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Game #30 -- Jefferson Pilot-TV
SEC Tournament Second Round
Auburn/Tennessee vs. 14/11 Ole Miss (23-6, 11-5)
Friday, March 9, 2001 -- 12:07 p.m. (CT) tip
Gaylord Entertainment Center -- Nashville, Tenn.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Jefferson Pilot (Tom Hammond, play-by-play, Larry Conley,
color analyst, Roger Roebuck, producer, Jimmy Moore, director)
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS HEADS TO SEC TOURNAMENT
The Ole Miss Rebels (23-6, 11-5 SEC) open Southeastern Conference
Tournament action Friday, Mar. 9. Ole Miss' second-round game, which will
be televised by Jefferson Pilot, is scheduled for a 12:07 p.m. (CT) tip.
Ole Miss, ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and No. 11 in the
ESPN/USA Today poll, will meet the winner of Thursday's (Mar. 8)
first-round game between Auburn (17-12, 7-9 SEC) and Tennessee (21-9, 8-8
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. He has an overall record of 62-33 (.653 winning
percentage). In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27 record, and
the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two years in
Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14 overall
record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Rebels
advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth straight
for the Ole Miss program.
In 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native was
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first season. Barnes also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over
Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round, marking the program's
first-ever victory in NCAA play.
Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998. A 1988
graduate of Ole Miss, Barnes served as an assistant under Evans from
1993-98. During his time as an assistant coach, the Rebels compiled a
record of 76-63 and won back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western
Division titles and received consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and
1998. Barnes played at Ole Miss from 1984-88 and was named All-SEC his
senior season. He still ranks on the Ole Miss career charts in scoring
(17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).
OLE MISS-AUBURN SERIES
The Tigers hold an all-time series lead of 62-40. The series began in
1927. This season, Ole Miss swept Auburn, winning 74-70 at Auburn.
Auburn's last win in the series was a 75-72 victory in the 1999-2000 season
(Feb. 19, 2000). Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is 3-3 versus Auburn.
In SEC Tournament play, the Rebels are 1-1 versus Auburn. Ole Miss won
the last SEC Tournament meeting versus the Tigers, an 80-68 victory in the
second round in 1989 (Mar. 10, 1989).
The Tigers enter the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 17-12
overall record and a 7-9 SEC mark. Auburn finished in fifth place in the
SEC Western Division. Of their nine SEC losses, seven were by 10 points or
less, including two narrow setbacks to Ole Miss (74-70, 64-62). The
sophomore tandem of Marquis Daniels and Adam Harrington paces the Auburn
offense. Daniels leads the squad with a 16.2 scoring average, while
Harrington is second at 16.0 ppg. Both players were selected to the
All-SEC third team (Coaches). Jamison Brewer is tops on the team in
rebounding (7.4 rpg), and also leads the squad and the SEC in assists (176
total, 6.07 apg). Abdou Diame is the leading field goal shooter at 56.1
percent, and Harrington is the top three-point threat at 34.5 percent.
Daniels leads the SEC in steals (64 total, 2.21 spg), while freshman Kyle
Davis is tops in the SEC in blocked shots (65 total, 2.41 bpg). The Tigers
are shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from the arc and
64.3 percent from the charity stripe.
OLE MISS-TENNESSEE SERIES
The Volunteers hold a 60-34 lead in the series, which began in 1924.
Earlier this year, Ole Miss defeated Tennessee, 87-71 in Oxford. Prior to
this year's Rebel victory, Tennessee had won three straight in the series,
including a 98-60 win in the 1999-2000 season. Ole Miss head coach Rod
Barnes is 1-2 versus Tennessee.
