Ole Miss Men's Basketball Team Holds First Day of Practice Saturday

Oct. 14, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened its preseason drills Saturday with a morning and afternoon practice session at Tad Smith Coliseum, and Rebel head coach Rod Barnes was pleased with the way his squad performed on the first day.

"We had a really good day of practice," said Barnes, who is in his third season at the helm of the Rebel program. "Our kids were focused, and they were ready physically and mentally. We wanted to start off with a good defensive practice early and finish with a solid offensive practice this afternoon, and we did that.

"The enthusiasm of our newcomers brought excitement and a new energy to practice. We're doing a lot of teaching because we have so many young players, but they are catching on quickly. I saw a lot of progress from our individual workouts to today's practice. If we continue at this pace, we have a chance to have a good basketball team."

The Rebels continue preseason drills Sunday.

Ole Miss opens exhibition play Nov. 6 versus Spirit Express. Game time for the exhibition contest is 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels host their regular-season opener Nov. 18 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Game time for the regular-season opener is to be announced.

 

 

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