Ole Miss Men's Basketball Game Notes
Dec. 5, 2001
Rebels on Television and Radio
Television: ESPN (Mike Gleason, play-by-play, Larry Conley, color analyst, Dan Steir, producer, Jimmy Moore, director)
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
OLE MISS PROBABLE STARTERS
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MEMPHIS PROBABLE STARTERS
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REBEL GAME NOTES
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 71-37 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-MEMPHIS SERIES: Friday's game will be the 33rd overall meeting between the two schools, and will be the fourth-straight year that the two teams have played on the hardwood. The Tigers lead the overall series, 23-9. Ole Miss has won the last two encounters, 74-64 in Oxford in 1999-2000 and 64-56 in Memphis in 2000-01. Prior to the last three years, the last time Ole Miss and Memphis played was in the 1985-86 season. Before the Rebels' last two wins, the Tigers had won eight straight in the series, including three overtime games. Memphis won the 1998-99 meeting, a 78-72 overtime thriller in The Pyramid.
SCOUTING MEMPHIS: The Tigers enter Friday's game with a 6-2 overall record. Memphis has won three straight with victories over Southeastern Louisiana (65-46), Christian Brothers (86-54) and Eastern Kentucky (111-74).
Freshman phenom Dajuan Wagner leads four Tigers averaging double figures at 23.1 ppg. Scooter McFadgon (11.9 ppg), Kelly Wise (11.8) and Chris Massie (10.9) are also averaging double digits for Memphis. The Wise-Massie tandem are cleaning up the boards for Memphis. Wise is averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, while Massie is grabbing 8.0 boards per contest. Antonio Burks leads the team in assists (33) and steals (15).
The Tigers are shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from the arc and 68 percent from the foul line. Memphis is out-rebounding its opponents by 10.4 boards per game (44.6-34.2).
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 53-27 record (.663 winning percentage) in December games since the 1990-91 campaign. The Rebels were 14-2 (.875 winning percentage) in the month of December the past two years (6-1 in 1999-2000, 8-1 in 2000-01). Ole Miss is 1-1 this year in December.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 84-32 record (.724 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 67-19 mark (.779 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 5-2 Totals 84-32
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 the Dec. 1 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.
REBELS VERSUS CONFERENCE USA: The Rebels have an all-time record of 69-88 (.437 winning percentage) versus current members of Conference USA. However, Ole Miss has an 8-1 record versus Conference USA teams since the league was formed in the spring of 1995. Last year, Ole Miss was 1-0 versus teams from Conference USA, defeating Memphis (64-56). Since the 1990-91 season, the Rebels are 9-2 versus members of Conference USA (2-1 versus Southern Mississippi and Memphis, 2-0 versus Houston and Louisville, 1-0 versus Charlotte). The following chart shows Ole Miss' all-time results versus teams from Conference USA:
UAB 4-1 Memphis 9-23 Cincinnati 0-1 Charlotte 2-1 DePaul 0-1 Saint Louis 0-1 Houston 2-1 Southern Miss. 15-4 Louisville 2-0 South Florida 0-0 Marquette 0-0 Tulane 35-55 Totals 69-88
"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 80 of its last 89 games (.899 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 2-1 at the "Tad Pad" in 2001-02. In the past nine seasons (1992-2001), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 108-30 (.783 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 313-156 (.667 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
A WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES REUNION: When Ole Miss and Memphis hit the hardwood on Friday, a World University Games reunion will take place. Rebel head coach Rod Barnes and sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) and Tiger junior Earl Barron all were members of the United States squad that participated in the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China, in late August. Team USA posted a 7-1 record at the Games and captured the bronze medal. Barnes served as an assistant on the USA coaching staff.
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 71-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 71 victories are the sixth most by a head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. The following lists the winningest coaches in Rebel history:
Coach Years Wins Bonne Graham 1950-62 144 Cob Jarvis 1969-76 87 Rob Evans 1992-98 86 Bob Weltlich 1977-81 83 Ed Murphy 1986-92 76 Rod Barnes 1999-present 71
DID YOU KNOW?: Friday's game will match two head coaches who have been honored as Naismith Coach of the Year. In 2001, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes received the award from the Atlanta Tip-off Club. Memphis head coach John Calipari won the honor in 1996 when he guided UMass to the NCAA Final Four.
