Rebel Basketball Game Notes

Dec. 27, 2004

Game 12: Ole Miss Rebels (7-4) vs. VCU Rams (4-4)
December 29, 2004 • 7:30 p.m. ET
ALLTELL Pavilion • Richmond, Va.

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

REBELS TAKE FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK TO VIRGINIA: Ole Miss carries a season-long five-game win streak into a road encounter at VCU. Including games on a neutral floor, the Rebels are 2-3 away from Oxford this season. Ole Miss finished a stretch of five games in 11 days by winning all five, including the last four by an average margin of victory of 29.5. Senior forward Tommie Eddie has averaged 14.8 points and 71.7 percent shooting during the streak and posted 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the 92-64 win against UT-Martin last time out. Eddie tops the Rebels in scoring (12.8), rebounding (4.7) and field goal percentage (69.2).

BARNES TOPS 200 GAMES AS HEAD COACH: The UT-Martin win last time out was Rod Barnes' 200th game as the Rebel head coach. Barnes, the 2001 Naismith and CollegeInsider.com National Coach of the Year, raised his record to 120-80 (.600 winning percentage) in his seven seasons. Barnes' 120 coaching victories is the most of any Ole Miss coach in his first 200 games and is the second-most in school history. His .600 winning percentage is the highest of any Rebel coach of seven years or more.

In 2000-01, Barnes was the Southeastern 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 VCU: The Rams are off to a a 4-4 start -- 4-0 at home and 0-4 on the road. Virginia Commonwealth is shooting 41.8 percent with a 39.1 three-point clip at ALLTELL Pavilion, where the Rams are 65-11 all-time. However, one of those 11 losses was an 88-84 overtime defeat to Ole Miss on Nov. 25, 2000. VCU is coming off a 23-8 season in which it won the Colonial Athletic Association crown and earned an NCAA Tournament bid. Under third-year head coach and former Duke star Jeff Capel, the Rams return nine players and three starters from that team and were picked fourth in the CAA preseason poll. Among the returning starters is junior forward Nick George, who averages 14.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. The Englishman dropped in 24 points against American and 20 vs. Hampton. Sophomore guard B.A. Walker is posting 13.0 points per outing and tallied 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals in Wednesday's 77-72 loss at Iona last time out.

OLE MISS-VCU SERIES: The Rebels lead the all-time series with Virginia Commonwealth 3-0. Ole Miss won the last meeting between the two schools in the 2002-03 season, 82-68 in Oxford, in Jeff Capel's first season with the Rams (see page 5). The Rebels also took the 1999-2000 home encounter, 75-62, and the 2000-01 matchup in Richmond, 88-84 in OT. All three previous contests were televised by FSN South.

GOING STREAKING: After a 2-4 start, the Rebels have reversed their fortunes with a five-game win streak that started with an impressive 65-53 victory at Memphis. Ole Miss has been particularly dominant over the last four games, winning by an average margin of 29.5 points. The recent hot shooting has propelled the Rebels to second in the SEC in field goal percentage (.502), while the +13.2 assist margin during the streak has pushed them to the top of the league in dimes (18.18 apg). Ole Miss has also risen to second in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio (1.33).

AWESOME EDDIE: Tommie Eddie has shot a spectacular 69.2 percent this season, and has posted five games of 17 or more points, including 20 on 9-of-11 shooting in last Tuesday's victory over UT-Martin. 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 UL-Monroe, he was 8-of-11 for 17 points. Eddie has taken over the team-lead in scoring at 12.8 per game and rebounding at 4.7. He has also knocked down 33-of-46 free throws (.717 percent).

DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE: While the offense has been kicking, Rod Barnes' trademark defense has remained as effective as ever. Over the five-game win streak, Ole Miss has limited the opposition to 39.0 percent shooting. The Rebels contained Troy 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. The Rebels forced Louisiana-Monroe into 26 turnovers. Earlier in the season against Tennessee Tech, the Rebels forced the Golden Eagles into 25 turnovers and held CollegeInsider.com Preseason All-American Willie Jenkins to two points.

RAINING TREYS: The Rebels rank third in the SEC in three-point shooting, firing at a 41.7 percent clip. 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 19-of-41 (.463) from behind the arc, while freshman Brandon Patterson has made 18-of-41 (.439). Londrick Nolen is 18-of-45 (.400), Justin Johnson is 13-of-36 (.361), and Todd Abernethy is 11-of-31 (.355). 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, and Nolen was 4-of-5 against Louisiana-Monroe.

OLE MISS VERSUS THE CAA: Wednesday's game against VCU will be only the eighth time that the Rebels have faced a current member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Ole Miss has a 4-3 record against teams from the CAA. The Rebels are 3-0 versus VCU, 1-1 versus George Mason, and 0-1 versus Hofstra and James Madison. The Rebels last faced the Colonial Athletic Association in 2002-03, when they lost to George Mason 56-49 in Fairfax, Va., and knocked off VCU 82-68 at home.

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 every game, and has filled the stat line in the process. Nolen currently tops the Rebels in blocks (9) and ranks second in scoring (12.4), rebounding (4.6), assists (29), steals (15) and three-pointers (18). Nolen had a streak of seven straight games in double-figure points snapped against UT-Martin. Facing Louisiana-Monroe, he turned in a season-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 threes, with five assists. Nolen tallied 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.

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 a career-best 7 points against Louisiana-Monroe and a rebound-high of 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.

TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES: Since the 1993-94 season, the Rebels have posted an 110-38 record (.743 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 75-21 mark (.781 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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