Feb. 26, 2001
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14/12 Ole Miss (22-5, 10-4) vs. LSU (11-14, 1-13)
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 -- 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Maravich Assembly Center -- Baton Rouge, La.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO PLAY FINAL ROAD GAME AT LSU WEDNESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (22-5, 10-4 SEC) travel to Baton Rouge, La., for their
final regular-season road game versus the LSU Tigers (11-14, 1-13 SEC).
The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss, ranked No. 14 in the
Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, has won seven
of its last eight games, including a thrilling 64-62 win over Auburn Feb.
24. The Tigers have lost their last nine contests, including a narrow
55-48 setback to Mississippi State Feb. 24.
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 61-32 (.656 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-LSU SERIES
Wednesday's game will be the 182nd meeting between the two schools. The
series with the Tigers, which began in 1909, is the second longest in Ole
Miss basketball history. LSU leads the all-time series, 104-77, but the
Rebels have won 10 of the last 14 in the series. Earlier this season, the
Rebels defeated LSU, 50-33 in Oxford. Last year, the Tigers swept Ole
Miss, winning 97-53 in Oxford and 64-60 in Baton Rouge. LSU holds a 63-26
lead in games played in Baton Rouge. Prior to last year's LSU victory in
Baton Rouge, Ole Miss had won three straight on the Tigers' homecourt. Ole
Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 3-2 versus LSU and 1-1 against the Tigers in
The Tigers enter Wednesday's game with an 11-14 overall record and a 1-13
Southeastern Conference mark. LSU has lost nine straight, including a
55-48 setback to Mississippi State Feb. 24. The Tigers have lost their
seven SEC home contests by an average of 8.1 points per game. Sophomore
Ronald Dupree leads four Tigers in double figures with a 16.9 scoring
average. Collis Temple III (13.2 ppg), Brian Beshara (11.3 ppg) and Torris
Bright (11.1 ppg) also are averaging double digits. Dupree also leads the
squad on the boards with a 9.2 rebounding average, and is ranked among the
top three in the league in both scoring and rebounding. Bright is tops on
the team with 107 assists and 51 steals. Jermaine Williams is LSU's top
field goal shooter at 51.1 percent, while Beshara is the squad's top
three-point threat at 35.8 percent from the arc. LSU is hitting 44.4
percent from the floor, 34.5 percent from the three-point line and 69.6
percent from the charity stripe.
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. With
its victory over Auburn Feb. 24, Ole Miss claimed at least a share of this
year's SEC Western Division title. Another victory would give the Rebels
the out-right Western Division championship. Alabama or Arkansas can
still tie for Ole Miss the Western Division title, but both have to win
their last two games. However, Alabama or Arkansas will drop out of the
race, as they face each other in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 28.
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 22-5, and the 22 wins are tied for
the most in Rebel basketball history. The school record for most victories
in a season is 22 by the 1937-38, 1997-98 and 2000-01 teams.
CLOSE CALLS GOING REBELS' WAY
What a difference a year makes. With their 64-62 win over Auburn Feb. 24,
the Rebels have an 11-2 record in games decided by single digits (nine
points or less). Ole Miss' two setbacks by single digits were to Iowa
State (73-68) and Georgia (70-66). Last season, Ole Miss had a 6-8 record
in single-digit contests.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) 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 22nd double-double
performance versus Auburn Feb. 24 (16 points-13 rebounds).
REMEMBER THE LAST MEETING...
In the last meeting between Ole Miss and LSU Feb. 7, the Rebels really put
the defensive clamps on the Tigers in the 50-33 win. The last time Ole
Miss held an opponent to 33 points or less in a game came in the 1981-82
campaign when the Rebels defeated Mississippi State, 47-33 in Starkville
(Feb. 20, 1982). That was also the last time Ole Miss held an SEC opponent
to under 40 points prior to the Feb. 7 game.
The last time Ole Miss held an opponent (all teams) to under 40 points in
a game came in the 1997-98 season when the Rebels defeated Arkansas-Pine
Bluff, 81-36 (Nov. 24, 1997).
...AND THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT
When Ole Miss and LSU meet Wednesday, the contest is expected to be
another defensive battle, as both squads are among the league's best in
scoring defense. The Rebels are first in the SEC in scoring defense,
allowing opponents to score only 63.0 points per game. The Tigers are
fifth in scoring defense at 67.4 points per game.
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, the Atlanta Tipoff Club
announced 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.
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 61-32, 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.
REED TIES CAREER BESTS
Freshman Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) tied his career high in scoring with
21 points in the Rebels' victory over Auburn Feb. 24. He also tied his
career high of nine field goals versus the Tigers, hitting 9-of-14 from the
field (64.3 percent). Earlier this season, the 6-foot-8 forward had 21
points and nine field goals against Georgia (Jan. 13).
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 is making his
presence known in the league. In 14 SEC games, Reed has netted double
figures in 11 contests, including a career-high 21 points versus Georgia
Jan. 13 and Auburn Feb. 24. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 12.9 points
(leads team) and 6.3 boards (second on team) in SEC games only.
