Dec. 15, 2000
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OLE MISS TO HOST TROY STATE MONDAY
The Ole Miss Rebels (8-0) will close out their two-game homestand Monday,
Dec. 18 when they host Troy State (1-5, record and stats throughout release
is prior to its Dec. 16 game). The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (CT)
tip, and will be televised live by Comcast. The Rebels, ranked No. 23 in
the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, enter the Dec. 18 game on an eight-game
win streak. The Trojans have dropped their last three games to Florida
Atlantic, Jacksonville and Nicholls State.
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 47-27 (.635 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-TROY STATE SERIES
The Dec. 18 game will be the fourth time the two schools have met on the
hardwood, but the first time since the 1981-82 season. The Rebels hold a
3-0 series record versus Troy State. In their last meeting versus the
Trojans, Ole Miss won 76-56 on Nov. 28, 1981.
SCOUTING TROY STATE
The Trojans, a member of the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC),
enter the Dec. 18 game with a 1-5 overall record (prior to their Dec. 16
game versus Reinhardt). Troy State?s lone victory to date was an 86-61 win
over Florida A&M. Senior Matt Holman leads the team with a 15.5 scoring
average. Lemayn Wilson (12.2 ppg) and Robert Rushing (11.2 ppg) are also
averaging in double figures. Freshman Rob Lewin is the squad?s top
rebounder with a 6.5 average. Senior Jacova Jenkins makes his return home.
Jenkins, a Water Valley, Miss., native, played at Northwest C.C. He is
averaging 9.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. The Trojans are shooting 40.7
percent from the field and 33.8 percent from the three-point arc. Troy
State is being out-rebounded by its opponents, 40.7-36.8 (3.9 boards per
OLE MISS VERSUS THE TRANS AMERICA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The Rebels have an all-time record of 20-1 (.952 winning percentage)
versus members of the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC). Ole Miss
has played Belmont (2-0), Campbell (1-0), Florida Atlantic (1-0),
Jacksonville (2-1), Jacksonville State (2-0), Mercer (5-0), Samford (2-0),
Stetson (2-0) and Troy State (3-0) in its history. The Rebels have never
met Central Florida and Georgia State. The last time Ole Miss played a
member of the TAAC was the 1999-2000 season opener when the Rebels defeated
Jacksonville State, 74-59 in Oxford.
REBELS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 1936-37
With their victory over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 13, the Rebels
remained undefeated at 8-0, 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.
A HAPPY 300 FOR THE 'TAD PAD'
With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2, the Rebels posted
their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record
of 302-154 (.662 winning percentage) at the ?Tad Pad.? Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
OLE MISS ENTERS 2000-01 SEASON WITH STREAK INTACT
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 2000-01 season with
the third-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents.
With their win over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 13, the Rebels? streak
reached 41 straight.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last nine years (including 2000-01 season), the Rebels have posted a
73-28 record (.723 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 57-15 mark (.792 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 57.6 points per game,
which is tops in the Southeastern Conference. In the Rebels? last four
games, they have been really stingy on defense, allowing only 50.8 points
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 13-34 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.
...BUT SCORING 70 ISN'T NECESSARY IN 2000-01
As discussed in the previous note, the Rebels have been nearly unbeaten
when they score 70 points or more. However, the 2000-01 Rebels are proving
they can win games when they don?t reach that magical number of 70. Ole
Miss is 4-0 this year when scoring less than 70 points.
LOCKHART NEARLY PERFECT
In the Rebels? victory over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 13, senior Rahim
Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) was nearly perfect from the floor. The
6-foot-8 forward finished the game 10-of-11 from the field, but was
10-of-10 with five minutes left in the contest. His 90.9 field goal
shooting performance is tied for the second-best, single-game showing in
Rebel basketball history.
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.
REBELS ON TELEVISION
Ole Miss will be making its fifth television appearance of the year Dec.
18 when the Rebels meet Troy State on Comcast-TV. The Rebels have 12
scheduled television appearances in 2000-01. This season, Ole Miss is 4-0
in television games, defeating VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis and Southeastern
Louisiana. The Rebels have appeared on television over 40 times the past
four seasons. Last year, Ole Miss had 11 television contests, and posted a
6-5 record in those games.
BARNES CLOSING IN ON 50
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is nearing 50?and it?s a good thing. With
three more victories, Barnes will hit the 50-win plateau for his career.
He has a current record of 47-27.
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 67.7
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 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 18th double-double performance in Ole
Miss? win over Southeastern Louisiana (21 points-14 rebounds) Dec. 13. He
also had double-doubles versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-12) Nov. 18,
Louisiana-Monroe (16-10) Nov. 28 and Memphis (15-14) Dec. 9. 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.
HARRISON DISHING IT OUT
Junior Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) has sure been in the spirit of
the season in terms of giving?as in giving the ball to his teammates. In
Ole Miss? last five games, Harrison is averaging 4.8 assists per contest.
The 5-foot-5 guard leads the squad with 34 assists this season, and is also
ranked among the Southeastern Conference leaders in that statistical category.
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 117 steals. On his current pace of 2.1
steals per game (16 steals in six games), Lockhart would have 63 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 582 career rebounds, after grabbing 14
boards in the Rebels? victory over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 13.
Lockhart is in the No. 13 spot on the Ole Miss career rebounding list, and
needs 15 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 2000-01 campaign.
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 shot chart. After his two blocks versus Southeastern
Louisiana Dec. 13, he now has 102 for his career. 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, respectively.
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 Southeastern Louisiana Dec.
13, this class has now won 69 games, just five 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).
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.
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 48-25 record (.658 winning percentage) in December
games since the 1990-91 campaign. The Rebels are 4-0 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 eight games?especially on the
defensive end. For the season, Holmes has 16 assists, three blocked shots
and seven steals.
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 41.2 percent from the
three-point line and 91.7 percent (22-of-24) from the foul line.
PROVINE POSSE STEPS UP...PART II
The trio of Aaron Harper, 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.
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.
With a victory over Troy State Dec. 18, Ole Miss would have its
second-longest winning streak in school history at nine straight. The
longest winning streak in Rebel basketball history is 11 straight by the
1936-37 and 1937-38 squads...Troy State?s Jacova Jenkins and Eliot Smith
are making their homecoming Dec. 18 when the Trojans visit Oxford.
Jenkins, who originally signed with Ole Miss in 1997, is from Water Valley,
Miss., while Smith is from Batesville, Miss....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 831 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...Ole Miss has held five of its eight opponents to
under 40 percent shooting from the field.