In SEC Tournament play, the Rebels hold a 5-4 series lead. Tennessee won
the last tournament meeting versus Ole Miss, a 94-85 win in 1991 (Mar. 7,
1991). The last Rebel win over Tennessee in the SEC Tournament was an
87-86 victory in 1990 (Mar. 8, 1990). The winner of the last two
encounters between Ole Miss and Tennessee in the SEC Tournament has gone on
to advance to the championship game. The Rebels lost to Alabama, 70-51 in
the 1990 title game, while the Volunteers fell to Alabama, 88-69 in the
The Volunteers, ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll, enter the
Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 21-9 overall record and an 8-8
SEC mark. Tennessee comes into the tournament on a three-game winning
streak with victories over Vanderbilt (78-70), South Carolina (68-67, ot)
and LSU (78-71). Prior to their current win streak, the Volunteers dropped
five straight contests. Junior Vincent Yarbrough leads five Volunteers in
double figures with a 14.4 scoring average. He was named to the coaches'
All-SEC second team. Isiah Victor (13.2 ppg), Ron Slay (12.5 ppg) and Tony
Harris (12.0 ppg) are also averaging in double figures. The
Yarbrough-Victor tandem leads Tennessee on the boards with averages of 7.2
(Yarbough) and 6.8 (Victor) rpg. Victor is the squad's top field goal
shooter at 55 percent, while Higgins is the team's and SEC's top
three-point shooter at 49.5 percent. The Volunteers are shooting 46.4
percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from the arc and 69 percent from the
OLE MISS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
The Rebels have an overall record of 18-37 in Southeastern Conference
Tournament play, and is 4-9 in tournament action since the league went to
the two-division format in the 1991-92 season (see page 10 for Ole Miss'
all-time tournament results). Ole Miss has participated in 38 of the
previous 40 SEC Tournaments.
Last season, the Rebels lost in the first round, falling to Florida, 89-67
(see last year's tournament recap and boxscore on page 11). 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 0-2 record in SEC
Tournament games played in Nashville.
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF OLE MISS' SEC TOURNAMENT TITLE TEAM
The 2001 SEC Tournament will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1980-81
Rebel team that won Ole Miss' lone SEC Tournament crown. The 1980-81 Ole
Miss squad, under the direction of head coach Bob Weltlich, defeated
Tennessee (81-71) and Vanderbilt (71-51) en route to the 1981 SEC
Tournament championship game versus Georgia. The Rebels won the title with
a 66-62 victory over the Bulldogs. Elston Turner and Sean Tuohy earned
All-Tournament Team honors. The title-game win also propelled the Rebels
into their first-ever NCAA Tournament.
The 1980-81 squad was honored prior to the Ole Miss-Kentucky football game
Sept. 30 in Oxford. Turner was also inducted into the M-Club Athletic Hall
of Fame that day.
REBELS ARE WESTERN DIVISION NO. 1 SEED IN TOURNEY
The Rebels are the Western Division's No. 1 seed in the 2001 Southeastern
Conference Tournament. Ole Miss earned the No. 1 seed by winning the SEC
Western Division title with an 11-5 league mark.
Since the conference went to the two-division format in 1991-92, this is
the third time that Ole Miss has been the West's No. 1 seed in the
tournament. The Rebels have a 2-2 record as the West's No. 1 seed, and
have advanced to the semifinals both times in 1997 and 1998. 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 SECOND-ROUND PLAY
The Rebels have an overall record of 7-15 (.318 winning percentage) in
second-round games at the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss has a 2-2 record in
second-round games since the league went to the two-division format in
1991-92 season. The Rebels dropped their last second-round contest, an
83-73 setback to Kentucky in the 1999 tournament (Mar. 5, 1999).
OLE MISS WINS SEC WESTERN DIVISION OUTRIGHT
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Ole Miss had at least a
share of the SEC Western Division title, but the Rebels wanted it outright.
To do that, Ole Miss would have to win over Alabama or have Arkansas fall
Well, Ole Miss took care of its own business with a 105-71 victory over
the Crimson Tide to claim the SEC West crown with an 11-5 league record.
Arkansas finished second with a 10-6 SEC mark. The title was Ole Miss'
third SEC Western Division crown in the last five years.
REBELS SECOND ON WEST TITLES LIST
With their win over Alabama Mar. 3, the Rebels clinched the Southeastern
Conference Western Division title outright. It is Ole Miss' third SEC
Western Division championship in the last five years. Since the league
went to the two-division format in 1991-92, the Rebels have won the second
most SEC West titles.
BARNES PICKS UP FIRST AWARD
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes may have to clear some space in his trophy
case after this season is over, as he is up for several coach of the year
honors. Barnes received his first accolade Mar. 1 when he was named SEC
Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com, a college basketball internet
magazine. Kentucky's Tayshaun Prince was named the league's Player of the
Year by the internet site.
FIRST TIME SINCE...
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes picked up more postseason hardware Mar. 5-6
when he was named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by the
league's coaches and Associated Press (AP).
