Ole Miss Basketball Game Notes
Nov. 27, 2001
GAME DAY INFORMATION
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PROBABLE OLE MISS STARTING LINE-UP
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MORRIS BROWN PROBABLE STARTERS
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REBEL GAME NOTES
OLE MISS RETURN TO OXFORD FOR HOME OPENER ON WEDNESDAY: The Rebels (3-1) finally return to the friendly confines of Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for their 2001-02 home opener versus Morris Brown (1-4). After a season-opening loss to Bowling Green, Ole Miss has reeled off three-straight victories over Alaska-Fairbanks (75-58), Wichita State (80-68) and Kansas State (67-65). The Fighting Wolverines fell at Tulsa 88-41 in their last outing on Saturday.
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 69-36 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-MORRIS BROWN SERIES: The two schools will meet for the second-straight season on the hardwood. Last year, the Rebels posted a 94-59 victory over Morris Brown in Oxford.
SCOUTING MORRIS BROWN: The Fighting Wolverines enter Wednesday's contest with a 1-4 overall record. Morris Brown, under the direction of first-year head coach Derek Thompson, is playing this season as an NCAA Division I independent. The Wolverines fell to Tulsa 88-41 in their last outing. Morris Brown's lone victory came against Lipscomb University, a 71-70 win on Nov. 21.
The backcourt tandem of junior Sam Daniels and senior Joseph Dunn leads Morris Brown. Daniels is the team's top scorer with an 11.4 average, while Dunn is second with a 10.2 average. Junior Amien Hicks, who had a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards versus Tulsa on Saturday, is the squad's leading rebounder with a 7.8 average.
The Wolverines are shooting 35.3 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from the three-point arc and 57.7 percent from the charity stripe.
WELCOME HOME, REBELS!!!: After a season-opening four-game road trip, the Rebels finally return to Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") Wednesday. Ole Miss posted a 3-1 record in its four-game road swing.
This season's home opener is the latest (in terms of number of games) Ole Miss has had since the 1937-38 campaign. 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).
REBELS IMPRESSIVE IN HOME OPENERS: Indeed, it is "home sweet home" for the Rebels when playing in Oxford - especially in home openers. Ole Miss has been impressive in home openers, posting a 74-12 record (.860 winning percentage) in those contests. Last year, the Rebels defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 98-47 in their home opener.
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 28-4 record (.875 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).
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 82-31 record (.726 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 64-18 mark (.780 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 3-1 Totals 82-31
REBELS TO DEFEND STREAK, MOVE UP TO NO. 2 IN THE NATION: In recent years, the Rebels have been tough on all opponents playing at 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 enters Wednesday's home opener versus Morris Brown with the second-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents. Penn State was previously second, but dropped a home game to Yale 87-74 on Nov. 18. The Rebels finished the 2000-01 season with an 8-0 home record versus non-conference opponents. The following chart shows the nation's top two homecourt winning streaks versus non-conference opponents:
"TAD PAD" RENOVATIONS COMPLETE: Renovations began on C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. "Tad Pad") this summer, and the second wave of upgrades were completed before the Rebels' two exhibition games. The first change had new upholstered, chair-back seats, all in blue replace the old seats. As a result of the new seating, capacity jumped from 8,135 to approximately 8,700. Other new additions for the 2001-02 season also included a Pro Star Video Board, two full display scoreboards and a state-of-the-art sound system.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD": Yes, the school-record 29-game homecourt winning streak came to an end in the 1998-99 season, but Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") is still one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to play. Ole Miss has won 78 of its last 86 games (.907 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels were 15-1 at Tad Smith Coliseum last season, with the loss coming to Georgia. Ole Miss also owns the second-longest homecourt winning streak versus non-conference opponents in the nation at 43 straight (Maryland is first at 80 straight). In the past nine seasons (1992-2001), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 106-29 (.785 winning percentage).
REBELS ALL-TIME AT THE "TAD PAD": With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma last year, the Rebels posted their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record of 311-155 (.667 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: The Rebel tandem of junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) and sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) sure did double their pleasure in Ole Miss' thrilling 67-65 victory at Kansas State on Nov. 24, as both posted double-doubles. Allen, a 6-foot-8 forward, scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards versus the Wildcats, while Reed, a 6-foot-8 forward, recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the fourth career double-double for Reed, while it was Allen's first.
HOT-SHOOTING REBELS: Although the shooting percentage came down a little in their win at Kansas State, the Rebels are still hitting their mark from the field. After four games, Ole Miss is shooting 52.8 percent from the field (103-of-195) and 45.9 percent from the three-point arc (28-of-61). In the win over Alaska-Fairbanks on Nov. 17, 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 four games. Ole Miss is shooting 78.6 percent (66-of-84) 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):
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 was named to the BP Top of the World Classic All-Tournament Team , which was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, Nov. 15-18. 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.
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 111 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 111 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 147 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)
IT COMES IN THREES: That is how the old saying goes, and Rebel senior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) 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 four games in 2001-02, Harrison is well on his way to reaching the 100-assists plateau. He has 20 dishes for a 5.0 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 150 assists this season. He has 325 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.
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 four games in 2001-02, the 6-foot-3 guard is shooting 50 percent (4-of-8) from the arc. Last year, Sanders hit only seven treys.
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