November 18, 1998
Ole Miss (2-0) vs. #7 Temple (2-0)
Wednesday, November 18 * 6:00 p.m. (CT)
The Apollo of Temple * Philadelphia, Pa.
OLE MISS TO MEET NATIONALLY-RANKED TEMPLE ON WEDNESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (2-0) return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 18 when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to meet the No. 7 nationally-ranked Temple Owls (2-0). Game time is 6:00 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss won its first two games of the regular season, defeating Alabama State (87-45) on Nov. 13 and Belmont (91-42) on Nov. 16. The Rebels also won their two exhibition games with victories over Spirit Express (105-80) and North Melbourne (75-56). Temple, ranked No. 7 in both the preseason and first regular-season polls, defeated Georgetown (65-49) and Wake Forest (59-48) in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic in New York City. The Owls also posted victores in their two exhibition contests with wins over Athletes In Action (80-59) and the Australian National Team (58-52).
(based on starters from last game)
No.Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
00 Jon Cantrell (Sr.) F 6-8 225 4.5/1.5 Germantown, Tenn.
4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 8.5/4.5 Wheatley, Ark.
24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 11.0/4.0 Jackson, Tenn.
22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 2.5/1.5 Tempe, Ariz.
33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 20.0/4.0 Perryville, Ark.
No.Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 8.0/1.5 Little Rock, Ark.
11 Hunter Carpenter(Sr.)G 6-0 180 5.0/0.5 Little Rock, Ark.
12 Jason Harrison (Fr.) G 5-5 150 5.5/3.0 Little Rock, Ark.
13 Johnnie Rogers (Sr.) F 6-9 220 4.0/1.0 Laurel, Miss.
20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 4.0/2.5 Jonesboro, Ark.
21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 6.5/3.0 West Memphis, Ark.
23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-2 195 Gulfport, Miss.#
25 Lataryl Williams(Jr.)G 6-6 200 3.5/1.0 Oxford, Miss.
44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 8.0/3.0 Mendenhall, Miss.
54 John Engstrom (Fr.) C 7-0 245 0.0/3.0 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
BARNES TAKES OVER REBEL PROGRAM
Rod Barnes is in his first season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. He posted his first victory as head coach on Nov. 13 when the Rebels defeated Alabama State, 87-45. He now has a 2-0 record after the Rebels defeated Belmont on Nov. 16. 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).
The Nov. 18 contest will be the Owls' first after a week off from the court. Temple last played Wake Forest on Nov. 11, defeating the Demon Deacons, 59-48 in the Coaches Vs. Cancer championship game. The tandem of Lamont Barnes and Quincy Wadley is leading the Owls on the offensive end, as both are averaging 12.5 points per contest. Rasheed Brokenborough is the team's only other double-figure scorer with an 11.0 average. Barnes also leads Temple on the boards with a 7.5 average. The Owls are shooting 39.0 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to 35.7 percent shooting from the floor. Temple is also winning the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the opposition, 37.5 to 31.0. The Owls return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's 21-9 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round. The 1998-99 preseason favorite to claim the Atlantic 10 Conference title, Temple won the A-10 East championship last season.
