Ole Miss Opens Regular Season
November 12, 1998
Alabama State vs. Ole Miss
OLE MISS TO TIP OFF REGULAR SEASON ON FRIDAY
BARNES TAKES OVER REBEL PROGRAM
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 9.8/6.5 Wheatley, Ark. 13 Johnnie Rogers (Sr.) F 6-9 220 3.2/2.8 Laurel, Miss. 24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 Jackson, Tenn. 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.RESERVES
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. 11 Hunter Carpenter (Sr.) G 6-0 180 2.0/0.4 Little Rock, Ark. 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.# 25 Lataryl Williams (Jr.) G 6-6 200 Oxford, Miss. 44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 3.5/3.1 Mendenhall, Miss. 54 John Engstrom (Fr.) C 7-0 245 Paragould, Ark. % # will miss the 1998-99 season as a result of a broken left fibula and dislocated ankle suffered in football practice Nov. 4 % redshirted in 1997-98
SCOUTING ALABAMA STATE
ALABAMA STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 23 Corey Williams (Sr.) F 6-4 215 14.4/5.5 Bronx, N.Y. 24 Courtney Stephens (Sr.) F 6-6 195 7.3/4.3 Chicago, Ill. 50 Terrance Simmons (Jr.) C 6-7 265 13.0/7.3 Prichard, Ala. 00 Tobarie Burton (So.) G 6-1 180 5.4/2.7 Montgomery, Ala. 15 Jasaun Moncrief (Sr.) G 5-9 175 7.9/2.1 Pontiac, Mich.TOP RESERVES
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 40 Muhammad Sisay (Sr.) C 6-8 210 2.5/4.2 Banjul, Gambia 35 Jeffrey Thomas (So.) C 6-9 230 2.7/2.0 Annapolis, Md. 32 Milton Brownlee (Jr.) F 6-7 195 2.3/1.9 Detroit, Mich. 34 Dupree McKenzie (So.) F 6-3 215 2.2/1.0 Shibuta, Miss.OLE MISS-ALABAMA STATE SERIES
The Rebels won the only previous meeting against the Hornets, an 87-75 win in the 1983 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). That game was played in Oxford on Mar. 17, 1983. In that contest, Carlos Clark recorded a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Rebels to the win. Eric Laird added 21 points for Ole Miss.
REBELS HAVE IMPRESSIVE RECORD IN SEASON, HOME OPENERS
WHEN THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME
REBELS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN SEC WESTERN DIVISION
DEBUT GAME EQUALS VICTORY?
Head Coach Opponent Home/Away Result Date/Yr Rob Evans Houston Baptist Home 103-61 W 12-3-92 Ed Murphy Wash-St. Louis Home 78-55 W 11-29-86 Lee Hunt Carson-Newman Home 91-70 W 12-1-82 Bob Weltlich TCU Away 61-70 L 11-27-76 Cob Jarvis Texas Home 63-67 L 12-2-68 Eddie Crawford Arkansas A&M Home 74-60 W 12-3-62 Bonnie Graham Birmingham Southern Home 61-46 W 1949 Jim Whatley Tulane Home 41-69 L 1946 Buster Poole Southwestern Home 44-21 W 1945 Edwin Hale Florida Home 35-32 W 1942 Charles Jashwhich Mississippi College Home 50-26 W 1939 Frank Johnson Mississippi College Home 40-43 L 1938 George Bohler Memphis Coca-Cola Home 41-40 W 1935 Ed Walker Earle Home 20-21 L 1930 Homer Hazel Arkansas A&M Home 44-21 W 1925 R.L. Sullivan Union Home 40-10 W 1919 B.Y. Walton Millsaps Away 30-0 W 1911 E.R. Hubbard Laurel YMCA Away 27-26 W 1910REBELS VERSUS THE SWAC
Ole Miss has a perfect 13-0 record versus current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Rebels are 4-0 versus Prairie View, 3-0 versus Jackson State, 2-0 versus Alcorn State and 1-0 versus Southern, Alabama State, Grambling and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Ole Miss has never played Mississippi Valley State or Texas Southern. Last year, the Rebels defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (81-36) and Prairie View (106-59) from the SWAC. After Friday night's game versus Alabama State, Ole Miss will also play SWAC members Alabama A&M (Nov. 23) and Prairie View (Dec. 29) this season. Alabama A&M joined the SWAC this year.
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"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
Date Opponent Result 2-28-98 Auburn 74-67 * 2-25-98 Arkansas 81-65 2-11-98 Vanderbilt 87-76 2-7-98 Alabama 75-74 1-24-98 Mississippi State 81-77 (2ot) 1-21-98 LSU 80-58 1-7-98 Florida 90-79 1-3-98 South Carolina 73-54 12-30-97 Northwestern St. 99-52 12-20-97 Prairie View 106-59 12-17-97 Belmont 100-59 11-24-97 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81-36 11-22-97 Temple 87-74 11-19-97 Louisiana Tech 88-56 2-26-97 LSU 74-68 # 2-19-97 Mississippi State 84-61 2-1-97 Auburn 57-46 1-29-97 Arkansas 71-52 1-22-97 Tennessee 70-48 1-11-97 Kentucky 73-69 * clinched 1998 SEC Western Division title # clinched 1997 SEC Western Division titleREBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In the past six years, the Rebels have posted a 40-20 record (.667 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last three seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98), as the Rebels have an impressive 23-7 mark (.767 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous six years:
1992-93 5-5 1994-95 5-5 1996-97 8-2 1993-94 7-3 1995-96 6-4 1997-98 9-1CARTER 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 amateur 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.
REBELS RETURN OVER 50 PERCENT OF POINTS, REBOUNDS FROM 1997-98 Yes, Ole Miss did lose All-America Ansu Sesay, "sixth man" Joezon Darby and "heart and soul" Anthony Boone after last season. But, not to worry, as the Rebels return plenty of firepower for 1998-99. Ole Miss returns 55.9 percent of its scoring and 57.2 percent of its rebounding from last year. The following chart shows what the Rebels return in 1998-99:
Statistical Category Total Percent Points 1305 of 2334 55.9 Rebounds 688 of 1203 57.2 Assists 264 of 397 66.5 Steals 145 of 231 62.7 Blocks 90 of 124 72.6SENIORS LOOK TO CLIMB OLE MISS CAREER CHARTS The Ole Miss senior class of Jon Cantrell (Germantown, Tenn.), Hunter Carpenter (Little Rock, Ark., Keith Carter, Johnnie Rogers (Laurel, Miss.), Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) and Michael White (Tempe, Ariz.) is looking to make its mark in Ole Miss basketball history, and one way to do that is on the Rebel career statistical charts (see box at right).
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