Rebels Meet Nationally-Ranked Florida Thursday

March 6, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels (17-12, 5-11 SEC) will open Southeastern Conference Tournament play on Thursday, Mar. 9 when they meet nationally-ranked Florida (23-6, 12-4 SEC). The contest, which will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) and will be played at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The Gators are ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll.

The Rebels enter Thursday's game after winning two of their final three games of the regular season, defeating then-No. 24 Vanderbilt (75-67) on Feb. 26 and Alabama (63-59) on Mar. 1 and falling to then-No. 12 LSU (64-60) on Mar. 4. The Gators, which tied for the SEC overall title and the conference's Eastern Division championship, enter the tournament's first round after an 85-70 setback at Kentucky in the regular-season finale on Mar. 4. Prior to that loss, Florida had won five straight with victories over Arkansas (80-71), Mississippi State (88-58), Georgia (90-68), Auburn (88-59) and South Carolina (87-67).

OLE MISS-FLORIDA SERIES
Thursday's game will be the 88th meeting between the two schools. Florida holds a 48-39 lead in the series, which began in 1940. Earlier this season, the Gators took a narrow 75-71 decision on Jan. 8 in Oxford. Prior to that loss, Ole Miss had won three straight in the series, including a 79-68 victory in Gainesville in the 1998-99 season. In SEC Tournament play, the two schools have met three previous times, with Florida holding a 2-1 edge in those encounters. All three SEC Tournament meetings between Ole Miss and Florida have come since the league went to a two-division format in 1991-92. The Gators won the last tournament meeting between the two schools, a 75-62 victory in the 1996 tournament first round in New Orleans, La. The lone Rebel victory versus the Gators in the SEC Tournament was a 67-62 win in the 1993 first round in Lexington, Ky.

Ole Miss (17-12, 5-11) vs. #11/#10 Florida (23-6, 12-4)
Thursday, March 9 - 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Ga.

PROBABLE STARTERS

* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
22Jason Flanigan (Jr.)G6-11758.3/2.9Little Rock, Ark.
23Syniker Taylor (Fr.)G6-01952.4/2.4Gulfport, Miss.
24Marcus Hicks (Sr.)F6-620014.3/5.8Jackson, Tenn.
25Lataryl Williams (Sr.)F6-72009.1/3.5Oxford, Miss.
44Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)F6-825012.4/8.3Mendenhall, Miss.

RESERVES

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
11Jason Harrison (So.)G5-51508.6/2.9Little Rock, Ark.
15Ray Waddell (Jr.)G5-91650.9/0.6Philadelphia, Miss.
20Jason Holmes (Jr.)G6-52003.4/1.7Tylertown, Miss.
30Josh Hayes (Fr.)G6-71905.0/2.0Little Rock, Ark.#
31John Gunn (Fr.)F/C6-102453.2/1.9Oxford, Miss.
32Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)G6-31855.2/1.7Marianna, Ark.
45Richard Kirklin (Fr.)F6-92002.2/1.8Pine Bluff, Ark.
54John Engstrom (So.)C7-02451.2/0.9Paragould, Ark.

# - will seek a medical redshirt at the end of the season

Rebels on Television and Radio

Television: Jefferson Pilot Sports (Tim Brando, play-by-play, Joe Dean Jr., color analyst, Scott Snyder, producer, Dave Burchett, director)

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

1999-2000 EARLIER MEETING

Game #15 - January 8, 2000
#6 Florida 75, Ole Miss 71

Florida sophomore Udonis Haslem scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift the No. 6 nationally-ranked Florida Gators to a 75-71 Southeastern Conference victory over Ole Miss. Brent Wright, Mike Miller and Kenyan Weaks each added nine points apiece for the Gators.

Rahim Lockhart led Ole Miss with 19 points and six rebounds. Darrian Brown scored a career-high 18 points for the Rebels, while Jason Harrison (16 points) and Marcus Hicks (11) also netted double figures. Brown tied Lockhart for the team lead in rebounds with six.

