Dec. 29, 2000
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The Ole Miss Rebels (11-1) will close out the non-conference portion of
their 2000-01 schedule Saturday, Dec. 30 when they host Morris Brown
(2-10). Game time is 2:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss,
ranked No. 24 in both polls, had its 11-game winning streak halted with a
73-68 loss to Iowa State in the finals of the Yahoo! Sports Invitational
last weekend. The Fighting Wolverines have dropped their last two games to
Alabama State (72-57) Dec. 21 and Michigan (95-81) Dec. 23.
Morris Brown (2-10) vs. #24/#24 Ole Miss (11-1)
Saturday, December 30 ? 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum ? Oxford, Miss.
Rebels on Television and Radio
Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
BARNES IN THIRD SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his third season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. He has an overall record of 50-28 (.641 winning
percentage). In his first two seasons, Barnes compiled a 39-27 record, and
the 39 victories are the most by a Rebel coach in his first two years in
Ole Miss history. Last year, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 19-14 overall
record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The Rebels
advanced to the NIT quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
The winning season and postseason tournament both were the fourth straight
for the Ole Miss program.
In 1998-99, Barnes led Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a
third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native was
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first season. Barnes also guided the Rebels to a 72-70 win over
Villanova in the NCAA Tournament first round, marking the program's
first-ever victory in NCAA play.
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
(17th, 1,201 points), assists (2nd, 456) and steals (6th, 154).
OLE MISS-MORRIS BROWN SERIES
Saturday's game is the first meeting between the Rebels and Fighting
Wolverines on the hardwood.
SCOUTING MORRIS BROWN
Morris Brown enters Saturday's game with a 2-10 overall record. The
Fighting Wolverines dropped a 95-81 decision to Michigan in their last game
on Dec. 23. Anthony Adams, who scored a game-high 31 points versus
Michigan, is the squad's leading scorer with a 14.5 average. Kareem
Allison is the team's only other double figure scorer with a 10.4 average.
Amien Hicks, who had a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) versus
Michigan, leads Morris Brown on the boards with a 7.8 rebounding average.
Hicks is also the team's top shooter, hitting 46.5 percent from the field.
Russell Ellington is in his fourth season as the head coach at Morris
Brown. He has a 35-60 overall record at the school.
REBELS ARE RANKED
Ole Miss jumped into the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 Poll Dec. 11, coming
in at No. 23. It was the first time the Rebels had been in the poll since
they were ranked No. 13 in the final AP poll of the 1997-98. Ole Miss also
finished the 1997-98 season ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
This week, the Rebels are ranked No. 24 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today
polls. This is the third straight week Ole Miss has been in the AP poll
and the second week in the coaches poll. Ole Miss is one of four
Southeastern Conference teams ranked in this week's polls, as Tennessee is
No. 5/No. 5, Florida No. 6/No. 7, and Alabama No. 20/No. 20.
OLE MISS VERSUS FIRST TIME FOES
Ole Miss will face its final first-time opponent of the 2000-01 regular
season when it meets Morris Brown Saturday. The Rebels have a 2-1 record
against first-time opponents this year, defeating Kansas State (60-46) Dec.
5 and No. 13-ranked Southern Cal (84-83, ot) Dec. 22 and falling to Iowa
State (73-68) Dec. 23. Last year, Ole Miss posted a 3-0 record versus
first-time foes with wins over Oregon State (77-58), Virginia Commonwealth
(75-62) and Southwest Missouri State (70-48). Since the 1998-99 campaign,
Ole Miss has a 9-3 record versus first-time foes.
A HAPPY 50 FOR COACH BARNES
No, Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes is not celebrating his 50th birthday
(not even close for the 34-year-old, by the way). With the Rebels'
overtime victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal Dec. 22, Barnes won his
50th game as the Ole Miss head coach. He has a current record of 50-28.
Barnes reached the 50-win plateau the third fastest of any coach in Rebel
history. George Bohler and Homer Hazel are the only two coaches in Ole
Miss history to reach the milestone faster.
REBELS WERE IN THE FINAL TWO
Forget the Final Four for now. Ole Miss was among the "Final Two" prior
to the Rebels' loss to Iowa State Dec. 23. Before the setback to Iowa
State, Ole Miss was one of the last two NCAA Division I schools to have
both its men's and women's basketball teams undefeated. The Lady Rebels
are still undefeated at 11-0. Baylor is now the lone school to have both
its men's and women's team undefeated.
