Rebel Hoops To Play UT-Martin In DeSoto Civic Center Next Season

April 4, 2001

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's basketball squad, coming off its most successful season in school history in 2000-01, is already planning for the 2001-02 campaign. In a press conference at the DeSoto Civic Center Wednesday, Rebel head coach Rod Barnes announced that Ole Miss will play Tennessee-Martin in a non-conference game on Dec. 16.

The time for the contest will be announced at a later date. The game will be the first meeting between the two schools on the basketball court.

"With the past season we had, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the Ole Miss basketball program," said Rebel head coach Rod Barnes, who will accept the Naismith National Coach of the Year award in Atlanta Saturday. "Now is the time to expand on the success we've had at Ole Miss. We thought next season would be a great opportunity for us to come here and have our fans in the area support us.

"We want to get in this community so they can learn about our program and the players at Ole Miss. The DeSoto Center is a great facility, and we're looking forward to coming here and playing Tennessee-Martin. We're looking for great support for this game, and create something special that this community will remember."

Ole Miss wrapped up its most successful campaign in school history in 2000-01 with a 27-8 overall record, an 11-5 Southeastern Conference mark and the program's highest national ranking at No. 9 in the final ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, which was released April 3. The Rebels were ranked No. 14 in the final Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll, which was announced prior to the NCAA Tournament. The 27 victories, an Ole Miss school record, were the most by an SEC team and tied for fifth most among NCAA Division I schools. Only Duke (35 wins), Stanford (31), Arizona (28) and Michigan State (28) had more wins than Ole Miss in 2000-01. The Rebels won the SEC Western Division title, the program's third divisional crown in the last five years, and advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" appearance. Ole Miss also advanced to this year's SEC Tournament championship game and received its fourth NCAA Tournament berth in the last five seasons.

Tennessee-Martin, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), finished the 2000-01 season with a 10-18 overall record and a 5-11 OVC mark. Skyhawks head coach Bret Campbell, who took over the UT-Martin program after a stint as associate head coach at Austin Peay from 1993-99, will begin his third season in 2001-02.

The last time Ole Miss played a scheduled home game at an off-campus site was against Kentucky in the 1994-95 season. The Rebels hosted the Wildcats at The Pyramid in Memphis, with Kentucky taking an 82-65 victory.

The Rebels will hold their annual postseason awards banquet Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. (CT) in Tad Smith Coliseum. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on tickets, contact Ernie LaBarge, Ole Miss Tip-off Club president, by phone (662-234-8046) or email (ernie@dixie-net.com).

 

 

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