Ole Miss Men's Basketball Game Notes
Nov. 23, 2001
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REBEL GAME NOTES
BARNES IN FOURTH SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR: Rod Barnes is in his fourth season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. The 2001 Naismith and CollegeInsider.com National Coach of the Year, Barnes has compiled a 68-36 record. Last year, Barnes, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, guided Ole Miss to a school-record 27 wins (27-8 record) and the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen." The winning season and postseason tournament berth both were the fifth-straight for Ole Miss.
Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998. A 1988 graduate of Ole Miss, Barnes served as an assistant under Rob 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).
THE OLE MISS-KANSAS STATE SERIES: The two schools will meet for the second-straight season on the hardwood. Last year, the Rebels posted a 60-46 win over Kansas State in Oxford on Dec. 5, 2000.
SCOUTING KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats enter Saturday's game with a 2-0 record. Kansas State defeated Troy State 64-60 in its season opener Nov. 16, and followed up with a 68-55 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay Nov. 20. Both games were played in Manhattan.
The senior tandem of Travis Reynolds and Larry Reid is pacing the Wildcat offense. Reynolds leads Kansas State in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg), while Reid is averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Reid also leads the squad with 11 assists.
The Wildcats are averaging 66.0 points per game, while holding the opposition to only 57.5 points per contest. Kansas State is also holding opponents to 38.7 percent from the field, including 20.9 percent from the three-point arc. The Wildcats are shooting 49.5 percent from the floor.
OLE MISS VERSUS THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE: Ole Miss has an 11-18 overall record (.379 winning percentage) versus members of the Big 12 Conference. The Rebels are 1-0 versus Oklahoma State and Kansas State, 2-1 versus Oklahoma, 1-1 versus Nebraska, 6-8 versus Texas, 0-1 versus Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas and Texas A&M and 0-4 versus Texas Tech. Ole Miss has played only three Big 12 Conference members since the league was formed in 1994, and those have been Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma - with all the meetings coming since the 1998-99 season.
FIRST TIME SINCE... It's been awhile, but the Rebels' four-game road swing to open the 2001-02 campaign is the longest period of time (in terms of numbers of games) away from Tad Smith Coliseum since the 1937-38 season. In 1937-38, Ole Miss played its first home game on Jan. 28, 1938 - 17 contests into the season. In other words, the Rebels played their first 16 games away from their homecourt (including neutral sites).
In the Rod Barnes' era, this four-game road trip is tied for the second-longest one (in terms of overall road trips) in his tenure. The Rebels played five-straight contests on the road in the 1999-2000 season. In that campaign, Ole Miss played at the SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, S.C., over Thanksgiving (3 games) and then followed up with away contests at Alabama State and Oklahoma. The Rebels also played four straight away from Tad Smith in the 1998-99 season, with a contest at Memphis and three in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic (3 games).
OLE MISS-GEORGE MASON GAME MOVED TO 6:00 P.M. (CT) ON DEC 1: The Ole Miss-George Mason men's basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 1 has been moved to 6:00 p.m. (CT). The game, originally slated for 2:00 p.m. (CT), was moved back to accomodate the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football contest, which will kick off at 11:30 a.m. (CT) on Jefferson-Pilot Sports television. The Rebels-Commodores football game was to have been played on Sept. 15, but was postponed due to the nation's tragedy of Sept. 11.
REBELS HOPE TO REKINDLE MEMORIES: When Ole Miss travels to Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, the Rebels will be heading back to Big 12 Conference country. And, that should conjure up some great memories. Last March, Ole Miss was seeded No. 3 in the 2001 NCAA Midwest Regional in Kansas City, Mo., and the Big 12 Conference served as the host. The Rebels defeated Iona (72-70) and Notre Dame (59-56) to advance to the program's first ever NCAA "Sweet Sixteen."
OLE MISS PLACES FOURTH IN TOURNEY: Despite an opening-round setback to Bowling Green at the BP Top of the World Classic, the Rebels bounced back to defeat Alaska-Fairbanks and Wichita State to claim fourth place. It was the fourth-straight year that Ole Miss played in a three-round tournament and came out with a 2-1 record or better. The Rebels were second (2-1) at the 1998 Puerto Rico Holiday Classic and 2000 Yahoo! Sports Invitational and won the 1999 SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament (3-0).
REED NAMED TO BP ALL-TOURNEY TEAM: Sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) was named to the BP Top of the World Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the three games. He also shot 58.8 percent from the field and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe. It was the second all-tournament honor for Reed in his career, as he also earned Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team accolades last season.
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 27-4 record (.871 winning percentage) in the month of November. Prior to the Nov. 15 setback to Bowling Green, the Rebels had won 11 straight in the month of November, with the previous loss coming at then-No. 7 nationally-ranked Temple (68-52, Nov. 18, 1998).
HOT-SHOOTING REBELS: Ole Miss was on target in the three games at the BP Top of the World Classic, hitting 56 percent (79-of-141) from the floor and 51.2 percent (21-of-41) from the three-point arc. In the win over Alaska-Fairbanks, the Rebels hit 57.4 percent for the game (27-of-47), including a blistering 77.8 percent (14-of-18) in the second half. The Rebels also have been on target from the foul line in their first three games. Ole Miss is shooting 79.4 percent (54-of-68) from the charity stripe.
