Rebel Basketball Game Notes

Dec. 17, 2004

Game 10: Ole Miss (5-4) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (4-3)
December 18, 2004 • 2 p.m. CT
C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum • Oxford, Miss.

Ole Miss Game Notes in PDF Version

Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play; Harry Harrison, analyst).

RED HOT REBS CONTINUE HOMESTAND: In the fourth of five games in 11 days, Ole Miss takes a season-long three-game win streak into Saturday's encounter with Louisiana-Monroe. The Rebels moved over the .500 mark on the season with a dominant 81-49 victory over Troy Wednesday. The Rebels shot 59.6 percent against the Trojans and are firing 58.8 percent over the last three games. Junior forward Londrick Nolen posted 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists against Troy and is tied with Tommie Eddie for the team-lead in scoring at 11.6 ppg. Nolen, a juco transfer, also tops the club in boards (4.8 rpg), steals (13) and blocked shots (8) and is second in assists (23).

BARNES ENTERS SEVENTH SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR: Rod Barnes is beginning his seventh season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program. The 2001 Naismith and National Coach of the Year, Barnes has a 118-80 record (.596 winning percentage). Barnes' 113 coaching victories in his first six seasons is the most of any Ole Miss coach over that span of time and is the second-most in school history. His .596 winning percentage is the highest of any Rebel coach of six years or more.

In 2000-01, Barnes was the Southeast-ern Conference Coach of the Year, and guided Ole Miss to a school-record 27 wins and the program's first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 berth. Another winning season and postseason tournament followed in 2001-02 -- both were the sixth straight for the Ole Miss program.

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 (18th; 1,201 points), assists (2nd; 456) and steals (7th; 154).

SCOUTING LOUISIANA-MONROE: After a 4-1 start that included a 16-point win at Baylor, the Indians have dropped their last two and were dismantled 78-36 at Texas A&M on Wednesday. The balanced ULM attack features six players averaging between 8 and 10 points. Senior forward DeAndre Alexander is tallying 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds and posted 23 and 14 in the victory at Waco. Alexander is the lone returning starter and one of only five letterwinners back from last year's 12-19 unit that tied for fifth in the Southland Conference. The media tabbed the Indians eighth in the SLC preseason poll.

OLE MISS-ULM SERIES: Saturday's game will be the 13th meeting between the two schools, with Ole Miss holding a 9-4 all-time edge and winning the last six encounters with Louisiana-Monroe, formerly Northeastern Louisiana. The Rebels have prevailed by an average margin of victory of 20.5 points during the streak, which has occurred with all the games played in Oxford. However, last year's game was a battle with Ole Miss prevailing 66-64 thanks to Justin Johnson's 14 points and a key free throw in the final seconds.

HOT SHOOTING: The Rebels have shot the lights out in the current three-game win streak. Ole Miss has shot 58.8 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from three-point range over the last three contests. Tommie Eddie has continued his torrid pace with a 66.7 percent clip during the streak, and the senior forward has connected on his last eight baskets, going 3-for-3 against Nicholls State and 5-for-5 vs. Troy. Senior Kendrick Fox has been deadly, knocking down 8-of-10 treys, while freshman Brandon Patterson has nailed 5-of-9 from behind the arc.

DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE: While the offense has been kicking, Rod Barnes' trademark defense has remained as effective as ever. Over the three-game win streak, Ole Miss has limited Memphis to 34.0 percent shooting, Nicholls State to 38.8 percent and Troy to 34.7 percent. On Wednesday, the Rebels contained the Trojans to 49 points, marking the 26th time in Barnes' seven years at the helm that the opposition was held under 50 points. Ole Miss managed the feat six times in 2003-04.

Earlier in the season against Tennessee Tech, the Rebels forced the Golden Eagles into 25 turnovers and held Preseason All-American Willie Jenkins to two points.

MR. DO-IT-ALL: Some people think they can do everything, and newcomer Londrick Nolen is proving he can. The junior forward from Southwest Tennessee Community College is the only player to start all every game, and has filled the stat line in the process. Nolen currently tops the Rebels in rebounding (4.8), steals (13) and blocks (8) and is tied with Tommie Eddie for the team-lead in scoring (11.6). He is also second in assists (23). Nolen tallied 13 points, six boards and six assists vs. Tennessee Tech, and followed that up with a team-best 21 points and 5-of-7 treys at Arkansas State. He posted 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals against Troy Wednesday.

CAREER HIGHS: Senior guard Ed Glass led the Rebels in rebounding against Nicholls State with a career-high 7 boards. He also equaled his career high in assists with 4 while tallying 7 points ... Junior forward Lonnie Jackson posted career-bests in points with 5 and rebounds with 6 against Nicholls State ... Sophomore guard Bam Doyne turned in his second double-figure point game of the year against Nicholls State, matching his career high of 11. He also dished out a career-high 4 assists vs. Troy ... Freshman center Jermey Parnell had his best game as a Rebel against Troy with 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

AWESOME EDDIE: Tommie Eddie has shot a spectacular 66.1 percent this season, and has been perfect in the last two games, going 5-for-5 against Troy and 3-for-3 vs. Nicholls State. The senior forward dropped in the Rebels' first 10 points in the 65-53 road win over Memphis and finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and a career-high four assists. Eddie enjoyed perhaps his best game as a Rebel in the victory over Tennessee Tech, shooting a flawless 8-for-8 from the field en route to a career-high 24 points. Defensively, the Brooklyn native was also stellar against the Golden Eagles, registering a career-best four steals while helping limit Preseason OVC Player of the Year Willie Jenkins to two points. Eddie followed up the TTU game with another excellent outing at Arkansas State, with 18 points and eight boards. Against Florida State, he was 4-of-5 from the field and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe for 13 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds. Eddie is tied for the team-lead in scoring at 11.6 per game. He has also knocked down 30-of-41 free throws (.732 percent).

