Men's Basketball Hosts Rival Memphis Saturday
Dec. 10, 1999
Memphis (4-3) vs. Ole Miss (7-1)Saturday, December 11 - 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum - Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Television: WLMT (Greg Gaston, play-by-play, Jon Albright, color analyst)
OLE MISS CONTINUES SIX-GAME HOMESTAND ON SATURDAY VERSUS MID-SOUTH RIVAL MEMPHIS
The Ole Miss Rebels (7-1, 0-0 SEC) continue their six-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 11 when they host rival Memphis (4-3, 0-0 C-USA) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (CT), and the contest will be televised by WLMT-TV. The Rebels enter Saturday's game after a 75-62 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday. The Tigers enter Saturday's game after a narrow 62-61 loss at Kansas State on Wednesday. Prior to that loss, Memphis had won four straight.
OLE MISS-MEMPHIS SERIES
Saturday's game will be the 30th meeting between the two schools, and the first time the two teams have played in Oxford since the 1984-85 campaign (a 57-52 Memphis win on Dec. 11, 1984). Last season, the Tigers defeated Ole Miss, 78-72 in overtime at The Pyramid. Prior to last year's encounter, the last time Ole Miss and Memphis played was in the 1985-86 season. The Tigers lead the all-time series, 22-7. The Tigers have won the last eight meetings, including three overtime games. The last Ole Miss victory in the series was a 92-89 win on Dec. 26, 1978 (1978-79 season) in Jackson, Miss.
December 12, 1998
Memphis senior Omar Sneed scored a game-high 28 points, and Dinno Daniels netted 10 of his 12 points in overtime to lead the Tigers to a 78-72 win over Ole Miss. Sneed also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the victory. Shamel Jones was the only other Tiger in double figures with 16 points.
Seniors Keith Carter and Jason Smith led five Rebels in double figures with 18 points apiece. Senior Johnnie Rogers added a career-high 11 points, while Marcus Hicks and Rahim Lockhart each scored 10 points apiece. Carter and Rogers led Ole Miss on the boards with seven rebounds apiece.
Memphis built a seven-point lead on five occasions in the first half, with the last a 36-29 advantage with 1:22 left before halftime. The Rebels, however, fought back with a 6-1 run in the final minute to cut the Tiger lead to 37-35 at the intermission.
In the second half, Ole Miss held a five-point lead on two occasions, but could not put Memphis away. The Tigers fought back to take a 61-59 lead, but a Hicks' basket with 31 seconds left sent the game into overtime tied at 61-all. In the overtime, Daniels hit two key three-pointers to spark the Tigers to the win.
Ole Miss FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl Smith 8-15 0-1 2-5 6 18 1 0 4 Hicks 4-10 0-0 2-6 4 10 3 2 2 Lockhart 5-5 0-0 0-2 4 10 1 0 1 White 0-2 0-2 0-0 3 0 1 0 1 Carter 7-17 2-8 2-4 7 18 5 0 3 Cantrell 1-4 0-2 0-0 1 2 1 0 0 Flanigan 0-5 0-2 1-2 3 1 2 0 0 Harrison 0-2 0-1 0-0 2 0 1 0 0 Rogers 5-6 0-0 1-2 7 11 0 0 1 Brown 0-3 0-2 2-2 1 2 0 0 0 Williams 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 TEAM 2 Totals 30-70 2-19 10-23 40 72 15 2 12
Memphis FG-A 3P-A FT-A Reb Pts Ast Blk Stl Sneed 9-20 0-2 10-14 9 28 2 0 1 Jones 6-12 3-8 1-2 6 16 4 2 2 Ousley 3-7 0-0 0-0 6 6 0 4 2 Chatman 1-7 0-2 0-0 5 2 0 0 0 Daniels 3-6 2-4 4-4 1 12 5 0 1 Shine 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 6 3 0 0 London 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 4 0 1 1 Mulvagh 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Wise 2-5 0-0 0-0 8 4 1 2 1 TEAM 3 Totals 29-65 5-16 15-21 43 78 15 9 8
Ole Miss 35 26 11 - 72 Memphis 37 24 17 - 78 Officials: Rutledge, Patillo, Maxwell Attendance: 18,497
Memphis enters Saturday's game with a 4-3 overall record. The Tigers lost to Kansas State, 62-61 on Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan. Prior to that loss, Memphis had won four straight over Chaminade (83-65), Alabama A&M (97-66), Jackson State (79-74) and nationally-ranked Miami (82-72). Senior guard Keiron Shine (15.1 ppg) leads the Tigers in scoring, while sophomore forward Kelly Wise (10.0 rpg) leads the team on the boards. Wise (13.2 ppg) and junior guard Marcus Moody (13.4 ppg) are also averaging in double figures for Memphis. In last Saturday's upset win over Miami, Shine scored a career-high 39 points. The Tigers are shooting 41.6 percent from the floor, 33.9 percent from the three-point line and 65.5 percent from the charity stripe. Interim head coach Johnny Jones took over the Tiger program on Nov. 14, 1999, and has a 4-3 record.