OLE MISS PICKED THIRD IN WEST BY MEDIA: The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in third place in the SEC Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media day Nov. 1 in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division championship, while Kentucky was selected to win both the SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown. The following shows the media's picks for the 2001-02 campaign (first-place votes in parentheses):
LOE, RHODES TO REDSHIRT: Freshmen Jonathan Loe (Memphis, Tenn.) and Chris Rhodes (Stafford, Texas) will redshirt the 2001-02 season. Loe and Rhodes have not seen any action so far this season. The MVP of the 2001 Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game, Loe averaged 20.9 points, 6.2 boards, 3.6 assists and 3.4 steals in helping lead Bartlett High School to the Tennessee Class AAA state title in 2000-01. Rhodes, a member of four-straight Texas state championships at Westbury Christian High School, averaged 20.4 points and 12.5 boards his senior season. Rhodes was named MVP of the Texas state tournament as a senior.
GUNN'S SURGERY A SUCCESS: Junior forward John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) underwent surgery in New Orleans, La., Nov. 9. The surgery to repair a life-long kidney ailment was successful, but Gunn's status for the season is still questionable.
OLE MISS SECOND MOST WINS SINCE 1996-97: The Rebels have, indeed, been one of the Southeastern Conference's most successful teams in recent years - especially since 1996-97. Ole Miss has won 110 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 110 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 146 wins. The following charts show the Rebels' success (including the 2001-02 season):
Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC West Teams
Most Overall/SEC Wins By SEC Teams (Top 6)
REBELS GOING FOR SIX IN A ROW IN 2001-02: Six will be an important number for the Ole Miss basketball program in 2001-02 - as in six-straight winning seasons and six-consecutive postseason tournament bids. If the Rebels are successful with another winning record in 2001-02, it would be the program's sixth straight, which would be the longest winning stretch in Ole Miss history since the Rebels had nine-consecutive winning seasons from 1919-20 through 1927-28. The current string of five-straight postseason tournament appearances (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 NCAA, 2000 NIT) is the longest in Ole Miss history.
OLE MISS RANKED IN TOP 50 IN FIVE PRESEASON PUBLICATIONS: The Rebels are getting a little more respect heading into the 2001-02 campaign, being ranked among the top-50 teams in the nation in five preseason publications. Ole Miss was ranked No. 22 by The Sporting News, No. 24 by Sports Illustrated, No. 29 by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, No. 30 by Lindy's and No. 42 by Basketball News.
SANDERS FOR THREEEEE!!!: You've heard of players improving or even expanding their games in the off-season. Well, Ole Miss junior David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) is one player who has done just that - and it's showing in his three-point shooting numbers.
After three games in 2001-02, the 6-foot-3 guard is shooting 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from the three-point arc. Last year, Sanders hit only seven treys and shot 21.9 percent (7-of-32) from the three-point line.
A NEW REBEL IRONMAN: It took 18 seasons, but the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program crowned a new ironman in 2000-01 as Jason Flanigan set a school record for career games played with 127. Flanigan broke the previous mark of 121 games played set by Roger Stieg, who played from 1980-83.
Well, Flanigan's record may fall after only one season. Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) has played in 104 games, including three in 2001-02, and could set a new Ole Miss record this season.
IT COMES IN THREES: That is how the old saying goes, and Rebel senior Jason Harrison hopes it is true. The 5-foot-5 guard is looking to pass the century mark in assists for the third-straight year. The past two seasons, Harrison reached the 100-assists plateau with 115 in 1999-2000 and 104 in 2000-01. If he dishes out 100 or more assists in 2001-02, he would be the only the third player in Ole Miss history to accomplish the feat in three-consecutive seasons. Rod Barnes (three seasons of 100-plus assists) and Sean Tuohy (four seasons) are the only two players to have recorded 100 or more assists in three-straight campaigns.
After three games in 2001-02, Harrison is well on his way to reaching the 100-assists plateau. He has 18 dishes for a 6.0 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 180 assists this season. He has 323 assists for his career which is No. 6 on the Rebel all-time assists chart.
If he reaches the 400-assists plateau, Harrison would become only the third Rebel to reach that milestone. Tuohy and Barnes are the only two Ole Miss players to record 400 or more assists in a career.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 81-31 record (.723 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last seven seasons (1995-96 through 2001-02), as the Rebels have an impressive 63-18 mark (.778 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record the last 10 years:
Year Record 1992-93 5-5 1993-94 7-3 1994-95 5-5 1995-96 6-4 1996-97 8-3 1997-98 9-2 1998-99 11-4 1999-2000 14-2 2000-01 14-2 2001-02 2-1 Totals 81-31
ANOTHER "FIRST" FOR OLE MISS: The Ole Miss basketball program achieved another first this past summer when sophomore Justin Reed became the first player in Rebel history to be named a preseason candidate for the John Wooden Award. Reed is one of 50 preseason candidates for the honor which recognizes the top collegiate player in the nation. Former Rebel standout Ansu Sesay was a Wooden All-American in 1998, but his name did not appear on the preseason list.
Reed is also one of six SEC players among the 2001-02 Wooden Award preseason candidates, joining Kentucky's Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans, Florida's Udonis Haslem and Brett Nelson and Tennessee's Vincent Yarbrough.
TIP-INS... Saturday's game could be a battle of wills. The Rebels are shooting 56
percent from the field and 51.2 percent from the arc, while Kansas State is
holding its opponents to 38.7 percent from the floor and 20.9 percent from
the arc ... Since the 1996-97 season, Ole Miss has an incredible 89-11
record (.897 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more ...
Sophomore Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) hit eight treys in the Rebels'
first three games and now has 71 for his career. He is 11 behind Tim
Jumper, who is No. 7 on the Ole Miss career three-pointers chart with 82
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