Nov. 16, 2000
Who: Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Ole Miss
When: Saturday, November 18 @ 12:00 p.m.
Where: Tad Smith Coliseum @ Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (Brett Brown, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
OLE MISS TO HOST ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF IN SEASON OPENER SATURDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (0-0) will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-0) in the
season opener for both teams Saturday, Nov. 18. The game is scheduled for
a 12:00 p.m. (CT) tip at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels enter Saturday's
season opener after two exhibition wins over Spirit Express (99-74) and
Christian Brothers (104-58).
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27
record, and the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two
years in Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14
overall record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
The Rebels advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school
history. The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth
straight for the Ole Miss program.
In his first season in 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall
record and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia,
Miss., native was the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball
to win 20 games in his first season. Barnes also guided the Rebels to a
72-70 win over Villanova in the tournament's first round, marking the
program's first-ever victory in NCAA play.
Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998. 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-ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF SERIES
The Rebels hold a 1-0 all-time series lead versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Ole Miss defeated the Golden Lions, 81-36 in the 1997-98 season (Nov. 24,
November 24, 1997 (1997-98 Season)
#17 Ole Miss 81, Ark.-Pine Bluff 36
Senior guard Joezon Darby led four Rebels in double figures with 16
points, and junior forward Jason Smith recorded his third straight
double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 17 Ole Miss to an
81-36 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Senior All-America Ansu Sesay added 15 points and seven rebounds, while
junior Jon Cantrell scored 10 points.
Patrick Chambers was Arkansas-Pine Bluff's lone double-figure scorer with 11 points. He also led the Golden Lions on the boards with eight rebounds.
The Rebels jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first three minutes of the
game and never looked back. Ole Miss led 50-12 at the intermission.
The Rebel defense was the story of the game, as Ole Miss forced 20 Golden Lion turnovers and held Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 20 percent shooting from the field and 6.7 percent from the three-point line. The Rebels also owned the glass, out-rebounding the Golden Lions, 65-32.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
Saturday's game will be the 2000-01 season opener for the Arkansas-Pine
Bluff Golden Lions. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a member of the South-Western
Athletic Conference (SWAC), lost its lone exhibition game, a 48-36 setback
to the Arkansas Express Nov. 12. The Golden Lions, under the direction of
head coach Harold Blevins, posted a 6-21 overall record and a 5-13 SWAC
mark in 1999-2000. Arkansas-Pine Bluff returns two starters and six
letterwinners from last year's team. Junior Jeremy Jefferson is the
squad's top returning scorer, as he averaged 12.7 points a year ago.
Freshman guard Brandon Jones led the Golden Lions with eight points in
REBELS HAVE IMPRESSIVE RECORD IN SEASON, HOME OPENERS
Indeed, it is "home sweet home" for the Rebels when playing in
Oxford -- especially in season and home openers. Ole Miss has an overall
record of 68-22 (.756 winning percentage) in season openers in its previous
90 years of basketball. The Rebels have been even more impressive in home
openers, posting a 73-12 record (.859 winning percentage) in those
contests. Last year, the Rebels defeated Jacksonville State, 74-59 in
their season opener.
WHEN THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME
Saturday's game will be the 61st time in which Ole Miss' season opener
will also be its home opener. In the previous 60 season/home openers, the
Rebels have posted an incredible record of 53-7 (.883 winning percentage).
In the 1990s (including the 1999-2000 season), Ole Miss opened every season
at home and posted a 9-1 record in those season/home openers, with the lone
loss an 84-83 overtime setback to Davidson on Nov. 27, 1995.
REBELS VERSUS THE SWAC
Ole Miss has a perfect 18-0 record versus current members of the
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Rebels are 6-0 versus Prairie
View, 3-0 versus Jackson State and Alabama State, 2-0 versus Alcorn State,
and 1-0 versus Southern, Grambling, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M.
Ole Miss has never played Mississippi Valley State or Texas Southern. Last
season, the Rebels defeated Alabama State, 77-65 and Prairie View A&M, 98-74.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years, the Rebels posted a 65-28 record (.699 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 48-15 mark
(.762 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following
shows Ole Miss' non-conference record the last eight years:
PROVINE TRIO AVERAGE DOUBLE FIGURES IN EXHIBITION GAMES
The Provine High School trio of sophomore David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.)
and freshmen Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) and Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.)
all made good showings in their first games as Rebels last week. Sanders
(15.0 ppg), Harper (16.0) and Reed (12.0) all averaged in double figures in
the two exhibition games. Reed was the Rebels' top rebounder with a 7.5
average in the two exhibitions, while Harper recorded 10 assists and seven
steals in the two contests.
