Dec. 4, 2000
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Kansas State (2-2) vs. Ole Miss (5-0)
Tuesday, December 5 - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS CLOSES OUT HOMESTAND VERSUS KANSAS STATE TUESDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (5-0) will close out their three-game homestand
Tuesday, Dec. 5 versus Kansas State (2-2). The contest is scheduled for a
7:00 p.m. (CT) tip. The Rebels enter Tuesday's game on a five-game win
streak with victories over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Sam Houston State, Virginia
Commonwealth, Louisiana-Monroe and No. 14-ranked Oklahoma. The Wildcats
dropped a 76-56 decision to nationally-ranked Illinois Saturday (Dec. 2) in
Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State's two victories have come against Texas-San
Antonio and Tennessee State.
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 44-27 (.620 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-KANSAS STATE SERIES
Tuesday's game will be the first meeting between the two schools.
SCOUTING KANSAS STATE
The Wildcats, a member of the Big 12 Conference, enters Tuesday's game
with a 2-2 record. Kansas State defeated Texas-San Antonio (71-55) and
Tennessee State (69-67, ot) and lost to Wichita State (76-66) and Illinois
(76-56). Junior college transfer Phineas Atchison leads three Wildcats in
double figures with a 14.5 scoring average. Sophomore Matt Siebrandt (13.3
ppg) and junior Travis Reynolds (11.5 ppg) are also averaging double
digits. Reynolds is the squad's leading rebounder with a 10.0
boards-per-game average. Siebrandt is the team's top shooter from the
floor at 54.1 percent, while Atchison is Kansas State's top three-point
threat at 34.8 percent. The Wildcats are hitting 39 percent from the
floor, 25.9 percent from the three-point arc and 64.7 percent from the foul
line. Kansas State is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 6.5
boards per game (42.8-36.3). Jim Wooldridge is in his first season at
Kansas State. In eight seasons at the Division I level, Wooldridge has a
100-101 record, including a 2-2 mark so far this season.
OLE MISS VERSUS FIRST TIME FOES
The Rebels will be facing their first first-time opponent this season
Tuesday when they host Kansas State. The Wildcats are the first of four
possible first-time foes in 2000-01. The Rebels will meet Morris Brown
Dec. 30 and could play two first-time opponents in the Pearl Harbor
Invitational Dec. 21-23. Last year, Ole Miss posted a 3-0 record versus
first-time foes with wins over Oregon State (77-58), Virginia Commonwealth
(75-62) and Southwest Missouri State (70-48). Since the 1998-99 campaign,
Ole Miss has a 7-2 record (.778 winning percentage) versus first-time foes.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last nine years (including 2000-01 season), the Rebels have posted a
70-28 record (.714 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 53-15 mark (.779 winning percentage) against
REBELS GOING FOR CONSECUTIVE 6-0 STARTS
With a win over Kansas State Tuesday, the Rebels would open a campaign
with a 6-0 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 BIG 12 CONFERENCE
Ole Miss has a 10-17 overall record (.370 winning percentage) versus
members of the Big 12 Conference. The Rebels are 1-0 versus Oklahoma
State, 2-1 versus Oklahoma, 1-1 versus Nebraska, 6-8 versus Texas, 0-1
versus Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M and 0-4 versus Texas Tech. Ole Miss
has played only one Big 12 Conference member since the league was formed in
1994, and that was Oklahoma the last three years (including Saturday's
game). Prior to the last three meetings with the Sooners, the last time
Ole Miss played a current member of the Big 12 Conference was the 1981
season when the Rebels fell to Kansas, 69-66 in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament. Current Rebel radio analyst Sean Tuohy was a guard on that Ole
Miss team which played Kansas in the 1981 NCAA Tournament.
OLE MISS TO JOIN THE BIG 12?
It may seem like it in December, but Ole Miss is not moving to the Big 12
Conference. The Rebel schedule, though, has a strong Big 12 Conference
flavor in the month of December. Ole Miss hosts Kansas State Tuesday, and
could meet Iowa State in the Pearl Harbor Invitational Dec. 21-23. The
Rebels defeated No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Saturday, 60-55.
HARPER ON FIRE
Freshman Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) was en fuego - on fire - in the Rebels'
victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2. The 6-foot-7 forward/guard
missed only one shot in his career-high, 18-point performance versus the
Sooners. Harper was 4-of-5 from the field, with all his field goal
attempts from beyond the three-point arc. He was also 6-of-6 from the
charity stripe. For the season, Harper is shooting 47.8 percent from the
three-point line and 90 percent (18-of-20) from the foul line.
