Dec. 29, 1999
Prairie View A&M (2-7) vs. Ole Miss (10-1)
Wednesday, December 29
7:00 p.m. (CT)
Tad Smith Coliseum
OLE MISS TO CONTINUE SIX-GAME HOMESTAND ON WEDNESDAY VERSUS PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
The Ole Miss Rebels (10-1, 0-0 SEC) continue their six-game homestand on
Wednesday, Dec. 29 versus the Prairie View A&M Panthers (2-7, 0-2 SWAC) at
Tad Smith Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT). The Rebels
enter Wednesday's contest on a four-game winning streak after victories
over Virginia Commonwealth (75-62, Dec. 7), Memphis (74-64, Dec. 11),
Southeastern Louisiana (77-46, Dec. 15) and Louisiana-Monroe (76-60, Dec.
19). The Panthers have lost four straight entering Wednesday's game.
Prairie View A&M's last victory was an 81-76 win over Tennessee State on
OLE MISS-PRAIRIE VIEW A&M SERIES
The Rebels lead the all-time series versus the Panthers, 5-0. Ole Miss
defeated Prairie View last season, 111-50 in Oxford. The 61-point margin
of victory in last year's game was the largest in Rebel basketball history.
The two teams also met in the 1991-92, 1995-96 and 1996-97, 1997-98
seasons. The Rebels won the 1991-92 meeting by a score of 101-50 and also
took a 96-51 decision over the Panthers in the 1995-96 campaign. Ole Miss
defeated Prairie View A&M, 71-42 in 1996-97 and 106-59 in 1997-98.
* Based on last game's starters
|11||Jason Harrison (So.)||G||5-5||150||7.4/2.7||Little Rock, Ark.|
|22||Jason Flanigan (Jr.)||G||6-1||175||8.5/3.1||Little Rock, Ark.|
|24||Marcus Hicks (Sr.)||F||6-6||200||16.4/5.7||Jackson, Tenn.|
|25||Lataryl Williams (Sr.)||F||6-7||200||9.9/3.0||Oxford, Miss.|
|44||Rahim Lockhart (Jr.)||F||6-8||250||14.6/11.1||Mendenhall, Miss.|
# will join the team following the football season
|15||Ray Waddell (Jr.)||G||5-9||165||0.4/0.4||Philadelphia, Miss.|
|20||Jason Holmes (Jr.)||G||6-5||200||4.6/1.8||Tylertown, Miss.|
|21||Darrian Brown (So.)||G/F||6-6||200||6.0/3.1||West Memphis, Ark.|
|23||Syniker Taylor (Fr.)||G||6-0||195||0.0/0.0||Gulfport, Miss.#|
|30||Josh Hayes (Fr.)||G||6-7||190||5.0/2.0||Little Rock, Ark.|
|31||John Gunn (Fr.)||F/C||6-10||245||1.6/1.5||Oxford, Miss.|
|32||Emmanuel Wade (Fr.)||G||6-3||185||3.1/1.4||Marianna, Ark.|
|45||Richard Kirklin (Fr.)||F||6-9||200||1.5/1.8||Pine Bluff, Ark.|
|54||John Engstrom (So.)||C||7-0||245||0.2/1.0||Paragould, Ark.|
Rebels on Television and Radio
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network (David Kellum, play-by-play, Sean Tuohy,
color analyst, Stan Sandroni, pregame/halftime/postgame host)
December 29, 1998
Ole Miss 111, Prairie View A&M 50
Ole Miss senior Keith Carter scored a game-high 28 points, including
hitting a school-record eight treys, in leading the Rebels to a 111-50
victory over Prairie View A&M. The 61-point margin of victory was an Ole
Miss school record.
Marcus Hicks (15 points), Darrian Brown (12) and Hunter Carpenter (10)
also scored in double figures for the Rebels. Brown led Ole Miss on the
boards with seven rebounds. DeCedric Giron was the only Panther in double
figures with 12 points.
Ole Miss jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first five minutes and never
looked back. The Rebels shot 52.1 percent from the field and out-rebounded
Prairie View A&M, 56-37.
Prairie View A&M 23 27 - 50
Ole Miss 64 47 - 111
Greene, Shaw, Petty
SCOUTING PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Prairie View A&M, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC),
brings a 2-7 overall record and a 0-2 league mark. The Panthers have lost
four straight to Cleveland State (113-55), Wright State (104-74), Alcorn
State (91-72) and Southern University (91-79). Prairie View A&M's last
victory was an 81-76 win over Tennessee State on Dec. 5. Sophomore guard
Gregory Burks leads Prairie View A&M in scoring with an 18.3 average. The
Panthers' only other double figure scorer is sophomore forward Xavier Lee,
who is averaging 11.4 points. Leading Prairie View A&M on the boards is
sophomore center Ivan Coulter with a 6.3 rebounding average. The Panthers
are shooting 38.2 percent from the field, 26.8 percent from the three-point
line and 65 percent from the charity stripe. Prairie View A&M is averaging
73.4 points and 40.9 rebounds per game.
