Men's Basketball Game Notes
Dec. 28, 2001
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REBEL GAME NOTES
OLE MISS TO HOST ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF SATURDAY: The Ole Miss Rebels (9-2) return to action Saturday, Dec. 29 when they host the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-10). Game time is 2:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss enters Saturday's contest with a five-game win streak with victories over Louisiana-Monroe, No. 22-ranked Memphis, Tennessee-Martin, IUPUI and UTEP. The Golden Lions lost at Marquette 100-49 in their last outing Dec. 19.
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 75-37 record. He has led Ole Miss to a 9-2 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/ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF SERIES: Saturday's contest will be the third overall meeting between the two schools. The Rebels hold a 2-0 series lead versus the Golden Lions. Ole Miss defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 98-47 last season (Nov. 18, 2000) and 81-36 in the 1997-98 campaign (Nov. 24, 1997).
SCOUTING ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF: The Golden Lions enter Saturday's game with a 0-10 mark. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Harold Blevins, fell to Marquette 100-49 in its last outing Dec. 19. Junior forward Kory McKee is the team's top scorer with an 11.3 average. He is also pulling down 4.4 boards per contest. Junior forward Don Fleming is averaging 9.7 points (second on squad) and 5.0 boards (leads team) per game. The Golden Lions are shooting 33 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent from the three-point arc and 67.5 percent from the charity stripe. Opponents are out-rebounding Arkansas-Pine Bluff by an average of 19.4 boards per game (46.6-27.2). The Golden Lions are also allowing the opposition to score 89.9 points per game.
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 75-37, and reached the 70-win plateau the fastest of any coach in Rebel basketball history. His 75 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 75
REBELS VERSUS THE SWAC: Ole Miss has a perfect 19-0 record versus current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Rebels are 6-0 versus Prairie View, 3-0 versus Jackson State and Alabama State, 2-0 versus Alcorn State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and 1-0 versus Southern, Grambling and Alabama A&M. Ole Miss has never played Mississippi Valley State or Texas Southern. Last season, the Rebels met only one SWAC foe and defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 98-47 in that contest.
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS: In the last 10 years (including 2001-02), the Rebels have posted an 88-32 record (.733 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 71-19 mark (.789 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* 9-2 Totals 88-32
"TAD PAD" RENOVATIONS COMPLETE: Renovations began on C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. "Tad Pad") this summer, and the second wave of upgrades were completed before the Rebels' two exhibition games. The first change had new upholstered, chair-back seats, all in blue replace the old seats. As a result of the new seating, capacity jumped from 8,135 to approximately 8,700. Other new additions for the 2001-02 season included a Pro Star Video Board, two full display scoreboards and a state-of-the-art sound system.
"TAD PAD" SWEET "TAD PAD": Yes, all the home win streaks are over, but Tad Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad") is still one of the toughest arenas in the nation for opposing teams to play. Ole Miss has won 81 of its last 90 games (.900 winning percentage) at home, including homecourt winning streaks of 15 and 29 games. The Rebels were 15-1 at Tad Smith Coliseum last season. Ole Miss is 3-1 at the "Tad Pad" in 2001-02. In the past 10 seasons (1992-93 throught 2001-02), Ole Miss has an overall home record of 109-30 (.784 winning percentage).
REBELS ALL-TIME AT THE "TAD PAD": With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma last year, the Rebels posted their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record of 314-156 (.668 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum opened in the 1965-66 season.
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 five contests to 38.3 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent from the arc and 62 points per game. The following shows the Rebels' progress:
Rebel Defense Clamping Down
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 57-27 record (.679 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 5-1 in December this season.
REBELS WIN SUNCLASSIC TITLE: Before the Christmas break, Ole Miss traveled to El Paso, Texas, to participate in the 41st annual Sierra Providence SunClassic. The Rebels posted victories over IUPUI (77-70) and host UTEP (68-58) to claim the two-day tournament crown. It is the second regular-season tournament title for Ole Miss under head coach Rod Barnes. In 1999-2000, the Rebels won the inaugural SoCon Holiday Hoops Tournament championship.
REED, ALLEN WIN HONORS AT SIERRA PROVIDENCE SUNCLASSIC: Sophomore Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) and junior Derrick Allen (Gadsden, Ala.) received tournament honors following the Sierra Providence SunClassic championship win over UTEP. Reed was voted the tournament's MVP. He averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two contests. Allen was named to the SunClassic All-Tournament Team. In the two games, he averaged 9.5 points and 9.0 boards.
THE REBELS' NEW SIXTH-MAN: The last three years, Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) was the Rebels' "super-sub," thriving in the role of Ole Miss' sixth-man. With Harrison moving into the starting lineup at the point in 2001-02, head coach Rod Barnes has been looking for someone to become the Rebels' sixth-man, and Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) may be taking over that role.
In Ole Miss' last four games, the Marianna, Ark., native is averaging 11.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. He is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from the arc and 100 percent from the charity stripe. He also has come up big for the Rebels in recent contests, hitting the game-clinching free throws to seal the 71-67 victory over Memphis Dec. 7 and recording five steals in the SunClassic Tournament.
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 3.3 points and is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor.
REED-ALLEN TANDEM ON A TEAR: The Ole Miss inside tandem of junior Derrick Allen and sophomore Justin Reed has been working well of late, and that is bad news for the opposition. In the Rebels' last five games, Allen has averaged 11.6 points and 7.2 boards, while Reed has posted averages of 16.8 points and 7.4 boards. Also, Ole Miss' last five games have been victories. In fact, the Rebels are 6-0 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 wins over Memphis, Tennessee-Martin and IUPUI. In those games, Ole Miss had five players score in double figures. The Rebels have had nine games in which at least four players have netted double digits, and Ole Miss is 8-1 in those contests. The lone loss was a 71-70 setback to George Mason.
SANDERS HAS CAREER-HIGH (TYING) NIGHT: Sophomore guard David Sanders (Jackson, Miss.) tied his career bests for scoring (19 points) and field goals made (8) in the Rebels' victory over IUPUI Dec. 21. Sanders also had 19 points versus Arkansas last year (Jan. 31, 2001), and hit eight field goals earlier this season versus George Mason (Dec. 1, 2001). Sanders' six rebounds and five assists versus IUPUI both were one shy of tying his career marks in those statistical categories.
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 117 games (overall games) since 1996-97, the most by any SEC Western Division team. The 117 victories are also second among all league teams, only trailing Kentucky's 152 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)
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 78.4 percent (211-of-269) 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 four 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.
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