Sanders, a transfer from Tallahassee (Fla.) C.C., netted a game-high 22
points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free throw
line versus Spirit Express. Harper scored 16 points in both contests.
Reed had 11 points and seven boards versus Spirit Express and recorded 13
points and eight rebounds versus Christian Brothers.
FLANIGAN TO RETURN FOR REBELS ON SATURDAY
Senior Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) will play in Saturday's season
opener versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Flanigan missed Ole Miss' second
exhibition contest versus Christian Brothers with a grade-one MCL sprain of
the right knee. The 6-foot-1 guard injured the knee in a practice prior to
the Christian Brothers exhibition contest.
LOVE THOSE NOVEMBER GAMES!!!
The Rebels love to play games in November and it shows in their record in
contests played during that month. Since the 1990-91 campaign, Ole Miss
has a 21-3 record (.875 winning percentage) in the month of November. The
Rebels have won seven straight in the month of November, with their last
loss coming at then-No. 7 nationally-ranked Temple (68-52, Nov. 18, 1998).
FIVE IN A ROW
For the 2000-01 Rebels, the season theme could be "The Drive for Five" -- as in five straight winning seasons and five consecutive postseason tournament berths. Ole Miss enters 2000-01 on the momentum of four straight winning campaigns (20-9, 1996-97, 22-7, 1997-98, 20-13, 1998-99, 19-14, 1999-2000) and four consecutive postseason tournament bids (NCAA -- 1997, 1998, 1999, NIT -- 2000). 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 five or more consecutive winning campaigns was nine straight from 1919-20 through 1927-28. The Rebel program has never played in five straight postseason tournaments.
OLE MISS PICKED SIXTH IN WEST BY MEDIA
The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in sixth place in the SEC
Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media
days Nov. 1-2 in Birmingham, Ala. Arkansas was picked to win the SEC
Western Division championship, while Tennessee was selected to win both the
SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown. The following shows the
media's picks for the 2000-01 campaign (first-place votes in parentheses):
Overall Champion: Tennessee (19), Arkansas (4), Kentucky (3), Florida (2)
|Eastern Division||Western Division|
|1.Tennessee (21)||1.Arkansas (23)|
|2.Kentucky (5)||2.Alabama (6)|
|3.Florida (4)||3.Miss. State (1)|
FLANIGAN CONTINUES STEADY PLAY
Senior Jason Flanigan has been a steadying force for the Rebels the past
two seasons, and it looks as if he has picked up where he left off in
1999-2000. In the Rebels' exhibition win over Spirit Express, Flanigan
netted 10 points, and also played an excellent floor game. The 6-foot-1
guard recorded eight assists (compared to only two turnovers), three boards
and one steal.
ENGSTROM CRASHING THE BOARDS
Junior John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) was an absolute monster on the
glass for the Rebels in their exhibition win over Spirit Express Nov. 6.
The 7-footer grabbed eight boards in only 12 minutes of action. Although
the performance will not count in his career bests, the eight boards
doubled his career high of four rebounds, which he set on two previous
occasions (last time versus Southeastern La., Dec. 15, 1999).
HEY, HAVEN'T WE'VE PLAYED TOGETHER BEFORE?
The 2000-01 Rebel squad has several players who have been teammates before
arriving on the Ole Miss campus. The following lists the Rebel players and
the teams they played on before becoming Ole Miss teammates:
* Rebel assistant coach Eric Bozeman is a 1977 graduate of Parkview High
School, volunteer assistant coach at Parkview High from 1981-89
|Rebel Players||Team Before Ole Miss|
|Flanigan, Harrison, Hayes*||Parkview HS|
|Harper, Reed, Sanders#||Provine HS|
|Wade, Kirklin, Hayes||Arkansas Hawks AAU|
|Gunn, Harper, Reed||Above The Rim|
# Rebel assistant coach Wayne Brent is a 1985 graduate of Provine High
School and also coached Harper, Reed and Sanders at Provine
PILING UP THE FREQUENT FLYER MILES
After staying on the mainland the first 86 years of the program's
existence, Ole Miss basketball has been frequent travelers the past five
seasons. This year, the Rebel program will make its third trip outside the
continental United States with a December date set in Hawaii to play in the
Pearl Harbor Invitational. In the 1998-99 campaign, the Rebels traveled to
Puerto Rico to play in the Holiday Classic and finished second to eventual
Final Four participant Ohio State. Following the 1996-97 season, Ole Miss
played a five-game exhibition tour in Australia and won all five games.
