gottfried also made the list.
Other finalists are: Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Notre Dame's Mike Brey, North
Carolina's Matt Doherty, Georgia State's Lefty Driesell, Georgetown's Craig
Esherick, Iowa State's Larry Eustashy, Virginia's Pete Gillen, Georgia
Tech's Paul Hewitt, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, St.
Joseph's Phil Martelli, Stanford's Mike Montgomery, Arizona's Lute Olson,
Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, Illinois' Bill Self, Boston College's Al
Skinner, and Kansas' Roy Williams.
A GOOD OMEN?...PART I
With their 67-61 win at South Carolina Feb. 17, the Rebels posted their
fourth SEC road victory of the season. Ole Miss won at Vanderbilt,
Arkansas, Auburn and South Carolina. The last time the Rebels won four
league road games was the 1997-98 campaign, the year Ole Miss claimed its
second straight SEC Western Division crown. The Rebels also won four SEC
road games in the 1996-97 season, which was Ole Miss' first SEC Western
A GOOD OMEN?...PART II
Despite their setback at No. 7-ranked Florida, the Rebels finished their
2000-01 tour of the SEC Eastern Division with a 4-2 record. The last time
the Rebels won four games against teams from the SEC Eastern Division was
the 1997-98 campaign, the year Ole Miss claimed its second straight SEC
Western Division crown. The Rebels also won four contests versus the SEC
Eastern Division in the 1996-97 season, which was Ole Miss' first SEC
Western Division title.
HARRISON LIGHTS IT UP... AGAIN
For the second time this season, a Rebel opponent did not guard Jason
Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) close enough. And, for the second time this
year, the junior made the opposition pay. The 5-foot-5 guard tied a career
high with four three-pointers in Ole Miss' setback at Florida. Earlier
this season, Harrison hit four treys in the Rebels' 65-55 victory over
Kentucky Jan. 20. For the season, Harrison has hit 33 treys and is
shooting 45.8 percent from the arc.
HARRISON ON THE CHARTS
Junior Jason Harrison has put his name on the Ole Miss career
three-pointers made list. The 5-foot-5 guard jumped into the top five with
his two treys versus Troy State Dec. 18, and now is in the No. 4 spot with
110. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3 with 131
career treys. This season, Harrison is shooting 45.8 percent from the
three-point line (overall games) and 48.9 percent from the arc in SEC games
HARRISON'S A "BIG"-TIME PLAYER
It's ironic that the shortest player on the floor comes up "big" in
crucial times for the Rebels, but that is the case when junior Jason
Harrison is on the floor late in games. In Ole Miss' Feb. 14 win over
Mississippi State, the 5-foot-5 guard hit a key trey to put the Rebels
ahead 47-46 with 2:12 left in the game. He then hit a layup with 1:09
remaining to give Ole Miss the lead for good at 49-47.
Three days later (Feb. 17) at South Carolina, Harrison did it again. The
Rebels were down 46-34, but came back to tie the game at 53-all with 8:56
to play. Harrison then stepped up, hitting a crucial trey to give Ole Miss
its first lead of the second half at 56-53 at the 8:22 mark.
In the Rebels' loss at Florida Feb. 21, Harrison scored a team-high 20
points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, 4-of-5 from the arc and 6-of-6
>from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds, four assists and five
steals versus the Gators.
But, the last three games were not the first time Harrison played "big"
for Ole Miss. He hit a career-high tying four three-pointers in the
Rebels' 65-55 win over Kentucky Jan. 20. As a freshman in 1998-99,
Harrison sealed victories from the foul line against Oklahoma (Dec. 22,
1998) and Arkansas (Jan. 9, 1999).
REED ENJOYING SEC ACTION
They say the big players step up in "primetime." Well, there's nothing
more "primetime" than SEC play, and freshman Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.)
is making his presence known in the league. In 13 SEC games, Reed has
netted double figures in 10 contests, including a career-high 21 points
versus Georgia Jan. 13. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 12.2 points
(leads team) and 6.1 boards (second on team) in SEC games only.
