Nov. 18, 1999
Jacksonville State vs. Ole Miss
Friday, November 19 - 7:30 p.m.
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
OLE MISS TO OPEN REGULAR SEASON ON FRIDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (0-0, 0-0 SEC) will open their 1999-2000 regular
season on Friday, Nov. 19 against Jacksonville State (0-0, 0-0 TAAC).
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels
defeated Spirit Express, 90-67 and MBK-Odessa Ukraine, 51-25 in their two
exhibition games. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks split their two
exhibition contests, falling to World Basketball Opportunities, 89-88 and
defeating Korabel-Ukraine, 80-71.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS-JACKSONVILLE STATE SERIES
Friday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
OLE MISS VERSUS FIRST TIME FOES
The Rebels may face as many as four first-time opponents this season. Ole
Miss will play Jacksonville State on Friday and Virginia Commonwealth on
Dec. 7. In the SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament Nov. 26-28 in Greenville,
S.C., the Rebels will meet either Oregon State or South Carolina State on
the tournament's second day and could face Old Dominion or Central Florida
on the third day. Last season, Ole Miss posted a 4-2 record in its
meetings against first-time opponents. The Rebels defeated Alabama A&M
(89-45), West Alabama (101-68), Oklahoma (75-72) and Villanova (72-70) and
lost to Ohio State (67-62) and Michigan State (74-66). Ohio State and
Michigan State advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament Final Four.
PROBABLE STARTERS (1998-99 stats)
* Based on last exhibition game
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
20 Jason Holmes (Jr.)* G 6-5 200 17.9/6.0 Tylertown, Miss.
22 Jason Flanigan (Jr.) G 6-1 175 4.8/2.6 Little Rock, Ark.
24 Marcus Hicks (Sr.) F 6-6 200 11.7/5.4 Jackson, Tenn.
25 Lataryl Williams (Sr.) F 6-7 200 3.1/1.5 Oxford, Miss.
44 Rahim Lockhart (Jr.) F 6-8 250 7.4/4.9 Mendenhall, Miss.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
3 Rodney Driver (Jr.)* G 6-0 180 4.1/2.8 Etta, Miss.
11 Jason Harrison (So.) G 5-5 150 6.3/1.7 Little Rock, Ark.
15 Ray Waddell (Jr.)* G 5-9 165 6.2/3.1 Philadelphia, Miss.
21 Darrian Brown (So.) G/F 6-6 200 4.1/2.0 West Memphis, Ark.
23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.)* G 6-0 195 27.8/4.8 Gulfport, Miss.#
30 Josh Hayes (Fr.)* F 6-7 190 16.5/6.7 Little Rock, Ark.
31 John Gunn (Fr.)* F/C 6-10 245 13.4/10.5 Oxford, Miss.
32 Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)* G 6-3 185 28.2/8.7 Marianna, Ark.
45 Richard Kirklin (Fr.)* F 6-9 200 15.3/10.2 Pine Bluff, Ark.
54 John Engstrom (So.) C 7-0 245 1.0/1.8 Paragould, Ark.
* denotes high school or junior college averages
# will join the team following the football season
SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE STATE
The Gamecocks, a member of the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC),
enter the 1999-2000 campaign after posting an 8-18 overall record and a
3-10 TAAC mark last season. Jacksonville State returns nine letterwinners
and five starters from last year's team. Leading the way for the Gamecocks
will be sophomore guard Rashard Willie, who averaged 12.6 points and 4.6
rebounds. In the Gamecocks' two exhibition games, Willie averaged 18.5
points. His backcourt mate, senior Marlon Gurley (14.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg) will
not be eligible to play until mid-December. Senior Wes Fowler will be
counted on to lead the Gamecock frontcourt. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound center
was the team's leading rebounder last season with 5.2 boards per game. The
Gamecocks have welcomed six newcomers to their program, led by freshman
Johnny Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick has averaged 13 points and four rebounds in
the two exhibitions. Head coach Mark Turgeon is in his second year at
Jacksonville State. Turgeon, who played at Kansas from 1984-87, also
served as an assistant on the Jayhawks' staff from 1987-92.
BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. In his first season in 1998-99, Barnes guided Ole Miss
to a 20-13 overall record and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Satartia, Miss., native became the first head coach in the history of
Rebel basketball to win 20 games in his first season. Last season, Barnes
also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over Villanova in the NCAA Tournament
first round, marking the program's first-ever victory in NCAA play. Barnes
was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998, after Rob Evans left to
take the h ead 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
(17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).
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 67-22 (.753 winning percentage) in season openers in its previous
89 years of basketball. The Rebels have been even more impressive in home
openers, posting a 72-12 record (.857 winning percentage) in those
contests. Last year, the Rebels defeated Alabama State, 87-45 in their
WHEN THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME
Friday's game will be the 60th time in which Ole Miss' season opener will
also be its home opener. In the previous 59 season/home openers, the
Rebels have posted an incredible record of 52-7 (.881 winning percentage).
In the 1990s, Ole Miss has opened every season at home and has posted a 8-1
record in those season/home openers, with the lone loss an 84-83 overtime
setback to Davidson on Nov. 27, 1995.
REBELS ENTER 1999-2000 SEASON WITH NEW LOOK
After three seasons of having several returnees, the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program enters the 1999-2000 campaign with a new look, as only
two starters and seven letterwinners return. Last season, the Rebels
returned three starters and nine letterwinners, and in 1997-98, all five
starters returned from the 1996-97 season. The following chart shows what
the Rebels return in 1999-2000:
Stat Category Returning Pct.