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M PROBABLE STARTERS
* Based on last game's starters
|31||Xavier Lee (So.)||F||6-4||216||11.4/4.7||El Paso, Texas|
|44||Aron Thompson (Sr.)||F||6-8||225||7.3/5.9||Little Rock, Ark.|
|52||Ivan Coulter (So.)||F||6-8||215||5.6/6.3||Miami, Fla.|
|3||Gregory Burks (So.)||G||5-8||143||18.3/3.0||Flint, Mich.|
|21||Kevin Jones (So.)||G||6-1||200||8.3/2.2||Houston, Texas|
|32||Patrick Willybiro (So.)||G||6-3||192||9.0/1.8||Washington, D.C.|
|50||Reginald Walton (So.)||C||6-7||220||3.1/4.2||Killeen, Texas|
|10||Sadit Montgomery (Jr.)||G||6-1||195||3.3/1.3||Denver, Colo.|
|12||Robert Dimerson (Fr.)||G||6-2||178||3.8/0.8||Marlin, Texas|
BARNES IN SECOND SEASON AS REBEL MENTOR
Rod Barnes is in his second season at the helm of the Ole Miss Rebel
basketball program. With the Rebels' win over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19,
Barnes' overall coaching record now stands at 30-14. In his first season
in 1998-99, Barnes guided Ole Miss to a 20-13 overall record and a third
straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Satartia, Miss., native became
the first head coach in the history of Rebel basketball to win 20 games in
his first season. Last 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, after Rob Evans left to take the h ead
coaching position at Arizona State on April 6. 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).
REBELS VERSUS THE SWAC
Ole Miss has a perfect 17-0 record versus current members of the
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Rebels are 5-0 versus Prairie
View, 3-0 versus Jackson State and Alabama State, 2-0 versus Alcorn State,
and 1-0 versus Southern, Grambling, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama A&M.
Ole Miss has never played Mississippi Valley State or Texas Southern.
Earlier this season, the Rebels defeated Alabama State, 77-65.
BARNES THIRD FASTEST TO 30 WINS
With the Rebels' win over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19, Ole Miss head coach
Rod Barnes posted his 30th victory in only the 44th game in his career as
the Rebel mentor. Barnes reached the 30-win plateau the third fastest of
any head coach in Ole Miss basketball history. See the following chart:
Record at Time of 30th Win
OLE MISS TOUGH AT HOME VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE FOES
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 1999-2000 season
with the eighth-longest homecourt win streak versus non-conference
opponents. With their win over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19, the Rebels'
streak reached 31 straight, and Ole Miss now has the third-longest streak
(since the start of the 1999-2000 season, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Clemson and Southwest Texas have lost at home). The following chart shows
the nation's top homecourt winning streaks versus non-conference opponents:
|School||No.||Last home non-conf. loss|
|1. Maryland||70||12/12/89||Coppin St., 70-63|
|2. Penn State||45||3/18/92||Pitt, 67-65 (NIT)|
|3. OLE MISS||31||11/27/95||Davidson, 84-83 (ot)|
|4. Vanderbilt||30||12/30/95||Boston College, 90-74|
REBELS TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES IN RECENT YEARS
In last eight years (including the 1999-2000 season), the Rebels have
posted a 61-27 record (.693 winning percentage) versus non-conference
opponents. Non-conference foes have found Ole Miss especially tough the
last five seasons (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), as the
Rebels have an impressive 44-14 mark (.759 winning percentage) against
out-of-conference teams. The following shows Ole Miss' non-conference
record over the previous eight years:
HARRISON SETS CAREER HIGH IN ASSISTS
Sophomore Jason Harrison (Little Rock, Ark.) recorded a career-high nine
assists in the Rebels' 76-60 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19. The
nine assists broke his previous career best of six which he set twice
versus Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 15, 1999) and Ohio State in the Puerto
Rico Holiday Classic (Dec. 23, 1998). He is second on the team with 44
assists this season.
REBELS GETTING THEIR SHOOTING TOUCH BACK
The Rebels started the 1999-2000 campaign on a subpar note in terms of
shooting from the field. But, that has changed in their last six games
versus Alabama State, Oklahoma, Virginia Commonwealth, Memphis,
Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Monroe, as the Rebels have hit a
combined 53.5 percent from the field. Ole Miss shot over 50 percent from
the floor against Alabama State, Oklahoma, Southeastern Louisiana and
Louisiana-Monroe and nearly hit 50 percent from the field versus VCU and
Memphis. The following chart shows the Rebels' improvement from the field
in the last six games:
First five games
Last six games
THE LAST TIME THAT...