TEMPLE PROBABLE STARTERS
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
32 Lamont Barnes (Jr.) F 6-10 230 12.5/7.5 Hopkinsville, Ky.
25 Mark Karcher (Fr.) F 6-5 220 7.5/4.5 Baltimore, Md.
42 Kevin Lyde (Fr.) C 6-9 240 8.0/6.0 Forest Heights, Md.
21 R. Brokenborough(Jr.)G 6-4 190 11.0/3.0 Philadelphia, Pa.
4 Pepe Sanchez (Jr.) G 6-4 198 4.5/6.0 Bahia Blanca, Arg.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
33 Quincy Wadley (Jr.) G 6-4 195 12.5/1.5 Harrisburg, Pa.
14 Lynn Greer (So.) G 6-1 165 6.0/1.5 Philadelphia, Pa.
15 Keaton Sanders (Jr.)F 6-6 225 0.0/1.5 Fort Valley, Ga.
30 Ron Rollerson (Fr.) C 6-10 290 0.0/0.0. Pennsauken, N.J.
OLE MISS-TEMPLE SERIES
The two teams have met only three times prior to Wednesday's encounter in Philadelphia. Temple holds a 2-1 lead in the series. The Owls won the first two meetings 70-61 at the Sugar Bowl Tournament in New Orleans in the 1987-88 season and 60-42 in a 1997 NCAA Tournament first-round contest in Kansas City, Mo. Last year, the Rebels defeated Temple, 87-74 in Oxford.
November 22, 1997
#21 Ole Miss 87, #18 Temple 74
Junior forward Keith Carter scored a career-high 33 points, including a school-record seven three-pointers, and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds to lead the No. 21 Ole Miss Rebels to an 87-74 victory over No. 18 Temple. Senior All-America candidate Ansu Sesay scored 23 points, while junior Jason Smith recorded his second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rebels shot 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line against the Temple famous "match-up" zone, while the Ole Miss defense held the Owls to 40.3 percent from the floor and 34.4 percent
from the arc. Ole Miss also dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Owls
The game was tied at 30-all at the half, but the Rebels took control of the contest with an early second-half run en route to the win. The Rebels held a 34-33 lead at the 18:43 mark, but then went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:55 to take a 42-33 lead with 16:48 left. The Owls cut the Rebel lead to eight at 48-40, but would get no closer the rest of the game. Ole Miss built its largest lead of the game at 67-48 on a Sesay layup with 5:42 left, and then hit 16-of-19 free throws (.842) in the final 2:52.
Temple FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl
Dunkley 3-5 3-5 0-0 0 9 1 0 0
Stewart 4-4 0-0 1-2 2 9 1 0 0
Barnes 5-10 0-0 4-9 7 14 3 0 2
Sanchez 7-14 4-6 0-0 3 18 6 0 1
Brokenborough 3-17 0-8 1-2 3 7 1 0 2
Sanders 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0 0
Greer 2-9 2-7 3-4 0 9 0 0 1
Tabb 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Wadley 2-6 1-4 0-0 1 5 2 0 1
Moore 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 3 0 0 2
Totals 27-67 11-32 9-18 28 74 14 0 9
Ole Miss FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl
Smith 4-11 0-0 2-4 10 10 3 0 1
Sesay 6-10 1-3 10-12 2 23 4 0 0
Boone, A. 2-5 0-0 5-6 6 9 0 0 1
White 0-1 0-0 2-3 3 2 4 0 1
Carter 10-16 7-12 6-6 15 33 2 1 0
Darby 2-6 1-5 0-0 0 5 0 0 1
Rogers 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 2 0
Flanigan 0-0 0-0 3-4 2 3 1 1 0
Oney 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Cantrell 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 0 1 0 0
Lockhart 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 25-50 9-20 28-35 48 87 15 4 4
Temple 30 44 - 74
Ole Miss 30 57 - 87
Officials: Jim Burr, David Day, Ed Corbett Attendance: 8,217
THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
For the first time in the history of the program, Ole Miss will play a game in the "City of Brotherly Love" when the Rebels meet Temple in Philadelphia on Wednesday. In fact, the Rebels' trip to Philadelphia will be the program's first to an East Coast city above the Mason-Dixon Line. In the 1987-88 season, Ole Miss did open its season in a tournament held in Baltimore, Md., which is the Rebels' only previous trip to the East Coast. Ole Miss defeated St. Joseph's, 59-51 in the first round, but fell to Maryland, 77-69 in the title game. Rod Barnes was a senior on Ole Miss' last trip to the East Coast.