REBELS TIE BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With their victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal on Dec. 22, the Rebels
tied the best start in school history with an 11-0 mark. The 1936-37 team
also had an 11-0 start. Last year (1999-2000), Ole Miss started the
campaign with a 6-0 record before losing its first game at Oklahoma, 81-73.
Before their loss to Iowa State Dec. 23, the Rebels had won 11 straight
games, tying the school record for consecutive victories. The 1936-37 and
1937-38 teams also posted 11-game win streaks.
A HAPPY 300 FOR THE "TAD PAD"
With their victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2, the Rebels posted
their 300th victory in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss has an all-time record
of 303-154 (.663 winning percentage) at the "Tad Pad." Tad Smith Coliseum
opened in the 1965-66 season.
OLE MISS ENTERS 2000-01 SEASON WITH STREAK INTACT
In recent years, the Rebels have been tough on all opponents entering Tad
Smith Coliseum (a.k.a. the "Tad Pad"). Entering the 1998-99 season, Ole
Miss had a 20-game homecourt win streak, and the Rebels extended that
streak to 29 games, before falling to nationally-ranked Auburn on Jan. 13,
1999. Despite the overall homecourt win streak coming to an end, the
Rebels still have another homecourt streak intact?consecutive home wins
versus non-conference opponents. Ole Miss entered the 2000-01 season with
the third-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference opponents.
With their win over Troy State Dec. 18, the Rebels' streak reached 42
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last nine years (including 2000-01 season), the Rebels have posted a
77-29 record (.726 winning percentage) versus non-conference opponents.
Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the last six
seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01), as the
Rebels have an impressive 60-16 mark (.789 winning percentage) against
REBELS FINISH SECOND IN HAWAII TOURNAMENT
Ole Miss placed second in the Yahoo! Sports Invitational played in Laie,
Hawaii, last weekend. The Rebels fell to Iowa State, 73-68 in the
invitational's championship game. Ole Miss advanced to the title game with
victories over Southern Illinois (70-66) and No. 13-ranked Southern Cal
(84-83) in overtime.
LOCKHART NAMED TO YAHOO! ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior Rahim Lockhart (Mendenhall, Miss.) was selected to the Yahoo!
Sports Invitational All-Tournament Team last weekend. The 6-foot-8 forward
averaged 12.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the tournament's three games. He
recorded his 19th career double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) in the
Rebels' victory over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal Dec. 22. It is the second
straight season that Lockhart has received tournament honors. Last year,
he earned All-Tournament Team accolades at the SoCon Holiday Hoops
Tournament (Nov. 26-28, 1999).
HOLMES HAS SOLID TOURNAMENT SHOWING
Senior Jason Holmes (Tylertown, Miss.) played big for the Rebels in the
Yahoo! Sports Invitational Dec. 21-23. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 8.3
points in the tournament, but scored in double figures versus No. 13-ranked
Southern Cal and Iowa State.
In the Rebels' win over the Trojans, Holmes netted 10 points, but none as
key as his four free throws in the contest. His first two free throws
pulled the Rebels to within two points at 78-76 with 31 seconds left in
regulation, setting up Aaron Harper's game-tying hoop. Then, Holmes' two
free throws in overtime gave Ole Miss the lead for good at 82-80 with 2:49
Holmes followed that performance with 12 points versus Iowa State in the
title game. He shot 3-of-4 from the three-point line and 3-of-3 from the
free throw line in the contest.
HEATING UP FROM LONG DISTANCE
After a slow start at dialing from long distance this year, the Rebels are
getting hot from the three-point line. Prior to the Dec. 18 game versus
Troy State, Ole Miss was ranked last in the SEC in three-point field goals
made per game at 4.63. However, that has changed in Ole Miss' last four
contests. The Rebels hit a school-record 14 treys versus Troy State and
also posted nine three-pointers versus Southern Illinois and Southern Cal
and seven versus Iowa State. Over those four games, the Rebels have hit
9.75 treys per contest. Ole Miss is also hitting 42.9 percent from the arc
in those four games.
DARE WE SAY IT...
Yes, we must. The Rebels were en fuego?on fire?from the three-point arc
in their victory over Troy State Dec. 18. Ole Miss hit a school-record 14
treys, breaking the previous mark of 13 three-pointers versus Arkansas in
the 1991-92 season (Jan. 18, 1992, 114-93 Arkansas win). The Rebels shot
41.2 percent from the arc in the win over the Trojans, led by redshirt
freshman Josh Hayes' (Little Rock, Ark.) 6-of-7 shooting performance from
the arc. For the season, Ole Miss is hitting 37.1 percent from the
The old saying is that defense wins championships. If that is the case,
Ole Miss may be in contention for a title in 2000-01, especially if the
Rebels can continue to hassle the opposition with their defensive pressure.
