Feb. 24, 2000
#24/#22 Vanderbilt (17-7, 7-6)
Ole Miss (15-11, 3-10)
Saturday, February 26, 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 BEGIN TWO-GAME SEC HOMESTAND VERSUS NATIONALLY-RANKED
VANDERBILT ON SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (15-11, 3-10 SEC) will begin their final two-game
Southeastern Conference homestand of the 1999-2000 season versus
nationally-ranked Vanderbilt (17-7, 7-6 SEC) on Saturday, Feb. 26. The
contest, which is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (CT), will be played at Tad Smith
Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels enter Saturday's game on a four-game
losing skid after losses to Georgia, No. 16 LSU, No. 12 Auburn and
Mississippi State. The Commodores enter Saturday's game ranked No. 24 in
the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25
Poll. Vanderbilt has dropped three of its last four contests, falling to
Alabama (77-63), Auburn (86-80) and Arkansas (78-63). The Commodores lone
win in that stretch was an upset victory over Tennessee (85-72).
OLE MISS-VANDERBILT SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 99th meeting between the two schools. The
Commodores hold an all-time series lead of 63-35. The series began in
1925. Last season, Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss, 79-64 on Jan. 2, 1999.
The Rebels hold a 25-18 series lead in games played in Oxford, and have won
the last six meetings in Tad Smith Coliseum, including an 87-76 win in the
1997-98 campaign. The last time the Commodores won in Oxford was the
1988-89 season, a 72-65 victory.
* Based on last game's starters
|22||Jason Flanigan (Jr.)||G||6-1||175||8.2/3.0||Little Rock, Ark.|
|32||Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||5.3/1.7||Marianna, Ark.|
|24||Marcus Hicks (Sr.)||F||6-6||200||14.6/5.8||Jackson, Tenn.|
|25||Lataryl Williams (Sr.)||F||6-7||200||8.9/3.4||Oxford, Miss.|
|44||Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)||F||6-8||250||12.5/8.5||Mendenhall, Miss.|
|11||Jason Harrison (So.)||G||5-5||150||8.3/2.7||Little Rock, Ark.|
|15||Ray Waddell (Jr.)||G||5-9||165||0.9/0.6||Philadelphia, Miss.|
|20||Jason Holmes (Jr.)||G||6-5||200||3.6/1.8||Tylertown, Miss.|
|23||Syniker Taylor (Fr.)||G||6-0||195||2.5/1.5||Gulfport, Miss.|
|30||Josh Hayes (Fr.)||G||6-7||190||5.0/2.0||Little Rock, Ark.#|
|31||John Gunn (Fr.)||F/C||6-10||245||3.2/1.9||Oxford, Miss.|
|45||Richard Kirklin (Fr.)||F||6-9||200||2.2/1.9||Pine Bluff, Ark.|
|54||John Engstrom (So.)||C||7-0||245||1.0/1.0||Paragould, Ark.|
# - will seek a medical redshirt at the end of the season
LAST YEAR'S MEETING
January 2, 1999
Vanderbilt 79, Ole Miss 64
Vanderbilt's Dan Langhi scored 17 points, and the Commodores used a 26-10
run to close the game en route to a 79-64 Southeastern Conference victory
over Ole Miss. The game was the SEC opener for both schools. James Strong
(13 points), Anthony Williams (12) and Vince Ford (10) also netted double
figures for Vanderbilt. Williams led the Commodores on the boards with 11
Jason Smith led the Rebels with a game-high 19 points. Marcus Hicks was
Ole Miss' only other double-figure scorer with 10 points.
Trailing 42-36 at the half, the Rebels came back to tie the game at 45-all
at the 14:58 mark on a Smith jumper. Six minutes later, Ole Miss took its
first lead since early in the first half when Jason Harrison nailed a
three-pointer, giving the Rebels a 54-53 advantage. Vanderbilt, however,
responded with a 13-0 spurt to gain a 66-54 lead and put the game away.
In the first half, the Rebels jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but
Vanderbilt responded with an 11-5 run to take the lead for good in the
first half at 13-12. The Commodores increased their lead to as many as 12
points at 37-25, but the Rebels cut that lead down to six by halftime (42-36).
Ole Miss shot 37.1 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free
Officials: Monje, Eades, Poole
The Commodores, ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No.
22 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, enter Saturday's game with a 17-7
overall record and a 7-6 Southeastern Conference mark. Dan Langhi, an SEC
Player of the Year candidate, leads the team and the league in scoring with
a 21.8 average. The Commodores also have two other players averaging in
double figures in James Strong (11.5 ppg) and Sam Howard (10.2 ppg).