Barnes is the first Rebel mentor to honored by conference's coaches since
Lee Hunt received the same honor in 1983. Hunt shared the honor with
Kentucky's Joe B. Hall. Barnes is the fourth Rebel coach to receive the AP
honor. Bob Weltlich (1980), Lee Hunt (1983) and Rob Evans (1997) also
earned the AP award.
FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY
The Rebels have been making a lot of history in recent years, and freshman
Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) added to that this week. Reed became Ole
Miss' first-ever SEC Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot-8 forward earned the
honor from the coaches and Associated Press (AP). Reed was also named AP's
Newcomer of the Year.
Reed was selected to the coaches' SEC All-Freshman Team and was the team's
lone unanimous pick.
BRACKEEN TO BE HONORED AS SEC LIVING LEGEND AT TOURNAMENT
Former Rebel basketball standout Denver Brackeen will be honored at the
2001 league tournament as one of the SEC's Living Legends. 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 Mar. 10. Highlighting the schedule of events at the Dr Pepper SEC Fan
Fare will be appearances by the legends on the Chick-fil-A Press Box Stage.
Complimentary posters of the legends will be available in the autograph
area near the press box stage. This marks the third year of the basketball
Brackeen played center at Ole Miss from 1954-55. Brackeen transferred to
Ole Miss from East Central Junior College, where he was an All-America
selection and was chosen as the nation's Most Outstanding Junior College
Player after the 1952-53 season. He made an immediate impact at Ole Miss,
earning All-SEC honors in both 1954 and 1955. During his senior season,
Brackeen averaged 27.2 points per game and was named UPI SEC Player of the
Year and AP SEC Most Valuable Player. He also earned All-American honors
after the season and set a total of 24 school records during his two-year
career at Ole Miss. Brackeen was drafted in the second round of the 1955
NBA Draft by the New York Knickerbock-ers. He retired from the Adjutant
General Office of the Mississippi National Guard in 1992 with the rank of
REBELS CELEBRATE "SENIOR DAY"
The 2001 Ole Miss seniors ended their careers on a winning note Mar. 3
when they won their final home game with a 105-71 victory over Alabama.
The win also gave the Rebels their third SEC Western Division title in the
last five years.
The 2001 seniors are Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.), Rahim Lockhart
(Mendenhall, Miss.), John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) and Jason Holmes
(Tylertown, Miss.). The quartet has averaged 20 victories per season, and
is the only class in Rebel basketball history to do so. The 2001 seniors
will also earn a fourth straight postseason berth this year, becoming the
first class to play in four straight postseason tournaments since the 1983
class did so. The 1983 seniors participated in one NCAA (1981) and three
NITs (1980, 1982, 1983).
LOCKHART IN ANOTHER ELITE GROUP
Senior Rahim Lockhart joined another elite group in Rebel history when he
was selected to the coaches' All-Southeastern Conference first team Mar. 5.
He is only the fourth player in Rebel history to receive All-SEC first
team accolades from the league's coaches. Joe Gibbon (1957), Ansu Sesay
(1997, 1998) and Keith Carter (1999) were the other Rebels to earn coaches'
All-SEC first team honors. (NOTE: Coaches' All-SEC picks were not made on
a first-team and second-team basis from 1958-92.)
HOLMES HAS CAREER WEEK
ESPN is holding "Championship Week" this week. Well, it was "Career Week"
for senior Jason Holmes last week (Feb. 26-Mar. 4). In the Rebels' victory
over Alabama Mar. 3, the 6-foot-5 guard was on fire, scoring a career-high
26 points. The 26-point performance bested his previous high of 17 in Ole
Miss' Dec. 5 win over Kansas State. He also recorded career highs of seven
field goals, five treys and seven free throws versus the Crimson Tide.
In the Rebels' contest at LSU Feb. 28, Holmes dished out a career-high six
assists. He also scored 13 points versus the Tigers.
For the week, Holmes averaged 19.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists,
while shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, 53.3 percent from
the arc (8-of-15) and 100 percent from the charity stripe (7-of-7).
"BUCK" IS BACK...AGAIN
Senior Jason Flanigan has had his ups and downs this year, and with the
way he has played recently, it looks as if he is on his way up again. The
6-foot-1 guard, who also goes by the nickname "Buck," has picked up his
play in Ole Miss' last three games, and it is showing in the numbers.
In the last three games, Flanigan is averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds
and 2.8 assists. He scored 17 points in Ole Miss' victory over Alabama
Mar. 3, which was his highest-scoring SEC contest of the regular season.
