Ole Miss Faces South Carolina to Open Sec Tournament

March 2, 1999

OXFORD, Miss - The Ole Miss Rebels (18-11, 8-8 SEC) will open play in the 1999 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday, Mar. 4 with a first-round game against the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-20, 3-13 SEC). Ole Miss is the Western Division No. 3 seed, while South Carolina is the Eastern Division No. 6 seed. The Rebels enter the SEC Tournament having put a halt to four-game losing streak with a 79-57 regular-season closing win over LSU on Feb. 27. Prior to the victory over LSU, the Rebels had dropped four consecutive games to Auburn (95-66), Tennessee (69-67), Mississippi State (72-69) and Alabama (78-74). Before that four-game skid, Ole Miss had won five of six games with victories over Mississippi State (81-68), Georgia, (85-76), No. 21 Arkansas (89-81), LSU (82-66) and Florida (79-68) and a loss at South Carolina (67-66). The Gamecocks also enter the tournament on a winning note after a 70-66 overtime victory over Georgia. Prior to its win over Georgia, South Carolina had dropped seven straight.

Game #30 - SEC Tournament
Eastern #6 seed South Carolina (8-20, 3-13) vs. Western #3 seed Ole Miss
(18-11, 8-8)
Thursday, March 4 - 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Ga.


No. Player         (Yr.)  Pos.  Ht.  Wt. PPG/RPG    Hometown
 4  Jason Smith    (Sr.)   F   6-6  220 12.2/5.2    Wheatley, Ark.
24  Marcus Hicks   (Jr.)   F   6-6  200 11.6/5.5    Jackson, Tenn.
 3  Jason Flanigan (So.)   G   6-1  175  5.2/2.7    Little Rock, Ark.
22  Michael White  (Sr.)   G   6-1  180  5.6/2.1    Tempe, Ariz.
33  Keith Carter   (Sr.)   G   6-4  195  16.5/4.4   Perryville, Ark.
No. Player            (Yr.)  Pos.  Ht. Wt.  PPG/RPG   Hometown
11  Hunter Carpenter  (Sr.)   G   6-0 180    4.7/0.6  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    2.3/1.1  Jonesboro, Ark.
21  Darrian Brown     (Fr.)   F   6-6 200    4.6/2.2  West Memphis, Ark.
23  Syniker Taylor    (Fr.)   G   6-2 195    -        Gulfport, Miss.#
25  Lataryl Williams  (Jr.)   G   6-6 200    3.2/1.6  Oxford, Miss.
44  Rahim Lockhart    (So.)   F   6-8 250    8.1/5.0  Mendenhall, Miss.
54  John Engstrom     (Fr.)   C   7-0 245    1.1/1.9  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
Television: Jefferson-Pilot (Tim Brando, play-by-play; Barry Booker, analyst)

Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Sean Tuohy, analyst; Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)

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 an 18-11 record after the Rebels defeated LSU, 79-57 on Feb. 27. 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).

The Gamecocks enter Thursday's SEC Tournament first-round game with an 8-20 overall mark and a 3-13 Southeastern Conference record. South Carolina defeated Georgia, 70-66 in overtime in the final regular-season game on Feb. 27. Prior to that win, the Gamecocks had lost seven straight. Senior All-America candidate BJ McKie leads the Gamecock offense with a 16.9 scoring average. William Gallman is the squad's second-leading scorer with a 7.3 average. Bud Johnson leads South Carolina on the boards with a 6.9 rebounding average, while Gallman is second on the team with a 6.5 average. McKie also leads the squad in assists with 111, and is the team's top three-point threat with 47 treys and a 38.5 percentage from the arc. The Gamecocks, as a team, are shooting 39.8 percent from the field, 33.4 percent from the three-point line and 66.9 percent from the charity stripe. South Carolina is averaging 60.2 points and 34.9 boards per game. The Gamecocks' opponents are winning the battle on the boards, out-rebounding South Carolina by an average of 0.2 boards per game (35.1-34.9).


