Ole Miss Men's Basketball Game Notes
Dec. 14, 2001
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OLE MISS TO MEET TENNESSEE-MARTIN AT DESOTO CIVIC CENTER SUNDAY: The Ole Miss Rebels (6-2) return to the playing floor against Tennessee-Martin (6-1) Sunday, Dec. 16 after a week off for final exams. The contest, scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (CT), will be played at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. Ole Miss enters Sunday's encounter on a two-game win streak. The Rebels defeated No. 22-ranked Memphis 71-67 in their last outing. After a season-opening setback at Missouri Nov. 13, the Skyhawks have won six straight, including a 54-51 victory over Northern Arizona in their last game Dec. 8.
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 72-37 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-TENNESSEE-MARTIN SERIES: Sunday's game will be the first time that the two schools have met on the hardwood.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE-MARTIN: The Skyhawks, under the direction of third-year head coach Bret Campbell, enter Sunday's contest with a 6-1 record. After a season-opening loss at Missouri Nov. 13, Tennessee-Martin has won six straight.
Tennessee-Martin has a veteran lineup, starting four seniors and a junior. The senior tandem of Brian Foster and Jair Peralta leads the Skyhawk offense, as both average a team-best 14.3 points per game. Senior Jeremy Sargent is the squad's top rebounder with a 7.3 average, while Foster pulls down 7.1 boards per game. Foster is the team's top field goal shooter at 48.9 percent, while Peralta is Tennessee-Martin's top three-point threat, hitting 46.2 percent from the arc.
The Skyhawks are hitting 43.8 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from the three-point line. Tennessee-Martin is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of 4.3 boards per contest (42.7-38.4).
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 72-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 72 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 72
REBELS VERSUS THE OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE: Ole Miss has an all-time record of 9-5 (.643 winning percentage) versus current members of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). The Rebels are 2-0 versus Austin Peay, 1-0 versus Eastern Kentucky, 4-1 versus Tennessee Tech, 1-1 versus Eastern Illinois, 1-3 versus Murray State. The last time Ole Miss played an OVC team was the 1998-99 campaign. That season the Rebels posted a 105-62 win over Austin Peay Nov. 28, 1998, at Tad Smith Coliseum.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 85-32 record (.726 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 68-19 mark (.781 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 6-2 Totals 85-32
REBELS VERSUS FIRST-TIME FOES: Ole Miss will face its third first-time opponent of the 2001-02 season when the Rebels meet Tennessee-Martin Sunday. In the two games against first-time foes earlier this season, Ole Miss defeated Alaska-Fairbanks 75-58 Nov. 17, but fell to George Mason 71-70 Dec. 1.
Last year, the Rebels had a 3-1 record against first-time opponents, defeating Kansas State (60-46), No. 13-ranked Southern Cal (84-83, ot) and Morris Brown (94-59), and falling to Iowa State (73-68). Since the 1998-99 season, Ole Miss has an 11-4 record versus first-time foes.
FIRST TIME SINCE... Sunday's game is the first time Ole Miss has played a regular-season contest in the state of Mississippi away from Tad Smith Coliseum since the 1994-95 season. The Rebels played Tulane in Biloxi on Dec. 17, 1994 (a 71-62 Green Wave win). Since the 1976-77 season, the Rebels have played 10 games inside the state's borders in arenas other than the "Tad Pad" and have an 8-2 record (.800 winning percentage) in those contests.
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 54-27 record (.667 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 2-1 this year in December.
REED NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-10. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward led the Rebels to victories over Louisiana-Monroe (78-43) and No. 22-ranked Memphis (71-67) during that week. He averaged 17.0 points and 7.5 boards, while shooting 52 percent (13-of-25) from the field and 100 percent from the foul line (8-of-8).
In the upset win over Memphis, Reed scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards. He had only six points at the intermission, but bounced back with 11 points in the final 10 minutes of the second half, including a clutch three-point play with 26 seconds left in the contest to turn a 67-66 deficit into a 69-67 Rebel advantage. Reed had 17 points and eight rebounds in the win over Louisiana-Monroe.
A 2001-02 preseason candidate for the Wooden Award, Reed leads the Rebels in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg). He is shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 79.5 percent from the charity stripe, and is ranked among the SEC leaders in scoring (12th), rebounding (10th), field goal percentage (7th) and free throw percentage (8th).
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 eight games, Harrison has dished out 40 assists compared to only 14 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 114 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 114 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 150 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)
CALL HIM THE GAME-CLINCHER: He did it as a freshman in 1999-2000, and he did it again Dec. 7. He is junior Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.), and he has developed a knack for clinching victories for the Rebels.
In the 71-67 win over No. 22-ranked Memphis Dec. 7, the 6-foot-3 junior guard hit two free throws with :02 on the clock to seal the victory. It was the second time in his career that Wade had clinched a Rebel victory at the foul line. As a freshman in 1999-2000, Wade hit one free throw with one second left to help the Rebels to a 79-77 upset victory over No. 4-ranked Auburn.