OLE MISS ENTERS 2000-01 SEASON WITH STREAK INTACT
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 enters the 2000-01 season with
the third-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents.
With their win over Southwest Missouri State in the NIT second round Mar.
21, the Rebels' streak reached 35 straight. The following chart shows the
nation's top three homecourt winning streaks versus non-conference
opponents entering the 2000-01 season:
|School||No.||Last home non-conference loss|
|1.||Maryland||72||12/12/89 - Coppin St., 70-63|
|2.||Penn State||48||3/18/92 - Pitt, 67-65 (NIT)|
|3.||Ole Miss||35||11/27/95 - Davidson, 84-83 (OT)|
CLOSING IN ON THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan and Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall,
Miss.) and junior redshirt John Engstrom are closing in on the record of
most victories by a class in a four-year span. The record is 74 wins by
the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter, Keith Carter, Jason Smith and
Michael White. After the Rebels' 19 wins last season, this class has won
61 games, just 13 behind the record. This senior class has also been a
part of the 1998 SEC Western Division championship squad and has been to
three straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT). The following chart lists the
most successful classes in Ole Miss history:
|Four-Year Span||No. of Wins|
|1995-96 to 1998-99||74|
|1979-80 to 1982-83||70|
|1935-36 to 1938-39||63|
|1994-95 to 1997-98||62|
|1978-79 to 1981-82||62|
|1923-24 to 1926-27||62|
|1997-98 to present||61|
|1980-81 to 1983-84||61|
|1936-37 to 1939-40||61|
|1934-35 to 1937-38||61|
BARNES STILL AMONG YOUNGEST DIVISION I-A HEAD COACHES
According to research by the NCAA, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is still
among the youngest Division I-A head coaches in the country. Barnes is
tied for the 10th-youngest head coach in the nation with 10 others. The
following lists the top 20 youngest head coaches:
|Head Coach, School||Age (Birthdate)|
|Joel Sobotka, Portland St.||30 (8/21/70)|
|Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts||30 (6/03/70)|
|Travis Ford, Eastern Ky.||30 (12/29/69)|
|Darelle Porter, Duquesne||31 (5/13/69)|
|Dave Calloway, Monmouth||32 (10/07/68)|
|Porter Moser, Ark.-Little Rock||32 (8/24/68)|
|Thad Matta, Butler||33 (7/11/67)|
|Jerome Jenkins, Cal St. Sacramento||33 (7/02/67)|
|Scott Hicks, Loyola (Md.)||33 (4/03/67)|
|Kevin Johnson, Centenary||34 (11/11/66)|
|Quin Snyder, Missouri||34 (10/30/66)|
|Mike LaPlante, Jacksonville St.||34 (10/27/66)|
|Jeff Lebo, Tennessee Tech||34 (10/05/66)|
|Mike MacDonald, Canisius||34 (8/04/66)|
|Steve Shurina, Western Carolina||34 (4/13/66)|
|Tom Crean, Marquette||34 (3/25/66)|
|John Thompson III, Princeton||34 (3/11/66)|
|Houston Fancher, App. St.||34 (2/17/66)|
|Rod Barnes, Ole Miss||34 (1/08/66)|
|Ed Schilling, Wright St.||34 (1/04/66)|
LOCKHART BREAKS INTO TOP 15
With his monster rebounding games last season, Rahim Lockhart put his name
among the top rebounders in Ole Miss basketball history. He entered the
1999-2000 season with 278 boards, and with his 220 rebounds in 1999-2000,
he has 498 rebounds and is in the No. 15 spot on the Rebel career
rebounding chart. The following abbreviated chart shows the top rebounders
in Ole Miss history:
|1. Walter Actwood/1974-77||945|
|2. Elston Turner/1978-81||828|
|7. Ansu Sesay/1995-98||699|
|9. Jason Smith/1996-99||671|
|12. Keith Carter/1996-99||596|
|14. Ivan Richmann/1958-60||537|
|15. Rahim Lockhart/1997-present||498|
|16. Duaine Boucher/1970-72||480|
OLE MISS' RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
After its 1999 recruiting class was ranked No. 26 in the nation, Ole Miss
took another step up the ladder to national prominence when its 2000 class
was ranked as high as No. 10 in the country. The 2000 class of Derrick
Allen (Gadsden, Ala.), Aaron Harper, Justin Reed and David Sanders was
ranked No. 10 by HOOP SCOOP and No. 23 by The Recruiting Beat. According
to the HOOP SCOOP rankings, Ole Miss had the top recruiting class in the SEC.
