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2000-01 OLE MISS REBEL BASKETBALL
Ole Miss (3-0)
Tuesday, November 28 - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS TO OPEN THREE-GAME HOMESTAND TUESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0) will open a three-game homestand Tuesday, Nov.
28 when they host the Louisiana-Monroe Indians (1-2). The contest is
scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (CT) tip. The Rebels enter Tuesday's game on a
three-game win streak with victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (98-47), Sam
Houston State (71-65) and Virginia Commonwealth (88-84, ot). Tuesday's
game will be finish up the Indians' three-game road trip in the
Southeastern Conference. The Indians lost at LSU (92-49) Nov. 20 and at
Arkansas (99-59) Nov. 25.
- Probable Starters -
(Based on previous game's starters)
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown NotesScored 5 pts in pivotal, late first-half run vs. VCU
32 Emmanuel Wade (So.) G 6-3 185 7.0/1.0 Marianna, Ark. Netted 5 pts in overtime vs. VCU, 9-of-10 FT vs. the Rams
5 Aaron Harper (Fr.) G/F 6-7 200 11.3/4.7 Jackson, Miss. Hit key trey and game-clinching FTs in overtime vs. VCU
23 Justin Reed (Fr.) F 6-8 222 12.7/8.0 Jackson, Miss. Recorded 1st career double-double (16-13) vs. VCU
44 Rahim Lockhart (Sr.) F 6-8 255 18.3/9.3 Mendenhall, Miss. Averaging close to a double-double with 18.3 pts, 9.3 rebs
22 Jason Flanigan (Sr.) G 6-1 180 6.0/3.7 Little Rock, Ark.
- Top Reserves -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown NotesHit 8-of-10 FT vs. Sam Houston St., 6-of-6 in last :49 of game
15 David Sanders (So.) G 6-3 180 7.0/2.3 Jackson, Miss.
Had career-high 13 pts vs. VCU, hit 2 key FTs in overtime
20 Jason Holmes (Sr.) G 6-5 205 4.7/5.0 Tylertown, Miss. Averaging 5.0 rebs from his guard spot in first 3 games
11 Jason Harrison (Jr.) G 5-5 155 6.7/2.0 Little Rock, Ark.
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. He has an overall record of 42-27 (.680 winning
percentage). In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27 record, and
the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two years in
Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14 overall
record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Rebels
advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth straight
for the Ole Miss program.
In 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native was
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first season. Barnes also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over
Villanova in the first round, marking the program's first-ever victory in
Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998. 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-LOUISIANA-MONROE SERIES
Tuesday's contest will be the 10th overall and third straight meeting
between the two schools. Ole Miss leads the all-time series, 5-4. The
Rebels won last year's meeting, a 76-60 win in Oxford. Louisiana-Monroe's
last victory in the series was a narrow 68-67 win on Dec. 3, 1990, in Oxford.
SCOUTING THE INDIANS
Louisiana-Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana), a member of the Southland
Confer-ence, enters Tuesday's game with a 1-2 record. Tuesday's contest
will be the third contest of the Indians' four-game road trip.
Louisiana-Monroe lost at LSU (92-49) Nov. 20 and at Arkansas (99-59) Nov.
25. After Tuesday's game at Ole Miss, the Indians will travel to Xavier
for a Nov. 30 encounter. Louisiana-Monroe won its season opener over
Samford, 69-63. Junior college transfer Kevin Paige leads the Indian
offense with an 18.3 scoring average. Junior Brian Lubeck leads the team
on the boards with a 10.3 average, and is also the squad's second-leading
scorer with a 9.3 average. Wojciech Myrda, the Indians' 7-foot-2 center,
has 20 blocked shots in the first three games, including 10 in the season
opener versus Samford. The Indians are shooting 38 percent from the field
and 63.5 percent from the foul line. Louisiana-Monroe is out-rebounding
its opponents by an average of six boards per game (43.7-37.7). Head coach
Mike Vining is in his 20th year at Louisiana-Monroe and has an overall
record of 340-221.