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BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. With the Rebels' win over Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 7, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 27-14. In his first season in 1998-99, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native became the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in his first season. Last season, Barnes also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round, marking the program's first-ever victory in NCAA play. Barnes was hired as the Rebel head coach on April 9, 1998, after Rob Evans left to take the h ead coaching position at Arizona State on April 6. 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).
REBELS VERSUS CONFERENCE USA
The Rebels have an all-time record of 66-87 (.431 winning percentage) versus current members of Conference USA. However, Ole Miss has a 5-1 record versus Conference USA teams since the league was formed in the spring of 1995. In the 1990s, the Rebels are 6-2 versus members of Conference USA (2-1 versus Southern Mississippi, 2-0 versus Houston, 2-0 versus Louisville, 0-1 versus Louisville). The following chart shows Ole Miss' all-time results versus teams from Conference USA:
BARNES THIRD FASTEST TO 25 WINS
With the Rebels' win over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 28, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes posted his 25th victory in only the 38th game in his career as the Rebel mentor. Barnes reached the 25-win plateau the third fastest of any head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. See the following chart:
OLE MISS TOUGH AT HOME VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE FOES
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 1999-2000 season with the eighth-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents. With their win over Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 7, the Rebels' streak reached 28 straight, and Ole Miss now is tied for the fourth-longest streak (since the start of the 1999-2000 season, New Mexico, North Carolina and Clemson have lost at home). The following chart shows the nation's top homecourt winning streaks versus non-conference opponents:
School No. Last home non-conference loss 1. Maryland 68 12/12/89 Coppin St., 70-63 2. Washington St. 45 12/14/89 Idaho, 56-52 3. Penn State 44 3/18/92 Pitt, 67-65 (NIT) T4. OLE MISS 28 11/27/95 Davidson84-83 (ot) T4. Vanderbilt 28 12/30/95 Boston College, 90-74 6. SW Texas St. 26 12/14/91 Baylor, 67-55
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years (including the 1999-2000 season), the Rebels have posted a 58-28 record (.674 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last five seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), as the Rebels have an impressive 41-12 mark (.774 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference record over the previous eight years:
92-93 5-5 93-94 7-3 94-95 5-5 95-96 6-4 96-97 8-3 97-98 9-2 98-99 11-4 99-2000 7-1
REBELS GETTING THEIR SHOOTING TOUCH BACK
The Rebels started the 1999-2000 campaign on a subpar note in terms of shooting from the field. But, that has changed in their last three games versus Alabama State, Oklahoma and Virginia Commonwealth, as the Rebels have hit a combined 51.7 percent from the field. Ole Miss shot over 50 percent from the floor against Alabama State and Oklahoma and nearly hit 50 percent from the field versus VCU. The following chart shows the Rebels' improvement from the field in the last three games:
Prior to last three games
Jacksonville St. 27-78 .346 McNeese St. 35-71 .493 Furman 25-56 .446 Oregon St. 24-56 .429 Wisconsin-GB 18-50 .375 Total 129-311 .415
Last three games
Alabama St. 29-55 .527 Oklahoma 28-53 .528 VCU 19-39 .487 Total 76-147 .517
A CHAMPIONSHIP REUNION
Saturday's game will be a championship reunion for three players and an Ole Miss assistant coach. Rebel seniors Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) and Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) along with assistant coach Marc Dukes and Memphis forward Shannon Forman all were a part of the 1997-98 Northwest Mississippi C.C. squad that posted a 29-7 overall record and advanced to the final four at the NJCAA National Tournament. The Rangers placed fourth at the national tournament, which is the program's highest finish ever. En route to the final four, Northwest won the Region 23, state and Mississippi North Division titles.