"TAD PAD" NEARING 300
The Rebels are nearing 300 in Tad Smith Coliseum -- and it's a good thing.
With four more victories at home, the Rebels will reach the 300-win
milestone in the "Tad Pad." Ole Miss enters the 2000-01 campaign with an
all-time record of 296-154 (.658 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad
Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
OLE MISS MAKES FOURTH STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE
Last year, Ole Miss made its fourth consecutive postseason appearance with
the Rebels receiving a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth. Ole
Miss advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school
history. Prior to last year's NIT, Ole Miss had played in four NCAA
Tournaments (1981, 1997, 1998, 1999) and five NITs (1980, 1982, 1983, 1987,
BARNES AMONG THE SEC'S ELITE COACHES
After two seasons at the helm of the Ole Miss basketball program, Rod
Barnes has proven to be one the Southeastern Conference's elite coaches.
Of all the current SEC head coaches, Barnes posted the third most victories
in his first two seasons as a head coach in the conference. The following
chart shows what the current SEC coaches did in their first two seasons at
NOTE: Jim Harrick (Georgia) and Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) both were in
their first seasons at their respective SEC schools in 1999-2000.
|Coach||Overall Wins||SEC School||Postseason (First 2 Yrs.)|
|Tubby Smith#||45||Georgia||2 NCAA|
|Jerry Green||41||Tennessee||2 NCAA|
|Rod Barnes||39||Ole Miss||NCAA/NIT|
|Cliff Ellis||35||Auburn||2 NIT|
|Rick Stansbury||34||Miss. State||1 NIT|
|Nolan Richardson||31||Arkansas||1 NIT|
|Mark Gottfried||30||Alabama||1 NIT|
|Billy Donovan||27||Florida||1 NIT|
* current head coach at South Carolina
# current head coach at Kentucky
TO BE THE BEST...
You have to play the best, as the old adage in college athletics goes.
Ole Miss has taken that to heart in the 2000-01 season. According to two
preseason polls by FOXSports.com and CBS Sportsline.com, the Rebels could
possibly meet at least eight teams listed in their polls. Alabama (ARV),
Arkansas (#16), Brigham Young (ARV), Florida (#19), Iowa State (#20),
Kentucky (#12), Oklahoma (ARV) Southern California (#18) and Tennessee (#5)
all are listed in the FOXSports.com poll. In CBS Sportsline's top 40 poll,
Alabama (#39), Arkansas (#19), Auburn (#33), Brigham Young (#38), Florida
(#13), Iowa State (#15), Kentucky (#10), LSU (#34), Mississippi State
(#32), Oklahoma (#40) Southern California (#24) and Tennessee (#5) are ranked.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
With his three blocked shots versus Arkansas Feb. 2, Rahim Lockhart moved
into the top five on the Ole Miss career blocked shot chart. The 6-foot-8
forward has 83 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 led the Rebels in blocked shots the
last two seasons with 44 and 46 blocks, respectively. The following chart
show the Ole Miss career blocked shots leaders:
|Player/Years||No. of Blocks|
|1. Sean Murphy/1987-91||180|
|2. Johnnie Rogers/1996-99||114|
|3. David Dean/1992-94||108|
|4. Ansu Sesay/1995-98||99|
|5. Rahim Lockhart/1997-present||83|
|6. Marcus Hicks/1998-2000||71|
|7. Ronnie Sims/1985-86||71|
|8. Patrick Eddie/1989-91||68|
TWO REBELS IN 500-POINT, 200-ASSIST CLUB
Last season, Jason Flanigan and Jason Harrison hit milestones in their
careers, as both players surpassed 500 points and 200 assists. Flanigan
dished out his 200th assist in a win over South Carolina and scored his
500th point vs. LSU. The 6-foot-1 guard has 536 points and 226 assists.
Harrison netted his 500th point and recorded his 200th assist vs. N.C.
State. Harrison has 519 points and 201 assists.
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
71-9 record (.888 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more.
On the other hand, the Rebels are 9-34 when they net less than 70 points
the last four years. Last year, the Rebels were 16-3 when scoring 70
points or more.