REBS IN TUPELO: The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams will be in action at Tupelo's BancorpSouth Center on Dec. 21 with the Lady Rebels taking on Clemson at 6 p.m. followed by the Rebels battling UT-Martin at 8:15. This marks the first time the Ole Miss men's basketball squad has held court at the BancorpSouth Center and the second time the team has ever played in Tupelo. The only previous game was a 94-67 loss to Texas on Dec. 5, 1964.

Although not as frequently now, the Rebels have a history of playing in neutral arenas across the state. The most common spot is Jackson, where Ole Miss boasts an 8-3 record. The Rebels are also 2-1 in Biloxi and 2-0 in Natchez in a pair of games in the early 50s. Ole Miss defeated Alabama 79-76 on a neutral floor in Starkville on Dec. 28, 1957, and in the most recent alternate locale, the Rebels and UTM Skyhawks last faced at Southaven's DeSoto Civic Center on Dec. 16, 2001 in a 83-72 Ole Miss victory.

RAINING TREYS: The Rebels have been one of the SEC's best three-point shooting clubs this season, firing at a 41.8 percent clip which ties the league lead. Ole Miss nailed 12-of-19 threes (.632 percent) against Nicholls State, 13-of-24 threes (.542 percent) vs. Tennessee Tech, and 11-of-23 (.478 percent) at Arkansas State. Senior Kendrick Fox is 16-of-35 (.457) from behind the arc, while freshman Brandon Patterson has made 15-of-34 (.441). Todd Abernethy is 10-of-26 (.385), Justin Johnson is 12-of-32 (.375) and Londrick Nolen is 13-of-35 (.371). Newcomers Nolen and Patterson have each made good on five treys in a game, which ties the ninth-highest total in school history. Nolen pulled off the feat at ASU, while Patterson caught fire against Tennessee Tech. Fox was 4-for-4 in threes vs. Nicholls State.

BRANCHING OUT He's been a head coach himself only seven years, but Rod Barnes is planting an extensive coaching tree with former players and staff members. Four former players are in the coaching ranks, including ex-Rebel standout Michael White (1996-99) who returned to Ole Miss as an assistant coach in the summer. Another former Rebel Chris Oney (1997-98) will be sitting opposite the Red and Blue as a Louisiana-Monroe assistant coach on Saturday. In addition, Anthony Boone (1995-98) is an assistant coach at Jackson State, and Jason Flanigan (1998-2001) is at Xavier University (La.).

Mike Schrage, who was the Rebels' administrative assistant for the 1998-99 season, is in his fifth year on Coach Mike Krzyzewski's staff at Duke University. Scott Thompson, Ron Wilson and Patrick Wilcher, all managers for the squad in recent years, have also moved to other programs. Thompson is the director of basketball operations at South Florida, while Wilson is an assistant coach at Southern Arkansas. Wilcher is in his first season as an assistant coach at Martin-Methodist.

CAPTAIN CAVADAS: Senior point guard Cavadas Nunnery was the catalyst in the Rebels' win over Memphis. The Magnolia, Miss., native earned his first career start and responded with a career-high 10 points and 5 rebounds along with 5 assists. Nunnery was 3-for-4 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. He also did an outstanding defensive job on Tiger star guard Darius Washington, forcing the former prep All-American into 8 turnovers. Nunnery earned his second straight start vs. Nicholls State Monday and recorded a game-high 6 assists with only one turnover.

THE MEMPHIS WIN BY THE NUMBERS: The Rebels ended a two-game losing streak to Memphis Saturday with a 65-53 win in which they never trailed. The Ole Miss victory ended the Tigers' 24-game home win streak, third-longest in the nation. The Rebels were firing on all cylinders and controlled the game in every area. Led by Tommie Eddie's 18 points, the Ole Miss offense had its highest post output of the year with a 38-18 advantage in points in the paint. Eddie was one of five players in double-figure and one of four players with four or more assists, as Ole Miss enjoyed a 21-7 edge in dimes. The Rebels also had a 31-28 lead on the boards and are 4-0 when outrebounding the opponent. Defensively, they limited the Tigers to 34-percent shooting.

"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD": The "Tad Pad" has proven to be one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to play. The Rebels boasted a 12-5 home record last season and are 3-1 so far in 2004-05. Ole Miss has won 107 of its last 128 games (.836 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 29, 20 and 15 games. The Rebels have an all-time record of 349-168 (.675 winning percentage) at Tad Smith Coliseum, which opened in the 1965-66 season.

In head coach Rod Barnes' era, the Rebels have a home record of 79-20 (.798 winning percentage), including a 34-16 homecourt record against SEC foes (.680 winning percentage).

TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES: Since the 1993-94 season, the Rebels have posted an 108-38 record (.740 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough under head coach Rod Barnes (1998-99 through 2004-05), as the Rebels have an impressive 73-21 mark (.777 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. Ole Miss has been dominant against non-SEC clubs at home. The Dec. 4 loss to Florida State was only the Rebels' fourth non-conference home loss since 1995.



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