Points 1186 of 2540 46.7
Rebounds 576 of 1197 48.1
Assists 265 of 545 48.6
Blocks 86 of 133 64.7
Steals 156 of 326 47.9
OLE MISS VERSUS THE TAAC
The Rebels have an all-time record of 16-1 versus current members of the
Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC). Ole Miss' lone setback to a
member of the TAAC was a 71-47 loss to Jacksonville University in the
1984-85 campaign. The Rebels are 5-0 versus Mercer, 3-0 versus Troy State,
2-0 versus Stetson and Samford, 1-0 versus Florida Atlantic and Campbell
and 2-1 versus Jacksonville. Ole Miss has never played Georgia State and
OLE MISS TOUGH AT HOME VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE FOES
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 1999-2000 season with
the eighth-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents.
The following chart shows the nation's top homecourt winning streaks versus
School No. Last home non-conference loss
1. Maryland 65 12/12/89 Coppin St., 70-63
2. N. Carolina 55 1/7/89 Iowa, 98-97
3. Washington St. 41 12/14/89 Idaho, 56-52
4. New Mexico 40 12/29/94 NC Charlotte, 78-75 (ot)
5. Penn State 39 3/18/92 Pitt, 67-65 (NIT)
6. Clemson 38 2/9/94 S. Carolina, 91-88
7. SW Texas St. 26 12/14/91 Baylor, 67-55
8. OLE MISS 25 11/27/95 Davidson 84-83 (ot)
9. Vanderbilt 24 12/30/95 Boston College, 90-74
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last seven years, the Rebels have posted a 51-27 record (.654 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 34-11 mark (.756
winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows
Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous seven years:
1992-93 5-5 1994-95 5-5 1996-97 8-3 1998-99 11-4
1993-94 7-3 1995-96 6-4 1997-98 9-2
REBELS OPEN 90TH SEASON OF BASKETBALL IN 1999-2000
When the 1999-2000 season begins on Friday, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball
program will open its 90th campaign. The Rebels have posted a 925-1044
all-time record in their previous 89 seasons. The Ole Miss program has won
a Southern Conference Tournament title (1927-28), a Southeastern Conference
Tournament title (1981) and consecutive SEC Western Division titles (1997,
1998). The Rebels have also appeared in four NCAA Tournaments (1981, 1997,
1998, 1999) and five NITs (1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989).
GOING FOR FOUR STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENTS IN 1999-2000
The Ole Miss Rebel basketball program is the first team from the state of
Mississippi to play in three straight NCAA Men's Basketball Division I
Tournaments since Alcorn State did so in 1982, 1983, and 1984. No Division
I men's basketball team from the state of Mississippi has ever played in
four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past three
seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99), Ole Miss has an incredible 55-6 record
(.902 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. On
the other hand, the Rebels are 7-23 when they net less than 70 points in a
game. Last season, Ole Miss had an 18-3 record (.857 winning percentage)
when it eclipsed the 70-point plateau.
YOUTH SERVES NOTICE ON THE BOARDS
The 1999-2000 Rebels have several young players, but they made their
presence known in Ole Miss' first exhibition game versus Spirit
Express-especially on the boards. Freshmen John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) and
Richard Kirklin (Pine Bluff, Ark.) each grabbed a team-high six rebounds
versus Spirit Express. Gunn scored nine points, while Kirklin added eight
points and two blocked shots.
WILLIAMS SHINES IN FIRST EXHIBITION
Entering the 1999-2000 season, head coach Rod Barnes kept talking about
how senior forward Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) had to be a leader for
the Rebels this year-and Williams responded big time in the first
exhibition game. The 6-foot-7 forward scored a team-high 16 points and
grabbed a team-high tying six boards in the exhibition win over Spirit
Express. Williams shot 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the
arc, and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. He also recorded three assists
and two blocked shots in only 18 minutes of action.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
The Rebels must love to play doubleheaders with the Lady Rebel basketball
team, and it shows in the record. Friday's doubleheader format has the
women's team hosting Memphis and the men's team meeting Jacksonville State.
The Ole Miss men's squad has won its last 23 games at home when playing a
doubleheader with the women's basketball team. Last year, the Ole Miss
men's squad was 4-0 when it played a doubleheader with the Lady Rebels.
The last time the Rebels lost their game in a doubleheader format was in
the 1992-93 season, an 89-79 setback to Rice on Jan. 9, 1993.
OLE MISS' 1999-2000 RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
The 1999-2000 Rebel recruiting class was ranked among the top 30 in the
country, according to two national recruiting publications. The Ole Miss
recruiting class was ranked No. 26 in the nation by both PrepStar and HOOP
SCOOP magazines. Other Southeastern Conference schools ranked
(PrepStar/HOOP SCOOP) were: Mississippi State (3/3), Florida (6/6),
Kentucky (7/7), Alabama (9/9), Georgia (10/10), South Carolina (12/12),
Tennessee (14/14) and Arkansas (22/22).
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 on Nov. 3-4. Auburn was selected to win the SEC overall title and the
Western Division championship. Arkansas was second, followed by Alabama,
Mississippi State and LSU. In the East, Florida was picked to finish
first, followed by Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South
Rod Barnes and Mark Turgeon both won their first games as first-year head
coaches in 1998-99. Barnes guided the Rebels to an 87-45 win over Alabama
State, while Turgeon led Jacksonville State to a 61-53 win over East
Carolina last year...Barnes (Ole Miss) and Turgeon (Kansas) also played
guard at their respective schools in the mid-1980s, and both earned
all-league honors during their careers...This season, the "j's" have it
again. The Rebels have five players whose first name begins with the
letter "j"-John Engstrom, Jason Flanigan, John Gunn, Jason Harrison, Josh
Hayes and Jason Holmes. The last two seasons (1997-98, 1998-99) the Rebels
had six players with their first names beginning with the letter "j."