- Louisiana-Monroe Probable Starters -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown NotesJUCO transfer from Chipola (Fla.) JC
5 Kevin Paige (Jr.) F 6-7 238 18.3/7.3 Albany, Ga. Team's leading scorer, JUCO transfer from Chipola (Fla.) JC
4 Brian Lubeck (Jr.) F 6-6 200 9.3/10.3 Manson, Iowa Squad's leading rebounder
14 Wojciech Myrda (Jr.) C 7-2 223 6.7/6.0 Rzeszow, Poland Has 20 blocks in first three games
10 Michael Hardaway (Jr.) G 5-11 165 4.3/5.0 Hogansville, Ga. Tops on team in assists, JUCO transfer from Chipola (Fla.) JC
3 Charles Sanders (Jr.) F 6-6 210 6.0/3.7 Hogansville, Ga.
- Top Reserves -
No. Player (Yr.) Pos. Ht. Wt. PPG/RPG Hometown NotesJUCO transfer from Northeast (Miss.) C.C.
20 Brandon Horn (Fr.) G 6-0 170 4.0/0.5 Florien, La. Averaging 4 pts off the bench in first 3 games
11 Mikko Kemppe (So.) G 6-0 170 2.5/0.5 Oulu, Finland
Has seen action in all 3 games this season
24 Nick Coln (Jr.) G 6-3 185 7.0/3.0 Corinth, Miss.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last nine years (including 2000-01 season), the Rebels have posted a
68-28 record (.708 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents.
Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last six
seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01), as the
Rebels have an impressive 51-15 mark (.773 winning percentage) against
out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference
record the last eight years:
REBELS GOING FOR CONSECUTIVE 4-0 STARTS
With a win over Louisiana-Monroe Tuesday, the Rebels would open a campaign
with a 4-0 record for the second straight season. The Rebels began
1999-2000 with a 6-0 record. Last year's 6-0 start was the program's first
since the 1973-74 Rebels also began their season 6-0. The 1970-71,
1966-67, 1959-60 and 1955-56 teams also started their seasons with 6-0 marks.
OLE MISS VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 33-6 (.846 winning percentage)
versus members of the Southland Conference (SLC). Ole Miss has played
Southeastern Louisiana (12-0), Sam Houston State (5-0), Northwestern State
(2-0), Nicholls State (2-0), McNeese State (6-1), Lamar (1-1) and
Louisiana-Monroe (5-4) in its history. Last season, the Rebels played
three teams from the SLC - McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana and
Louisiana-Monroe - and won all three contests. Earlier this year, Ole Miss
defeated Sam Houston State (71-65).
HEY, DON'T WE KNOW YOU?...PART ONE
When the Louisiana-Monroe Indians take the floor Tuesday, they will see a
familiar face on the Ole Miss bench. Wayne Brent, a third-year assistant
coach for the Rebels, is a 1989 graduate of Louisiana-Monroe and played two
years for the Indians in 1987-88 and 1988-89. The Indians posted a 21-9
record in 1987-88 and advanced to the NIT, and followed that season with a
17-12 mark in 1988-89. Following graduation, Brent served as a graduate
assistant coach for Louisiana-Monroe from 1989-91. During those two years,
the Indians recorded consecutive 20-win campaigns and received two straight
NCAA Tournament bids. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree in
Journalism (1989), Brent also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human
Performance (1992) and a Masters of Education in Health and Human
HEY, DON'T WE KNOW YOU?...PART TWO
Ole Miss fans may see a familiar face on the Tad Smith Coliseum floor
Tuesday, and it will be the face of former Rebel athletic director Warner
Alford. Alford, who served as the Ole Miss athletic director from 1978-94,
was named athletic director at Louisiana-Monroe on June 30, 1999. Prior to
his post as athletic director at Ole Miss, Alford served as assistant
athletic director for the Rebel athletic department from 1974-78. A 1961
graduate of Ole Miss, Alford was co-captain of the 1960 Rebel football team
which won the SEC championship and the Football Writers of America
Association (FWAA) national title. After his playing days, Alford served
as the Rebels' defensive line coach from 1971-73.
REED POSTS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Freshman Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) recorded the first double-double of
his collegiate career in the Rebels' victory over Virginia Commonwealth
Nov. 25. Reed had 16 points and 13 boards, which are career highs. The
6-foot-8 forward also had one blocked shot and two steals in the win.