HAYES BOMBING AWAY
Redshirt freshman Josh Hayes (Little Rock, Ark.) showed his deadly aim
from the three-point arc earlier this season when he hit six treys in the
Rebels' victory over Troy State Dec. 18. In recent games, the 6-foot-7
guard is proving he can knock down the three-pointer at key times for Ole
Against Mississippi State Feb. 14, Hayes' trey could not have come at a
more crucial time for Ole Miss. With the Rebels trailing 38-31 and
struggling to hit a shot from the three-point arc, Hayes stepped up with a
big trey to start a 9-0 run that led to a 40-all tie. Ole Miss went on to
win the game, 51-48.
Three days later (Feb. 17) at South Carolina, he nailed a first-half trey
to extend the Rebels' lead to 22-15 and keep Ole Miss' momentum going. In
the Rebels' victory over Auburn Feb. 24, Hayes hit a first-half
>three-pointer to close a 7-2 game-opening run.
In the last four games, Hayes is hitting 75 percent (3-of-4) from the arc.
For the season, he is shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the
REED IS A TIGER HUNTER...
After a 16-point, five-rebound performance against Auburn Feb. 3, freshman
Justin Reed did it again versus the Tigers Feb. 24. Reed scored a
career-high tying 21 points and grabbed nine boards in Ole Miss' 64-62 win.
He also tied a career high with nine field goals. In the two games versus
Auburn, Reed is averaging 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 66.7
percent (16-of-24) from the field.
...AND SO IS WADE
Sophomore Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) also has a liking to playing the
Tigers?especially Auburn. In the Rebels' 64-62 win over Auburn Feb. 24,
Wade had nine points, two rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
As in other SEC games, Wade proved to be the "da man" in the second half.
After having only two points and one block in the first half versus the
Tigers, the 6-foot-3 guard had seven points, two boards, two assists and
one steal after the intermission. He scored five points in a key
second-half run that gave Ole Miss a 47-40 lead with 12:54 left.
In the first Ole Miss-Auburn meeting Feb. 3, Wade played inspired ball in
the second half after having no stats at halftime. He had seven points,
four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the second half versus
Auburn. All of his seven points against the Tigers came in the opening
minutes of the second half, keeping the Rebels within striking distance.
The Auburn games were not the only ones in which Wade stepped up for the
Rebels. His first big second-half performance came in the Rebels' victory
over Arkansas Jan. 10. Wade, who also goes by the nickname "Manny," was
held scoreless and had no boards in the first half. However, that changed
after intermission. Wade scored six points and grabbed a career-high tying
five boards in the second half to help propel the Rebels to the win. Wade
netted the Rebels' first six points of the second half, and then grabbed
three huge rebounds in the closing minutes.
Wade also had another huge second half in the Rebels' win over Kentucky
Jan. 20. He netted five of his nine points in the second half versus the
Wildcats, including a hoop at the 3:57 mark to extend the Rebels' lead to
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 tying 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. Reed
also hit a career-high tying nine field goals versus Georgia. For the
season, he is averaging 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds.
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. With a victory at LSU Feb. 28, the
Rebels would post their fifth SEC road win?a first for Ole Miss since the
league went to the two-division format in 1991-92. 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 Division title.
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.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
With his 15-point performance in the Rebels' victory over Mississippi
State Feb. 14, senior Rahim Lockhart became the latest member to join the
Ole Miss 1,000-point club. The 6-foot-8 forward now has 1,046 points after
scoring 16 points versus Auburn Feb. 24, and is tied for No. 23 on the
Rebel career scoring chart.
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 727 career rebounds, after grabbing 13
boards versus Auburn Feb. 24. Lockhart is in the No. 7 spot on the Ole
Miss career rebounding list, and needs three 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.
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 44 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 44 percent from the
three-point line (overall games) and 45.8 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).
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 22-5 record after its win
over Auburn Feb. 24. 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.
REBELS FIRST TO 20 WINS
Ole Miss was the first team in the SEC to reach the 20-win plateau in the
2000-01 season. The Rebels are 22-5 and one of only three 20-victory
squads in the Southeastern Conference (Alabama and Florida are the others).
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 63.0 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 10 games (8-2 record), the Rebels
have forced their opponents into 193 turnovers (19.3 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 also
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 Auburn Feb. 24, the 2000-01 senior class has 83 wins, the most
victories by a class in a four-year span. The 83 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 19-39 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 10-5 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 64.4
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,
despite their 2-of-8 showing versus Auburn Feb. 24. In their wins over Sam
Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis, Southern Illinois, Southern Cal,
Vanderbilt, Arkansas (both games), Kentucky, Auburn (both games),
Tennessee, Mississippi State (second game) and South Carolina, the Rebels
shot 71.5 percent from the line (113-of-158) in the final four minutes (and
overtime) of those games.
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
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes played his final game as a Rebel player in
Assembly Center. Barnes scored 18 points in an SEC Tournament second-round
loss to Kentucky...The Rebels have won 103 games (overall and includes
2000-01 season to date) since the 1996-97 season. The 103 victories are
the most by any SEC Western Division team and the second most among all SEC
teams. Kentucky leads the league with 139 wins during that time span.
Arkansas and Auburn have won 101 games since 1996-97.