Men's Basketball Prepares for Alabama A&M

November 22, 1998

Game #4

  • Alabama A&M (2-1) vs. Ole Miss (2-1)
  • Monday, November 23
  • 7:00 p.m. (CT)
  • Tad Smith Coliseum
  • Oxford, Miss.


    (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

    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.

    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).

    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.


    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.

    Monday night's game will be the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and the Bulldogs.

    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).

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.



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