Ole Miss is holding its opponents to an average of 62.3 points per game,
which is third in the Southeastern Conference.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. Since the 1996-97
season and including this campaign, Ole Miss has an incredible 79-9 record
(.898 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more. On the other
hand, the Rebels are 13-35 when they net less than 70 points during that
five-year period (including 2000-01). Last year, the Rebels were 16-3 when
scoring 70 points or more. This season, Ole Miss has a 7-0 record when
scoring 70 points or more.
...BUT SCORING 70 ISN'T NECESSARY IN 2000-01
As discussed in the previous note, the Rebels have been nearly unbeatable
when they score 70 points or more. However, the 2000-01 Rebels are proving
they can win games when they don't reach that magical number of 70. Ole
Miss is 4-1 this year when scoring less than 70 points, with the lone
setback a 73-68 loss to Iowa State in the championship game of the Yahoo!
HAYES HAS CAREER GAME
Redshirt freshman Josh Hayes had the game of his young career Dec. 18 in
the Rebels' victory over Troy State. Hayes scored a career-high 20 points
and also posted career bests of seven field goals and six three-pointers.
For the season, Hayes is shooting 62.5 percent from the field (10-of-16)
and 58.3 percent from the three-point line (7-of-12).
MOVING ON UP THE CHARTS
With his 12-rebound performance versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 18, senior
Rahim Lockhart became the 15th player in Rebel basketball history to grab
500 boards in a career. He now has 615 career rebounds, after grabbing 27
boards in the Yahoo! Sports Invitational Dec. 21-23. Lockhart is in the
No. 11 spot on the Ole Miss career rebounding list, and needs 22 more
rebounds to take over the No. 10 spot currently held by Joe Harvell
(1990-93, 636 career rebounds). Lockhart entered the 1999-2000 season with
278 boards, and with his 220 rebounds in 1999-2000, he had 498 rebounds
coming into the 2000-01 campaign.
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE
Senior Rahim Lockhart is picking up where he left off last year?doubling
his pleasure. Lockhart came into the 2000-01 season with 14 career
double-doubles, and he recorded his 19th double-double performance in Ole
Miss' overtime win over No. 13-ranked Southern Cal (16 points-13 rebounds).
He also had double-doubles versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-12) Nov. 18,
Louisiana-Monroe (16-10) Nov. 28, Memphis (15-14) Dec. 9 and Southeastern
Louisiana (21-14) Dec. 13. Last year, Lockhart had 13 double-doubles,
which ranked him in the top 10 in the nation in that statistical category.
His first career double-double came versus Tennessee (16-12) as a sophomore
in the 1998-99 season.
LOCKHART NEARLY PERFECT
In the Rebels' victory over Southeastern Louisiana Dec. 13, senior Rahim
Lockhart was nearly perfect from the floor. The 6-foot-8 forward finished
the game 10-of-11 from the field, but was 10-of-10 with five minutes left
in the contest. His 90.9 field goal shooting performance is tied for the
second-best, single-game showing in Rebel basketball history.
HITTING 'EM WHEN THEY COUNT
The Rebels haven't had a reputation for hitting a high percentage >from the
charity stripe the last couple of seasons, especially down the stretch in
games. However, that may be changing in 2000-01. Ole Miss is hitting 68.1
percent from the foul line for the season, but more importantly, the Rebels
are hitting their foul shots down the stretch. In their five narrow wins
over Sam Houston State, VCU, Oklahoma, Memphis and Southern Illinois, the
Rebels shot 80 percent from the line (40-of-50) in the final four minutes
(and overtime) of those games.
FLANIGAN UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS
Senior Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) has gained a reputation as one
of the top defenders in the Southeastern Conference. That reputation may
now extend nationwide after his three brilliant defensive showings in the
Rebel victories over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma, Kansas State and Memphis.
In the win over the Sooners, Flanigan held Hollis Price, Oklahoma's
leading scorer, to five points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. Price
came into the contest averaging 17.0 points and hitting 62 percent from the
Then, in the Rebels' next contest versus Kansas State, Flanigan picked up
where he left off in the Oklahoma game. The 6-foot-1 guard held Phineas
Atchison, the Wildcats' top scorer, to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting
>from the floor. Atchison entered the game averaging 14.5 points and
shooting 40.8 percent from the field.