The Rebels were ?on fire? from the field in their win over Southeastern
Louisiana on Dec. 15, hitting 63 percent from the floor. The last time Ole
Miss shot better than its 63 percent on Dec. 15 was a 66.7 percent shooting
performance in a 96-70 victory over Sam Houston State on Dec. 30, 1989.
Prior to the Dec. 15 game, the last time the Rebels shot 60 percent or
better from the field came in a 98-70 win over Lamar on Dec. 4, 1993. Ole
Miss hit 60.3 percent in that victory.
WILLIAMS ON A ROLL
Senior Lataryl Williams (Oxford, Miss.) has been?dare we say it??en fuego?
(on fire) from the field in the Rebels' last five games. The 6-foot-7
forward hit 75 percent from the field (24-of-32) and 50 percent from the
three-point arc (7-of-14) in the last five outings versus Oklahoma,
Virginia Commonwealth, Memphis, Southeastern Louisiana and
Louisiana-Monroe. He also netted double figures in four of those five
games. For the season, Williams is hitting a team-high 58.6 percent from
WILLIAMS HAS A CAREER NIGHT
Senior Lataryl Williams had a career game in the Rebels' victory over
Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 7. The Oxford, Miss., native netted a
career-high 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5
>from the three-point line, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. The four
treys and four free throws made were career bests, while the seven field
goals made tied his career high. The 6-foot-7 forward also had four
rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in the win over the Rams.
Earlier this season, Williams grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in Ole
Miss' win over Oregon State on Nov. 27.
HICKS BREAKS THE 500-POINT MARK
Senior Marcus Hicks (Jackson, Tenn.) hit a milestone in the Rebels' game
at Oklahoma on Dec. 4, netting the 500th point of his Ole Miss career.
Hicks entered the game with 492 points, and scored his 500th point on a
free throw at the 3:10 mark of the first half versus the Sooners. After
his 16-point performance versus Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19, the 6-foot-6
senior now has scored 567 points in 44 career games. Last year, Hicks
scored 387 points, and after 10 games this season, Hicks has 180 points.
He leads the Rebels in scoring this year with a 16.4 average.
THE MAGIC NUMBER IS...
Well, for the Rebels, it seems as if that number is 70. In the past four
seasons (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000), Ole Miss has an incredible
64-7 record (.901 winning percentage) when it scores 70 points or more in a
game. On the other hand, the Rebels are 7-23 when they net less than 70
points in a game. Last season, Ole Miss had an 18-3 record (.857 winning
percentage) when it eclipsed the 70-point plateau. This year, the Rebels
are 9-1 when scoring 70 points or more.
REBEL DOMINATION ON THE BOARDS
Despite being out-rebounded for the first time this year in the VCU game
on Dec. 7, Ole Miss has been simply dominating its opponents on the boards
in the early portion of the season. The Rebels are averaging 39.8 rebounds
per contest, while the opposition has a rebounding average of 28.8 boards?a
margin of 11.0 boards per game, which is second in the SEC. In the NCAA
stats released on Dec. 14, the Rebels were sixth in the nation in
rebounding margin. The following chart shows the Rebels' domination on the
|Opponent||Rebel Rebs.||Opp. Rebs.||Margin|
LOCKHART DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE...A NINTH TIME
Junior Rahim Lockhart has certainly doubled his pleasure in the early
portion of the Rebel schedule, as he has started the season with nine
double-doubles in 11 games. The following charts Lockhart's double-doubles
|Jacksonville St.||29||11||career high pts|
|McNeese St.||13||16||career high rebs|
|Furman||15||14||tied car-high blks (4)|
The junior forward now has 10 career double-doubles, as his first came last
season against Tennessee (Feb. 17) with a 16-point, 12-rebound game.
LOCKHART GRABS 300TH REBOUND
Junior Rahim Lockhart recorded the 300th board of his Ole Miss career in
the Rebels' loss to Oklahoma on Dec. 4. The 6-foot-8 forward entered the
Oklahoma game with 296 career boards and grabbed 10 rebounds in the
contest. He now has 342 boards for his career. This season, Lockhart
leads the Rebels in rebounding with an 11.1 average. He leads the SEC and
is among the national leaders in rebounding.
