Rebels Host Southwest Missouri State Tuesday

March 20, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels (18-13, 5-11 SEC) will host Southwest Missouri State (23-10, 13-5 MVC) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on Tuesday, Mar. 21. The contest, which is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT), will be played at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss advanced to the second round of the NIT with a 62-45 first-round victory over UNC Charlotte on Mar. 15. Prior to NIT win, the Rebels were 2-2 in their final previous games with wins over then-No. 24 Vanderbilt (75-67) and Alabama (63-59) and losses to then-No. 12 LSU (64-60) and then-No. 11 Florida (89-67). The Bears enter Tuesday's game having won 11 of their last 12 games. Southwest Missouri State won 10 straight in February and early March, before falling to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference title game. The Bears defeated SMU, 77-64 in the NIT first round on Mar. 16.

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OLE MISS-SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE SERIES
Tuesday's game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

SCOUTING SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE
Southwest Missouri State, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, brings a 23-10 overall record into Tuesday's game. The Bears posted a 13-5 record in Missouri Valley Conference play and finished second in the regular season standings. Southwest Missouri State also advanced to the title contest of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, but lost to Creighton, 57-45. Prior to that setback to Creighton, the Bears had won 10 straight games. Southwest Missouri State defeated SMU, 77-64 in the NIT first round on Mar. 16. Bear forward Allen Phillips, who scored 23 points in the win over SMU, leads the team in scoring with a 13.2 average. Scott Brakebill (11.3 ppg) and Kevin Ault (10.8 ppg) are also averaging in double figures for Southwest Missouri State. Ron Bruton leads the Bears on the boards with a 6.7 rebounding average. Southwest Missouri State is shooting 44.9 percent from the floor, 37.8 percent from the three-point line and 68.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Bears are averaging 66.9 points and 35.0 rebounds per contest, and are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 2.1 boards per game (35.0-32.9).

SW Missouri St. (23-10) vs. Ole Miss (18-13)
Tuesday, March 21 - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.

PROBABLE STARTERS
* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
22Jason Flanigan (Jr.)G6-11758.4/2.9Little Rock, Ark.
23Syniker Taylor (Fr.)G6-01952.1/2.4Gulfport, Miss.
24Marcus Hicks (Sr.)F6-620014.5/5.7Jackson, Tenn.
25Lataryl Williams (Sr.)F6-72009.2/3.6Oxford, Miss.
44Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)F6-825012.4/8.2Mendenhall, Miss.

RESERVES

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
11Jason Harrison (So.)G5-51509.0/2.8Little Rock, Ark.
15Ray Waddell (Jr.)G5-91650.9/0.6Philadelphia, Miss.
20Jason Holmes (Jr.)G6-52003.4/1.6Tylertown, Miss.
30Josh Hayes (Fr.)G6-71905.0/2.0Little Rock, Ark.#
31John Gunn (Fr.)F/C6-102453.2/1.9Oxford, Miss.
32Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)G6-31854.8/1.7Marianna, Ark.
45Richard Kirklin (Fr.)F6-92002.0/1.9Pine Bluff, Ark.
54John Engstrom (So.)C7-02451.0/0.9Paragould, Ark.

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

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
* Based on last game's starters

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
23Ron Bruton (Sr.)F6-61906.2/6.7Greer, S.C.
33Allen Phillips (Sr.)F6-519613.2/4.2Little Rock, Ark.
20Scott Brakebill (So.)F6-822011.3/5.8Bolivar, Mo.
12William Fontleroy (Sr.)G6-31889.8/2.8Gary, Ind.
24Kevin Ault (Sr.)G6-319610.8/3.5Warsaw, Ind.

TOP RESERVES

No.Player (Yr.)Pos.Ht.Wt.PPG/RPGHometown
50Matt Rueter (Jr.)C6-82356.7/4.4Fulton, Mo.
21Eric Judd (Sr.)G6-11854.8/1.5West Plains, Mo.
25Charles Gaines (Fr.)F6-72003.1/2.1Houston, Texas
35Travis Walk (Fr.)F6-61801.0/0.9Wichita, Kan.