No. Player           (Yr.)  Pos.  Ht.   Wt. PPG/RPG  Hometown
20  William Gallman  (Sr.)   F   6-7   230  7.3/6.5  Chester, S.C.
21  Bud Johnson      (Sr.)   C   6-10  245  5.3/6.9  Columbia, S.C.
 3  BJ McKie         (Sr.)   G   6-2   190 16.9/3.4  Columbia, S.C.
 5  Aaron Lucas      (Fr.)   G   5-11  170  5.5/2.0  Columbia, S.C.
23  Recus Nix        (Sr.)   G   6-3   195  2.0/1.7  Charleston, S.C.
No. Player             (Yr.)  Pos.  Ht.  Wt. PPG/RPG  Hometown
14  Herbert Lee Davis  (Jr.)   F   6-5  175  6.4/1.6  Georgetown, S.C.
35  Antonio Grant      (So.)   F   6-5  225  5.2/4.0  N. Augusta, S.C.
00  David Ross         (So.)   F   6-5  215  2.5/1.2  St. Petersburg, Fla.
33  Damien Kinloch     (Fr.)   F   6-7  200  2.3/2.7  Charleston, S.C.
Thursday's game will be the 12th time the two schools have faced each other. South Carolina holds a 7-4 edge in the series. Earlier this season, the Gamecocks defeated Ole Miss in Columbia by a score of 67-66. In the 1997-98 season, the teams split the two meetings, with Ole Miss winning 73-54 in Oxford and the Gamecocks winning 87-77 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Atlanta. In SEC Tournament play, the Gamecocks have won both meetings with the Rebels, taking victories in the 1994 first round (80-57) and the 1998 semifinals (87-77). South Carolina also holds a perfect 3-0 record versus Ole Miss on neutral courts, as the Gamecocks also defeated the Rebels in the Gulf South Tournament during the 1960-61 season (85-79 win).

The Rebels have an overall record of 17-35 in Southeastern Conference Tournament play, and is 3-7 in tournament action since the league went to the two-division format in the 1991-92 season (see page 9 for all-time tournament results). Ole Miss has participated in 36 of the previous 38 SEC Tournaments. Last season, the Rebels advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament, defeating Georgia (72-67) in the second round and losing to South Carolina (87-77) in the semifinals (see last year's tournament boxscores on page 10). The Rebels have advanced to three SEC championship contests and have a 1-2 record in those games. Ole Miss won the 1981 tournament title with a 66-62 victory over Georgia in the championship game. The Rebels have a 1-4 record in SEC Tournament games played in Atlanta.

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 it again. With the Rebels' win over Florida on Feb. 6, the 1999 senior class posted its record-breaking 71st victory, which set the new mark for most wins during a four-year span in Rebel basketball history. After Ole Miss' win over LSU on Feb. 27, the 199 seniors improved their mark to 72 victories. 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      72
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 Ole Miss Rebels are the Western Division No. 3 seed in the 1999 Southeastern Conference Tournament. Since the conference went to the two-division format in 1991-92, Ole Miss had never been a No. 3 seed before this year. Prior to this year's tournament, the Rebels have been a No. 1, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 seed in the tournament. In the overall history of the SEC Tournament, Ole Miss has been a No. 3 seed only twice - in 1937 and 1945. The Rebels finished both seasons third in the regular season standings, but lost in the first round in both tournaments.

The Rebels have an overall record of 6-15 (.286 winning percentage) in first-round games at the SEC Tournament. The last time Ole Miss played a first-round contest was in the 1996 tournament, a 75-62 loss to Florida in New Orleans. Ole Miss has played one tournament first-round game in Atlanta, a 63-59 setback to Florida in 1995.

Coaches and teams always look for good omens around tourney time, and the Rebels may have found one. This year's tournament begins on Mar. 4 and runs through Mar. 7. The last time the SEC Tournament began on Mar. 4 was in 1981 when Ole Miss won its only conference postseason title. The Rebels received a first-round bye, and then defeated Tennessee, 81-72 in the second round and Vanderbilt, 71-51 in the semifinals. In the title game on Mar. 7, Ole Miss defeated Georgia, 66-62 for the Rebels' first and only tournament championship. Current Ole Miss basketball radio analyst Sean Tuohy was a member of that 1981 SEC Tournament title squad.

