March 2, 2000
Game #29 - Jefferson Pilot Sports
Ole Miss (17-11, 5-10) at
#12/#16 LSU (24-4, 11-4)
Saturday, March 4 - 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Maravich Assembly Center - Baton Rouge, La.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Television: Jefferson Pilot Sports (Paul Kennedy, play-by-play, Larry
Conley, color analyst, Roger Roebuck, producer, Dave Burchett, director)
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO CLOSE OUT 1999-2000 REGULAR SEASON PLAY ON SATURDAY AT
The Ole Miss Rebels (17-11, 5-10 SEC) will close out the 1999-2000 regular
season on Saturday, Mar. 4 when they meet the nationally-ranked LSU Tigers
(24-4, 11-4 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference Western Division showdown.
The contest, which will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports, is
scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (CT) and will be played at the Pete Maravich
Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La. The Tigers are ranked No. 12 in the
Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll.
The Rebels enter Saturday's game on a two-game winning streak, after
defeating then-No. 24 Vanderbilt (75-67) on Feb. 26 and Alabama (63-59) on
Mar. 1. The Tigers, which wrapped up the SEC Western Division title with
their Mar. 1 win at Auburn, bring an eight-game winning streak into
Saturday's game. The last time LSU lost was a narrow 68-66 setback at
Mississippi State on Feb. 2.
OLE MISS-LSU SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 180th 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, 103-76, but the
Rebels have won nine of the last 12 in the series. Earlier this year, LSU
defeated Ole Miss, 97-53 in Oxford. That setback to the Tigers ended the
Rebels' seven-game winning streak against LSU, which was the longest since
Ole Miss had won eight straight over the Tigers from 1936-38. LSU holds a
62-26 lead in games played in Baton Rouge. Ole Miss has won the last three
games in Baton Rouge, but prior to that, Ole Miss had lost 21 straight on
the Tigers' homecourt.
1999-2000 EARLIER MEETING
Game #24 - February 16, 2000
#16 LSU 97, Ole Miss 53
LSU's Stromile Swift led five players in double figures with a game-high
18 points to lead the No. 16 nationally-ranked Tigers to a 97-53
Southeastern Conference victory over Ole Miss. Brian Beshara (17 points),
Lamont Roland (17), Torris Bright (11) and Jermaine Williams (10) also
scored in double figures for LSU. Ronald Dupree led the Tigers on the
boards with eight rebounds.
Emmanuel Wade led Ole Miss with 10 points, while Marcus Hicks' six boards
paced the Rebels.
Ole Miss came out aggressive early, grabbing a 6-1 lead in the first three
minutes. However, the Tigers responded with a 22-9 run over the next eight
minutes to take the lead for good at 23-15. From that point, LSU steadily
increased its lead with solid defense the remainder of the first half.
The Tigers held a 43-23 halftime lead.
In the second half, Ole Miss could get no closer than 17 points (43-26).
LSU put together a 9-0 run over a two-minute span (17:00-15:00) to build
its lead to 32 points at 60-28 with 15:11 left in the game.
The Tigers shot 62 percent from the field, while holding Ole Miss to 30.2
percent from the field. LSU also won the battle on the boards, 37-34.
The margin of defeat was the Rebels' worst since Tad Smith Coliseum opened
The Tigers enter Saturday's game with a 24-4 overall record and an 11-4
Southeastern Conference mark. The Tigers are ranked No. 12 in the
Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll.
LSU, which wrapped up the SEC Western Division title with its Mar. 1 win at
Auburn, brings an eight-game winning streak into Saturday's game. The last
time LSU lost was a narrow 68-66 setback at Mississippi State on Feb. 2.
All five LSU starters are averaging in double figures with sophomore
forward Stromile Swift leading the way with a 16.8 scoring average. Jabari
Smith (12.6 ppg), Brian Beshara (11.9 ppg), Lamont Roland (11.2 ppg) and
Torris Bright (10.2 ppg) are also averaging double figures for the Tigers.
Swift also leads LSU on the boards with an 8.3 rebounding average, while
Bright is tops on the squad in assists with 129. The Tigers are shooting
49.2 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from the three-point line and
64.2 percent from the charity stripe. LSU is averaging 78.3 points and
40.7 rebounds per contest, and is out-rebounding its opponents by an
average of 8.4 boards per contest (40.7-32.3).
- PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters
|22||Jason Flanigan (Jr.)||G||6-1||175||8.1/2.9||Little Rock, Ark.|
|32||Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||5.1/1.6||Marianna, Ark.|
|24||Marcus Hicks (Sr.)||F||6-6||200||14.6/5.7||Jackson, Tenn.|
|25||Lataryl Williams (Sr.)||F||6-7||200||9.1/3.4||Oxford, Miss.|
|45||Richard Kirklin (Fr.)||F||6-9||200||2.3/1.9||Pine Bluff, Ark.|
- RESERVES -
|11||Jason Harrison (So.)||G||5-5||150||8.5/2.9||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||3.4/1.7||Tylertown, Miss.|
|23||Syniker Taylor (Fr.)||G||6-0||195||2.5/2.0||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.|
|44||Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)||F||6-8||250||12.5/8.4||Mendenhall, Miss.|
|54||John Engstrom (So.)||C||7-0||245||1.2/0.9||Paragould, Ark.|
# - will seek a medical redshirt at the end of the season
- LSU PROBABLE STARTERS -
* Based on last game's starters
|2||Brian Beshara (Jr.)||F||6-8||220||11.9/5.1||Dallas, Texas|
|4||Stromile Swift (So.)||F||6-9||225||16.8/8.3||Shreveport, La.|
|52||Jabari Smith (Sr.)||C||6-11||250||12.6/7.2||Atlanta, Ga.|
|3||Torris Bright (Fr.)||G||6-4||200||10.2/3.8||Slidell, La.|
|43||Lamont Roland (Jr.)||G||6-4||205||11.2/4.6||New Albany, Ind.|
- TOP RESERVES -
|12||Ronald Dupree (Fr.)||G/F||6-6||205||5.3/3.3||Biloxi, Miss.|
|21||Jermaine Williams (So.)||F||6-6||180||5.2/2.7||Baton Rouge, La.|
|41||Collis Temple (Fr.)||G||6-6||205||3.4/1.4||Baton Rouge, La.|
|54||Brad Bridgewater (So.)||F||6-8||250||1.9/1.2||Baton Rouge, La.|
OLE MISS-LSU TEAM COMPARISONS
|Ole Miss||Statistical Category||LSU|
|33.1||Opponent Rebound Avg.||32.3|
|45.1||Field Goal Percentage||49.2|
|43.5||Opponent Field Goal Percentage||38.3|
|33.3||Three-Point Field Goal Percentage||35.2|
|32.5||Opp. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage||30.6|
|64.8||Free Throw Percentage||64.2|
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' win over Alabama on Mar. 1, Barnes'
overall coaching record now stands at 37-24. 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).
REBELS LOVE THOSE TELEVISION CAMERAS!!!
When its comes to television games in 1999-2000, the Ole Miss Rebels have
fared quite well. Ole Miss will be playing its ninth television game on
Saturday at LSU. In their previous eight television appearances this
season, the Rebels are 5-3, including a 79-77 overtime victory over
then-No. 4 ranked Auburn on Jan. 22. Ole Miss' three television setbacks
were at Oklahoma (81-73), at home to then-No. 6 ranked Florida (75-71) and
at then-No. 12 Auburn (75-72). Ole Miss' other television wins came
against Alabama State (77-65), Virginia Commonwealth (75-62), Memphis
(74-64) and Arkansas (87-82).
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:
|Alabama||6-9||at Mississippi State|
|Ole Miss||5-10||at LSU|
A CLASSIC REMEMBERED...
The Ole Miss-LSU basketball rivalry has produced many memorable games, but
none more so than the battle between the two schools 11 years ago. On Mar.
4, 1989, LSU and Ole Miss met in the regular-season finale in Oxford-and it
was a shootout. The Rebels prevailed in the overtime thriller, 113-112,
but the game also proved to be an electrifying battle between Ole Miss'
Gerald Glass and LSU's Chris Jackson. Jackson netted a game-high 55 points
(tied for 14th on SEC single-game scoring list), but Glass nearly matched
him point-for-point, scoring 53 points (tied for 24th). The following
chart shows the two players stats from that titanic battle:
Ole Miss 113, LSU 112 (ot) - Oxford, Miss. - Mar. 4, 1989
HICKS, WILLIAMS GO OUT WINNERS IN FINAL HOME GAME
Seniors Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) and Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.)
ended their careers on a winning note on Mar. 1 when the Rebels defeated
Alabama, 63-59 in the duo's final home contest. Both players scored in
double figures in their final home game, as Williams had 13 points and
Hicks netted 11. Both also recorded two blocked shots in the win.
Hicks and Williams both transferred to Ole Miss from Northwest Mississippi
Community College in 1998, and have played integral roles in the Rebels'
success the past two seasons. During their two years at Ole Miss, Hicks
and Williams helped the Rebels compile a 37-24 record to date, including a
20-win season in 1998-99. The duo also helped the Rebels earn a third
straight NCAA Tournament berth in 1999, and the program's first-ever
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
70-9 record (.886 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a
game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 8-31 when they net less than 70
points in a game. This year, the Rebels are 15-3 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 34-6 record (.850 winning percentage) when
scoring 70 or more points.