NO. 11 LOOKING TO BECOME NO. 26: Senior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.), 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 eight games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 90 points (11.3 average) and now has 856 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 eight games in 2001-02, Harrison has 40 dishes for a 5.0 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 150 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 345 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 PASSES 500: After only eight games into his sophomore campaign, Justin Reed has passed 500 - points, that is. The 2001-02 John Wooden Award candidate entered the Dec. 7 Memphis contest with 491 career points and netted 17 points in the win, giving him 508 for his career. Last year, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year netted 385 points, and has 123 in his first eight games in 2001-02. The Jackson, Miss., native is leading the team in scoring (15.4 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, OUT FOR 2001-02 SEASON: 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, however, will be out for the 2001-02 season. He went back to the doctor for a check-up Dec. 7, but was not released to practice. Gunn will apply for a medical redshirt following the season.
REBELS HOT FROM THE LINE: In recent seasons, Ole Miss has not been as productive from the free throw line. My, how things have changed so far in 2001-02. The Rebels are hitting a league-leading 77.9 percent (141-of-181) from the charity stripe. In all of its first eight games, Ole Miss has shot 70 percent or better from the foul line, including over 80 percent three times. The Rebels also have three players - Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.), Jason Harrison and Justin Reed - ranked among the SEC individual leaders in free throw shooting percentage.
If the Rebels are able to keep up this pace, they would break the single-season free throw percentage record of 75.2 percent set by the 1970-71 squad.
OLE MISS ALSO HOT FROM THE FLOOR: In the early portion of the 2001-02 campaign, the Rebels have literally been "on fire" shooting the basketball from the field.
After eight games, Ole Miss is shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 44.9 percent from the three-point arc. The Rebels are second in the SEC in both 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).
RHODES TO PLAY, REDSHIRT LIFTED: Freshman Chris Rhodes (Houston, Texas) will now play the 2001-02 season as a result of John Gunn not being able to return to action this year. In his first action Dec. 7, the 6-foot-7 forward played four minutes versus the Tigers. Rhodes, a member of four-straight Texas state championships at Westbury Christian High School, averaged 20.4 points and 12.5 boards his senior season. Rhodes was named MVP of the Texas state tournament as a senior.
Freshman Jonathan Loe (Memphis, Tenn.) will be the Rebels' lone redshirt this season. The MVP of the 2001 Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game, Loe averaged 20.9 points, 6.2 boards, 3.6 assists and 3.4 steals in helping lead Bartlett High School to the Tennessee Class AAA state title in 2000-01.
ANOTHER THREE-POINT THREAT: One look at the Rebels' final stats of 2000-01, and opposing coaches could see that Ole Miss had only two major three-point threats in Jason Harrison and Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) returning for this campaign. Well, after only eight games in 2001-02, those coaches may want to change their game plans, as David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) is proving to be another weapon beyond the arc.
After eight games, Sanders has hit eight treys and is shooting 61.5 percent from the arc. Last year, the 6-foot-3 guard had only seven three-pointers and shot 21.9 percent from the three-point line.
BOMBS AWAY!, HARPER CLIMBING CHART: Sophomore Aaron Harper is the Rebels' primary three-point shooter, and so far in 2001-02, he is living up to that reputation. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward has hit 19 treys this year and is moving up the Ole Miss career three-pointers chart. The following shows the career leaders for the Rebels:
Rebel Career Three-Pointers Player/Years No. 1. Keith Carter/1996-99 249 2. Joe Harvell/1990-93 214 3. Joezon Darby/1996-98 131 4. Jason Flanigan/1998-2001 89 5. Gerald Glass/1989-90 87 6. Aaron Harper/2001-present 82 6. Tim Jumper/1988-91 82
ALLEN NETS CAREER HIGH VS. MEMPHIS: In head coach Rod Barnes' program, it's all about getting better. If the numbers on the court are any indications, then Derrick Allen is doing just that. For the second time in as many games, the 6-foot-8 forward recorded his career best in scoring with a 14-point performance in the Rebels' upset of No. 22-ranked Memphis Dec. 7. Allen's previous career high was 13 points against Louisiana-Monroe Dec. 3. For the season, Allen is the squad's fifth-leading scorer with an 8.8 average.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS... Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97 season (including 2001-02), Ole Miss has an incredible 92-12 record (.885 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other hand, the Rebels are 21-40 when they net less than 70 points during that six-year period. Last season, Ole Miss had a 16-1 record when scoring 70 points or more, with the lone setback a 78-77 OT loss at LSU. This year, the Rebels are 5-2 when reaching that magical number of 70.
A NEW REBEL IRONMAN: It took 18 seasons, but the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program crowned a new ironman in 2000-01 as Jason Flanigan set a school record for career games played with 127. Flanigan broke the previous mark of 121 games played set by Roger Stieg, who played from 1980-83.
Well, Flanigan's record may fall after only one season. Jason Harrison has played in 109 games, including eight in 2001-02, and could set a new Ole Miss record this season.
PERFECTION TIMES TWO: In the Rebels' victory over Morris Brown Nov. 28, senior Jason Harrison and junior Derrick Allen 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 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 2.6 boards.
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 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.
OLE MISS RANKED IN TOP 50 IN FIVE PRESEASON PUBLICATIONS: The Rebels are getting a little more respect heading into the 2001-02 campaign, being ranked among the top-50 teams in the nation in five preseason publications. Ole Miss was ranked No. 22 by The Sporting News, No. 24 by Sports Illustrated, No. 29 by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, No. 30 by Lindy's and No. 42 by Basketball News.
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