WILLIAMS HAS A CAREER NIGHT
Senior Lataryl Williams had a career game in the Rebels' victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 7. The Oxford, Miss., native netted a career-high 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from the three-point line, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. The four treys and four free throws made were career bests, while the seven field goals made tied his career high. The 6-foot-7 forward also had four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in the win over the Rams. Earlier this season, Williams grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in Ole Miss' win over Oregon State on Nov. 27.
HICKS BREAKS THE 500-POINT MARK
Senior Marcus Hicks hit a milestone in the Rebels' game at Oklahoma on Dec. 4, netting the 500th point of his Ole Miss career. Hicks entered the game with 492 points, and scored his 500th point on a free throw at the 3:10 mark of the first half versus the Sooners. After his 15-point performance versus Virginia Commonwealth, the 6-foot-6 senior now has scored 523 points in 41 career games. Last year, Hicks scored 387 points, and after eight games this season, Hicks has 136 points. He leads the Rebels in scoring this year with a 17.0 average.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past four seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has an incredible 61-7 record (.897 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-23 when they net less than 70 points in a game. Last season, Ole Miss had an 18-3 record (.857 winning percentage) when it eclipsed the 70-point plateau. This year, the Rebels are 6-1 when scoring 70 points or more.
REBEL DOMINATION ON THE BOARDS
Despite being out-rebounded for the first time this year in the VCU game on Dec. 7, Ole Miss has been simply dominating its opponents on the boards in the early portion of the season. The Rebels are averaging 41.1 rebounds per contest, while the opposition has a rebounding average of 28.9 boards-a margin of 12.2 boards per game, which is second in the SEC. In the NCAA stats released on Dec. 7, the Rebels were third in the nation in rebounding margin. The following chart shows the Rebels' domination on the boards:
Opponent Rebel Rebs. Opp. Rebs. Margin Jacksonville St. 50 36 +14 McNeese St. 49 27 +22 Furman 48 26 +22 Oregon St. 46 28 +18 Wisconsin-GB 41 32 +9 Alabama St. 36 27 +9 Oklahona 31 24 +7 VCU 28 31 -3 Avg. 41.1 28.9 +12.2
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END
In the Rebels' victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 7, junior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) string of double-doubles came to an end. Lockhart had seven points and eight boards in the win over the Rams. Despite his double-double streak ending, Lockhart did record a career-best five steals versus VCU. Lockhart is still averaging a double-double of 14.1 points and 11.8 rebounds. He also leads the team in blocked shots (20) and is second in steals (15).
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-A SEVENTH TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart doubled his pleasure in the early portion of the Rebel schedule, as he began the season with seven consecutive double-doubles. The following charts Lockhart's double-doubles this season:
Opponent Points Rebs Notes Jacksonville St. 29 11 career high pts McNeese St. 13 16 career high rebs Furman 15 14 tied car-high blks (4) Oregon St. 11 12 Wisconsin-GB 13 13 tied car-high stls (4) Alabama St. 12 10 Oklahoma 13 10 Avg. during streak 15.1 12.3
The junior forward now has eight career double-doubles, as his first came last season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 1999) with a 16-point, 12-rebound game.
REBELS' 6-0 START BEST SINCE 1973-74
Prior to its loss at Oklahoma on Dec. 4, Ole Miss had a 6-0 record to start the 1999-2000 season. The 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 season with 6-0 marks. To find a better start for a Rebel team, one would have to look back all the way to the 1936-37 season when that Ole Miss squad started with an 11-0 mark.
LOCKHART GRABS 300TH REBOUND
Junior Rahim Lockhart recorded the 300th board of his Ole Miss career in the Rebels' loss to Oklahoma on Dec. 4. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the Oklahoma game with 296 career boards and grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest. He now has 314 boards for his career. This season, Lockhart leads the Rebels in rebounding with an 11.8 average. He is also the team's second-leading scorer with a 14.1 average.