Anthony Williams, the SEC Player of the Week, leads Vanderbilt on the
boards with a 6.3 rebounding average, while Atiba Prater tops the
conference in assists with 151. Langhi also is second on the squad in
rebounding with a 6.0 average. Vanderbilt is shooting 46.4 percent from
the field, 36.2 percent from the three-point arc and 73.1 percent from the
free throw line. The Commodores are averaging 75 points and 34.6 rebounds
per game. Vanderbilt is being out-rebounded by its opponents by a narrow
margin of 0.2 boards per contest (34.6-34.8). Kevin Stallings is in his
first season as head coach of the Commodores. Stallings came to Vanderbilt
from Illinois State, where he compiled a 123-63 overall record in six
seasons as the head coach.
VANDERBILT PROBABLE STARTERS
* Based on last game's starters
|32||Anthony Williams (Jr.)||F||6-7||235||9.0/6.3||Waverly, Ala.|
|52||Greg LaPointe (Jr.)||C||6-10||235||4.0/2.5||Mt. Pleasant, Mich.|
|5||Atiba Prater (Sr.)||G||6-1||180||7.0/3.7||Stone Mtn., Ga.|
|10||Sam Howard (So.)||G||6-3||185||10.2/2.1||Nashville, Tenn.|
|13||James Strong (Sr.)||G||6-3||195||11.5/4.3||Huntsville, Ala.|
|42||Dan Langhi (Sr.)||F||6-11||215||21.8/6.0||Benton, Ky.|
|14||Rick Jones (Fr.)||G||6-1||160||5.4/0.9||Scott County, Ky.|
|44||Sam Lekwauwa (Fr.)||F||6-8||210||5.0/3.0||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|4||Darius Coulibaly (So.)||C||7-1||238||2.4/2.4||Greensboro, N.C.|
OLE MISS-VANDERBILT TEAM COMPARISONS
|Ole Miss||Statistical Category||Vanderbilt|
|33.2||Opponent Rebound Avg.||34.8|
|45.0||Field Goal Percentage||46.4|
|43.5||Opponent Field Goal Percentage||42.9|
|33.3||Three-Point Field Goal Percentage||36.2|
|32.9||Opp. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage||31.1|
|64.9||Free Throw Percentage||73.1|
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 at Mississippi State on Feb. 23,
Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 35-24. 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).
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
Yes, the school-record 29-game homecourt winning streak came to an end
last year, 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. Despite
dropping three conference games at home this season, Ole Miss has still won
59 of its last 66 games (.894 winning percentage) at home, including
homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are 11-3 at Tad
Smith Coliseum this season. Ole Miss also owns the third longest homecourt
winning streak versus non-conference opponents in the nation at 33
(Maryland is first at 70 straight). In the past eight seasons
(1992-present), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 87-28 (.757 winning
BROWN LEAVES OLE MISS SQUAD
Head coach Rod Barnes announced on Thursday, Feb. 24, that Darrian Brown,
a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from West Memphis, Ark., left the Rebel team.
"Darrian has left our team," said Barnes. "He has asked for his release,
and we have granted his release to go wherever he wants to go. We
appreciate his efforts here at Ole Miss over the past two seasons. Darrian
felt that, to better his playing career, he needed to go to another
program. We wish him all the best as he continues his education and playing
career at another institution."
This season, Brown played in 24 games and started two. He averaged 6.9
points and 3.1 rebounds, while shooting 37.4 percent from the floor and
74.3 percent from the charity stripe. In his two seasons as a Rebel, Brown
played in 53 games and averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS AT HOME
Ole Miss has a 9-5 record versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum
since the beginning of the 1994-95 season. This year, Ole Miss is 1-2
versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum, dropping a narrow 75-71
decision to then-No. 6 Florida on Jan. 8, defeating then-No. 4 Auburn 79-77
in overtime on Jan. 22 and losing to then-No. 16 LSU 97-53 on Feb. 16.
Prior to the Auburn loss in the 1998-99 season, Ole Miss had won its last
six games versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels
defeated Temple (#18), South Carolina (#11) and Arkansas (#12) in 1997-98,
Kentucky (#3) in 1996-97, and Auburn (#21) and Mississippi State (#25) in
1995-96. Ole Miss' first win over a ranked opponent since the 1994-95
season was a 76-71 win over No. 3 Arkansas on Jan. 4, 1995. (NOTE: Ole
Miss also lost to No. 5 Kentucky, 82-65 in the 1994-95 season, but that
home game was played at The Pyramid in Memphis.)
THE RACE IS ON...
Well, it's not the race for first or second place in the Southeastern
Conference Western Division, but four teams-Ole Miss, Mississippi State,
Alabama and Arkansas-are jockeying for positions No. 3-No. 6 for the SEC
Tournament. The tournament, which is Mar. 9-12, will be held at the
Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The following chart shows the records and
what games are left in the race:
|Arkansas||6-7||at Ky., at Tenn., Aub.|
|Alabama||5-8||Tenn., at OM, at MSU|
|Miss. State||4-9||at LSU, Ky., Ala.|
|Ole Miss||3-10||Vandy, Ala., at LSU|
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
69-9 record (.885 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a
game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-31 when they net less than 70
points in a game. This year, the Rebels are 14-3 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 33-6 record (.846 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.
