Men's Basketball Weekly Release
November 2, 1998
OLE MISS TO TIP OFF 1998-99 SEASON ON TUESDAY - The Rebels will open their 1998-99 campaign on Tuesday with an exhibition contest versus Spirit Express. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip at Tad Smith Coliseum. Tuesday's contest will be the second game for Spirit Express, as it played at Delta State on Monday night. Spirit Express dropped a 90-72 decision to the Statesmen on Monday. Last year, Ole Miss defeated Spirit Express, 128-58.
BARNES TAKES OVER REBEL PROGRAM - Rod Barnes begins his first season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. 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 (15th; 1,201 points), assists (2nd; 456) and steals (5th; 154).
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 00 Jon Cantrell (Sr.) F 6-8 225 3.9/1.7 Germantown, Tenn. 3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 4.1/1.6 Little Rock, Ark. 4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 9.8/6.5 Wheatley, Ark. 11 Hunter Carpenter (Sr.) G 6-0 180 2.0/0.4 Little Rock, Ark. 13 Johnnie Rogers (Sr.) F 6-9 220 3.2/2.8 Laurel, Miss. 22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 5.4/2.0 Tempe, Ariz. 33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 14.8/6.2 Perryville, Ark. 44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 3.5/3.1 Mendenhall, Miss.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown 12 Jason Harrison (Fr.) G 5-5 150 Little Rock, Ark. 20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 Jonesboro, Ark. 21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 West Memphis, Ark. 23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-2 195 Gulfport, Miss.# 24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 Jackson, Tenn. 25 Lataryl Williams (Jr.) G 6-6 200 Oxford, Miss. 54 John Engstrom (Fr.) C 7-0 245 Paragould, Ark.%
REBELS OPEN REGULAR-SEASON PLAY ON NOV. 13 - Ole Miss will begin regular-season action on Nov. 13 versus Alabama State.
The Nov. 13 contest is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start at Tad Smith Coliseum. The last time the two teams met was in the 1983 NIT, a 87-75 victory for the Rebels.
A FAMILY AFFAIR - When Ole Miss squares off against Spirit Express on Tuesday, it will be a family affair of sorts. Senior forward Jon Cantrell (Germantown, Tenn.) is a member of the Rebel squad, while his father, Dennis, is the president of Spirit Express.
FORMER REBEL RETURNS TO CAMPUS - Patrick Eddie, a center on the 1989-90 and 1990-91 Ole Miss teams, will return to Tad Smith Coliseum when Spirit Express meets the Rebels in Tuesday's exhibition game. A two-year letterwinner, Eddie, who is a member of Spirit Express, is in sixth place on the Ole Miss career blocked shots chart with 68. Eddie transferred to Ole Miss from Arkansas State, and finished his Rebel career with 415 points (8.0 ppg) and 297 rebounds (5.7 rpg).
CARTER NAMED PRESEASON NAISMITH CANDIDATE - Senior Keith Carter (Perryville, Ark.) was named as one of 20 preseason candidates for the 1999 Naismith College Player of the Year, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club in early October. Carter is one of four players from the Southeastern Conference to be named among the preseason candidates. Georgia's Jumaine Jones, South Carolina's BJ McKie and Kentucky's Scott Padgett were also among the 20 preseason candidates for the player of the year honor.
This past summer, Carter played an integral role in helping lead the USA Goodwill Games Team to a 4-1 record and the gold medal. It was the first time that a USA amatuer team had won gold in international play since 1986.
In the five games, Carter averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point arc.
Following the 1997-98 season, the Perryville, Ark., native was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference second team. He was second on the squad in scoring with a 14.8 average and was third in rebounding with a 6.2 average. Carter scored the 1,000th point of his career in the Rebels' win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 11, and finished the season with 1,140 points which places him in the No. 17 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart.
REBELS TO PLAY SECOND EXHIBITION GAME ON NOV. 9 - Ole Miss will play its second exhibition game on Nov. 9 versus North Melbourne, Australia. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip at Tad Smith Coliseum. General admission tickets are $5. Ole Miss students will be admitted free with their University ID.
OLE MISS FINISH SEASON RANKED IN BOTH POLLS - For the first time in the program's history, Ole Miss finished a season ranked in both the Associated Press (AP) and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls last year. The Rebels were ranked No. 13 in the final AP poll, which was released prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament. Last year was also the first time that the Rebel men's basketball program had been ranked the entire season. Ole Miss was ranked No. 23 in the preseason AP poll and moved as high as No. 10 in the Mar. 2 poll. The Rebels were among the teams in the "Also Receiving Votes" category in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 preseason poll, but jumped into its top 25 in its first regular season poll on No. 24. Ole Miss was ranked No. 20 in the final ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll, which was released following the NCAA Tournament.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD" - The Rebels posted a perfect 14-0 record at Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") last year. The Rebels have won 35 of its last 36 games dating back to the middle of the 1995-96 season. The Rebels' lone loss in the streak was a 59-46 setback to Alabama on Jan. 8, 1997. The streak began on Jan. 24, 1996, with an 82-69 win over Auburn. With its 74-67 win over Auburn on Feb. 28, Ole Miss extended its school-record home winning streak to 20 games. In the past six seasons (1992-present), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 63-22 (.741 winning percentage).
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