Flanigan also hit a career-best 10 free throws versus the Crimson Tide.
THE LAST TIME THAT...
The Rebels had an offensive explosion in their 105-71 victory over Alabama
Mar. 3. It was the first time Ole Miss had broken the century mark in a
Southeastern Conference game since the Rebels defeated LSU, 102-90 Feb. 15,
1995. The 105 points were the most in an SEC contest since the Rebels
netted 113 in a 113-112 overtime win over LSU Mar. 4, 1989. Finally, the
34-point margin of victory was the largest for Ole Miss in a league game
since a 105-65 win (40 points) over Georgia Feb. 18, 1956.
CLOSE CALLS GOING REBELS' WAY
What a difference a year makes. Despite their 78-77 overtime loss at LSU
Feb. 28, the Rebels still have an 11-3 record in games decided by single
digits (nine points or less). Ole Miss' two other setbacks by single
digits were to Iowa State (73-68) and Georgia (70-66). Last season, Ole
Miss had a 6-8 record in single-digit contests.
AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan, Rahim Lockhart and Jason
Holmes and junior redshirt John Engstrom is at the head of all the classes
in Ole Miss basketball history. With the Rebels' victory over Alabama Mar.
3, the 2000-01 senior class has 84 wins, the most victories by a class in a
four-year span. The 84 victories surpass the previous mark of 74 wins by
the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter, Keith Carter, Jason Smith and
Michael White. The 2000-01 senior class has also been a part of the 1998
and 2001 SEC Western Division championship squads and has been to three
straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT).
"BUCK" GOING FOR THE RECORD
When senior Jason "Buck" Flanigan steps on the floor in the Rebels' SEC
Tournament second-round game, he will hold a school record all his own.
The tournament's second-round contest will be the 122nd of Flanigan's
career, giving him the record for most games played in an Ole Miss uniform.
The 6-foot-1 guard is currently tied with Roger Stieg at 121 games. Stieg
played at Ole Miss from 1980-82 and was a member of the Rebels' 1981 SEC
Tournament championship team.
ENGSTROM RECEIVES FIRST START
Redshirt junior John Engstrom, who is a senior academically, got a reward
for his four years of hard work and dedication to the program when he
received his first career start versus Alabama Mar. 3. He grabbed two
rebounds in six minutes of action in the Rebels' 105-71 victory over the
Earlier this week (Mar. 6), Engstrom was named to the Southeastern
Conference Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year. The 7-footer
is only the seventh player in Rebel history to earn the league's academic
honor three or more years.
THE OMENS HAVE BEEN GOOD
So far, the Rebels can say the omens have been good for them. Ole Miss
claimed the Southeastern Conference Western Division title this year in
similar fashion to the 1997 and 1998 Rebel squads.
In 1996-97 and 1997-98, Ole Miss had a 4-2 record versus the SEC Eastern
Division, a 4-4 road record in league play and sealed the title with
victory in its final home game versus a Western Division opponent (74-68
win over LSU in 1996-97, 74-67 win over Auburn in 1997-98) in the final
week of the campaign.
This season, the Rebels did the same. Ole Miss was 4-2 against the SEC
East and posted a 4-4 record on the road in league. The Rebels then
clinched the SEC West crown outright with a 105-71 victory over Alabama in
the final game (at home) of the regular season.
2000-01 REBELS AT TOP OF THE CHARTS
The 2000-01 Rebels are sure making their mark in Ole Miss basketball
history, and they now own the record for most wins in a single season. With
its victory over Alabama Mar. 3, Ole Miss has a current record of 23-6, and
the 23 wins are the most in Rebel basketball history. The previous school
record for most victories in a season was 22 by the 1937-38 and 1997-98 teams.
VERSUS THE RANKED OPPONENTS
The Rebels are 4-2 versus ranked opponents, defeating No. 14 Oklahoma
(60-55), No. 13 Southern Cal (84-83, ot), No. 10 Tennessee (87-71) and No.
20 Alabama (105-71) and falling to No. 15 Alabama (82-63) and No. 7 Florida
OLE MISS SECOND MOST WINS SINCE 1996-97
The Rebels have, indeed, been one of the Southeastern Conference's most
successful teams in recent years?especially since 1996-97. Ole Miss has
won 104 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any team in the
SEC Western Division. The 104 victories are also second among all league
teams, trailing only Kentucky's 140 wins.