HITTING 'EM WHEN THEY COUNT
The Rebels haven't had a reputation for hitting a high percentage >from the
charity stripe the last couple of seasons, especially down the stretch in
games. However, that may be changing in 2000-01. Ole Miss is hitting 70.5
percent from the foul line for the season, but more importantly, the Rebels
are hitting their foul shots down the stretch. In their three narrow wins
over Sam Houston State, VCU and Oklahoma, the Rebels shot 76.5 percent from
the line (26-of-34) in the final four minutes (and overtime) of those games.
PROVINE POSSE STEPS UP AGAIN
The trio of Aaron Harper, Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) and David Sanders
(Jackson, Miss.) - the "Provine Posse" - came up big again in the Rebels'
victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2. The trio combined for 38 of
Ole Miss' 60 points in the game, with Harper scoring a career-best 18
points. The trio shot 61.1 percent from the field (11-of-18), 57.1 percent
>from the three-point line (4of-7) and 70.5 percent from the charity stripe
(12-of-17). Harper, Reed and Sanders also combined for nine boards in the
A HAPPY 300 FOR THE "TAD PAD"
With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2, the Rebels posted
their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record
of 300-154 (.661 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
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
behind Maryland (72) and Penn State (50). With their win over No.
14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2, the Rebels' streak reached 39 straight.
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 25-3 record (.893 winning percentage) in the month of November. The
Rebels have won 11 straight in the month of November, with their last 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 45-25 record (.643 winning percentage) in December
games since the 1990-91 campaign. Ole Miss was 6-1 in the month of
December last season, with the lone setback being an 81-73 loss at Oklahoma.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart 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 16th double-double performance in Ole
Miss' win over Louisiana-Monroe (16 points-10 rebounds) Nov. 28. He also
had a double-double (17-12) versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18. 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 season.
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 75-9 record
(.893 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 10-34 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 4-0 record when
scoring 70 points or more.
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. Flanigan is
averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 boards, but it's more than just stats when
looking at what he means to the Rebel squad. In Ole Miss' victory over
Louisiana-Monroe, he netted a season-high 12 points, but also had a solid
floor game with two assists, three steals and two boards.
In the win at VCU Nov. 25, Flanigan had 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 with a grade-one MCL sprain of the right knee.
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.
REED POSTS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Freshman Justin Reed 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 five games, Reed is
averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds.
"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. With his two blocks in the
Rebels' win over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma, Lockhart now has 92 for his
career, which is the fifth most in Rebel basketball history. Lockhart led
the Rebels in blocked shots the previous two seasons with 44 and 46 blocks,
"PROVINE POSSE" COMES UP BIG FOR REBELS...PART I
The Provine High School trio of Aaron Harper, Justin Reed and David
Sanders, 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.
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.
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.
TO BE THE BEST...
You have to play the best, as the old adage in college athletics goes.
Ole Miss has taken that to heart in the 2000-01 season. According to two
preseason polls by FOXSports.com and CBS Sportsline.com, the Rebels could
possibly meet at least eight teams listed in their polls. Alabama (ARV),
Arkansas (#16), Brigham Young (ARV), Florida (#19), Iowa State (#20),
Kentucky (#12), Oklahoma (ARV) Southern California (#18) and Tennessee (#5)
all are listed in the FOXSports.com poll. In CBS Sportsline's top 40 poll,
Alabama (#39), Arkansas (#19), Auburn (#33), Brigham Young (#38), Florida
(#13), Iowa State (#15), Kentucky (#10), LSU (#34), Mississippi State
(#32), Oklahoma (#40) Southern California (#24) and Tennessee (#5) are ranked.
The Rebels have played a Jim Wooldridge-coached squad before Tuesday's
encounter with Kansas State. Ole Miss defeated Louisiana Tech, 88-56 to
open the 1997-98 campaign. That Louisiana Tech squad was coached by
Wooldridge. He led the Bulldogs to a 12-15 record that season...David
Sanders earned his first career start versus Oklahoma Dec. 2. He had 10
points and two rebounds versus the Sooners...With their win over the No.
14-ranked Sooners, the Rebels have defeated at least one ranked team every
season since 1994-95...Ole Miss is 11-5 versus ranked opponents at Tad
Smith Coliseum since 1994-95 after its 60-55 victory over Oklahoma Dec.
2...Rahim Lockhart is on pace to become the 25th player in Ole Miss
basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career. He currently has 783
career points and needs to average only 9.0 points the rest of the season
to reach the milestone...The Rebels have a 2-0 record when Aaron Harper,
Justin Reed and David Sanders all score in double figures in the same game