HICKS, LOCKHART NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior Marcus Hicks and junior Rahim Lockhart were named to the SoCon Holiday Hoops All-Tournament Team. Hicks averaged 14.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, while Lockhart 13.0 points and 13.0 boards. Lockhart also had 10 blocked shots and five steals. The Rebels won the tournament with a 57-53 championship-game victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
FLANIGAN TIES CAREER HIGH IN REBOUNDING VERSUS OREGON STATE
Junior guard Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) tied a career best with eight boards in the Rebels' win over Oregon State on Nov. 27. Flanigan also recorded eight boards in both wins over Arkansas in the 1998-99 campaign. Flanigan had a solid all-around game versus the Beavers, recording six points, eight rebounds, six assists and only one turnover in 33 minutes of action.
FLANIGAN TIES CAREER HIGH IN FIELD GOALS
Junior Jason Flanigan has played well in the Rebels' first eight games, and it shows in the 6-foot-1 guard's shooting from the field. Flanigan hit a career-high tying six field goals in Ole Miss' victory over Alabama State on Dec. 1. He scored 18 points versus the Hornets, which was two points shy of his career high of 20 points. Flanigan-who hit 36.1 percent from the floor in his first two years as a Rebel-is shooting 46.5 percent from the field this season.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes preaches "taking care of the basketball"-or in other words, no turnovers. Well, junior Jason Flanigan has been listening to Barnes' message. The 6-foot-1 guard has a team-high 38 assists compared to only 14 turnovers (better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio). With his third assist in the victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 28, Flanigan hit the 150-assist plateau for his career. A starter in all eight games this season, Flanigan has 167 career assists.
HICKS HAS CAREER SCORING NIGHT
Senior forward Marcus Hicks netted a career-high 26 points in Ole Miss' victory over McNeese State on Nov. 23. Hicks' previous career best was 24 points in a Rebel victory over Louisville on Dec. 5, 1998. He scored his career high on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. The 11 field goals made tied a career best (also made 11 field goals versus Louisville). Hicks also recorded five boards, three assists, one block and one steal in the win over McNeese State.
LOCKHART EXPLODES FOR CAREER HIGH
In the Rebels' 74-59 victory over Jacksonville State on Nov. 19, junior forward Rahim Lockhart netted a career-best 29 points, breaking his previous high of 21 points against Alabama on Jan. 6, 1999. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward scored his 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. The 11 field goals were also a career high for Lockhart. He also tied a career best with four blocked shots. In 32 minutes of action versus Jacksonville State, Lockhart committed no turnovers.
ANOTHER CAREER NIGHT FOR LOCKHART
For the second straight game, junior Rahim Lockhart set a career high-this time on the boards. Lockhart grabbed a career-best 16 boards in Ole Miss' win over McNeese State on Nov. 23. The 16 boards broke his previous career high of 12 rebounds set two times last season versus Tennessee (Feb. 17, 1999) and Mississippi State (Jan. 20, 1999).
REBELS ENTER 1999-2000 SEASON WITH NEW LOOK
After three seasons of having several returnees, the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program entered the 1999-2000 campaign with a new look, as only two starters and seven letterwinners return. Last season, the Rebels returned three starters and nine letterwinners, and in 1997-98, all five starters returned from the 1996-97 season. The following chart shows what the Rebels return in 1999-2000:
Stat Category Returning Pct. Points 1186 of 2540 46.7 Rebounds 576 of 1197 48.1 Assists 265 of 545 48.6 Blocks 86 of 133 64.7 Steals 156 of 326 47.9
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 on Nov. 3-4. Auburn was selected to win the SEC overall title and the Western Division championship. Arkansas was second, followed by Alabama, Mississippi State and LSU. In the East, Florida was picked to finish first, followed by Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South Carolina.
Saturday will be the Rebels' first day game of the season. Ole Miss has
played all of its eight previous games at night (6:00 p.m. or later local
time)...Freshman guard Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) scored a career-high
seven points versus VCU on Dec. 7...The Rebels have a 40-25 record (.615
winning percentage) in December games in the 1990s. Ole Miss was 6-2 in
the month of December last season, with one of the two losses coming to
Memphis. The other setback was to Ohio State, which advanced to last
year's Final Four... Freshman forward John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) recorded
the first blocked shot of his career vs. VCU...Junior transfer Jason Holmes
(Tylertown, Miss.) grabbed a career-best six boards vs. VCU.
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