REBELS ON TELEVISION
Ole Miss will be making its 16th television appearance of the year Friday
when the Rebels meet either Auburn or Tennessee in the SEC Tournament
second round on Jefferson Pilot. In the month of January, Ole Miss
appeared before the television cameras five straight games from Jan. 13
through Jan. 31 (Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Arkansas).
This season, Ole Miss has an 11-4 record in television games, including a
105-71 win over Alabama in the Rebels' last television contest Mar. 3. The
Rebels have appeared on television over 40 times the past four seasons.
Last year, Ole Miss had 11 television contests, and posted a 6-5 record in
BOMBS AWAY...PART I
Ole Miss has hit 194 three-pointers so far this year, the fourth most for
a season in Rebel basketball history. The record for three-pointers made
in a season is 204 by the 1997-98 squad. The 1991-92 team is second with
199 treys, and the 1999-2000 squad is third with 196.
BOMBS AWAY...PART II
When the Rebels are hitting from the three-point arc, it's a good chance
that they will win the game. This year, Ole Miss has a 12-3 record when
they hit seven or more treys in a game. The Rebels are 4-0 when they hit
double-digit three-pointers. Ole Miss made 11 treys in its 105-71 win over
Alabama Mar. 3.
BARNES SELECTED A FINALIST FOR NAISMITH COACH OF YEAR AWARD
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes was selected as one of 20 finalists for the
Naismith National Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club
announced Feb. 22. Barnes is one of three SEC coaches up for the honor, as
Florida's Billy Donovan and Alabama's Mark Gottfried also made the list.
Other finalists are: Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Notre Dame's Mike Brey, North
Carolina's Matt Doherty, Georgia State's Lefty Driesell, Georgetown's Craig
Esherick, Iowa State's Larry Eustashy, Virginia's Pete Gillen, Georgia
Tech's Paul Hewitt, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, St.
Joseph's Phil Martelli, Stanford's Mike Montgomery, Arizona's Lute Olson,
Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, Illinois' Bill Self, Boston College's Al
Skinner, and Kansas' Roy Williams.
BARNES ALSO A FINALIST FOR COLLEGEINSIDER.COM NATIONAL HONOR
With success comes recognition, and Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes
deserves both. The third-year Rebel mentor was recently named a finalist
for CollegeInsider.com National Coach of the Year award.
Barnes is one of 10 finalists for the honor. The other nine finalists are
Indiana's Mike Davis, Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, Cincinnati's Bob Huggins,
Stanford's Mike Montgomery, Ohio State's Jim O'Brien, Arizona's Lute Olson,
Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, Boston College's Al Skinner, and Providence's
A STRONG REBEL TURN-AROUND
Ole Miss is one of three basketball programs in the country which went
>from "worst to first" in 2000-01. The Rebels tied for fifth place in the
SEC Western Division (No. 6 seed in SEC tourney) in the 1999-2000 season
with a 5-11 league mark, but bounced back in 2000-01 to claim the SEC West
title with an 11-5 mark.
Boston College and Central Michigan are the other two basketball programs
to do the same. Boston College was coming off three straight last-place
finishes in the Big East, but won the league's title in 2001. Central
Michigan had 12 consecutive non-winning league seasons in the Mid-American
Conference, but won their conference crown this season.
BARNES REACHES 60
No, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes did reach his 60th birthday (not even
close for the 35-year-old, by the way). Barnes posted his 60th victory as
head coach at Ole Miss with the Rebels' 67-61 win over South Carolina Feb.
17. He has a current record of 62-33, and reached the 60-win plateau the
fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history.
Earlier this season, Barnes won his 50th game as Ole Miss head coach with
the Rebels' 84-83 overtime victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal Dec. 22.
HAYES BOMBING AWAY
Redshirt freshman Josh Hayes (Little Rock, Ark.) showed his deadly aim
>from the three-point arc earlier this season when he hit six treys in the
Rebels' victory over Troy State Dec. 18. In recent games, the 6-foot-7
guard is proving he can knock down the three-pointer at key times for Ole
In the Rebels' setback at LSU Feb. 28, Hayes had his best SEC offensive
game in an Ole Miss uniform with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the
field and 2-of-3 from the arc. Eight of his 10 points came in the first
half, helping the Rebels hold on to their narrow margin in the first half.
Against Mississippi State Feb. 14, Hayes' trey could not have come at a
more crucial time for Ole Miss. With the Rebels trailing 38-31 and
struggling to hit a shot from the three-point arc, Hayes stepped up with a
big trey to start a 9-0 run that led to a 40-all tie. Ole Miss went on to
win the game, 51-48.