"LITTLE MAN" LIGHTIN' IT UP
Since he started coming off the bench the last six games, sophomore Jason
Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.), dubbed "Little Man" by the coaching staff,
has given some strong offensive performances for the Rebels. In the
six-game stretch, the 5-foot-5 guard has averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds
and 2.5 assists, while shooting 79.4 percent from the charity stripe. He
has scored in double figures in four of those six games, and hit a
career-high six field goals versus Georgia. The following charts "Little
Man's" last six games:
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
Mississippi State on Feb. 23, Flanigan now has 212 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 83 assists, which
is second on team.
CAREER NIGHT FOR TAYLOR VERSUS THE BULLDOGS
Freshman Syniker Taylor (Gulfport, Miss.) had a career game in the Rebels'
game at Mississippi State on Feb. 23. The 6-foot guard posted career bests
of nine points and four field goals and tied career highs with one
three-pointer and three rebounds. Taylor's previous career scoring high
was eight points versus Birmingham-Southern on Jan. 2.
HARRISON CLOSING IN ON 200 ASSISTS
Sophomore Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) is also closing in on the
200-assist plateau. With his four assists versus Mississippi State on Feb.
23, Harrison now has 184 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 98 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.
If he reaches the 100-assist milestone for the season, Harrison would be
the 11th player in Rebel history to do so.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-A 12TH TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) has certainly doubled his
pleasure for the Rebels in 1999-2000, as he has recorded 12 double-doubles.
His last double-double performance came versus Auburn on Feb. 19 with 14
points and 11 rebounds. His 12 double-doubles ranks him 10th in the nation
in that statistical category. Lockhart is currently averaging 12.5 points
(19th in SEC) and 8.5 rebounds (5th in SEC). The following charts
Lockhart's double-doubles this season:
|Jacksonville St.||29||11||career high pts|
|McNeese St.||13||16||career high rebs|
|Furman||15||14||tied car-high blks (4)|
The junior forward now has 13 career double-doubles, as his first came last
season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 16 pts-12 rebs).
"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 78 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 41, and is fifth in the SEC in
blocks. The following chart show the Ole Miss career blocked shots leaders:
|Player/Years||No. of Blocked Shots|
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 12 points versus Mississippi State on Feb. 23, Hicks now has 767
career points in 59 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.
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 Coach||Overall Coaching||Game Which|
|Record at Time of||Recorded|
|35th win||35th Win|
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have an 18-35 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Eastern Division since the conference began divisional play in the 1991-92
season. Ole Miss is 21-41 versus the SEC Eastern Division teams, including
tournament play. The Rebels, however, posted a 10-8 record (regular season
only) versus their Eastern Division foes the previous three seasons
(1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99). The following charts show the Rebels'
year-by-year record versus the SEC Eastern Division and their mark against
each school from the Eastern Division (includes tournament games):
Year-By-Year Versus Record Against The SEC
|The SEC Eastern Division||Eastern Division Teams|
|(Regular Season Only)||(Includes Tourney Games)|
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 329 after grabbing seven boards versus Mississippi State on Feb.
23. This season, Hicks is the Rebels' second-leading rebounder with a 5.8
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 six boards versus Mississippi State on Feb. 23, he now has 441
career rebounds. Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 220 career
rebounds, and has grabbed 221 so far this year. Lockhart leads the Rebels
with an 8.5 rebounding average.
LOCKHART CLOSING IN
With his monster rebounding games this season, junior Rahim Lockhart is
close to putting his name among the top rebounders in Ole Miss basketball
history. Entering Saturday's game, he has 441 career rebounds and needs
only 39 boards to enter the top 15 on the Rebel chart. The following
abbreviated chart shows the top rebounders in Ole Miss history:
|1. Walter Actwood/1974-77||945|
|2. Elston Turner/1978-81||828|
|7. Ansu Sesay/1995-98||699|
|9. Jason Smith/1996-99||671|
|12. Keith Carter/1996-99||596|
|15. Duaine Boucher/1970-72||480|
Vanderbilt is the only SEC Eastern Division team that Ole Miss has a
winning record against since the league went to the two-division format in
1991-92...There will be no Southeastern Conference All-Star reunion on
Saturday, as Vanderbilt was the lone SEC school not to place a player on
last summer's team. The league allowed Vanderbilt to do so as a result of
the Commodores' summer trip to Europe, where it went 3-3 versus European
club teams...Freshman forward John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) has missed the last
five games as a result of mononucleosis.