(based on starters from last game)
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
4 Jason Smith (Sr.) F 6-6 220 10.0/4.7 Wheatley, Ark.
24 Marcus Hicks (Jr.) F 6-6 200 10.0/5.3 Jackson, Tenn.
44 Rahim Lockhart (So.) F 6-8 250 6.0/4.3 Mendenhall, Miss.
22 Michael White (Sr.) G 6-1 180 4.3/3.3 Tempe, Ariz.
33 Keith Carter (Sr.) G 6-4 195 18.7/4.7 Perryville, Ark.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
00 Jon Cantrell (Sr.) F 6-8 225 4.0/1.0 Germantown, Tenn.
3 Jason Flanigan (So.) G 6-1 175 5.3/2.0 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 3.7/3.0 Little Rock, Ark.
13 Johnnie Rogers (Sr.) F 6-9 220 3.0/2.0 Laurel, Miss.
20 Matt Pruitt (Fr.) G 6-4 185 4.0/2.5 Jonesboro, Ark.
21 Darrian Brown (Fr.) F 6-6 200 4.3/2.0 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.
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
OLE MISS TO HOST ALABAMA A&M ON MONDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (2-1) return to action on Monday, Nov. 23 when they host Alabama A&M (2-1). Game time is 7:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Ole Miss returns to the friendly confines of the "Tad Pad" after dropping its first game of the season last Wednesday, a 68-52 setback to No. 7
nationally-ranked Temple in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to that loss, the Rebels had won their first two games of the regular season, defeating Alabama State (87-45) on Nov. 13 and Belmont (91-42) on Nov. 16.
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs enter Monday night's contest with a two-game winning streak after posting consecutive wins over Alabama-Huntsville (83-70) on
Nov. 18 and Tuskegee University (104-103, ot) on Nov. 21. The Bulldogs lost their season opener on Nov. 14, an 81-54 loss at West Virginia.
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 2-1 record after the Rebels lost to No. 7 nationally-ranked Temple on Nov. 18. 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).
SCOUTING ALABAMA A&M
The Bulldogs enter the 1998-99 season as the newest member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Last year as an independent,
Alabama A&M posted an 18-9 record. The Bulldogs return three starters and seven lettermen from last year's team. Leading the Alabama A&M offense is
junior guard Miguel Smith, who averaged 15.8 points a year ago. Junior forward Eric Edwards also returns, as he averaged 10.8 points and 7.7
rebounds in 1997-98. In its season opener on Nov. 14, Alabama A&M lost at West Virginia, 81-54. Since that loss, the Bulldogs have posted back-to-back wins over Alabama-Huntsville (83-70) and Tuskegee University (104-103, ot). Junior forward Terrance Vanlier leads the Alabama A&M offense with a 25.0 scoring average so far this season. Vanlier netted a game-high 42 points in the Bulldogs' win over Tuskegee on Nov. 21. He is also the squad's leading rebounder with an 8.3 average. Head coach L. Vann
Pettaway is in his 13th season and has a 283-84 record.
ALABAMA A&M PROBABLE STARTERS
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
42 Jamar Miles (Fr.) F 6-6 195 6.7/1.7 Flint, Mich.
50 Terrance Vanlier (Jr.) F 6-5 190 25.0/8.3 Nashville, Tenn.
44 Walter West (Jr.) F 6-6 205 10.0/5.3 New York, N.Y.
22 Desmond Cambridge (Fr.) G 6-1 180 6.7/3.0 Nashville, Tenn.
33 Miguel Smith (Jr.) G 6-2 180 18.3/5.0 Grove Hill, Ala.
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown
30 Bobby Welch (Jr.) F 6-5 185 7.5/4.0 Gainesville, Fla.
12 Alfred Motton (Sr.) G 6-2 180 5.0/3.5 Atlanta, Ga.
24 Steve Ward (Fr.) G 6-3 200 3.0/1.0 Birmingham, Ala.
52 Anthony Riley (Fr.) F 6-7 205 1.7/2.3 Birmingham, Ala.
OLE MISS-ALABAMA A&M SERIES
Monday night's game will be the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and the Bulldogs.
