Ole Miss Men's Basketball Game Notes
Nov. 29, 2001
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OLE MISS CONTINUES HOMESTAND SATURDAY VERSUS GEORGE MASON: The Rebels (4-1) continue their four-game homestand Saturday, Dec. 1 against the George Mason Patriots (3-1). Game time is 6:00 p.m. (CT). After a season-opening loss to Bowling Green, Ole Miss has reeled off four-straight victories over Alaska-Fairbanks (75-58), Wichita State (80-68), Kansas State (67-65) and Morris Brown (92-45). The Patriots bring a two-game winning streak into Saturday's contest. George Mason posted home wins over Toledo (67-64) and Coppin State (80-44) in its last two outings.
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 70-36 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-GEORGE MASON SERIES: The two schools will meet for the first time on the hardwood Saturday.
SCOUTING GEORGE MASON: The Patriots enter Saturday's game with a 3-1 overall record, posting victories over Niagara (86-71), Toledo (67-64) and Coppin State (80-44). George Mason's lone setback was a 70-65 loss at Miami (Ohio).
Rob Anderson leads the team with a 15.8 scoring average, while Terrance Nixon is also averaging double figures at 10.8 ppg. Jesse Young is the squad's top rebounder with a 7.5 average. Nixon is the team's top shooter from the field (59.4 percent), while Anderson is the top three-point threat, hitting 52.6 percent of his trey attempts.
The Patriots are hitting 49.1 percent from the field, 41.8 percent from the three-point line and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe. George Mason is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 2.3 boards per game (35.5-33.2).
LET'S PLAY TWO!!!: Well, it's not baseball, but it will be a double-dip for Rebel fans Saturday. The Ole Miss football team will host Vanderbilt at 11:30 a.m. (CT), and the Rebel basketball squad will follow at 6:00 p.m. (CT) with a home game against George Mason. The last time this occurred at Ole Miss was the 1997-98 season on Nov. 22, 1997, when Ole Miss began the day playing Georgia on the gridiron and hosted Temple on the hardwood that night. The Rebel hoop squad upset the Owls 87-74.
REBELS VERSUS FIRST-TIME FOES: Ole Miss will face its second first-time opponent of the 2001-02 season when the Rebels meet George Mason Saturday. Earlier this season, Ole Miss defeated Alaska-Fairbanks 75-58 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Last year, the Rebels had a 3-1 record against first-time opponents, defeating Kansas State (60-46), No. 13-ranked Southern Cal (84-83, ot) and Morris Brown (94-59), and falling to Iowa State (73-68). Since the 1998-99 season, Ole Miss has an 11-3 record versus first-time foes.
NOVEMBER, PLEASE DON'T GO... 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 29-4 record (.879 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).
...BUT DECEMBER'S NOT SO BAD: While the Rebels are nearly unbeatable in the month of November, their record in the month of December since the 1990-91 season isn't so bad either. Ole Miss has a 52-26 record (.667 winning percentage) in December games since the 1990-91 campaign. The Rebels are 14-2 (.875 winning percentage) in the month of December the last two years (6-1 in 1999-2000, 8-1 in 2000-01).
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 83-31 record (.728 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 66-18 mark (.786 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 4-1 Totals 83-31
OLE MISS VERSUS THE CAA: Saturday's game versus George Mason will be only the fourth time that the Rebels have faced a current member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Ole Miss has a 2-2 record versus teams from the CAA. The Rebels are 2-0 versus Virginia Commonwealth and 0-1 versus James Madison and Hofstra. The last time the Rebels played a CAA member was the 2000-01 season when Ole Miss defeated VCU 88-84 in an overtime thriller.
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 Saturday's contest against Morris Brown with the nation's 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 79 of its last 87 games (.908 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 44 straight (Maryland is first at 80 straight). In the past nine seasons (1992-2001), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 107-29 (.787 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 312-155 (.668 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
WADE HITTING THE BOARDS: With the Rebels lacking some size inside this season, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is going to depend on his guards to hit the boards. Well, junior guard Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) got the message. A 6-foot-3 guard, Wade grabbed a career-high six rebounds in the Rebels' 92-45 victory over Morris Brown Nov. 28. His previous career high was five rebounds on three previous occasions. This season, Wade is averaging 2.8 boards in five games.
THE LAST TIME THAT... The Rebels were "on fire" from the field in their win over Morris Brown Nov. 28, hitting 68.2 percent from the floor. The last time Ole Miss shot better than its 68.2 percent Nov. 28 was a school-record 76.3 percent shooting performance (29-of-38) in a 77-62 victory at Vanderbilt on Jan. 5, 1983.
The shooting performance versus Morris Brown was the second time this year Ole Miss had shot 60 percent or better from the field. The Rebels hit 60.9 percent from the floor in their win over Wichita State Nov. 18. The last time Ole Miss shot 60 percent or better from the field in two or more contests in a single season was the 1999-2000 campaign. The Rebels did so in wins over Southeastern La. (63 percent), Birmingham-Southern (62 percent) and Arkansas (61.2 percent).
HOT-SHOOTING REBELS: Well, the Rebels may have been a little off - by this year's standards - from the floor in their win at Kansas State (44.4 percent) Nov. 24, but they did "bounce" back against Morris Brown Nov. 28. Ole Miss hit 68.2 percent against the Wolverines, improving its percentages for the season.
After five games, Ole Miss is shooting 55.6 percent from the field (133-of-239) and 48.1 percent from the three-point arc (38-of-79). The Rebels lead the Southeastern Conference in both statistical categories. The Rebels also have been on target from the foul line in their first five games. Ole Miss is shooting 77.9 percent (88-of-113) from the charity stripe, which is second in the SEC.
PERFECTION TIMES TWO: In the Rebels' victory over Morris Brown Nov. 28, senior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) and junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) had perfect shooting games. Harrison, the 5-foot-5 guard, was 4-of-4 from the field, 1-of-1 from the arc and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe for 12 points. Allen, a 6-foot-8 forward, was 3-of-3 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for 10 points.
DISHING IT OUT...PART I: For the second-straight year, junior David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) recorded his career high in assists (6) against Morris Brown. The 6-foot-3 guard had six assists in the Rebels' win Nov. 28, and also dished out six assists against the Wolverines in the 2000-01 meeting between the two schools.
DISHING IT OUT...PART II: One of Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes' favorite lines to his players is "take care of your business." Well, senior Jason Harrison is listening to his coach, as he has taken very good care of the ball in his point guard role. After five games, Harrison has dished out 23 assists compared to only 12 turnovers for a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: The Rebel tandem of junior Derrick Allen and sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) sure did double their pleasure in Ole Miss' thrilling 7-65 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.
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 112 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 112 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 148 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)
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 lifelong kidney ailment was successful. The 6-foot-10 forward is scheduled for a check-up on Dec. 7, and is expected to be released to practice. However, Gunn's status for the season is still questionable.
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.
IT COMES IN THREES: That is how the old saying goes, and Rebel senior Jason Harrison 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 five games in 2001-02, Harrison is well on his way to reaching the 100-assists plateau. He has 23 dishes for a 4.6 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 138 assists this season. He has 328 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.
TIP-INS... Since the 1996-97 season, Ole Miss has an incredible 90-11 record (.891
winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more ... Sophomore Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) hit 11 treys this season and has 74 for his career. He is eight behind Tim Jumper, who is No. 7 on the Ole Miss career three-pointers chart with 82 made.
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