Again, coaches and teams look for all good things - i.e. omens, streaks - when it's tournament time, and here's another for the Rebels. Ole Miss has a 2-1 record when playing in the SEC Tournament on Mar. 4. The Rebels played on Mar. 4 in the 1938, 1949 and 1982 tournaments. The following shows the Rebels' Mar. 4 results in the SEC Tournament:

Tournament/Date     Opponent    Result
1938/Mar. 4, 1938   LSU         68-40 W
1949/Mar. 4, 1939   Tennessee   49-74 L
1982/Mar. 4, 1982   LSU         59-52 W
Senior Keith Carter (Perryville, Ark.) was named to the coaches All-Southeastern Conference first team. It was the first time that Carter earned the first team honor. The 6-foot-4 forward was named to the Associated Press (AP) All-SEC second team last season. Carter is the 15th Rebel to earn coaches All-SEC accolades, and it is the third consecutive year that a Rebel player was named to the first team. Ansu Sesay was named to the coaches All-SEC first team in 1997 and 1998. This season, Carter is averaging 16.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. Joining Carter on the All-SEC first team were Auburn's Doc Robinson and Chris Porter, Georgia's Jumaine Jones and Kentucky's Scott Padgett.

Seniors Hunter Carpenter (Little Rock, Ark.) and Michael White (Tempe, Ariz.) and redshirt freshmen John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) were named to the 1999 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. It was the third consecutive year that Carpenter received the honor, while White was named for the second straight season. It was the first time that Engstrom was eligible for the honor. Carpenter holds a 3.94 grade-point average in Accounting, while White has a 3.00 in Business and Engstrom a 3.23 in Liberal Arts. It was the second straight year that Ole Miss had three players named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Former Rebel All-America John Stroud, who played at Ole Miss from 1977-80, will be honored at this year's conference tournament as a member of the first-ever Legends of SEC Basketball, sponsored by Chick-fil-A. Legends >from all 12 SEC schools will be recognized at the tournament. A 1980 All-America selection, Stroud earned first team All-SEC honors in 1979 and 1980. Stroud finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,328 points, which also ranks third on the SEC all-time charts. His 826 rebounds are the fourth most in Rebel history. A second-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 1980, Stroud is currently the head coach at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

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 54-5 record (.915 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 6-22 when they net less than 70 points in a game. This season, Ole Miss has a 17-2 record (.895 winning percentage) when it eclipses the 70-point plateau.

With the Rebels' win over LSU on Feb. 27, Rod Barnes recorded his 18th victory in his first season as head coach. Barnes' 18 wins are the second most by a first-year head coach in Ole Miss history. Lee Hunt holds the mark for most wins by a first-year Ole Miss head coach with 19 victories in the 1982-83 season (19-12 record). Barnes played for Hunt in the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. The following chart shows the head coaches with the most wins in their first season:

Head Coach      First Year  Wins    Record
Lee Hunt         1982-83     19      19-12
ROD BARNES       1998-99     18      18-11*
Homer Hazel      1925-26     16       16-2
Ed Murphy        1986-87     15      15-14
George Bohler    1935-36     11       11-9
Bob Weltlich     1976-77     11      11-15
* denotes record as of Mar. 1
After his season-high, six-steal performance in the Rebels' win over LSU on Feb. 27, senior forward Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) needs just one more swipe to reach the 200 plateau for his career. He enters the SEC Tournament with 199 career steals. If Smith reaches 200 steals, he would become only the 12th player in SEC history to accomplish the feat.

Earlier this season, the 6-foot-6 forward placed his name at the top of the Ole Miss career steals chart in the Rebels' Jan .30 victory over Arkansas. 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. This season, Smith leads the team in steals with 61. Smith's 61 steals are the third most for a single season in Ole Miss history.

Senior forward Jason Smith is known for his prowess on defense, but of late, he has been piling up the numbers on the offensive end of the court. In the Rebels' last three games, Smith has scored 20 or more points in each contest. He has averaged 21.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 66.7 percent (30-of-45) from the field in those three games.

Smith has netted double figures in his last six games, and is averaging 17.3 points in that stretch. He has also averaged 6.8 rebounds and has shot 59.2 percent (42-of-71) from the field in those six games. For the season, Smith is averaging 12.2 points (second on the team) and 5.2 boards (second on the team).

Senior forward Jason Smith has taken his game to another level - especially in Ole Miss' game at Alabama on Feb. 24. Smith exploded for a career-high tying 24 points versus the Crimson Tide. He also recorded a career-best tying 10 field goals. Smith last netted 24 points and recorded 10 field goals in Ole Miss' victory over Mississippi State (Jan. 24, 1997) during the 1996-97 season.

After scoring 14 points versus Alabama on Feb. 24, senior All-America candidate Keith Carter moved into the No. 5 spot on the Ole Miss career scoring chart. Carter now has 1,619 career points after netting 13 points in the Rebels' victory over LSU on Feb. 27. In the Alabama game on Feb. 24, he moved past former Rebel All-America Joe Gibbon (1954-57), who scored 1,601 points in his career. 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.

