Ole Miss Men's Basketball Game Notes
Dec. 19, 2001
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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 73-37 record. He has led Ole Miss to a 7-2 mark this season. 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-IUPUI SERIES: Friday's game will be the first time that the two schools have met on the hardwood.
SCOUTING IUPUI: The Jaguars, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Ron Hunter, bring a 4-4 overall record. IUPUI had dropped three straight to Indiana State, Ohio State and Ball State prior to Tuesday's 90-81 win over Morehead State.
Three players are averaging in double figures for the Jaguars. Senior Lance Williams is the squad's top scorer with a 14.9 average. Junior Antoine Lewis (14.3 ppg) and senior Charles Price (12.0 ppg) are also averaging double digits. Price is the team's top rebounder with a 6.7 average, while Lewis is second with a 6.6 average. Senior guard Taj Hawkins has 35 assists.
IUPUI is shooting 46.3 percent from the floor, 46.1 percent from the three-point arc and 61.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Jaguars are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 0.4 boards per game (37.0-36.6).
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 73-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 73 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 73
OLE MISS VERSUS THE MID CONTINENT CONFERENCE: Ole Miss has an all-time record of 6-1 (.857 winning percentage) versus current members of the Mid Continent Conference. The Rebels are 4-0 versus Oral Roberts, 1-0 versus Oakland and 1-1 versus Valparaiso. The last time Ole Miss played a Mid-Continent Conference team was the 1997-98 campaign. That season the Rebels fell to Valparaiso 70-69 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region in Oklahoma City, Okla.
THE NEXT NIGHT... Following their Friday contest against IUPUI, the Rebels will face either Mississippi Valley State or UTEP. Ole Miss has never faced either school in its basketball history.
OLE MISS IN REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS: The Rebels have an all-time record of 55-53 (.509 winning percentage) in regular season tournaments in their history. Earlier this year, the Rebels played in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, and placed fourth in the tournament. Ole Miss dropped its opening contest to Bowling Green (82-78, ot), but bounced back with wins over Alaska-Fairbanks (75-58) and Wichita St. (80-68).
Last season, Ole Miss placed second at the Yahoo! Sports Invitational (formerly Pearl Harbor Invitational). The Rebels defeated Southern Illinois (70-66) and Southern Cal (84-83, ot), but came up short against Iowa State (73-68) in the championship game.
In 1999-2000, Ole Miss won the inaugural SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament in Greenville, S.C., defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay 57-53 in the title game. Prior to that tournament title, the Rebels' previous regular-season tournament crown came in the 1993-94 season, a 78-74 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Cellular South/Mississippi Beach Shootout (one-game tournament). The previous time Ole Miss won a two-day tournament title was in the 1988-89 campaign when the Rebels claimed the Bayou Classic championship with wins over Southern (90-88) and Nicholls State (74-53).
OLE MISS RETURNS TO TEXAS: The Rebels return to the state of Texas Dec. 21-22 for the first time since last March when Ole Miss traveled to San Antonio for the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional. The Rebels fell to Arizona 66-56 in their first trip to the "Sweet Sixteen." Ole Miss met Arizona in the Alamodome.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In the last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 86-32 record (.729 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 69-19 mark (.784 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* 7-2 Totals 86-32 *Totals Under Barnes 46-10
REBELS VERSUS FIRST-TIME FOES: Ole Miss will face its fourth first-time opponent of the 2001-02 season when the Rebels meet IUPUI Friday. In the three games against first-time foes earlier this season, Ole Miss defeated Alaska-Fairbanks 75-58 Nov. 17 and Tennessee-Martin 83-72 Dec. 16, 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 a 12-4 record versus first-time foes.
DEFENSE IS GETTING THERE: Unlike past years, the Rebel defense - the staple of the Ole Miss basketball program - began 2001-02 a little behind the offense. But, the young Rebels are getting back to playing defense the Ole Miss way, and it is showing in the numbers. In the first six games, Ole Miss' opponents were shooting nearly 45 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line, while scoring close to 65 points per game. Those percentages have dropped the last three contests to 36.4 percent from the floor, 29.5 percent from the arc and 60.7 points per game. The following shows the Rebels' progress:
Rebel Defense Clamping Down (Opponents Stats) FG% 3-pt% Rebs Points 1st 6 gms 44.5 39.8 +0.5 64.8 Last 3 gms 36.4 29.5 -4.3 60.7
JOHNSON HAS CAREER GAME (TO DATE) VERSUS UT-MARTIN: Freshman Justin Johnson (Fayetteville, N.C.) has his "coming-out" party in Ole Miss' victory over Tennessee-Martin Dec. 16. The 6-foot guard posted career highs for points (12), three-pointers (2) and free throws (4). He also tied a career high with three field goals. For the season, Johnson is averaging 3.7 points and is shooting 64.7 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the arc.
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 55-27 record (.670 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 3-1 in December this season.
REED-ALLEN TANDEM ON A TEAR: The Ole Miss inside tandem of junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) and sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) has been working well of late, and that is bad news for the opposition. In the Rebels' last three games, Allen has averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 boards, while Reed has posted averages of 17.0 points and 7.7 boards. Also, Ole Miss' last three games have been victories. In fact, the Rebels are 5-0 when Allen and Reed both notch double figures.
SHARING THE WEALTH: Well, it is the season of giving, and the Rebels have been giving it up for each other - especially in their last two wins over Memphis and Tennessee-Martin. In those games, Ole Miss has had five players score in double figures. The Rebels have had seven games in which at least four players have netted double digits, and Ole Miss is 6-1 in those contests. The lone loss was a 71-70 setback to George Mason.
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 115 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 115 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 151 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)
REED NAMED SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR WEEK OF DEC. 3-10: Justin Reed 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 (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). He is shooting 53 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe, and is ranked among the SEC leaders in scoring (9th), rebounding (9th), field goal percentage (6th) and free throw percentage (7th).
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 nine games, Harrison has dished out 42 assists compared to only 17 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.
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, 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 nine games, the 5-foot-5 guard has scored 101 points (11.2 average) and now has 867 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 nine games in 2001-02, Harrison has 42 dishes for a 4.7 average. At his current pace, Harrison would hand out 141 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 347 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 the eighth game of his sophomore campaign, Justin Reed 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. He now has 525 career points. Last year, the 2001 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year netted 385 points, and has 140 in 2001-02. The Jackson, Miss., native is leading the team in scoring (15.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg).
Reed's 385 points last season were the third most 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 78.1 percent (171-of-219) from the charity stripe. In all of its 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, 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.
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.
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 nine games, Ole Miss is shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from the three-point arc. The Rebels are second in the SEC in field goal percentage and tied for first in three-point field goal percentage.
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 nine 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 nine games, Sanders has hit nine treys and is shooting 52.9 percent from the arc. Last year, the 6-foot-3 guard had only seven three-pointers and shot 21.9 percent from the arc.
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 93-12 record (.886 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 6-2 when reaching that magical number of 70.
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 21 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 Harrison/1999-present 126 5. Jason Flanigan/1998-2001 89 6. Gerald Glass/1989-90 87 7. Aaron Harper/2001-present 84 8. 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. 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 a 9.1 average.
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 110 games, including nine in 2001-02, and could set a new Ole Miss record this 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.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: The Rebel tandem of junior Derrick Allen and sophomore Justin Reed sure did double their pleasure in Ole Miss' 67-65 victory at Kansas State Nov. 24, as both posted double-doubles. Allen scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards versus the Wildcats, while Reed recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the fourth career double-double for Reed, while it was Allen's first.
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