In the Rebels' win over Memphis, Flanigan led the defensive charge against
the Memphis guard trio of Scooter McFadgon, Shyrone Chatman and Marcus
Moody. The trio shot 12 percent (3-of-25) from the field.
"GET THAT SHOT OUTTA HERE!!!"
Senior Rahim Lockhart recorded a career-best five blocked shots versus
Memphis Dec. 9, and in doing so, moved into fourth place on the Rebel
career blocked shot chart. After his three blocks in the Yahoo! Sports
Invitational Dec. 21-23, he now has 107 for his career. Up next for
Lockhart is David Dean (1992-94), who is third with 108 career blocked
shots. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the 2000-01 season with 83 career
blocks. Lockhart led the Rebels in blocked shots the previous two seasons
with 44 and 46 blocks, respectively.
LOCKHART RECORDS CAREER HIGH IN STEALS
Senior Rahim Lockhart had a career-high six steals in the Rebels' victory
over Kansas State Dec. 5. Lockhart's previous career best was five steals
on two occasions, with the last time coming in the Rebels' victory over
Southwest Missouri State game in the NIT second round Mar. 21. For his
career, the 6-foot-8 forward has 121 steals.
LOCKHART SETS CAREER HIGH IN BLOCKS
After setting a career high in steals in the Rebels' victory over Kansas
State Dec. 5, Rahim Lockhart followed up with a career high in blocked
shots in Ole Miss' win at Memphis Dec. 9. The 6-foot-8 forward blocked a
career-best five shots versus the Tigers, breaking his previous high of
four. This season, Lockhart leads the Rebels with 24 blocked shots.
FLANIGAN IN THE CLUTCH
Throughout his career, Jason Flanigan has not had the reputation of being
a scorer. However, the last two seasons when the Rebels have needed him to
step forward on the offensive end, the 6-foot-1 guard has responded. He
did it again Dec. 21 versus Southern Illinois. With the Salukis beginning
to take control of the game early in the second half, Flanigan hit three
treys in a three-minute stretch to keep the Rebels to within striking
distance. The three treys tied a career best. He also hit two key free
throws with six minutes left to widen the Rebel lead.
In the Rebels' victory over Memphis Dec. 9, Flanigan netted a season-high
14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including a career-high three
treys. Flanigan nailed a key three-pointer in the first half to extend the
Rebel margin, and later in the second half, he hit his third trey of the
game to halt a Tiger rally.
Earlier this season, Flanigan came up big for the Rebels in their victory
over VCU. With the Rebels fighting to stay in the game, Flanigan answered
consecutive VCU hoops with two baskets of his own. His second bucket?a
three-pointer?started a 10-0 Rebel run which cut the Ram advantage to six
at 40-34 at the break. His second three-pointer of the game came during
the Ole Miss comeback in the second half, slicing the VCU lead to 70-68
with 3:13 left in regulation.
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 25-3 record (.893 winning percentage) in the month of November. The
Rebels have won 11 straight in the month of November, with their last 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 51-26 record (.662 winning percentage) in December
games since the 1990-91 campaign. The Rebels are 7-1 in December this
year. Ole Miss was 6-1 in the month of December last season, with the lone
setback being an 81-73 loss at Oklahoma.
CLOSING IN ON THE HEAD OF THE CLASS(ES)
This year's senior class of Jason Flanigan and Rahim Lockhart and junior
redshirt John Engstrom (Paragould, Ark.) are closing in on the record of
most victories by a class in a four-year span. The record is 74 wins by
the 1998-99 class of Hunter Carpenter, Keith Carter, Jason Smith and
Michael White. After Ole Miss' two victories in the Yahoo! Sports
Invitational Dec. 21-23, this class has now won 72 games, just two behind
the record. This senior class has also been a part of the 1998 SEC Western
Division championship squad and has been to three straight postseasons (2
NCAA, 1 NIT).
REED CLUTCH IN THE STRETCH
It's hard to believe that a freshman could be this wise this early, but
Justin Reed (Jackson, Miss.) showed his "basketball smarts" in the Rebels'
victory over Memphis. After playing only three minutes in the first half
with three fouls, he picked up his fourth early in the second half. But,
Reed returned for the final 10 minutes and made the most of it. He netted
eight of his 10 points in the final 10 minutes, including two huge baskets
(one on a putback as the shot clock expired) and two free throws with under
three minutes to play.