REBELS VERSUS THE ATLANTIC 10
Ole Miss has a 4-4 all-time record against teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Rebels are 1-0 versus St. Joseph's and Fordham, 1-1 versus Virginia Tech, 1-2 versus Temple and 0-1 versus Dayton. The Rebels have not played Duquesne, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island and Xavier. Ole Miss' last win versus a team
from the Atlantic 10 Conference was an 87-74 victory over Temple last year.
On Dec. 21, the Rebels will play St. Joseph's in a first-round game at the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR BARNES
On Nov. 13, head coach Rod Barnes made a successful debut as the Rebel mentor, as Ole Miss posted an 87-45 victory over Alabama State. With Barnes' victory, Ole Miss head coaches are now 14-5 (.737 winning percentage) in their debuts. The previous three head coaches Rob Evans, Ed Murphy and Lee Hunt all posted victories in their coaching debuts. The last Ole Miss head coach to lose in his first game at the helm was Bob Weltlich, a 70-61 loss to TCU on the road in the 1976-77 season. The following chart shows what the 19 head coaches in Ole Miss history did in their debuts:
Head Coach Opponent Home/Away Result Date/Yr
Rod Barnes Alabama State Home 87-45 W 11-13-98
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 1910
19 head coaches 16 Home/3 Away 14-5 record
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last seven years (including 1998-99), the Rebels have posted a 42-20 record (.677 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last four seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99), as the Rebels have an impressive 25-7 mark (.781 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous six years:
REMEMBER THE LAST TIME
The last time that the Rebels played a top 10 team on the road, Ole Miss posted an incredible 73-64 upset of eventual NCAA champion Kentucky on Feb. 14, 1998. Ole Miss, ranked No. 18 going into that contest, upset the Wildcats, ranked No. 7, in Rupp Arena. It was Ole Miss' first-ever win in Rupp Arena, and the program's first victory in Lexington since 1927. By the way, Ole Miss is playing at No. 7 Temple on Wednesday.
OLE MISS VERSUS RANKED TEAMS IN 1997-98
The Rebels posted a 4-2 record against nationally-ranked teams during the 1997-98 campaign. The following chart shows the results of those games:
Opponent Ole Miss Rank Opponent Rank Result
Temple (H) #21 #18 87-74 W
South Carolina (H) #16 #11 73-54 W
Arkansas (A) #17 #14 87-100 L
Kentucky (A) #18 #7 73-64 W
Arkansas (H) #13 #12 81-65 W
South Carolina (SEC)#10 #15 77-87 L
H - Home; A - Away; SEC - SEC Tournament
GOING FOR ANOTHER 3-0 START
With a win over No. 7 nationally-ranked Temple on Wednesday, the Rebels will begin a season with a 3-0 record for the fourth time in the 1990s. Ole Miss began the 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1997-98 campaigns with a 3-0 record. The best start for the Rebels in the 1990s was a 4-0 record to begin the 1997-98 season.
OLE MISS IN ROAD OPENERS
The Rebels have not had much success in their first game away from Oxford in their 88-year history. Ole Miss has a 39-49 overall mark in its opening game on the road (including neutral sites). Last season, the Rebels won their first game away from Oxford, defeating Long Island, 102-99 in the first round of the Ball State Tournament. In the 1990s, Ole Miss has a 3-5 record in road openers.
REBELS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN SEC WESTERN DIVISION
In the Southeastern Conference media day voting, Ole Miss was picked to finished third in the SEC Western Division. Arkansas was the overwhelming choice to win the Western Division, with Auburn picked to finish second. Mississippi State was fourth followed by Alabama and LSU. In the SEC Eastern Division, Kentucky was picked to finish first followed by Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Vanderbilt. The Wildcats were also selected to win the overall SEC championship.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rod Barnes is the first Rebel head coach to have played his collegiate basketball at Ole Miss since Cob Jarvis. Jarvis, who was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference first teamer in 1953 and 1954, was a three-year letterwinner for the Rebels and is still in the No. 12 spot on the Ole Miss career scoring chart with 1,313 points. He coached the Rebels from 1968-76 and compiled an 87-117 record.
FIRST TIME SINCE...