REED DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Freshman Justin Reed doubled his pleasure for a third time this season
versus South Carolina Feb. 17. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 18 points and
had 11 boards in the 67-61 victory over the Gamecocks. Reed's first
double-double in SEC play came against Georgia Jan. 13, when he scored a
career-high 21 points and grabbed 12 boards in the 70-66 setback to the
Bulldogs. His first collegiate double-double was a 16 point-13 rebound
performance in the Rebels' 88-84 overtime victory over VCU Nov. 25. The 21
points against Georgia bested Reed's previous high of 19 points a week
earlier versus Vanderbilt. Reed also hit a career-high nine field goals
versus Georgia. For the season, he is averaging 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.
LOCKHART IN ELITE COMPANY
When senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) reached the 1,000-point and
700-rebound milestones, he became only the seventh player in Rebel
basketball history to do so. The other players (points, rebounds) are:
Walter Actwood (1,216, 945), Coolidge Ball (1,072, 754), Fred Cox (1,105,
729), Joe Gibbon (1,601, 827), John Stroud (2,328, 826), and Elston Turner
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
With his 15-point performance in the Rebels' victory over Mississippi
State Feb. 14, senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) became the latest
member to join the Ole Miss 1,000-point club. The 6-foot-8 forward now has
1,030 points after scoring 13 points versus Florida Feb. 21, and is No. 25
on the Rebel career scoring chart. Lockhart needs 11 points to move past
Denver Brackeen (1953-55, 1,040 points) into the No. 24 spot on the career
MOVING ON UP THE CHARTS
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 714 career rebounds, after grabbing
seven boards versus Florida Feb. 21. Lockhart is in the No. 7 spot on the
Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 16 more rebounds to take over
the No. 6 spot currently held by Fred Cox (1972-74, 729 career rebounds).
Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 278 boards, and with his 220
rebounds in 1999-2000, he had 498 rebounds coming into the 2000-01 campaign.
A PERFECT ENDING TO A PERFECT NIGHT
Perfection is a rare achievement, but it's something sophomore David
Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) accomplished in the Rebels' win at South Carolina
Feb. 17. The 6-foot-3 guard was perfect from the field and foul line,
going 4-of-4 from the floor, 1-of-1 from the arc and 4-of-4 from the
charity stripe in scoring 13 points. He also had no turnovers in 23
minutes of action.
His three-pointer with only :28 on the game clock was an off-balance trey
with the shot clock winding down, increasing the Rebel lead to 65-59.
Sanders then added two free throws with :13 left for a 67-61 Ole Miss
advantage, and stole the ball on Gamecocks' final possession to seal the
The 2000-01 Rebels posted their 20th victory with a 51-48 win over
Mississippi State Feb. 14, marking the fastest any team in Ole Miss
basketball history has reached the 20-win plateau in a season. The 2000-01
team recorded its 20th win in only 24 games. The previous quickest climb
to 20 victories was by the 1936-37 and 1997-98 squads. Both teams reached
20 wins in their 25th games.
WIN NO. 20 IS IN THE BANK
The Rebels won their 20th game of the season with a 51-48 victory over
Mississippi State Feb. 14. Ole Miss now has a 21-5 record after its
setback at No. 7-ranked Florida Feb. 21. It is the fourth time in the last
five seasons that Ole Miss has won 20 or more games. The 1996-97 (20-9
record), 1997-98 (22-7) and 1998-99 (20-13) also posted 20-win campaigns.
In its history, Ole Miss has had six 20-win teams. They were 1936-37
(20-6), 1937-38 (22-12), 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01.
CLIMBING UP SEASON VICTORY CHART
The 2000-01 Rebels are sure making their mark in Ole Miss basketball
history, and they are continuing to climb up the single-season victory
chart. Ole Miss has a current record of 21-5, and the 21 wins are the
third most in Rebel basketball history. The school record for most
victories in a season is 22 by the 1937-38 and 1997-98 teams.
REBELS FIRST TO 20 WINS
Ole Miss is the first team in the SEC to reach the 20-win plateau in the
2000-01 season. The Rebels are 21-5 and one of only two 20-victory squads
in the Southeastern Conference (Alabama is the other).