Three days later (Feb. 17) at South Carolina, he nailed a first-half trey
to extend the Rebels' lead to 22-15 and keep Ole Miss' momentum going. In
the Rebels' victory over Auburn Feb. 24, Hayes hit a first-half
>three-pointer to close a 7-2 game-opening run.
In the last six games, Hayes is hitting 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the
arc. For the season, he is shooting 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
With his 15-point performance in the Rebels' victory over Mississippi
State Feb. 14, senior Rahim Lockhart became the latest member to join the
Ole Miss 1,000-point club. The 6-foot-8 forward now has 1,078 points after
scoring 14 points versus No. 20-ranked Alabama Mar. 3, and is No. 22 on the
Rebel career scoring chart.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97
season and including this campaign, Ole Miss has an incredible 84-10 record
(.894 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 19-39 when they net less than 70 points during that
five-year period (including 2000-01). This season, Ole Miss has a 13-1
record when scoring 70 points or more, with the lone setback a 78-77
overtime loss at LSU Feb. 28.
...BUT SCORING 70 ISN'T NECESSARY IN 2000-01
As discussed in the previous note, the Rebels have been nearly unbeatable
when they score 70 points or more. However, the 2000-01 Rebels are proving
they can win games when they don't reach that magical number of 70. Ole
Miss is 10-5 this year when scoring less than 70 points.
MOVING ON UP THE CHARTS
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 738 career rebounds, after grabbing
eight boards versus Alabama Mar. 3. Lockhart is in the No. 6 spot on the
Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 17 more rebounds to take over
the No. 5 spot currently held by Coolidge Ball (1971-74, 754 career
rebounds). Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 278 boards, and with
his 220 rebounds in 1999-2000, he had 498 rebounds coming into the 2000-01
REED TIES CAREER BESTS
Freshman Justin Reed tied his career high in scoring with 21 points in the
Rebels' victory over Auburn Feb. 24. He also tied his career high of nine
field goals versus the Tigers, hitting 9-of-14 from the field (64.3
percent). Earlier this season, the 6-foot-8 forward had 21 points and nine
field goals against Georgia (Jan. 13).
REED ENJOYING SEC ACTION
They say the big players step up in "primetime." Well, there's nothing
more "primetime" than SEC play, and freshman Justin Reed is making his
presence known in the league. In 16 SEC games, Reed netted double figures
in 12 contests, including a career-high 21 points versus Georgia Jan. 13
and Auburn Feb. 24. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 12.6 points (led team)
and 6.0 boards (second on team) in SEC games only this year.
GET IN THOSE PASSING LANES
Ole Miss has a reputation for playing tough, "in-your-face" defense.
Lately, the Rebels have not only been in their opponents' faces but also
their passing lanes. In Ole Miss' last 12 games (9-3 record), the Rebels
have forced their opponents into 226 turnovers (18.8 per game). In its
first four conference games, Ole Miss forced only 54 turnovers (13.5 per
The old saying is that defense wins championships. If that is the case,
Ole Miss may be in contention for a title in 2000-01, especially if the
Rebels can continue to hassle the opposition with their defensive pressure.
Ole Miss is holding its opponents to an average of 63.8 points per game,
which leads the SEC.
HITTING ?EM WHEN THEY COUNT
The Rebels haven't had a reputation for hitting a high percentage >from the
charity stripe the last couple of seasons, especially down the stretch in
games. However, that may be changing in 2000-01. Ole Miss is hitting 65.1
percent from the foul line for the season (11th in the SEC), but more
importantly, the Rebels are hitting their foul shots when they count,
despite their 2-of-8 showing versus Auburn Feb. 24. In their wins over Sam
Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis, Southern Illinois, Southern Cal,
Vanderbilt, Arkansas (both games), Kentucky, Auburn (both games),
Tennessee, Mississippi State (second game) and South Carolina, the Rebels
shot 71.5 percent from the line (113-of-158) in the final four minutes (and
overtime) of those games.
EVEN MORE DEFENSE
When Rob Evans took over the Rebel program in the 1992-93 season, he said
his squads were going to play defense?and they did. That emphasis on
defense has continued under Rod Barnes. This season, Ole Miss has held 10
opponents under 60 points, including four SEC teams. The Rebels held
Arkansas (53-48 Ole Miss win) Jan. 10, Kentucky (65-55 Ole Miss win) Jan.