OLE MISS-SW MISSOURI ST. TEAM COMPARISONS

Ole MissStatistical CategorySMS
72.0Scoring Offense66.9
69.2Scoring Defense62.7
37.5Rebound Avg.35.0
33.4Opponent Rebound Avg.32.9
+4.1Rebound Margin+2.1
44.7Field Goal Percentage44.9
43.4Opponent Field Goal Percentage41.3
33.1Three-Point Field Goal Percentage37.8
32.4Opp. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage33.0
64.6Free Throw Percentage68.3
516Turnovers490
490Opponent Turnovers466
435Assists456
117Blocks133
222Steals256

BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. With the Rebels' win over UNC Charlotte in the NIT first round on Mar. 15, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 38-26. 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 VERSUS FIRST TIME FOES
The Rebels will be facing their fourth first-time opponent this season on Tuesday when they host Southwest Missouri State. Ole Miss has a 3-0 record versus first-time foes this season with wins over Jacksonville State (74-59), Oregon State (77-58) and Virginia Commonwealth (75-62). In 1998-99, Ole Miss posted a 4-2 record in its meetings against first-time opponents. The Rebels defeated Alabama A&M (89-45), West Alabama (101-68), Oklahoma (75-72) and Villanova (72-70) and lost to Ohio State (67-62) and Michigan State (74-66). Ohio State and Michigan State advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament Final Four.

OLE MISS IN THE NIT
The Rebels are playing in their sixth National Invitation Tournament (NIT). In its six NIT appearances, Ole Miss has a 5-5 record. The Rebels have a 4-1 record in home games in the NIT, with their last home contest a 65-57 victory over South Florida in the 1983 NIT second round. The lone setback in an NIT home game was a 61-59 loss to Virginia Tech in the 1982 NIT second round. Prior to this season's NIT, the Rebels' last appearance in the NIT was 1989, and Ole Miss dropped a 70-67 decision at St. John's in the first round.

OLE MISS IN THE POSTSEASON
The Rebels have an overall postseason record of 6-9 in the program's history. Prior to this year's NIT, Ole Miss had played in four NCAA Tournaments (1981, 1997, 1998, 1999) and five NITs (1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989). Last season, the Rebels made their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the second round. Ole Miss won its first NCAA Tournament game with a 72-70 victory over Villanova in the first round, but fell to eventual Final Four participant Michigan State, 74-66 in the second round.

"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
Yes, the school-record 29-game homecourt winning streak came to an end last year, but Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") is still one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to play. Despite dropping three conference games at home this season, Ole Miss has still won 62 of its last 69 games (.899 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels are 14-3 at Tad Smith Coliseum this season. Ole Miss also owns the third longest homecourt winning streak versus non-conference opponents in the nation at 34 (Maryland is first at 70 straight). In the past eight seasons (1992-present), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 90-28 (.763 winning percentage).

REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years (including the 1999-2000 season), the Rebels have posted a 64-27 record (.703 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last five seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), as the Rebels have an impressive 47-14 mark (.770 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record the past eight years:

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OLE MISS TOUGH AT HOME VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE FOES
In recent years, the Rebels have been tough on all opponents entering Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad"). Entering the 1998-99 season, Ole Miss had a 20-game homecourt win streak, and the Rebels extended that streak to 29 games before falling to nationally-ranked Auburn on Jan. 13, 1999. Despite the overall homecourt win streak coming to an end, the Rebels still have another homecourt streak intact-consecutive home wins versus non-conference opponents. Ole Miss entered the 1999-2000 season with the eighth-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents. With their win over UNC Charlotte on Mar. 15, the Rebels' streak reached 34 straight, and Ole Miss now has the third-longest streak (since the start of the 1999-2000 season, New Mexico, North Carolina, Clemson, Southwest Texas and Vanderbilt have lost at home). The following chart shows the nation's top homecourt winning streaks versus non-conference opponents:

SchoolNo.Last home non-conference loss
1.Maryland7012/12/89 Coppin St., 70-63
2.Penn State463/18/92 Pitt, 67-65 (NIT)
3.OLE MISS3411/27/95 Davidson 84-83 (ot)

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 Record12-1518-13
SEC Record6-105-11
SEC Road Record0-80-8
SEC losses by les 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. Florida (loss)vs. Florida (loss)
Seniors on team3 (2 JUCOs)2 (2 JUCOs)

Next 3 Seasons3 NCAAs
3 20-win seasons
2 SEC Western Division titles

REBELS VERSUS MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 4-7 (.363 winning percentage) versus current members of the Missouri Valley Conference. Ole Miss is 1-0 versus Indiana State, 2-2 versus Wichita State, 1-2 versus Bradley, 0-1 versus Illinois State and 0-2 versus Southern Illinois. The Rebels have not played Southwest Missouri State, Creighton, Evansville, Northern Iowa and Drake. The last time Ole Miss played a member of the Missouri Valley Conference was the 1997-98 season when the Rebels defeated Wichita State, 71-48 on Dec. 13, 1997, in Wichita, Kan.

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 9-33 when they net less than 70 points in a game over the last four years, including a 3-9 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.

HARRISON NAMED ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM
Sophomore Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference third team for the 1999-2000 season. It was the fourth consecutive year that Ole Miss had at least one player named to the Associated Press All-SEC team. Harrison also became the first Rebel sophomore to be named All-SEC since Joe Harvell in 1991 (also All-SEC third team). For the season, the 5-foot-5 guard averaged 9.0 points and 2.8 boards. He leads the team with 112 assists and is second on the squad with 43 steals.

ENGSTROM NAMED TO ALL-SEC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
Redshirt sophomore John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) was named to the 2000 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Academic Honor Roll. This was the second consecutive year that Engstrom earned the honor. The 7-foot center holds a 3.17 cumulative grade-point average in Business. Engstrom has seen action in 21 of the Rebels' 31 games in 1999-2000. He is averaging 1.0 points and 0.9 rebounds, while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. To be eligible for the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and must have completed one full year of academic work at the institution.

WILLIAMS IN DOUBLE FIGURES EQUALS REBEL 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 15 times, and the Rebels have a 12-3 record in those contests. In SEC play, Ole Miss was 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
UNC Charlotte1362-45 W
Alabama1363-59 W
Vanderbilt1275-67 W
at Auburn1072-75 L
Arkansas1087-82 W
Auburn1179-77 W
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

LOCKHART CLOSING IN
With his monster rebounding games this season, junior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) is close to putting his name among the top rebounders in Ole Miss basketball history. After his eight-rebound performance in the Rebels' first-round NIT victory over UNC Charlotte on Mar. 15, he has 475 career rebounds and needs only five 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-present475

"LITTLE MAN" LIGHTIN' IT UP
Since he started coming off the bench the last 11 games, sophomore Jason Harrison, dubbed "Little Man" by the coaching staff, has given some strong offensive performances for the Rebels. In the 11-game stretch, the 5-foot-5 guard has averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. He has scored in double figures in eight of those 11 games, and hit a career-high six field goals versus Georgia. The following charts "Little Man's" last 11 games:

OpponentPtsRebsAstsFT
Arkansas5323-6
South Carolina14036-6
Georgia16412-3
LSU7215-6
Auburn13347-8
Mississippi State12444-5
Vanderbilt9359-10
Alabama12724-4
LSU12312-2
Florida (SEC)20128-10
UNC Charlotte (NIT)10240-0
Totals130312950-60
Avg./Pct.11.82.82.683.3

ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE REBELS
The Ole Miss Rebel basketball program has had many "firsts" in its history over the last four seasons, but with its win over UNC Charlotte on Mar. 15, Ole Miss set another "first." With its 18th win of the season, the Rebel basketball program has now averaged 20 victories per season the last four years (20-9, 1996-97, 22-7, 1997-98, 20-13, 1998-99, 18-13, 1999-2000) for the first time in school history. The previous long for averaging 20 or more wins was two straight seasons (20-6, 1936-37, 22-12, 1937-38) when the Rebels averaged 21 wins over the two years.