After three games, Reed is averaging 12.7 points and 8.0 rebounds.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) is picking up where he left off
last year - doubling his pleasure. Lockhart came into the 2000-01 season
with 14 career double-doubles, and he recorded his 15th double-double
performance in Ole Miss' season-opening win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov.
18. The 6-foot-8 forward scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the
victory. Last year, Lockhart had 13 double-doubles, which ranked him in
the top 10 in the nation in that statistical category. His first career
double-double came versus Tennessee (16-12) as a sophomore in the 1998-99
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 24-3 record (.889 winning percentage) in the month of November. The
Rebels have won 10 straight in the month of November, with their last loss
coming at then-No. 7 nationally-ranked Temple (68-52, Nov. 18, 1998).
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 Nov. 1-2 in Birmingham, Ala. Arkansas was picked to win the SEC
Western Division championship, while Tennessee was selected to win both the
SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown.
Tennessee (19), Arkansas (4), Kentucky (3), Florida (2)
"PROVINE POSSE" COMES UP BIG FOR REBELS
The Provine High School trio of Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.), Justin Reed
and David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.), nicknamed the "Provine Posse," took a
couple of games to adjust to the collegiate level, but they have and came
up big in the Rebels' win at VCU. All three netted double figures in the
win, as Reed had 16, Sanders 13 and Harper 10. But, it wasn't as much
their scoring as when they stepped up, and the following charts their big
plays in the VCU win:
Lockhart picked up his second foul at the 11:36 mark of the first half
and went to the bench. From that point, Reed scored eight points and
grabbed seven boards the rest of the half.
With time running down in the first half, Sanders capped a 10-0 run with
a layup at the buzzer to pull the Rebels to within six at 40-34 at the break.
Two Harper free throws cut the VCU lead to 71-70 with 1:14 left in
regulation, setting up Jason Harrison's three-point basket to put Ole Miss
ahead 73-72 with under a minute to play.
Harper nailed a three-pointer to give Ole Miss the lead for good in
overtime at 76-73.
Sanders hit two free throws with :36 left in overtime to give Ole Miss an
Harper clinched the victory with two free throws with :06 on the clock.
THE LAST TIME THAT...
The Rebels were hot from the free throw line in their Nov. 25 win over
VCU. Ole Miss shot 78.4 percent from the foul line, hitting 29-of-37. The
last time Ole Miss shot better from the foul line with over 30 attempts was
back in the 1997-98 campaign. The Rebels hit 81.8 percent (27-of-33) from
the charity stripe in an 82-78 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville
(Feb. 21, 1998). The last time that the Rebels shot better (no limit on
attempts) was 80 percent from the line (16-of-20) in last year's NIT
second-round victory over Southwest Missouri State.
OLE MISS ENTERS 2000-01 SEASON WITH STREAK INTACT
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 entered the 2000-01 season with
the third-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents.
With their win over Sam Houston State Nov. 22, the Rebels' streak reached
CLOSING IN ON THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) and Rahim
Lockhart and junior redshirt John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) are closing in
on the record of most victories by a class in a four-year span. The record
is 74 wins by the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter, Keith Carter, Jason
Smith and Michael White. After Ole Miss' victory over Virginia
Commonwealth Nov. 25, this class has now won 64 games, just 10 behind the
record. This senior class has also been a part of the 1998 SEC Western
Division championship squad and has been to three straight postseasons (2
NCAA, 1 NIT).
"TAD PAD" NEARING 300
The Rebels are nearing 300 in Tad Smith Coliseum - and it's a good thing.
With two more victories at home, the Rebels will reach the 300-win
milestone in the "Tad Pad." Ole Miss has an all-time record of 298-154
(.659 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in
the 1965-66 season.
FLANIGAN STEADY AS EVER
Senior Jason Flanigan has been a steadying force on the Ole Miss squad the
past two seasons, and he's proven the same this year. In the win at VCU
Nov. 25, Flanigan his "regular" game with eight points, three rebounds and
three assists, but it was when he scored his points that turned out to be
huge for Ole Miss. With the Rebels fighting to stay in the game, Flanigan
answered consecutive VCU hoops with two baskets of his own. His second
bucket - a three-pointer - started a 10-0 Rebel run which cut the Ram advantage
to six at 40-34 at the break. His second three-pointer of the game came
during the Ole Miss comeback in the second half, slicing the VCU lead to
70-68 with 3:13 left in regulation.