"LITTLE MAN" LIGHTIN' IT UP
Since he started coming off the bench the last eight 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
eight-game stretch, the 5-foot-5 guard has averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds
and 2.8 assists, while shooting 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. He
has scored in double figures in five of those eight games, and hit a
career-high six field goals versus Georgia. The following charts "Little
Man's" last eight games:
"LITTLE MAN" RECORDS CAREER HIGH...IN REBOUNDS?
Yes, that is not a misprint. Sophomore Jason Harrison, a 5-foot-5 guard,
grabbed a career-best seven boards-yes, seven boards-in the Rebels' 63-59
victory over Alabama on Mar. 1. His previous career high was five rebounds
on three occasions. He is averaging nearly three rebounds per game (2.9
rpg) from his guard position this year, and has a 2.2 rebounding average
for his career.
HICKS NEARING 800-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. And, now he is closing in on point No. 800. With his 11 points versus
Alabama on Mar. 1, Hicks now has 797 career points in 61 games, and needs
only three points to reach 800. The following chart shows Hicks' scoring
milestone moments this season:
|Point Milestone||Opponent/Date||Points In Game|
|No. 400||Jacksonville St./Nov. 19||14 points|
|No. 500||Oklahoma/Dec. 4||16 points|
|No. 600||Florida/Jan. 8||11 points|
|No. 700||Arkansas/Feb. 2||*31 points|
* career high
REBELS RECORD FOURTH STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
With its victory over No. 24 nationally-ranked Vanderbilt on Feb. 26, the
Ole Miss basketball program guaranteed 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.
HARRISON CLOSING IN ON 200 ASSISTS, BREAKS 100 ASSISTS FOR SEASON
Sophomore Jason Harrison is closing in on the 200-assist plateau. With
his two assists versus Alabama on Mar. 1, Harrison now has 191 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 105 assists this season, and is ranked ninth in the SEC in assists.
With his 100th assist of the season versus Vanderbilt, Harrison became the
first Rebel since Cedric Brim in 1994-95 to have 100 assists or more in a
season. Harrison also became only the 11th player in Rebel history record
100 or more assists in a season.
TAYLOR'S CAREER NIGHT...PART I
Freshman Syniker Taylor (Gulfport, Miss.) had a career game in the Rebels'
contest at Mississippi State on Feb. 23. The 6-foot guard posted career
bests of nine points and four field goals and tied a career high with one
three-pointer. Taylor's previous career scoring high was eight points
versus Birmingham-Southern on Jan. 2.
TAYLOR'S CAREER NIGHT...PART II
Well, freshman Syniker Taylor wasn't done after the Rebels' Feb. 23 game
at Mississippi State, as he had another career showing in Ole Miss' win
over No. 24 Vanderbilt on Feb. 26. The 6-foot guard recorded career bests
of seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. He also received the
first start of his career versus the Commodores.
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
(17th in SEC) and 8.4 rebounds (3rd 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. Senior Marcus Hicks pushed his way into the top seven on the Rebel
career blocked shots chart, as he now has 69 after his two blocks versus
Alabama on Mar. 1. The following chart show the Ole Miss career blocked
Rebel All-Time Blocked Shots Leaders
|Player/Years||No. of Blocked Shots|
AN ALL-STAR REUNION
Saturday's contest will be an all-star reunion-of sorts. Ole Miss head
coach Rod Barnes, Rebel senior forward Marcus Hicks and LSU junior forward
Brian Beshara were all members of the Southeastern Conference All-Stars
that traveled to Japan last August. Barnes, who served as the team's
co-head coach with LSU's John Brady, guided the SEC All-Stars to a 4-1
record versus the Japan National Team. Hicks averaged 10 points and 6.2
boards, and led the team in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal
percentage. Beshara played in all five games and averaged 8.6 points and
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 three-assist performance versus
Alabama on Mar. 1, Flanigan now has 215 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 86 assists, which is second
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 338 after grabbing four boards versus Alabama on Mar. 1. This
season, Hicks is the Rebels' second-leading rebounder with a 5.7 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.
REBELS VERSUS THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 41-48 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC
Western Division. Ole Miss is 41-49 versus the SEC Western Division teams,
including tournament play. 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 21-9 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)|
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 456 career rebounds and needs
only 24 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|
Saturday's game will feature two of the SEC's top teams in rebounding
margin. LSU is first (+8.4), while Ole Miss is fourth (+4.8)...The Rebels
have won their last three regular-season finales (at Auburn in 1996-97,
home versus Auburn in 1997-98, home versus LSU in 1998-99)...Jason Flanigan
needs 12 points to reach the 500-point milestone...With their win on Mar. 1
over Alabama, Ole Miss has now won five consecutive "Senior Day/Night"
games. The Rebels last lost a "Senior Day/Night" contest in the 1994-95
season...Since the SEC went to the two-division format in 1991-92, Ole
Miss' lone winning record versus a Western Division opponent is LSU. The
Rebels have a 10-8 record against the Tigers since 1991-92.