Ole Miss led until the 11:04 mark of the second half when Florida put together a 7-0 run to take the lead for good, 58-52. The Gators built their advantage to as many as nine points with 7:38 to go, but the Rebels battled back. A Brown three-pointer pulled Ole Miss to within three at 69-66 at the 3:24 mark, and a minute later, a Harrison steal and layup cut the Gator lead to two at 71-69. Florida, however, responded when Major Parker nailed a clutch three-pointer with 1:46 left to give the Gators a 74-69 lead en route to the win.

In the first half, Ole Miss built its lead to as many as nine points, but Florida used an 11-5 run before halftime to close the gap to 35-32 at the break.

Ole Miss shot 46.8 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from the three-point line, and out-rebounded Florida, 32-29. Florida hit 52.7 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the arc.

FloridaFG-A3P-AFT-ARebPtsAstBlkStl
Dupay3-71-31-428100
Wright4-71-20-069500
Miller4-90-21-439200
Haslem8-130-05-5821100
Weaks3-61-32-239411
Harvey3-60-02-328001
Nelson0-20-10-000302
Hamilton2-31-20-005000
Bonner0-00-00-000000
Parker2-22-20-016000
TEAM4
Totals29-556-1511-1829751614

Ole MissFG-A3P-AFT-ARebPtsAstBlkStl
Harrison5-73-43-3216501
Holmes0-70-30-030421
Hicks3-50-05-7611210
Williams1-31-21-214301
Lockhart8-110-03-6519111
Brown5-94-74-4618000
Flanigan0-40-03-533000
Taylor0-10-10-000000
Wade0-00-00-000000
Kirklin0-00-00-000010
Engstrom0-00-00-010000
TEAM5
Totals22-478-1719-2732711554

Florida3243-75
Ole Miss3536-71

Attendance: 7,691

SCOUTING FLORIDA
The Gators bring a 23-6 overall record and a 12-4 Southeastern Conference mark into Thursday's SEC Tournament first-round game versus Ole Miss. Florida is ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll. The Gators, which tied for the SEC overall title and the conference's Eastern Division championship, enter tournament play after an 85-70 setback at Kentucky in the regular-season finale on Mar. 4. Prior to that loss, Florida had won five straight with victories over Arkansas (80-71), Mississippi State (88-58), Georgia (90-68), Auburn (88-59) and South Carolina (87-67). The Gators have four players netting double figures, with sophomore Mike Miller leading the way with a 14.2 scoring average. Udonis Haslem (11.3 ppg), Kenyan Weaks (10.7 ppg) and Donnell Harvey (10.4 ppg) are also averaging double figures for Florida. Harvey leads the Gators on the boards with a 7.1 average, while Miller grabs 6.2 rebounds per contest. Florida is shooting 49 percent from the field, 37 percent from the three-point line and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe. The Gators are averaging 85.2 points and 39.3 rebounds per contest, and are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 6.0 boards per game.

FLORIDA PROBABLE STARTERS

* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
00Brent Wright (Jr.)F6-82328.6/4.3Miami, Fla.
13Mike Miller (So.)F6-821814.2/6.2Mitchell, S.D.
50Udonis Haslem (So.)C6-726011.3/5.2Miami, Fla.
5Teddy Dupay (So.)G5-101759.2/1.7Ft. Myers, Fla.
52Kenyan Weaks (Sr.)G6-419810.7/2.7Concord, N.C.

TOP RESERVES

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
4Donnell Harvey (Fr.)F6-821610.4/7.1Shellman, Ga.
10Brett Nelson (Fr.)G6-31737.3/1.1St. Albans, W. Va.
15Matt Bonner (Fr.)G6-92225.3/3.6Concord, N.H.
12Justin Hamilton (Fr.)G6-31924.7/1.7Sarasota, Fla.

OLE MISS-FLORIDA TEAM COMPARISONS

Ole MissStatistical CategoryFlorida
72.5Scoring Offense85.2
69.4Scoring Defense67.9
37.8Rebound Avg.39.3
33.1Opponent Rebound Avg.33.3
+4.7Rebound Margin+6.0
44.7Field Goal Percentage49.0
43.6Opponent Field Goal Percentage42.5
33.4Three-Point Field Goal Percentage37.0
32.8Opp. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage34.0
64.8Free Throw Percentage70.4
478Turnovers480
455Opponent Turnovers586
408Assists501
113Blocks114
210Steals309

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 LSU on Mar. 4, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 37-25. 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).

