Men's Basketball Participates In SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament
Nov. 24, 1999
Game #3 - SoCon Holiday Hoops Tour
Ole Miss (2-0) vs. Furman (1-1)Friday, November 26 - 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Bi-Lo Center - Greenville, S.C.
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OLE MISS TO FACE FURMAN IN OPENING ROUND OF SOCON HOLIDAY HOOPS TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (2-0, 0-0 SEC) will take to the road for the first time this season when they travel to Greenville, S.C., to participate in the SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 26-28. Ole Miss will meet Furman (1-1) in the tournament's first round on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (CT) at the Bi-Lo Center. The Rebels won their first two contests to open the 1999-2000 season, defeating Jacksonville State, 74-59 on Nov. 19 and McNeese State on Nov. 23. Prior to its season opener, Ole Miss defeated Spirit Express, 90-67 and MBK-Odessa Ukraine, 51-25 in the Rebels' two exhibition games. Furman, a member of the Southern Conference, dropped a 63-60 decision in its last game at Stetson on Nov. 22.
- PROBABLE STARTERS -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 11 Jason Harrison (So.) G 5-5 150 4.5/3.0 Little Rock, Ark. 22 Jason Flanigan (Jr.) G 6-1 175 5.5/3.5 Little Rock, Ark. 25 Lataryl Williams(Sr.) F 6-7 200 10.5/3.0 Oxford, Miss. 44 Rahim Lockhart (Jr.) F 6-8 250 21.0/13.5 Mendenhall, Miss. 45 Richard Kirklin (Fr.) F 6-9 200 5.0/6.5 Pine Bluff, Ark.
- RESERVES -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 15 Ray Waddell (Jr.) G 5-9 165 0.0/0.0 Philadelphia, Miss. 20 Jason Holmes (Jr.) G 6-5 200 4.5/1.0 Tylertown, Miss. 21 Darrian Brown (So.) G/F 6-6 200 2.5/3.0 West Memphis, Ark. 24 Marcus Hicks (Sr.) F 6-6 200 20.0/5.5 Jackson, Tenn. 23 Syniker Taylor (Fr.) G 6-0 195 0.0/0.0 Gulfport, Miss.# 30 Josh Hayes (Fr.) G 6-7 190 5.0/2.0 Little Rock, Ark. 31 John Gunn (Fr.) F/C 6-10 245 0.0/1.0 Oxford, Miss. 32 Emmanuel Wade (Fr.) G 6-3 185 4.0/2.5 Marianna, Ark. 54 John Engstrom (So.) C 7-0 245 0.0/1.0 Paragould, Ark. # - will join the team following the football season
OLE MISS-FURMAN SERIES
The Rebels hold a 3-2 lead in the series versus Furman, with all five meetings coming in the month of December. Ole Miss has won the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 77-72 victory in the last encounter between the two schools on Dec. 16, 1968. That game was played in Greenville, S.C. The last Paladin victory in the series came on Dec. 13, 1967, a 72-68 win in Oxford. The following charts the Ole Miss-Furman series:
Date Result Site Dec. 30, 1953 Ole Miss 88, Furman 78* Oklahoma City, Okla. Dec. 30, 1965 Furman 80, Ole Miss 64* Greenville, S.C. Dec. 13, 1967 Furman 72, Ole Miss 68 Oxford, Miss. Dec. 29, 1967 Ole Miss 84, Furman 82* Greenville, S.C. Dec. 16, 1968 Ole Miss 77, Furman 72 Greenville, S.C.* denotes regular-season tournament play (1953 All-College Tournament, 1965, 1967 Poinsettia Classic)
Furman, a member of the Southern Conference, brings a 1-1 record into Friday's game. The Paladins defeated Southeastern, 125-53 in their season opener on Nov. 20, but lost at Stetson, 63-60 on Nov. 22. Sophomore guard Kyle Julius is the team's leading scorer after two games, averaging 18.0 points off the bench. The Paladins also have four other players averaging in double figures-freshman Kenny Ziegler (16.5 ppg), sophomore Anthony Thomas (12.5 ppg), junior Marcus Dilligard (11.5 ppg) and freshman guard Guilherme Da Luz (11.0 ppg). Dilligard leads Furman on the boards with an 8.5 rebounding average. Last season, Furman posted a 12-15 overall record and a 5-11 Southern Conference mark.
