Dec. 12, 2000
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The Ole Miss Rebels (7-0) return home to Tad Smith Coliseum Wednesday,
Dec. 13 to host the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (2-3). The game is
scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (CT) tip, and will be televised live by College
Sports Southeast (CSSE). The Rebels, ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press
Top 25 Poll, enter Wednesday's game on a seven-game win streak, including a
64-56 win over Memphis Dec. 9. The Lions opened the 2000-01 season with
two victories, but have dropped their last three games.
Game #8 -- CSSE-TV
SE Louisiana (2-3) vs. #23 Ole Miss (7-0)
Wednesday, December 13 -- 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum -- Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
CSSE-TV (Barry McKnight, play-by-play, Sonny Smith, color
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
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 46-27 (.630 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 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. 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-SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA SERIES
Wednesday's game will be the 13th time the two schools have played each
other. The Rebels hold a perfect 12-0 record versus Southeastern
Louisiana. The two schools met last season, with Ole Miss taking a 77-46
decision on Dec. 15, 1999, in Oxford.
SCOUTING SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Southeastern Louisiana, a member of the Southland Conference, enters
Wednesday's contest with a 2-3 overall record. The Lions posted wins in
their first two games of the 2000-01 campaign with victories over Dillard
(77-45) and Florida A&M (76-65), but have dropped their last three games to
Hawaii (59-55), Elon College (59-51) and Montana (68-59). Southeastern
Louisiana last played Dec. 2 versus Montana. Senior guard Jaron Singletary
leads three Lions averaging in double figures with an 11.8 scoring average.
Seniors Marcus Kemp (10.8 ppg) and Alfrado Jackson (10.2 ppg) are also
averaging double digits. Reggie Patterson leads Southeastern Louisiana on
the boards with a 5.0 rebounding average. The Lions are shooting 47.9
percent from the field, 37.6 percent from the three-point line and 67.9
percent from the charity stripe. Southeastern Louisiana is out-rebounding
its opponents by an average of 5.8 boards per game (31.0-25.2). Billy
Kennedy is in his second year at Southeastern Louisiana and has a 12-20
record at the school.
OLE MISS VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 34-6 versus members of the Southland
Conference (SLC). Ole Miss has played Southeastern Louisiana (12-0), 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.
Earlier this year, Ole Miss played Sam Houston State (71-65) and
Louisiana-Monroe (76-62), and won both contests.
REBELS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 1936-37
With their victory over Memphis Dec. 9, the Rebels improved their record
to 7-0, marking the program's best start since the 1936-37 team began that
year with an 11-0 record. That 11-0 start by the 1936-37 squad is the best
in the program's history. Last year (1999-2000), Ole Miss started the
campaign with a 6-0 record before losing its first game at Oklahoma, 81-73.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last nine years (including 2000-01 season), the Rebels have posted a
72-28 record (.720 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 56-15 mark (.789 winning percentage) against
The old saying is that defense wins championships. If that is the case,
Ole Miss may be in contention for a title in 2000-01, especially if the
Rebels can continue to hassle the opposition with their defensive pressure.
Ole Miss is holding its opponents to an average of 59.3 points per game,
which is second best in the Southeastern Conference. In the Rebels' last
four games, they have been really stingy on defense, allowing only 54.8
points per game.
FLANIGAN UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS
Senior Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) has gained a reputation as one
of the top defenders in the Southeastern Conference. That reputation may
now extend nationwide after his three brilliant defensive showings in the
Rebel victories over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma, Kansas State and Memphis.
In the win over the Sooners, Flanigan held Hollis Price, Oklahoma's
leading scorer, to five points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. Price
came into the contest averaging 17.0 points and hitting 62 percent from the
Then, in the Rebels' next contest versus Kansas State, Flanigan picked up
where he left off in the Oklahoma game. The 6-foot-1 guard held Phineas
Atchison, the Wildcats' top scorer, to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting
from the floor. Atchison entered the game averaging 14.5 points and
shooting 40.8 percent from the field.
In the Rebels' win over Memphis, Flanigan led the defensive charge against
the Memphis guard trio of Scooter McFadgon, Shyrone Chatman and Marcus
Moody. The trio shot 12 percent (3-of-25) from the field.
BARNES CLOSING IN ON 50
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is nearing 50?and it's a good thing. With
four more victories, Barnes will hit the 50-win plateau for his career. He
has a current record of 46-27.
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 69
percent from the foul line for the season, but more importantly, the Rebels
are hitting their foul shots down the stretch. In their four narrow wins
over Sam Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma and Memphis, the Rebels shot 81.8
percent from the line (36-of-44) in the final four minutes (and overtime)
of those games.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) 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 17th double-double
performance in Ole Miss' win over Memphis (15 points-14 rebounds) Dec. 9.
He also had a double-double (17-12) versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18 and
Louisiana-Monroe (16-10) Nov. 28. 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.