OLE MISS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
The Rebels have an overall record of 18-36 in Southeastern Conference Tournament play, and is 4-8 in tournament action since the league went to the two-division format in the 1991-92 season (see page 8 for Ole Miss' all-time tournament results). Ole Miss has participated in 37 of the previous 39 SEC Tournaments. Last season, the Rebels advanced to the second round of the tournament, defeating South Carolina (64-60) in the first round and losing to Kentucky (83-73) in the second round (see last year's tournament boxscores on page 7). 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 2-5 record in SEC Tournament games played in Atlanta.

REBELS ARE WESTERN DIVISION NO. 6 SEED IN TOURNEY
The Ole Miss Rebels are the Western Division No. 6 seed in the 2000 Southeastern Conference Tournament. Ole Miss tied Mississippi State for fifth place in the Western Division with 5-11 league records, but the Bulldogs won the tiebreaker by virtue of their sweep of the Rebels during the regular season. Since the conference went to the two-division format in 1991-92, this is the third time that Ole Miss has been a No. 6 seed in the tournament. The Rebels have a 1-2 record as a No. 6 seed, with their lone victory a 67-62 win over Florida in the 1993 SEC Tournament first round. Prior to this year's tournament, the Rebels have been a No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 seed.

OLE MISS IN SEC TOURNAMENT FIRST-ROUND PLAY
The Rebels have an overall record of 7-15 (.318 winning percentage) in first-round games at the SEC Tournament. Last year, Ole Miss defeated South Carolina, 64-60 in first round. The Rebels are 1-1 in first-round games in Atlanta, defeating South Carolina last season and falling to Florida (63-59) in 1995.

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 10th television game on Thursday versus Florida in the SEC Tournament first round. In their previous nine television appearances this season, the Rebels are 5-4, including a 79-77 overtime victory over then-No. 4 ranked Auburn on Jan. 22. Ole Miss' four television setbacks were at Oklahoma (81-73), at home to then-No. 6 ranked Florida (75-71), at then-No. 12 Auburn (75-72) and at then-No. 12 LSU (64-60). The Rebels' four television losses have come by an average of only 4.8 points per contest. Ole Miss' other television wins came against Alabama State (77-65), Virginia Commonwealth (75-62), Memphis (74-64) and Arkansas (87-82).

A DEJA VU SEASON FOR THE REBELS?
The 1999-2000 campaign has not been as successful as the last three for the Rebels, but Ole Miss is a young squad-similar to another Rebel team in 1995-96 which went on to major success the following seasons. The following charts the similarities between those two teams:

1995-961999-2000
Overall Record12-1517-12
SEC Record6-105-11
SEC Road Record0-80-8
SEC losses by less than 10 pts
(avg. margin of loss)7 (4.7)7 (4.4)
1st 5 SEC games0-50-5
1st SEC winAuburn (#21)Auburn (#4)
Wins vs. ranked teamstwotwo
Last 3 SEC games2-12-1
Regular-season finale4-pt. loss at4-pt. loss at
AlabamaLSU
SEC Tour. 1st-Roundvs. Floridavs. Florida
Seniors on team3 (2 JUCOs)2 (2 JUCOs)

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 8-32 when they net less than 70 points in a game over the last four years, including a 2-9 mark this season. 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.

FLANIGAN NETS 500TH CAREER POINT
Junior Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) reached the 500-point milestone in his career in the Rebels' regular-season finale at LSU on Mar. 4. The 6-foot-1 guard entered the game with 488 career points, and netted point No. 500 on a free throw at the 5:13 mark of the second half. He finished the LSU game with 14 points, and now has 502 career points. This season, Flanigan is the team's fifth-leading scorer with an 8.3 average.