OLE MISS VERSUS FIRST-TIME FOES
The Rebels will meet Alabama A&M on Monday for the first time in history, but the Bulldogs won't be the only first-time opponent for Ole Miss in
1998-99. Ole Miss will also play West Alabama on Dec. 7, and may meet Oklahoma and Ohio State in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic (Dec. 21-23) for the first time in the program's history. Last year, Ole Miss played five teams for the first time ever and posted a 4-1 record in those match-ups. The Rebels defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (81-36), Belmont (100-59), Long Island (102-99) and Louisville (74-70), and lost to Ball State (70-66).
REBELS VERSUS THE SWAC
Ole Miss has a perfect 14-0 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 Alabama State, and 1-0 versus Southern, 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. Earlier this season, Ole Miss defeated Alabama State (87-45) on Nov. 13. After Monday night's game versus Alabama A&M, Ole Miss will also play SWAC member Prairie View (Dec. 29) this season. Alabama A&M joined the SWAC this year.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last seven years (including 1998-99), the Rebels have posted a 42-21 record (.667 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 25-8 mark (.758 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous seven years, including 1998-99:
1992-93 5-5 1994-95 5-5 1996-97 8-2 1998-99 2-1
1993-94 7-3 1995-96 6-4 1997-98 9-1
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
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD"
The Rebels posted a perfect 14-0 record at Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the
"Tad Pad") last year. The Rebels have won 37 of its last 38 games dating
back to the middle of the 1995-96 season. The Rebels' lone loss in the
streak was a 59-46 setback to Alabama on Jan. 8, 1997. The streak began on
Jan. 24, 1996, with an 82-69 win over Auburn. With its 91-42 win over
Belmont on Nov. 16, Ole Miss extended its school-record home winning streak
to 22 consecutive games. In the past seven seasons (1992-present), Ole
Miss has an overall home record of 65-22 (.747 winning percentage). The
following charts the Rebels' current homecourt win streak:
Date Opponent Result
11-16-98 Belmont 91-42
11-13-98 Alabama State 87-45
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 State 99-52
12-20-97 Prairie View 106-59
12-17-97 Belmont 100-59
11-24-97 Arkansas-Pine Bluff81-36
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 title
REBELS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN SEC WESTERN
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
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 16 points in last Wednesday's game versus Temple, senior
All-America candidate Keith Carter now has 1,196 career points and needs
only six to move into the No. 15 spot on the Ole Miss all-time scoring
chart. When he scores his sixth point, Carter will jump over his head
coach, Rod Barnes, into the No. 15 spot. Barnes scored 1,201 points in his
career from 1985-88.
SMITH CLOSING IN
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith (Wheatley, Ark.) drawing ever closer
to becoming the 24th player in Ole Miss basketball history to eclipse the
1,000-point plateau. After scoring 13 points versus Temple last Wednesday,
Smith now has 891 career points and needs 109 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 BREAKS 500
Senior All-SEC candidate Jason Smith broke 500, and it was a good thing.
With his five rebounds versus Temple last Wednesday, Smith joined the
500-rebound club at Ole Miss. Smith now has 501 career rebounds.
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).
The Rebels' largest margin on the boards this season came at Temple last
Wednesday (42-36)...Ole Miss has a record of 12-3 (.800 winning percentage)
in the month of November in the 1990s. The Rebels have won seven of their
last eight games played in the month of November. Prior to last
Wednesday's loss at Temple, the Rebels' previous setback in the month of
November was in overtime to Davidson, 84-83, in the 1995-96 season opener
(Nov. 27, 1995)...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 three games in a Rebel uniform. He scored
12 points in the win over Alabama State and 10 in the victory over Belmont.
Hicks pulled down a season-best eight rebounds versus Temple. This
season, Hicks is shooting a team-best 66.7 percent from the field, and also
leads the squad in rebounding with a 5.3 average.