This is the third time in the program's history that Ole Miss has been the
first SEC squad to reach 20 wins. The 1936-37 (20-6 record) and 1937-38
(22-12 record) teams also were first among SEC schools to reach the magic
number of 20 wins in a season. In fact, the 1936-37 and 1937-38 Ole Miss
teams were the only 20-win squads in the SEC those two seasons.
The old saying is that defense wins championships. If that is the case,
Ole Miss may be in contention for a title in 2000-01, especially if the
Rebels can continue to hassle the opposition with their defensive pressure.
Ole Miss is holding its opponents to an average of 63.1 points per game,
which leads the SEC.
GET IN THOSE PASSING LANES
Ole Miss has a reputation for playing tough, "in-your-face" defense.
Lately, the Rebels have not only been in their opponents' faces but also
their passing lanes. In Ole Miss' last nine games (7-2 record), the Rebels
have forced their opponents into 182 turnovers (20.2 per game). In its
first four conference games, Ole Miss forced only 54 turnovers (13.5 per
EVEN MORE DEFENSE
When Rob Evans took over the Rebel program in the 1992-93 season, he said
his squads were going to play defense?and they did. That emphasis on
defense has continued under Rod Barnes. This season, Ole Miss has held 10
opponents under 60 points, including four SEC teams. The Rebels held
Arkansas (53-48 Ole Miss win) Jan. 10, Kentucky (65-55 Ole Miss win) Jan.
20, LSU (50-33 Ole Miss win) Feb. 7 and Mississippi State (51-48 Ole Miss
win) Feb. 14 to under 60 points. Last year, Ole Miss held nine opponents
to under 60 points, but only one league team.
Since the 1992-93 season, the campaigns in which the Rebels held the most
opponents under 60 points were 1996-97 and 2000-01. The 1996-97 year saw
Ole Miss hold 10 opponents to under 60 points, including five SEC squads.
The 1996-97 season was the Rebels' first SEC Western Division title.
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) and Rahim
Lockhart and junior redshirt John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) is at the head
of all the classes in Ole Miss basketball history. With the Rebels'
victory over South Carolina Feb. 17, the 2000-01 senior class has 82 wins,
the most victories by a class in a four-year span. The 82 victories
surpass the previous mark of 74 wins by the 1998-99 class of Hunter
Carpenter, Keith Carter, Jason Smith and Michael White. The 2000-01 senior
class has also been a part of the 1998 SEC Western Division championship
squad and has been to three straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT).
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97
season and including this campaign, Ole Miss has an incredible 83-9 record
(.902 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 18-39 when they net less than 70 points during that
five-year period (including 2000-01). This season, Ole Miss has a 12-0
record when scoring 70 points or more.
...BUT SCORING 70 ISN'T NECESSARY IN 2000-01
As discussed in the previous note, the Rebels have been nearly unbeatable
when they score 70 points or more. However, the 2000-01 Rebels are proving
they can win games when they don't reach that magical number of 70. Ole
Miss is 9-5 this year when scoring less than 70 points.
ANOTHER "FIRST" IN REBEL HISTORY
The 2000-01 senior class set the record for most wins in a four-year span
earlier this year, breaking the previous record of 74 victories. Now, the
senior class has accomplished another first in Rebel history. With Ole
Miss' victory over Tennessee Feb. 10, this class posted its 80th victory
and is the first three or four-year senior class to average 20 victories
HITTING 'EM WHEN THEY COUNT
The Rebels haven't had a reputation for hitting a high percentage >from the
charity stripe the last couple of seasons, especially down the stretch in
games. However, that may be changing in 2000-01. Ole Miss is hitting 65.0
percent from the foul line for the season (11th in the SEC), but more
importantly, the Rebels are hitting their foul shots when they count. In
their wins over Sam Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis, Southern
Illinois, Southern Cal, Vanderbilt, Arkansas (both games), Kentucky,
Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State (second game) and South Carolina, the
Rebels shot 74 percent from the line (111-of-150) in the final four minutes
(and overtime) of those games.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart is picking up where he left off last year?doubling
his pleasure. Lockhart came into the 2000-01 season with 14 career
double-doubles, and he recorded his 21st double-double performance versus
Mississippi State Jan. 27 (10 points-11 rebounds).