FORMER REBEL BASKETBALL STAR DON KESSINGER TO BE HONORED AT SEC TOURNAMENT
Don Kessinger, a former Rebel basketball standout from 1962-64, will be honored as a member of the 2000 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends, which features former greats from all 12 SEC member institutions. The 12 legends will be honored at the 2000 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Mar. 9-12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Each Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. The legends will also be honored as a group during pregame festivities before the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 11 at 12 p.m. (CT). This marks the second year of the basketball legends program, as Ole Miss' John Stroud was honored at the 1999 SEC Tournament.

Kessinger, who played guard at Ole Miss from 1962-64, was an All-America and three-time All-SEC performer in both basketball and baseball. He scored in double figures 33 consecutive games and his 22.2 points per game remains the fourth highest career scoring average in Rebel history. He currently ranks eighth in career points and fourth in free throw percentage. Opting for a professional baseball career, Kessinger played 15 years in the major leagues and was a six-time National League All-Star with the Chicago Cubs.

"LITTLE MAN" LIGHTIN' IT UP Since he started coming off the bench the last nine 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 nine-game stretch, the 5-foot-5 guard has averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 84 percent from the charity stripe. He has scored in double figures in six of those nine games, and hit a career-high six field goals versus Georgia. The following charts "Little Man's" last nine games:

OpponentPtsRebsAstsFT
Arkansas5323-6
South Carolina14036-6
Georgia16412-3
LSU7215-6
Auburn13347-8
Mississippi State12444-5
Vanderbilt9359-10
Alabama12724-4
LSU12312-2
Totals100282342-50
Avg./Pct.11.13.12.684.0

WILLIAMS IN DOUBLE FIGURES=OLE MISS WIN?
Well, almost. Coming into the 1999-2000 season, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes was relying on senior forward Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) to be more of a scorer for the squad. However, no one could have guessed how important Williams scoring would be. This season, Williams has netted double figures 14 times, and the Rebels have an 11-3 record in those contests. In SEC play, Ole Miss is 4-2 when Williams scores in double figures, with the two setbacks being a two-point loss to Mississippi State (61-59) and a three-point loss to Auburn (75-72). The following chart shows Williams double-digit games and the Rebels' results:

OpponentWilliams' pointsResult
Alabama1363-59 W
Vanderbilt1275-67 W
at Auburn1072-75 L
Arkansas1087-82 W
Auburn1179-77 W (ot)
Mississippi State2159-61 L
Birmingham-Southern1089-48 W
Prairie View1398-74 W
Louisiana-Monroe1476-60 W
Memphis1174-64 W
Va. Commonwealth22*75-62 W
Oklahoma1273-81 L
Oregon State1277-58 W
Jacksonville State1574-59 W

*career high

"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 REACHES 800-POINT MILESTONE
Senior Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) reached another milestone in his Rebel career, surpassing the 800-point plateau in Ole Miss' game at LSU on Mar. 4. With his five points versus LSU on Mar. 4, Hicks now has 802 career points in 62 games. The following chart shows Hicks' scoring milestone moments this season:

Point MilestoneOpponent/DatePoints In Game
No. 400Jacksonville St./Nov. 1914 points
No. 500Oklahoma/Dec. 416 points
No. 600Florida/Jan. 811 points
No. 700Arkansas/Feb. 2*31 points
No. 800LSU/Mar. 45 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 one assist versus LSU on Mar. 4, Harrison now has 192 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 106 assists this season. 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.

HICKS, WILLIAMS GO OUT WINNERS IN FINAL HOME GAME
Seniors Marcus Hicks and Lataryl Williams 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 37-25 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 tournament win.

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 12.4 points (18th in SEC) and 8.3 rebounds (3rd in SEC). The following charts Lockhart's double-doubles this season:

OpponentPointsRebsNotes
Jacksonville St.2911career high pts
McNeese St.1316career high rebs
Furman1514tied car-high blks (4)
Oregon St.1112
Wisconsin-GB1313
Alabama St.1210
Oklahoma1310
Memphis2213
Louisiana-Monroe1811
Arkansas1410
Georgia1113
Auburn1411

The junior forward now has 13 career double-doubles, as his first came last season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 16 pts-12 rebs).