20, LSU (50-33 Ole Miss win) Feb. 7 and Mississippi State (51-48 Ole Miss
win) Feb. 14 to under 60 points. Last year, Ole Miss held nine opponents
to under 60 points, but only one league team.
Since the 1992-93 season, the campaigns in which the Rebels held the most
opponents under 60 points were 1996-97 and 2000-01. The 1996-97 year saw
Ole Miss hold 10 opponents to under 60 points, including five SEC squads.
The 1996-97 season was the Rebels' first SEC Western Division title.
HARPER ON THE CHARTS
With his two three-pointers in Ole Miss' win over Alabama Mar. 3,
freshman Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) pushed his way onto the Rebel
single-season chart for treys. The 6-foot-7 guard has 52 three-pointers,
which is the sixth most for a single season in Ole Miss history. The
record is 78 treys by Joe Harvell in 1992.
The 2000-01 Rebels posted their 20th victory with a 51-48 win over
Mississippi State Feb. 14, marking the fastest any team in Ole Miss
basketball history has reached the 20-win plateau in a season. The 2000-01
team recorded its 20th win in only 24 games. The previous quickest climb
to 20 victories was by the 1936-37 and 1997-98 squads. Both teams reached
20 wins in their 25th games.
WIN NO. 20 IS IN THE BANK
The Rebels won their 20th game of the season with a 51-48 victory over
Mississippi State Feb. 14. Ole Miss now has a 23-6 record after its win
over Alabama Mar. 3. It is the fourth time in the last five seasons that
Ole Miss has won 20 or more games. The 1996-97 (20-9 record), 1997-98
(22-7) and 1998-99 (20-13) also posted 20-win campaigns.
In its history, Ole Miss has had six 20-win teams. They were 1936-37
(20-6), 1937-38 (22-12), 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01.
REBELS FIRST TO 20 WINS
Ole Miss was the first team in the SEC to reach the 20-win plateau in the
2000-01 season. The Rebels are 23-6 and one of only four 20-victory squads
in the Southeastern Conference (Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are the
This is the third time in the program's history that Ole Miss was the
first SEC squad to reach 20 wins. The 1936-37 (20-6 record) and 1937-38
(22-12 record) teams also were first among SEC schools to reach the magic
number of 20 wins in a season. In fact, the 1936-37 and 1937-38 Ole Miss
teams were the only 20-win squads in the SEC those two seasons.
ANOTHER "FIRST" IN REBEL HISTORY
The 2000-01 senior class set the record for most wins in a four-year span
earlier this year, breaking the previous record of 74 victories. Now, the
senior class has accomplished another first in Rebel history. With Ole
Miss' victory over Tennessee Feb. 10, this class posted its 80th victory
and is the first three or four-year senior class to average 20 victories
REED DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Freshman Justin Reed doubled his pleasure for a third time this season
versus South Carolina Feb. 17. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 18 points and
had 11 boards in the 67-61 victory over the Gamecocks. Reed's first
double-double in SEC play came against Georgia Jan. 13, when he scored a
career-high tying 21 points and grabbed 12 boards in the 70-66 setback to
the Bulldogs. His first collegiate double-double was a 16 point-13 rebound
performance in the Rebels' 88-84 overtime victory over VCU Nov. 25. Reed
also hit a career-high tying nine field goals versus Georgia.
HARRISON LIGHTS IT UP... AGAIN
For the second time this season, a Rebel opponent did not guard Jason
Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) close enough. And, for the second time this
year, the junior made the opposition pay. The 5-foot-5 guard tied a career
high with four three-pointers in Ole Miss' setback at Florida Feb. 21.
Earlier this season, Harrison hit four treys in the Rebels' 65-55 victory
over Kentucky Jan. 20.
HARRISON ON THE CHARTS
Junior Jason Harrison has put his name on the Ole Miss career
three-pointers made list. The 5-foot-5 guard jumped into the top five with
his two treys versus Troy State Dec. 18, and now is in the No. 4 spot with
111. Up next for Harrison is Joezon Darby (1996-98), who is No. 3 with 131
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9. After his two blocks versus Auburn Feb. 24, he now has 126
for his career and is in second place on the Ole Miss career blocked shots
chart. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the 2000-01 season with 83 career
blocks. Lockhart led the Rebels in blocked shots the previous two seasons
with 44 and 46 blocks, respectively.