HOLMES NETS CAREER HIGH VS. KANSAS STATE
Senior Jason Holmes scored a career-high 17 points in the Rebels' victory
over Kansas State Dec. 5, breaking his previous high of 15 points versus
Furman in the 1999-2000 campaign. The 6-foot-5 guard also recorded career
bests with six field goals and tied a career high with three treys.
HARPER ON FIRE
Freshman Aaron Harper (Jackson, Miss.) was en fuego?on fire?in the Rebels'
victory over No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2. The 6-foot-7 forward/guard
missed only one shot in his career-high, 18-point performance versus the
Sooners. Harper was 4-of-5 from the field, with all his field goal
attempts from beyond the three-point arc. He was also 6-of-6 from the
PROVINE POSSE STEPS UP...PART II
The trio of Aaron Harper, Justin Reed and David Sanders (Jackson,
Miss.)?the "Provine Posse"?came up big again in the Rebels' victory over
No. 14-ranked Oklahoma Dec. 2. The trio combined for 38 of Ole Miss' 60
points in the game, with Harper scoring a career-best 18 points. The trio
shot 61.1 percent from the field (11-of-18), 57.1 percent from the
three-point line (4-of-7) and 70.5 percent from the charity stripe
(12-of-17). Harper, Reed and Sanders also combined for nine boards in the
"PROVINE POSSE" COMES UP BIG FOR REBELS...PART I
The Provine High School trio of Aaron Harper, Justin Reed and David
Sanders, nicknamed the "Provine Posse," took a couple of games to adjust to
the collegiate level, but they have and came up big in the Rebels' win at
VCU. All three netted double figures in the win, as Reed had 16, Sanders
13 and Harper 10. But, it wasn't as much their scoring as when they
stepped up, and the following charts their big plays in the VCU win:
- Lockhart picked up his second foul at the 11:36 mark of the first half
and went to the bench. From that point, Reed scored eight points and
grabbed seven boards the rest of the half.
- With time running down in the first half, Sanders capped a 10-0 run with
a layup at the buzzer to pull the Rebels to within six at 40-34 at the break.
- Two Harper free throws cut the VCU lead to 71-70 with 1:14 left in
regulation, setting up Jason Harrison's three-point basket to put Ole Miss
ahead 73-72 with under a minute to play.
- Harper nailed a three-pointer to give Ole Miss the lead for good in
overtime at 76-73.
- Sanders hit two free throws with :36 left in overtime to give Ole Miss an
- Harper clinched the victory with two free throws with :06 on the clock.
REED POSTS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Freshman Justin Reed recorded the first double-double of his collegiate
career in the Rebels' victory over Virginia Commonwealth Nov. 25. Reed had
16 points and 13 boards, which are career highs. The 6-foot-8 forward also
had one blocked shot and two steals in the win.
OLE MISS PICKED SIXTH IN WEST BY MEDIA
The Ole Miss Rebels were picked to finish in sixth place in the SEC
Western Division in a vote by media members at the annual conference media
days Nov. 1-2 in Birmingham, Ala. Arkansas was picked to win the SEC
Western Division championship, while Tennessee was selected to win both the
SEC overall title and the Eastern Division crown.
FIVE IN A ROW
For the 2000-01 Rebels, the season theme could be "The Drive for Five"?as
in five straight winning seasons and five consecutive postseason tournament
berths. Ole Miss enters 2000-01 on the momentum of four straight winning
campaigns (20-9, 1996-97, 22-7, 1997-98, 20-13, 1998-99, 19-14, 1999-2000)
and four consecutive postseason tournament bids (NCAA?1997, 1998, 1999,
NIT?2000). The last time the Rebel basketball program put together four
straight winning seasons was 1979-80 through 1982-83 (17-13, 1979-80,
16-14, 1980-81, 18-12, 1981-82, 19-12, 1982-83). The last time the Rebels
had five or more consecutive winning campaigns was nine straight from
1919-20 through 1927-28. The Rebel program has never played in five
straight postseason tournaments.
OLE MISS' RECRUITING CLASS RANKED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
After its 1999 recruiting class was ranked No. 26 in the nation, Ole Miss
took another step up the ladder to national prominence when its 2000 class
was ranked as high as No. 10 in the country. The 2000 class of Derrick
Allen (Gadsden, Ala.), Aaron Harper, Justin Reed and David Sanders was
ranked No. 10 by HOOP SCOOP and No. 23 by The Recruiting Beat. According
to the HOOP SCOOP rankings, Ole Miss had the top recruiting class in the