AN ALL-STAR REUNION
Thursday's contest will be an all-star reunion-of sorts. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes, Rebel senior forward Marcus Hicks and Florida junior forward Major Parker 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. Parker played in all five games, starting two. He was tied for third on the team in scoring with a 10.0 average. Parker also averaged 3.2 boards per contest, while shooting 36.8 percent from the three-point line and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe.

"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 79 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 42, and is sixth 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 shots leaders:

Rebel All-Time Blocked Shots Leaders

Player/YearsNo. of Blocked Shots
Sean Murphy/1987-91180
Johnnie Rogers/1996-99114
David Dean/1992-94108
Ansu Sesay/1995-9899
Rahim Lockhart/1997-present79
Ronnie Sims/1985-8671
Marcus Hicks/1998-present69
Patrick Eddie/1989-9168

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 one-assist performance versus LSU on Mar. 4, Flanigan now has 216 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 87 assists, which is second on team.

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 346 after grabbing eight boards versus LSU on Mar. 4. 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 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 Thursday's game, he has 462 career rebounds and needs only 18 boards to enter the top 15 on the Rebel chart. The following abbreviated chart shows the top rebounders in Ole Miss history:

Player/YearsRebounds
1. Walter Actwood/1974-77945
2. Elston Turner/1978-81828
.
.
.
7. Ansu Sesay/1995-98699
.
.
.
9. Jason Smith/1996-99671
.
.
.
12. Keith Carter/1996-99596
.
.
.
15. Duaine Boucher/1970-72480
.
.
.
Rahim Lockhart/1997-present462

REBELS VERSUS THE SEC EASTERN DIVISION
The Rebels have a 19-35 regular-season record versus teams from the SEC Eastern Division since the conference began divisional play in the 1991-92 season. Ole Miss is 22-41 versus the SEC Eastern Division teams, including tournament play. 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 VersusRecord Against The SEC
The SEC Eastern DivisionEastern Division Teams
(Regular Season Only)(Includes Tourney Games)
1991-922-4Florida4-8
1992-930-6Georgia4-7
1993-943-3Kentucky2-8
1994-950-6South Carolina5-6
1995-962-4Tennessee1-8
1996-974-2Vanderbilt6-4
1997-984-2Total22-41
1998-992-4
1999-20002-4
Total19-35

TIP-INS...
Thursday's game will feature two of the SEC's top teams in rebounding margin. Florida is second (+6.0), while Ole Miss is fourth (+4.7)...The Rebels have won their first game in the SEC Tournament the last three years...Freshman guard Syniker Taylor received his second start of the season versus LSU on Mar. 4 and tied a career high with seven boards...The SEC Tournament game versus Florida will be the ninth time (six teams) this season that Ole Miss has faced a nationally-ranked team.


 

 

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 2, Arizona State 0

      Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Softball

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    • Oxford Regional: Ole Miss 8, Southern Illinois 0

      Friday, May 19, 2017 - Softball

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 3

      Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Baseball

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    • Game 2: Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4

      Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Baseball

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    • We Meet Again

      Thursday, May 11, 2017 -

      As the Ole Miss men's tennis team gets set for its NCAA first round match against UC Santa Barbara Friday, we throw it back to 1997, the first ever meeting between the two schools that kicked off an NCAA Tournament... read more

    • From the Tennis Court to Dr. Rangel

      Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Women's Tennis

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    • Carter Breaks Course Record at Texas Shootout

      Friday, April 28, 2017 - Women's Golf

      By Alex Sims for OleMissSports.comIt was a special day for a Rebel great. Ole Miss Women's Golf alumna Dori Carter tied the lowest round of her career on Friday to break the course record at Las Colinas Country Club and... read more

    • Final Thoughts From The Tee Box

      Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Women's Golf

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    • Mock Draft Roundup

      Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Football

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    • Game 3: Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

      Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Baseball

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    • From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 2

      Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Women's Golf

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    • Game 2: Ole Miss 3, Missouri 1

      Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Baseball

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    • From The Tee Box - 2017 SEC Championships - Day 1

      Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Women's Golf

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