Men's Basketball Continues Homestand Wednesday
Dec. 14, 1999
Southeastern La. (4-2) vs. Ole Miss (8-1)
Wednesday, December 15 - 7:00 p.m. (CT)
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 TO CONTINUE SIX-GAME HOMESTAND ON WEDNESDAY VERSUS SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
The Ole Miss Rebels (8-1, 0-0 SEC) continue their six-game homestand on Wednesday, Dec. 15 versus the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (4-2, 0-0 SLC) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT). The Rebels enter Wednesday's contest after consecutive victories over Virginia Commonwealth (75-62, Dec. 7) and Memphis (74-64, Dec. 11). The Lions also bring a two-game winning streak into Wednesday's encounter after wins over Louisiana College (72-63) and Troy State (62-61).
OLE MISS-SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA SERIES
Wednesday's contest will be the 12th time the two schools have played each other. The Rebels hold a perfect 11-0 record versus Southeastern Louisiana. The two schools last played on February 8, 1993, with Ole Miss taking a 71-61 victory in Oxford.
- PROBABLE STARTERS -
- RESERVES -
SCOUTING SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Southeastern Louisiana, a member of the Southland Conference, enters Wednesday's game after a narrow 62-61 win at Troy State last Saturday. Ole Miss will be the third Southeastern Conference opponent that the Lions have played. Southeastern Louisiana has already faced LSU (75-36 loss, Nov. 22) and Mississippi State (70-56 loss, Dec 1). Junior guard Marcus Kemp is the Lions' leading scorer with a 15.2 average, while junior forward Alfrado Jackson is also averaging double figures at 11.0 points-per-game. Sophomore forward Jason Elloie leads the Lions on the boards with a 6.6 rebounding average. Southeastern Louisiana is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from the three point arc and 70.1 percent from the charity stripe. The Lions are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 2.8 boards per game (35.0-32.2).
- SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA PROBABLE STARTERS -
- TOP RESERVES -
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 Memphis on Dec. 11, Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 28-14. 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).
OLE MISS VERSUS THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 30-6 (.833 winning percentage) versus current members of the Southland Conference. Ole Miss has played Southeastern Louisiana (11-0), Sam Houston State (4-0), Northwestern State (2-0), Nicholls State (2-0), McNeese State (6-1), Lamar (1-1) and Louisiana-Monroe (4-4). Earlier this season, the Rebels defeated McNeese State (86-59) and will Louisiana-Monroe?another member of the Southland Conference-on Dec. 19.
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 Memphis on Dec. 11, the Rebels' streak reached 29 straight, and Ole Miss now is tied for the third-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:
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years (including the 1999-2000 season), the Rebels have posted a 59-28 record (.678 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 42-12 mark (.778 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 8-1
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 four games versus Alabama State, Oklahoma, Virginia Commonwealth and Memphis, as the Rebels have hit a combined 51 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 and Memphis. The following chart shows the Rebels' improvement from the field in the last four games:
WILLIAMS HAS A CAREER NIGHT
Senior Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) 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.
WILLIAMS ON A ROLL
Senior Lataryl Williams has been-dare we say it-en fuego (on fire) from the field in the Rebels' last three games. The 6-foot-7 forward hit 77.8 percent from the field (14-of-18) and 60 percent from the three-point arc (6-of-10) in the last three outings versus Oklahoma, Virginia Commonwealth and Memphis. He also netted double figures in all three games. For the season, Williams is hitting 55.4 percent from the floor.
HICKS BREAKS THE 500-POINT MARK
Senior Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) 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 12-point performance versus Memphis on Dec. 11, the 6-foot-6 senior now has scored 535 points in 42 career games. Last year, Hicks scored 387 points, and after nine games this season, Hicks has 148 points. He leads the Rebels in scoring this year with a 16.4 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 62-7 record (.899 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 7-1 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 40.7 rebounds per contest, while the opposition has a rebounding average of 28.8 boards-a margin of 11.9 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:
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 15.0 points and 11.9 rebounds. He also leads the team in blocked shots (22) and is second in steals (17).
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE-AN EIGHTH TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart has certainly doubled his pleasure in the early portion of the Rebel schedule, as he has started the season with eight double-doubles in nine games. The following charts Lockhart's double-doubles this season:
The junior forward now has nine career double-doubles, as his first came last season against Tennessee (Feb. 17, 1999) with a 16-point, 12-rebound game.
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 327 boards for his career. This season, Lockhart leads the Rebels in rebounding with an 11.9 average. He is also the team's second-leading scorer with a 15.0 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 nine 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 46.9 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 42 assists compared to only 19turnovers (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 nine games this season, Flanigan has 171 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:
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.
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes used his fourth different starting lineup
versus Memphis on Saturday. Barnes gave junior Jason Holmes (Tylertown,
Miss.) the first start of his career...Ole Miss had five players score in
double figures versus Memphis on Saturday. It was the second time this
season that has happened, as five Rebels also netted double figures versus
Furman. Both games were Ole Miss wins...Freshman guard Emmanuel Wade
(Marianna, Ark.) scored a career-high seven points versus VCU on Dec.
7...The Rebels have a 41-25 record (.621 winning percentage) in December
games in the 1990s. Ole Miss was 6-2 in the month of December last
season.. Freshman forward John Gunn (Oxford, Miss.) recorded the first
blocked shot of his career vs. VCU...Junior transfer Jason Holmes grabbed a
career-best six boards vs. VCU.
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