LOCKHART RECORDS CAREER HIGH IN STEALS
Senior Rahim Lockhart had a career-high six steals in the Rebels' victory
over Kansas State Dec. 5. Lockhart's previous career best was five steals
on two occasions, with the last time coming in the Rebels' victory over
Southwest Missouri State game in the NIT second round Mar. 21. For his
career, the 6-foot-8 forward has 116 steals. On his current pace of 2.3
steals per game (16 steals in six games), Lockhart would have 69 swipes for
the season and would finish his career in third place on the Ole Miss
career steals chart.
LOCKHART SETS CAREER HIGH IN BLOCKS
After setting a career high in steals in the Rebels' victory over Kansas
State Dec. 5, Rahim Lockhart followed up with a career high in blocked
shots in Ole Miss' win at Memphis Dec. 9. The 6-foot-8 forward blocked a
career-best five shots versus the Tigers, breaking his previous high of
four. This season, Lockhart leads the Rebels with 17 blocked shots.
MOVING ON UP THE CHARTS
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 568 career rebounds, after grabbing 14
boards in the Rebels' victory over Memphis Dec. 9. Lockhart is in the No.
13 spot on the Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 29 more rebounds
to take over the No. 12 spot currently held by Keith Carter (1996-99, 596
career rebounds). Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with 278 boards,
and with his 220 rebounds in 1999-2000, he had 498 rebounds coming into the
FLANIGAN IN THE CLUTCH
Throughout his career, Jason Flanigan has not had the reputation of being
a scorer. However, the last two seasons when the Rebels have needed him to
step forward on the offensive end, the 6-foot-1 guard has responded. In
the Rebels' victory over Memphis Dec. 9, Flanigan netted a season-high 14
points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including a career-high three
treys. Flanigan nailed a key three-pointer in the first half to extend the
Rebel margin, and later in the second half, he hit his third trey of the
game to halt a Tiger rally.
Earlier this season, Flanigan came up big for the Rebels in their victory
over VCU. 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.
'GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!'
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9, and in doing so, moved into fourth place on the Rebel
career blocked shots chart with 100. Up next for Lockhart is David Dean
(1992-94), who is third with 108 career blocked shots. The 6-foot-8
forward entered the 2000-01 season with 83 career blocks. Lockhart led the
Rebels in blocked shots the previous two seasons with 44 and 46 blocks,
REED CLUTCH IN THE STRETCH
It's hard to believe that a freshman could be this wise this early, but
Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) showed his 'basketball smarts' in the Rebels'
victory over Memphis. After playing only three minutes in the first half
with three fouls, he picked up his fourth early in the second half. But,
Reed returned for the final 10 minutes and made the most of it. He netted
eight of his 10 points in the final 10 minutes, including two huge baskets
(one on a putback as the shot clock expired) and two free throws with under
three minutes to play.
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 12-34 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.
CLOSING IN ON THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan and Rahim Lockhart and junior
redshirt John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) are closing in on the record of
most victories by a class in a four-year span. The record is 74 wins by
the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter, Keith Carter, Jason Smith and
Michael White. After Ole Miss' victory over Memphis Dec. 9, this class
has now won 68 games, just six behind the record. This senior class has
also been a part of the 1998 SEC Western Division championship squad and
has been to three straight postseasons (2 NCAA, 1 NIT).
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 47-25 record (.653 winning percentage) in December
games since the 1990-91 campaign. The Rebels are 3-0 in December this
year. Ole Miss was 6-1 in the month of December last season, with the lone
setback being an 81-73 loss at Oklahoma.
HOLMES NETS CAREER HIGH VS. KANSAS STATE
Senior Jason Holmes (Tylertown, Miss.) scored a career-high 17 points in
the Rebels' victory over Kansas State Dec. 5, breaking his previous high of
15 points versus Furman in the 1999-2000 campaign. The 6-foot-5 guard also
recorded career bests with six field goals and tied a career high with
Aside from his offensive outburst in the Kansas State game, Holmes has had
solid performances in Ole Miss' first seven games?especially on the
defensive end. For the season, Holmes has 13 assists, three blocked shots
and seven steals. He is also averaging 3.0 rebounds from his guard spot.
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 41.9 percent from the
three-point line and 90.9 percent (20-of-22) from the foul line.
PROVINE POSSE STEPS UP...PART II
The trio of Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.), Justin Reed 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 (4-of-7) and 70.5 percent from the charity stripe
(12-of-17). Harper, Reed and Sanders also combined for nine boards in the
'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.
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 seven games, Reed is
averaging 11.0 points and 6.6 rebounds.
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.
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.
The Rebels may have another defensive stopper to go along with Jason
Flanigan. David Sanders was impressive on the defensive end in the Rebels'
win over Memphis. Sanders guarded Scooter McFadgon and Marcus Moody and
helped hold them to 2-of-19 shooting from the field (10.5 percent)...Rahim
Lockhart reached the 800-point milestone in his career with his 15-point
performance versus Memphis. Lockhart now has 810 career points...With
their win over the No. 14-ranked Sooners, the Rebels have defeated at least
one ranked team every season since 1994-95...Jason Harrison is averaging
4.8 assists per game in the Rebels' last four contests...Ole Miss has held
four of the seven opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the
field...Known for winning games when scoring over 70 points, the Rebels are
proving this season they can win when scoring under 70 points. Ole Miss
has won its last three games and has scored under 70 points in all three