- FURMAN PROBABLE STARTERS -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 15 Marcus Dilligard (Jr.) F 6-5 200 11.5/8.5 LaBelle, Mo. 32 Kenny Ziegler (Fr.) F 6-5 190 16.5/7.5 Lithonia, Ga. 45 Darrell Arbaugh (Fr.) C 6-7 230 4.0/4.0 Ashland, Ky. 3 Anthony Thomas (So.) G 6-4 190 12.5/3.5 Atlanta, Ga. 11 Guilherme Da Luz (Fr.) G 6-3 195 11.0/2.5 San Paulo, Brazil
- TOP RESERVES -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown 23 Kyle Julius (So.) G 6-3 190 18.0/4.0 Thunder Bay, Ontario 21 Maurice Owens (So.) G 6-1 175 3.5/0.0 Bronx, N.Y. 14 P.J. Brown (Jr.) G 6-1 185 5.0/2.5 Miami, Fla. 5 Dusan Milicic (Fr.) F 6-6 215 4.0/3.0 Smederevo, Yugoslavia
BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. With the Rebels' win over McNeese State on Nov. 23, Barnes improved his overall coaching record to 22-13. 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).
OLE MISS VERSUS THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 16-12 (.571 winning percentage) versus current members of the Southern Conference. Ole Miss has played Appalachian State (1-0), The Citadel (1-0), VMI (1-0), Chattanooga (3-2), Furman (3-2), East Tennessee State (7-5), Georgia Southern (0-1), Davidson (0-2). Ole Miss has never played College of Charleston, UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wofford
HICKS HAS CAREER SCORING NIGHT
Senior forward Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) netted a career-high 26 points in Ole Miss' victory over McNeese State on Nov. 23. Hicks' previous career best was 24 points in a Rebel victory over Louisville on Dec. 5, 1998. He scored his career high on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The 11 field goals made tied a career best (also made 11 field goals versus Louisville). Hicks also recorded five boards, three assists, one block and one steal in the win over McNeese State.
LOCKHART EXPLODES FOR CAREER HIGH
In the Rebels' 74-59 victory over Jacksonville State on Nov. 19, junior forward Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) netted a career-best 29 points, breaking his previous high of 21 points against Alabama on Jan. 6, 1999. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward scored his 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. The 11 field goals were also a career high for Lockhart. He also tied a career best with four blocked shots. In 32 minutes of action versus Jacksonville State, Lockhart committed no turnovers.
ANOTHER CAREER NIGHT FOR LOCKHART
For the second straight game, junior Rahim Lockhart set a career high-this time on the boards. Lockhart grabbed a career-best 16 boards in Ole Miss' win over McNeese State on Nov. 23. The 16 boards broke his previous career high of 12 rebounds set two times last season versus Tennessee (Feb. 17, 1999) and Mississippi State (Jan. 20, 1999). After two games this season, Lockhart is averaging 13.5 boards per contest.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-A SECOND TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart recorded his second double-double in as many games versus McNeese State on Nov. 23. In the contest versus the Cowboys, Lockhart had 13 points and 16 rebounds (career high). Lockhart recorded his first double-double of the season with his 29-point, 11-board performance versus Jacksonville State on Nov. 19. The junior forward now has three career double-doubles, as his first came last season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 1999) with a 16-point, 12-rebound game.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years (including the 1999-2000 season), the Rebels have posted a 53-27 record (.663 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last five seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), as the Rebels have an impressive 36-11 mark (.766 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous seven years:
92-93 5-5 93-94 7-3 94-95 5-5 95-96 6-4 96-97 8-3 97-98 9-2 98-99 11-4 99-00 2-0
OLE MISS IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS
The Rebels have an all-time record of 48-51 (.485 winning percentage) in regular season tournaments in their history (see all-time tournament results on page 6). Last season, Ole Miss finished second in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, falling to eventual Final Four participant Ohio State, 67-62 in the championship game. The Rebels' last regular season tournament title came in the 1993-94 season, a 78-74 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Cellular South/Mississippi Beach Shootout (one-game tournament). The last time Ole Miss won a two-day tournament title was in the 1988-89 campaign when the Rebels claimed the Bayou Classic championship with wins over Southern (90-88) and Nicholls State (74-53).
The SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament will be only the fifth three-day tournament for the Rebels in their history. The last three-day tournament came last season at the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. The Rebels' other three-day tournaments were the All-College Tournament (Oklahoma City, Okla.) in 1972-73, Gulf South Tournament (Shreveport, La.) in 1960-61 and All-American City Tournament (Owensboro, Ky.) in 1954-55.
OLE MISS IN ROAD OPENERS
The Rebels have not had much success in their first game away from Oxford in their 89-year history. Ole Miss has a 39-50 overall mark (.438 winning percentage) in its opening game on the road (including neutral sites). Last season, the Rebels lost their first game away from Oxford, falling to nationally-ranked Temple, 68-52 in Philadelphia, Pa. In the 1990s, Ole Miss has a 3-6 record in road openers.
GOING FOR ANOTHER 3-0 START
With a win over Furman on Friday, the Rebels would begin a season with a 3-0 record for the fourth time since 1990. 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.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past four seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has an incredible 57-6 record (.905 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. This year, the Rebels are 2-0 when scoring 70 points or more.
REBELS ENTER 1999-2000 SEASON WITH NEW LOOK
After three seasons of having several returnees, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program entered 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
FRESHMAN HAYES GETS STARTING NOD IN FIRST GAME
Freshman Josh Hayes (Little Rock, Ark.) received the starting nod in his first game in a Rebel uniform in Ole Miss' season opener versus Jacksonville State last Friday. Hayes had a solid showing in his first start with five points, two rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot, one steal and no turnovers in 16 minutes of action. Hayes is the first Rebel freshman to start his first game since former standout Jason Smith did so in the 1995-96 season opener versus Davidson (an 84-83 overtime loss on Nov. 27, 1995).
SHAKING UP THE LINEUP
After three seasons of knowing who was going to start, Rebel fans don't know what to think in 1999-2000, as head coach Rod Barnes has had two different lineups in the first two games. The following shows those lineup changes:
Jacksonville St. - Hicks, Williams, Lockhart, Hayes, Flanigan
KIRKLIN BULLISH ON THE BOARDS, GETS FIRST START
Freshman forward Richard Kirklin (Pine Bluff, Ark.) has been impressive with his board play for the Rebels in the first two games. Kirklin is averaging 6.5 rebounds after two games, including a season-best seven boards in the win over McNeese State. He also scored 10 points in Tuesday's victory. The 6-foot-9 forward received the first start of his collegiate career versus the Cowboys on Nov. 23. Kirklin is averaging 5.0 points per game.
REBELS CELEBRATES 90TH SEASON OF BASKETBALL IN 1999-2000
In 1999-2000, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program will celebrate 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.
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 Carolina.
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).
Junior guard Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) is nearing 150 assists for
his career. He currently has 139 career assists...Jason Flanigan has 10
assists compared to only two turnovers (5-to-1 assist-turnover ratio) in
the first two games...Rahim Lockhart needs only three rebounds to reach the
250-board plateau for his career. He currently has 247 career
rebounds...Ole Miss has a record of 16-3 (.842 winning percentage) in the
month of November in the 1990s....Ole Miss is off to its fourth straight
2-0 start to open a season. Overall, the Rebels have started a season with
a 2-0 record eight times in the 1990s (since 1990-91).
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