Senior Jason Smith 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 87. 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 12 games, Smith is averaging 3.8 assists per contest.

Senior Keith Carter is a 1998-99 All-America candidate, and if you can earn the honor by the company you keep, then Carter should receive that honor by what he has done the past three weeks. Since the end of January, Carter has been moving up the Ole Miss Rebel career scoring chart, and he's been by-passing some great names in Rebel basketball history. In the last three weeks, Carter has jumped Ansu Sesay (1995-98), Don Kessinger (1962-64), Gerald Glass (1989-90) and Joe Gibbon (1954-57) - all of whom received All-America accolades.

"Senior Day" is a special event in collegiate athletics, and it was especially sweet for senior Hunter Carpenter. In the Rebels' 79-57 victory over LSU on Feb. 27, Carpenter received the starting nod for the first time in his career, and he made the most of it. The 6-foot guard played a total of 19 minutes and scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field (1-of-3 from the 3-pt. line). He also had two assists, one rebound, one steal and no turnovers versus the Tigers. For the season, Carpenter is averaging 4.7 points and is shooting 44.7 percent from the field.

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 637 rebounds for his career, is averaging 5.2 rebounds this season. His 637 boards are the 10th most in Ole Miss history.

When it comes to "dishing it out," no team in the Southeastern Confer-ence has done it better than Ole Miss in 1998-99. The Rebels have led the league most of the season in assists - and now they have set a team record in that statistical category. The 1998-99 Ole Miss team currently has 493 assists, breaking the previous team record of 488 assists in the 1991-92 season.

What's even more surprising is the fact that no Rebel is ranked among the SEC's individual leaders in assists. Four Rebels - Jason Smith (87), Michael White (85), Jason Harrison (74) and Jason Flanigan (71) - have recorded over 70 assists this season, and a fifth (Keith Carter) has 58 assists.

Senior 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 20 points versus LSU on Feb. 27, he now has 1,216 career points and is tied with Walter Actwood (1974-77) for the No. 15 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart. In scoring his 20 points versus LSU, Smith moved past his head coach Rod Barnes (1985-88; 1,201 points) on the Rebel all-time scoring chart. Up next for Smith is Bonnie Graham (1936-38), who is in the No. 14 spot with 1,259 points.

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 573 career rebounds, and is the only guard in Rebel basketball history to record over 500 boards in a career. Overall, Carter's 573 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.  Jason Smith/F      637     
4.  John Stroud/F     826    11.  Joe Harvell/F      636
5.  Coolidge Ball/F   754    12.  Keith Carter/G     573
6.  Fred Cox/C        729    13.  Roger Steig/C      555
7.  Ansu Sesay/F      699    14.  Ivan Richmann/C    537
Sophomore forward Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) has provided a big boost for the Rebels in the last four games. Lockhart is averaging 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in Ole Miss' contests versus Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and LSU. He also shot 16-of-29 from the field (55.2 percent) and 10-of-16 from the charity stripe (62.5 percent) in the three games. After his double-double performance versus the Volunteers on Feb. 17, Lockhart scored four points and pulled down 10 boards against Mississippi State on Feb. 20. He then followed those two performances with a 16-point, four-rebound effort versus Alabama on Feb. 24. For the season, Lockhart is averaging 8.1 points and 5.0 rebounds (third on the team).

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.  1,619     573       208
Ansu Sesay/1995-98       1,428     699       227
Elston Turner/1978-81    1,805     828       238
With the Rebels' win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes posted his 10th victory in only the 13th game in his first season at the helm. Barnes reached the 10-win plateau the third fastest of any head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. See the following chart:
Head Coach/Year         Final   Game Which
                       Overall   Recorded
                       Record    10th Win
Homer Hazel/1925-26     16-2       11th
B.Y. Walton/1911-12     10-2       12th
ROD BARNES/1998-99     18-11*      13th
Lee Hunt/1982-83       19-12       16th
Ed Murphy/1986-87      15-14       17th
George Bohler/1935-36   11-9       17th
Frank Johnson/1938-39  10-16       25th
Cob Jarvis/1968-69     10-14       23rd
Bob Weltlich/1976-77   11-15       23rd
Rob Evans/1992-93      10-18       27th
* denotes current record
The Rebels have set not only a team assists record, but also a team single-season steals mark. With 11 swipes versus Alabama on Feb. 24, Ole Miss raised its season total to 276. The mark of 276 steals broke the previous season record of 270 by the 1989-90 squad. The Rebels now have 294 swipes after recording 18 steals in their win over LSU on Feb. 27. Senior Jason Smith leads the Rebels with 61 steals, which is the most swipes by a Rebel player in a season since former All-America Gerald Glass collected 70 steals in 1989-90.