Flanigan returned to the Ole Miss starting lineup in the season opener
versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, after missing the Rebels' second
exhibition game Nov. 11. Flanigan sat out Ole Miss' second exhibition
contest versus Christian Brothers with a grade-one MCL sprain of the right
knee. The 6-foot-1 guard injured the knee in a practice prior to the
Christian Brothers exhibition contest.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart tied a career high with four blocked shots in the
Rebels' win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18. The 6-foot-8 forward entered
the 2000-01 season with 83 career blocks, which is the fifth most in Rebel
basketball history. With his one block in the Rebels' win over Sam Houston
State, Lockhart now has 88 for his career. Lockhart led the Rebels in
blocked shots the previous two seasons with 44 and 46 blocks, respectively.
FIVE IN A ROW
For the 2000-01 Rebels, the season theme could be "The Drive for Five" - as
in five straight winning seasons and five consecutive postseason tournament
berths. Ole Miss enters 2000-01 on the momentum of four straight winning
campaigns (20-9, 1996-97, 22-7, 1997-98, 20-13, 1998-99, 19-14, 1999-2000)
and four consecutive postseason tournament bids (NCAA - 1997, 1998, 1999,
NIT - 2000). The last time the Rebel basketball program put together four
straight winning seasons was 1979-80 through 1982-83 (17-13, 1979-80,
16-14, 1980-81, 18-12, 1981-82, 19-12, 1982-83). The last time the Rebels
had five or more consecutive winning campaigns was nine straight from
1919-20 through 1927-28. The Rebel program has never played in five
straight postseason tournaments.
ENGSTROM HAS CAREER-HIGH SCORING GAME IN OPENER
Junior John Engstrom netted a career-high six points in the Rebels'
victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18. Engstrom scored his career high
on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, and also had two rebounds, three assists
and one blocked shots. The three field goals and three assists were also
career highs for Engstrom.
BARNES STILL AMONG YOUNGEST DIVISION I-A HEAD COACHES
According to research by the NCAA, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is still
among the youngest Division I-A head coaches in the country. Barnes is the
19th youngest head coach (in terms of birthdate) and is tied for the
10th-youngest (in terms of age) in the nation.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97
season and including this campaign, Ole Miss has an incredible 74-9 record
(.891 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 9-34 when they net less than 70 points during that
five-year period (including 2000-01). Last year, the Rebels were 16-3 when
scoring 70 points or more. This season, Ole Miss has a 3-0 record when
scoring 70 points or more.
HEY, HAVEN'T WE'VE PLAYED TOGETHER BEFORE?
The 2000-01 Rebel squad has several players who have been teammates before arriving on the Ole Miss campus.
LOCKHART BREAKS INTO TOP 15, RECORDS 500TH REBOUND
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 526 career rebounds, after grabbing
eight boards in the Rebels' victory over VCU Nov. 25. Lockhart entered the
1999-2000 season with 278 boards, and with his 220 rebounds in 1999-2000,
he had 498 rebounds coming into the 2000-01 campaign. He is in the No. 15 spot on the Rebel career rebounding chart.
BARNES AMONG THE SEC'S ELITE COACHES
After two seasons at the helm of the Ole Miss basketball program, Rod
Barnes has proven to be one the Southeastern Conference's elite coaches.
Of all the current SEC head coaches, Barnes posted the third most victories
in his first two seasons as a head coach in the conference. The following
chart shows what the current SEC coaches did in their first two seasons at
Jim Harrick (Georgia) and Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) both were in
their first seasons at their respective SEC schools in 1999-2000.
* current head coach at South Carolina
# current head coach at Kentucky
OLE MISS' RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
After its 1999 recruiting class was ranked No. 26 in the nation, Ole Miss
took another step up the ladder to national prominence when its 2000 class was ranked as high as No. 10 in the country. The 2000 class of Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.), Aaron Harper, Justin Reed and David Sanders was ranked No. 10 by HOOP SCOOP and No. 23 by The Recruiting Beat. According to the HOOP SCOOP rankings, Ole Miss had the top recruiting class in the SEC.