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. After netting 13 points versus UNC Charlotte in the first round of the NIT, he now has 520 career points. This season, Flanigan is the team's fifth-leading scorer with an 8.4 average.

HARRISON CLOSING IN ON 500-POINT PLATEAU...
If he hasn't done enough already, Jason Harrison is nearing another milestone in his young career. The 5-foot-5 sophomore guard enters Tuesday's second-round NIT game versus Southwest Missouri State with 488 career points, needing only 12 to reach the 500-point plateau. For the season, Harrison is the team's fourth-leading scorer with a 9.0 average.

...AND THE 200-ASSIST MILESTONE
Well, there is more on sophomore Jason Harrison, as he is nearing the 200-assist plateau. With his four assists versus UNC Charlotte in the NIT first round on Mar. 15, Harrison now has 198 and needs only two to reach the 200 mark 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 112 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 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 14 points versus UNC Charlotte in the NIT first round on Mar. 15, Hicks now has 835 career points in 64 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.

LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-A 12TH TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart 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 and 8.3 rebounds. 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).

"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 81 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 70 after his one block versus Florida on Mar. 9. 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-present81
Ronnie Sims/1985-8671
Marcus Hicks/1998-present70
Patrick Eddie/1989-9168

FLANIGAN BREAKS 200 ASSISTS, TIES CAREER HIGH
Junior guard Jason Flanigan reached a milestone in the Rebels' 83-75 victory over South Carolina on Feb. 9, surpassing the 200-assist plateau for his career. He dished out a career-high tying nine assists versus the Gamecocks, and after his three-assist performance versus UNC Charlotte on Mar. 15, Flanigan now has 222 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 90 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 357 after grabbing nine boards versus UNC Charlotte on Mar. 15. This season, Hicks is the Rebels' second-leading rebounder with a 5.7 average. He was also the team's second-leading rebounder in 1998-99 with a 5.4 average. Hicks came to Ole Miss from Northwest Mississippi C.C., where he compiled 624 rebounds in two seasons from 1996-98.

FORMER REBEL BASKETBALL STAR DON KESSINGER HONORED AT SEC TOURNAMENT
Don Kessinger, a former Rebel basketball standout from 1962-64, was honored as a member of the 2000 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends, which featured former greats from all 12 SEC member institutions. The 12 legends were 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 was recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. The legends were also honored as a group during pregame festivities before the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 11 at 12 p.m. (CT). This marked 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.

TIP-INS...
Ole Miss' Rod Barnes and Southwest Missouri State's Barry Hinson both won their first postseason games as head coach at their respective schools. Barnes won his first postseason contest in the 1999 NCAA Tournament first round with a 72-70 win over Villanova. Hinson won his first postseason game at Southwest Missouri State last week with the Bears' 77-64 victory over SMU...Freshman John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) has practiced with the Ole Miss team the past week since recovering from mononucleosis. He has missed 10 games, and is doubtful for Tuesday versus Southwest Missouri State.


 

 

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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

    • Know the Opponent: Georgia

      Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Men's Basketball

      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} Georgia (10-5, 2-1) KenPom ranking: 61 Best win: at No. 103 Auburn Worst loss: at No. 79 Oakland Ole... read more

    • Know the Opponent: Auburn

      Saturday, January 7, 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 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; min-height: 17.0px} Know the Opponent: Auburn (10-4) KenPom ranking: 105 Best win: No. 28 Texas Tech Worst loss: No. 172 Boston... read more

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