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 the SEC Tournament with 240 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 68 treys and is shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Carter's 240 career three-pointers also rank him No. 14 among the SEC's career three-point shooters.

Sophomore Rahim Lockhart 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.

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 16.5 points (leads the team) and 4.4 rebounds per game. Carter was named to the coaches All-SEC first team on Mar. 3.

In the Rebels' game at Alabama on Feb. 24, senior Michael White became only the fourth player in Ole Miss history to reach the 350-assist plateau. He entered the Alabama game with 349 assists, and with his three versus the Crimson Tide, the 6-foot-1 guard joined Sean Tuohy (1979-82; 830 assists), Rod Barnes (1985-88; 456) and Henry Jackson (1976-79; 378) as the only four Rebels to reach the milestone. After his six assists versus LSU on Feb. 27, White now has 358 for his career.

Earlier this season, White 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 versus Auburn (Feb. 9). 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.

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
With six more assists, Jason Smith will join Keith Carter, Elston Turner and Ansu Sesay in the 1,000-point, 550-rebound, 200-assist club...If Michael White overtakes Jason Smith for the assists lead at the end of season, White would become the first player since Sean Tuohy to lead the Rebels in assists all four seasons. White has 85 assists, while Smith has 87...Rod Barnes had a 2-4 record in the SEC Tournament as a player at Ole Miss from 1985-88.



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    • Ole Miss 5, ECU 4

      Friday, February 17, 2017 - Baseball

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    • 2017 Ole Miss Baseball Walk Out Music

      Thursday, February 16, 2017 -

      With the 2017 Ole Miss Baseball season beginning tomorrow at Swayze Field (4 p.m. CT vs. No. 6 East Carolina), check out the always much-anticipated walk out music list. Which song is your favorite? Let us know on Twitter by... read more

    • Four Rebels Invited to the NFL Combine

      Monday, February 13, 2017 - Football

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    • What They're Saying: Men's Golf Sophomore Braden Thornberry

      Monday, February 13, 2017 - Men's Golf

      The breakout college golfer of the fall is trying to prove it wasn't a fluke. (@OleMissMGolf) https://t.co/S1IgwNJxmJ pic.twitter.com/p0IezRH1ul-- Ryan Herrington (@GWcampusinsider) February 6, 2017 .@tberrygolf enters the mix for this September at LACC.#WalkerCup Watch List: https://t.co/UPkkcOD3lX pic.twitter.com/0Sprbl7Qv4-- Golfweek (@golfweek) February... read more

    • Rebels Focus on Defense on Signing Day

      Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Football

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Ole Miss' defense needed a shot in the arm after a 2016 season to forget. It began by retooling... read more

    • Engram Named a Top Performer by NFL Network's Mike Mayock

      Monday, January 30, 2017 - Football

      The Senior Bowl always offers players a chance to improve their draft stock by performing well against some of the best players in the nation. Evan Engram took advantage of that opportunity. NFL Network's draft expert Mike Mayock named Engram... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Texas A&M

      Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Men's Basketball

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    • Rebels Impressing at East-West Shrine Game

      Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Football

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    • Former Rebel Coach Ron Aldy Honored at Kirk Academy

      Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Women's Basketball

      Former Women's Basketball Head Coach Ron Aldy and his family at gym floor dedication at Kirk Academy today. pic.twitter.com/Ruyc9TFui5-- Holmes Athletics (@holmesathletics) January 14, 2017 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px... read more

    • Tunsil Named AFC East Rookie of the Year by ESPN

      Monday, January 16, 2017 - Football

      p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Miami Dolphins offensive lineman and Ole Miss' former blind side protector Laremy Tunsil was named AFC East rookie of... read more

    • Three Rebel Coaches Among Top-20 Recruiters Nationally

      Friday, January 13, 2017 - Football

      With the hiring of Jacob Peeler as wide receiver coach, #OleMiss now has three asst coaches ranked in @247Sports '16 Top 20 best recruiters.-- Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) January 10, 2017 Ole Miss football bolstered its coaching staff by adding coaching... read more




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