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OLE MISS CONTINUES HOMESTAND MONDAY VERSUS LOUISIANA-MONROE: The Rebels (4-2) continue their four-game homestand Monday, Dec. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Indians (3-1). Game time is 7:00 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss' four-game win streak came to an end on Saturday, suffering a narrow 71-70 setback to George Mason. After a season-opening loss at Samford, Louisiana-Monroe has won three straight, including its conference opener against McNeese State (79-73) 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 70-37 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).
OLE MISS-LOUISIANA-MONROE SERIES: Monday's contest will be the 11th overall and fourth-straight year the two schools have met on the hardwood. Ole Miss leads the all-time series 6-4, and have won the last three encounters. The Rebels won last year's meeting, a 76-62 win in Oxford. Louisiana-Monroe's last victory in the series was a narrow 68-67 win on Dec. 3, 1990, in Oxford.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA-MONROE: The Indians enter Monday's contest with a 3-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Southland Conference. After a season-opening setback at Samford, Louisiana-Monroe has won three straight with victories over Tougaloo (100-62), TCU (94-90) and McNeese State (79-73).
Louisiana-Monroe, which starts five seniors, has four players scoring double figures. Nick Coln is the team's top scorer with a 16.5 average. Reggie Griffin (16.3 ppg), Brian Lubeck (13.0 ppg) and Wojciech Myrda (11.0 ppg) are also averaging double digits. Myrda leads the Indians with an 8.0 rebounding average and 20 blocked shots. Michael Hardaway leads the team wirh 16 assists.
The Indians are shooting 47.6 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from the three-point arc and 67.5 percent from the charity stripe. Louisiana-Monroe is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 3.7 boards per contest (36.0-32.3).
OLE MISS VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE: The Rebels have an all-time record of 35-6 (.854 winning percentage) versus members of the Southland Conference (SLC). Ole Miss has played Southeastern Louisiana (13-0), Sam Houston State (5-0), Northwestern State (2-0), Nicholls State (2-0), McNeese State (6-1), Lamar (1-1) and Louisiana-Monroe (6-4) in its history. Last season, the Rebels played three teams from the SLC - Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe - and won all three contests. This year, Louisiana-Monroe is the only SLC team that the Rebels will face.
HEY, DON'T WE KNOW YOU?...PART ONE: When the Louisiana-Monroe Indians take the floor Monday, they will see a familiar face on the Ole Miss bench. Wayne Brent, a fourth-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 Performance (1992).
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 83-32 record (.722 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 66-19 mark (.776 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 4-2 Totals 83-32
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 52-27 record (.658 winning percentage) in December games since the 1990-91 campaign. The Rebels were 14-2 (.875 winning percentage) in the month of December the last two years (6-1 in 1999-2000, 8-1 in 2000-01). Ole Miss is 0-1 this year in December.
THE STREAK IS OVER: Well, the old saying goes that "all good things must come to an end," and it did for the Rebels Dec. 1. Ole Miss' 44-game homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents was halted with a narrow 71-70 setback to George Mason. Prior to Saturday's loss, the last time the Rebels fell to a non-league opponent was in the 1995-96 season opener, an 84-83 overtime setback to Davidson.
Before the loss, Ole Miss' 44-game win streak against non-league opponents was the second-longest in the nation behind Maryland's 80-game win streak. On Sunday (Dec. 2), Maryland extended their streak to 81 games with a 61-53 win over Princeton.
"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, all the home win streaks are over, 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 88 games (.898 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 is 1-1 at the "Tad Pad" in 2001-02. In the past nine seasons (1992-2001), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 107-30 (.781 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 312-156 (.667 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
BARNES REACHES 70: Rod Barnes posted his 70th victory as head coach at Ole Miss with the Rebels' 92-45 win over Morris Brown Nov. 28. He has a current record of 70-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 70 victories are the sixth most by a head coach in Ole Miss basketball history.
DISHING IT OUT...PART I: One of Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes' favorite lines to his players is "take care of your business." Well, senior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) is listening to his coach, as he has taken very good care of the ball in his point guard role. After six games, Harrison has dished out 29 assists compared to only 13 turnovers for a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
HARRISON CLIMBING ASSISTS CHART: Senior Jason Harrison is looking to surpass the 100-assists plateau for the third-straight year, and he is well on his way to that accomplishment. After six games in 2001-02, Harrison has 29 dishes for a 4.8 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 144 assists this season.
Harrison dished out 115 assists as a sophomore in 1999-2000 and 104 as a junior in 2000-01. The 5-foot-5 guard entered the 2001-02 campaign with 305 career assists, and now has 334 assists. He is No. 6 on the Rebel all-time assists chart.
If Harrison reaches the 100-assists plateau this season, he would become only the third player in Rebel history to accomplish the feat three-straight years. Rod Barnes and Sean Tuohy also did so. Harrison would also join Barnes and Tuohy as the only Rebels to pass out over 400 assists in a career.
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)
NO. 11 LOOKING TO BECOME NO. 26: Senior Jason Harrison, who wears jersey No. 11, entered the 2001-02 season with 766 career points and needed 234 to become the 26th player in Ole Miss history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Harrison is on track to do so.
After six games, the Little Rock, Ark., native has scored 74 points (12.3 average) and now has 840 career points.
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 six games, Ole Miss is shooting 53.9 percent from the field (158-of-293) and 46.6 percent from the three-point arc (48-of-103). The Rebels lead the Southeastern Conference in both statistical categories. The Rebels also have been on target from the foul line in their first six games. Ole Miss is shooting 77.8 percent (98-of-126) from the charity stripe.
PERFECTION TIMES TWO: In the Rebels' victory over Morris Brown Nov. 28, senior Jason Harrison 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 II: 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.
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 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.
OLE MISS PICKED THIRD IN SEC 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):
TIP-INS... Tickets for the Dec. 16 Ole Miss-Tennessee Martin game in Southaven are on
sale now. To purchase tickets, fans can call the DeSoto County Civic Center at 662-280-9120 or contact their local TicketMaster outlet.
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