Rebel Basketball Game Notes
Dec. 20, 2005
Game 11: Ole Miss (7-3) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (5-4)
OLE MISS CONTINUES HOMESTAND WITH SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA: Ole Miss continues its stretch of six games in 12 days Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana. The Rebels are 3-1 on the current seven-game homestand after a 85-78 victory over Arkansas State Monday. Juniors Bam Doyne and Clarence Sanders each enjoyed career games in directing the Ole Miss attack. Doyne posted a team-high 24 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists and hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 41 seconds. Sanders posted 20 points, 4 3-pointers and a team-high 5 assists. The Rebels shot 60.9 percent against the Lions in marking the fifth game this year to shoot better than 50. They also collected 13 steals.
BARNES IN EIGHTH SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR: Rod Barnes is in his eighth season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program and is 11 victories away from reaching B.L. "Country" Graham's school record for coaching wins (145). The 2001 Naismith and CollegeInsider.com National Coach of the Year, Barnes has a 134-96 record. Barnes' 134 coaching victories in his first 230 games is the most of any Ole Miss coach over that span and is the second-most wins in school history. His .583 winning percentage is the highest of any Rebel coach of eight years or more. In 2000-01, Barnes was the SEC 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 an All-American honorable mention his senior season. He is the only person in SEC history to earn both All-SEC and SEC Coach of the Year honors.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: After winning five straight games and beating Mississippi State 57-46 in Starkville, Southeastern Louisiana has dropped its last four, including a 66-51 loss at Auburn on Dec. 14 and a 69-64 overtime setback at UC-Davis on Sunday. The two-time defending Southland Conference champions, the Lions turned their reins over to former Valdosta State coach Jim Yarbrough this season. Southeastern returns nine letterwinners and a pair of starters from last year's 24-9 squad, including 2005 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year Ricky Woods. The senior forward leads the Lions again this season, ranking second in the Southland in scoring (17.6) and leads the league in rebounding (10.9). A pair of JUCO transfers, forward Quennell Green and guard Daryl Cohen are posting 12.1 and 11.4 points, respectively.
OLE MISS-SOUTHEASTERN SERIES: Ole Miss has never lost to Southeastern Louisiana, posting a dominant 15-0 all-time record with 13 of those wins in Oxford. The Rebels have faced the Lions four times under Rod Barnes, including last year's 64-48 victory in which Todd Abernethy scored 13 points. Ole Miss has won the 15 games with Southeastern by an average margin of 18.3 points.
VIVA LA BAM: After two years in a lesser role, Bam Doyne has moved into the forefront as a key cog in the Rebel attack this season. The junior swingman is one of the club's top defenders but is also punching in the offense. Doyne has notched double-figures four times in the last seven games and topped Ole Miss in scoring three times. He recorded a new scoring career high for the third instance this season with his 24-point performance against Arkansas State, in which he notched 6 rebounds, 4 assists and drilled 4-of-4 free throws in the final 41 seconds. Earlier in the year, he scored 12 against Centenary and followed with a team-high 16-point outing vs. Louisiana Monroe. He also led the Rebels over Saint Louis with 15. Despite a 1.0 career rebounding average, Doyne is grabbing 4.6 boards this year, and his 2.9 assists per game is tops on the team.
D.C. PRESIDES OVER REBEL CHARGE: Despite being slowed the last two outings, Dwayne Curtis has been a force for the Rebels this season. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound center has turned in six games scoring in double-figures and posted two double-doubles, tallying 10 points and 12 boards against Louisiana-Monroe and coming up with 18 points and 12 rebounds against South Carolina State. The Chicago native lit up Centenary for 21 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals and returned home to Chicago to hang 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots on UIC. Curtis ranks 12th in the SEC in rebounding (6.8) and also leads Ole Miss in scoring (11.1), steals (1.4) and blocks (1.1). He is third in assists (2.3).
"O"-RRIVAL: The Ole Miss offense has shown some major signs of improvement at the season's start. The Rebels are currently averaging 70.3 points per game, which is 6.5 higher than last year's team scoring clip and would be the highest since posting 71.3 in 2000-01. Ole Miss has also raised its field goal percentage from 44.8 to 46.5. The Rebels topped the 100-point plateau against Centenary, 107-67, for the first time since a 105-71 victory over Alabama in 2001 and only the second time since 1998. The Rebels have shot 50 percent or better in five games and in the 60s twice, including a 60.9 clip against Arkansas State.
DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE: Throughout his Rebel tenure, defense has become a trademark of Rod Barnes' squads, and that was certainly evident in the win over Nicholls. Ole Miss limited the Colonels to 43 points, making the third time this season and 30th instance in Barnes' eight years at the helm that the opposition was contained below 50. The Rebels also held Nicholls to 32.7 percent shooting in registering the third opponent of the year to be held in the 30s from the field. ULM was limited to 31.1 percent shooting and 1-of-19 from 3-point range. Ole Miss held Memphis 17 points below their scoring average. The Rebels currently rank fourth in the SEC in 3-point percentage defense (.333). Ole Miss is also forcing 16.9 turnovers per game. The Rebels pressured South Carolina State into 25 turnovers, Centenary into 23 and Nicholls into 21. Ole Miss totaled 13 steals against Arkansas State Monday.
REBELS VS. THE SOUTHLAND: In non-SEC play, the Southland Conference is Ole Miss' second-most faced league, behind Conference USA. The Rebels boast a 46-6 all-time advantage against current members of the SLC, and has matched up with a Southland member 16 times in the last seven years, including Louisiana-Monroe and Nicholls this year. Ole Miss is 15-0 against Southeastern Louisiana and 11-4 vs. ULM.
BULKING UP: The new big bodies in the Rebel lineup have paid some dividends in the early season. After being outrebounded a year ago, Ole Miss has held a rebounding edge is 6-of-10 games this year. The Rebels are also averaging 3.9 blocked shots per game, a considerable increase from last year's 2.0 average.
CAJUN FEAST: In Southeastern, Ole Miss faces its fourth of six games against schools from Louisiana this year and is 3-0 so far. The Rebels knocked off Shreveport's Centenary College 107-67, UL-Monroe 59-43 and Thibodeaux's Nicholls 69-43. Ole Miss has two remaining SEC bouts against LSU. Ole Miss is 174-187 all-time against Louisiana schools including such frequent foes as Tulane (35-55) and conference rival LSU (77-110).
TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES: Since the 1993-94 season, the Rebels have posted an 119-41 record (.744 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough under head coach Rod Barnes (1998-99 through 2005-06), as the Rebels have an impressive 84-24 mark (.778 winning percentage) against out-of-conference teams. Ole Miss has been dominant against non-SEC clubs at home. Saturday's loss to No. 5 Memphis was only the Rebels' fifth non-conference home loss since 1995.
DECEMBER GIFTS: Over the last nine seasons, Ole Miss has been receiving plenty of wins in December. The Rebels enjoy a 59-16 record (.787 winning percentage) in December games since 1996-97. Ole Miss was 7-2 during the holiday month last year.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD": The "Tad Pad" has proven to be one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to pay. With a 5-1 mark this year, Ole Miss has won 117 of its last 144 games (.813 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 29, 20 and 15 games. The Rebels have an all-time record of 359-174 (.674 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 89-26 (.774 winning percentage), including a 35-21 homecourt record against SEC foes (.625 winning percentage).
YOUTH IS SERVED: The Rebels boast a young roster this year with five freshmen and five sophomores wearing the Red and Blue. In fact, Ole Miss is the third-youngest team in the SEC and 25th in the nation, based on the players' class athletically.
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