The Rebels defeated Alabama State, 87-45 in their season opener on Nov. 13. The 42-point margin of victory was the largest in a season opener since 1957-58 campaign when the Rebels defeated Howard, 97-46 (51-point margin) on Dec. 2, 1957. The 42-point margin of victory over Alabama State tied the Rebels' margin of victory in their 1992-93 season opener. In that contest, Ole Miss defeated Houston Baptist, 103-61 on Dec. 3, 1992.
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 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 72.6
HEY COACH, YOU'RE NEXT
With his 22 points in Friday's win over Alabama State, senior All-America candidate Keith Carter moved into the No. 16 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart. His 18 points in the Rebels' victory over Belmont give him 1,180 points for his career. Carter moved into the No. 16 spot past Ken Turner (1967-69), who netted 1,159 career points. Up next for Carter is his own head coach Rod Barnes, who scored 1,201 points in his career from 1985-88. (See box at right)
SMITH CLOSING IN
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) scored six points in last Friday's victory over Alabama State and moved closer to becoming the 24th player in Ole Miss basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. After scoring 11 points on Monday, Smith has 878 career points and needs 122 points to reach the 1,000-point mark. Smith is also close to breaking into the top five on the Rebel career steals chart. He had two swipes in each of the Rebels' wins over Alabama State (87-45) and Belmont (91-42), bringing his career total to 142. He needs 12 more to tie you, guessed it Rod Barnes for the fifth spot on the Ole Miss career steals chart. Barnes (1985-88) finished his career with 154 steals.
SMITH NEARING 500
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith is nearing 500, and it's a good thing. With four more rebounds, Smith will join the 500-rebound club at Ole Miss. Smith enters Wednesday's game versus Temple with 496 boards.
DISHING IT OUT
The Rebels have been unselfish in the both wins over Alabama State and Belmont. Ole Miss collected 26 assists in the 87-45 victory over Alabama State and 23 assists in the 91-42 win over Belmont. Last season, the Rebels recorded 20 or more assists on three occasions with 21 versus Louisiana Tech (88-56 win), 26 versus Belmont (100-59 win) and 20 versus Northwestern State (99-52 win). Senior Michael White (Tempe, Ariz.) has led the Rebels in both contests with game highs of eight assists versus Alabama State and five assists versus Belmont. White also committed no turnovers in the two games. Senior Keith Carter came with one assist of tying his career high in assists versus Alabama State. Carter dished out six assists in last Friday's victory, while his career best is seven assists versus Temple last season. The Ole Miss single-game team record for assists is 33 in a 96-70 win over Sam Houston State on Dec. 30, 1989.
LOCKHART TIES CAREER HIGH IN BLOCKS
Sophomore forward Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) tied a career high in blocked shots with three in the Rebels' 87-45 victory over Alabama State on Nov. 13. Lockhart also recorded three blocks in wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 24, 1997) and Belmont (Dec. 17, 1997) last season. In last Friday's win over Alabama State, Lockhart also tied a career high in field goals with four, and was one point shy of tying his career best in scoring with nine points. Lockhart's career-high scoring game was 10 points last season in a win over Florida (Jan. 7, 1998).
Ole Miss has a record of 12-2 (.857 winning percentage) in the month of November in the 1990s. The Rebels have won their last seven games played in the month of November, with their last November loss coming in overtime to Davidson, 84-83 (ot), in the 1995-96 season opener (Nov. 27, 1995)...The Rebels have shot over 50 percent from the floor in consecutive games for the first time since last year's Belmont (Dec. 17, 1997) and Prairie View (Dec. 20, 1997) games...Carter has connected on four treys in each of the Rebels' two wins. Last year, the Rebels were 6-1 when Carter hit four or more three-pointers in a game...Junior transfer Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) had a solid outings in his first two games in a Rebel uniform. He scored 12 points in the win over Alabama State and 10 in the victory over Belmont. Hicks is shooting a team-best 71.4 percent from the field.