A NAISMITH REUNION: Friday's meeting will also be a 2001 Naismith Awards Banquet reunion as well. At the April 2001 event in Atlanta, Rod Barnes was honored as the Men's Collegiate Coach of the Year, while Tiger freshman Dajuan Wagner received the Naismith Male High School Player of the Year award.
REBELS VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS AT HOME: Ole Miss has a 13-5 record (.722 winning percentage) versus ranked opponents at Tad Smith Coliseum since the beginning of the 1994-95 season. Memphis will be the first ranked opponent that Ole Miss will face at home during the 2001-02 season. Last year, the Rebels were 3-0 versus ranked opponents at home, defeating No. 14 Oklahoma 60-55 (Dec. 2, 2000), No. 10 Tennessee 87-71 (Feb. 10, 2001) and No. 20 Alabama 105-71 (Mar. 3, 2001).
Prior to the 1999 Auburn loss (1998-99 season), Ole Miss had won six straight versus ranked opponents at the "Tad Pad." During that streak, the Rebels defeated Temple (#18), South Carolina (#11) and Arkansas (#12) in 1997-98, Kentucky (#3) in 1996-97, and Auburn (#21) and Mississippi State (#25) in 1995-96. Ole Miss' first win over a ranked opponent since the 1994-95 season was a 76-71 win over No. 3 Arkansas on Jan. 4, 1995. (NOTE: Ole Miss lost to No. 5 Kentucky in the 1994-95 season, but that home game was played at The Pyramid in Memphis.)
REBELS VERSUS RANKED TEAMS: Ole Miss will face its first nationally-ranked opponent of 2001-02 Friday when it hosts Memphis. The Tigers are ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Last year, the Rebels were 7-4 against ranked opponents. Under head coach Rod Barnes (since the 1998-99 season), Ole Miss has a 12-16 record versus ranked opponents.
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 seven games, Harrison has dished out 34 assists compared to only 13 turnovers for a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In two Rebel wins over Kansas State and Louisiana-Monroe, Harrison had no turnovers.
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 113 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 113 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 seven games, the Little Rock, Ark., native has scored 85 points (12.1 average) and now has 851 career points.
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 seven games in 2001-02, Harrison has 34 dishes for a 4.9 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 147 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 339 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.
REED NEARING 500: After only seven games into his sophomore campaign, Justin Reed is closing in on 500 - points, that is. The 2001-02 John Wooden Award candidate enters Friday's contest versus Memphis with 491 career points. Last year, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year netted 385 points, and has 106 in his first seven games in 2001-02. The Jackson, Miss., native is leading the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).
Reed's 385 points last season were the third most ever by a freshman in Ole Miss history. Joe Harvell (395 points, 1990) and Tim Jumper (394 points, 1988) were the only two to score more than Reed in their freshmen campaigns.
ANOTHER "FIRST" FOR OLE MISS: The Ole Miss basketball program achieved another first this past summer when sophomore Justin Reed became the first player in Rebel history to be named a preseason candidate for the John Wooden Award. Reed is one of 50 preseason candidates for the honor which recognizes the top collegiate player in the nation. Former Rebel standout Ansu Sesay was a Wooden All-American in 1998, but his name did not appear on the preseason list.
Reed is also one of six SEC players among the 2001-02 Wooden Award preseason candidates, joining Kentucky's Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans, Florida's Udonis Haslem and Brett Nelson and Tennessee's Vincent Yarbrough.
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 the morning of Friday, Dec. 7, and is expected to be released to practice. However, Gunn's status for the season is still questionable.
HOT-SHOOTING REBELS: In the early portion of the 2001-02 campaign, the Rebels have literally been "on fire" shooting the basketball.
After seven games, Ole Miss is shooting 53.3 percent from the field (184-of-345) and 47.1 percent from the three-point arc (56-of-119). The Rebels also have been on target from the foul line in their first seven games. Ole Miss is shooting 77.3 percent (116-of-150) from the charity stripe. The Rebels lead the SEC in all three statistical categories.
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).
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.
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.
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 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):
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 Nov. 15-18. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 17.0 points
and 6.0 rebounds. 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 SEC All-Tournament Team accolades last season.
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