FLANIGAN TIES CAREER HIGH IN FIELD GOALS
Junior Jason Flanigan has played well in the Rebels' first 11 games, and
it shows in the 6-foot-1 guard's shooting from the field. Flanigan hit a
career-high tying six field goals in Ole Miss' victory over Alabama State
on Dec. 1. He scored 18 points versus the Hornets, which was two points
shy of his career high of 20 points. Flanigan?who hit 36.1 percent from
the floor in his first two years as a Rebel?is shooting 48.4 percent from
the field this season.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes preaches ?taking care of the basketball??or
in other words, no turnovers. Well, junior Jason Flanigan has been
listening to Barnes' message. The 6-foot-1 guard has a team-high 47
assists compared to only 23 turnovers (better than 2-to-1
assist-to-turnover ratio). With his third assist in the victory over
Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 28, Flanigan hit the 150-assist plateau for his
career. A starter in all 11 games this season, Flanigan has 176 career
HICKS, LOCKHART NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior Marcus Hicks and junior Rahim Lockhart were named to the SoCon
Holiday Hoops All-Tournament Team. Hicks averaged 14.7 points and 6.0
rebounds, while Lockhart 13.0 points and 13.0 boards. Lockhart also had 10
blocked shots and five steals. The Rebels won the tournament with a 57-53
championship-game victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
FLANIGAN TIES CAREER HIGH IN REBOUNDING VERSUS OREGON STATE
Junior guard Jason Flanigan (Little Rock, Ark.) tied a career best with
eight boards in the Rebels' win over Oregon State on Nov. 27. Flanigan
also recorded eight boards in both wins over Arkansas in the 1998-99
campaign. Flanigan had a solid all-around game versus the Beavers,
recording six points, eight rebounds, six assists and only one turnover in
33 minutes of action.
HICKS HAS CAREER SCORING NIGHT
Senior forward Marcus Hicks netted a career-high 26 points in Ole Miss'
victory over McNeese State on Nov. 23. Hicks' previous career best was 24
points in a Rebel victory over Louisville on Dec. 5, 1998. He scored his
career high on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity
stripe. The 11 field goals made tied a career best (also made 11 field
goals versus Louisville). Hicks also recorded five boards, three assists,
one block and one steal in the win over McNeese State.
LOCKHART EXPLODES FOR CAREER HIGH
In the Rebels' 74-59 victory over Jacksonville State on Nov. 19, junior
forward Rahim Lockhart netted a career-best 29 points, breaking his
previous high of 21 points against Alabama on Jan. 6, 1999. The 6-foot-8,
250-pound forward scored his 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field
and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe. The 11 field goals were also a career
high for Lockhart. He also tied a career best with four blocked shots. In
32 minutes of action versus Jacksonville State, Lockhart committed no
ANOTHER CAREER NIGHT FOR LOCKHART
For the second straight game, junior Rahim Lockhart set a career high?this
time on the boards. Lockhart grabbed a career-best 16 boards in Ole Miss'
win over McNeese State on Nov. 23. The 16 boards broke his previous career
high of 12 rebounds set two times last season versus Tennessee (Feb. 17,
1999) and Mississippi State (Jan. 20, 1999).
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 on Nov. 3-4. Auburn was selected to win the SEC overall title and the
Western Division championship. Arkansas was second, followed by Alabama,
Mississippi State and LSU. In the East, Florida was picked to finish
first, followed by Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South
The Ole Miss-Auburn game, scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. tip on Jan. 22, is
sold out. The contest will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot...Ole Miss'
10-1 record this season is the program's second best start in the 1990s.
The 1997-98 squad began that year with a 12-1 mark...Senior Marcus Hicks
hit a career-high two treys versus Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19. For the
season, Hicks is hitting 50 percent (5-of-10) from the three-point
line...Sophomore Jason Harrison tied a career high with five boards in the
win over Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 19...The Rebels have a 43-25 record (.632
winning percentage) in December games in the 1990s. Ole Miss was 6-2 in
the month of December last season.. Sophomore Darrian Brown (West Memphis,
Ark.) netted a season-best 13 points in the Rebels' victory over
Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 15. He also hit a career-high tying three
treys versus the Lions...Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes used his fourth
different starting lineup versus Memphis on Dec. 11. Barnes gave junior
Jason Holmes (Tylertown, Miss.) the first start of his career...Ole Miss
had five players score in double figures versus Memphis on Dec. 11. It was
the second time this season that has happened, as five Rebels also netted
double figures versus Furman. Both games were Ole Miss wins...Freshman
guard Emmanuel Wade (Marianna, Ark.) scored a career-high seven points
versus VCU on Dec. 7. He grabbed a career-high four boards versus
Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 15...Freshman forward John Gunn (Oxford,
Miss.) recorded the first blocked shot of his career vs. VCU...Junior
transfer Jason Holmes grabbed a career-best six boards vs. VCU.