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.
1998-99 OLE MISS REBEL BASKETBALL
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.RESERVES
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 1997-98REBELS ON TELEVISION & RADIO
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)
BARNES IN FIRST YEAR AT HELM OF REBEL PROGRAM
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
- SOUTH CAROLINA PROBABLE STARTERS -
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.- TOP RESERVES -
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.OLE MISS-SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES
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).
OLE MISS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
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 61REBELS' WESTERN DIVISION NO. 3 SEED IN TOURNEY
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.
OLE MISS IN SEC TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND PLAY
A GOOD OMEN?...PART I
A GOOD OMEN?...PART II
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 WCARTER NAMED TO COACHES ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM
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.
THREE REBELS NAMED TO SEC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
FORMER REBEL JOHN STROUD TO BE HONORED AT SEC TOURNAMENT
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
BARNES SECOND IN WINS BY FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACH AT OLE MISS
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. 1SMITH CLOSING IN ON 200 STEALS; SIX STEALS VERSUS LSU WAS A SEASON BEST
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.
SMITH ON A (SCORING) ROLL
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).
SMITH TIES CAREER HIGH IN SCORING VERSUS ALABAMA
CARTER MOVES INTO NO. 5 SPOT ON SCORING CHART
"MR. DO-IT-ALL" IS DOING IT ALL
CARTER PASSING THE ALL-AMERICAS
CARPENTER RECEIVES FIRST CAREER START ON "SENIOR DAY"
SMITH TOPS THE 600 REBOUND MARK
A "PASS-HAPPY" GROUP OF REBELS
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.
SMITH MOVES UP TO NO. 15 SPOT ON CAREER SCORING CHART
CARTER IN AN ELITE GROUP
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 537LOCKHART PROVIDES BIG BOOST FOR REBELS
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).
CARTER JOINS ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE GROUP
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 238BARNES THIRD FASTEST TO 10 WINS
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 recordOLE MISS SETS STEALS 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.
CARTER HAS A LONG-RANGE RECORD
LOCKHART RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE VERSUS TENNESSEE
CARTER NAMED PRESEASON NAISMITH CANDIDATE
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.
WHITE REACHES 350-ASSIST PLATEAU
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.
A YEAR OF FIRSTS
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. 6TIP-INS...
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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