Arkansas Rebels Don't Fare So Swell

OXFORD, Miss. – As usual, especially under seventh-year Rebels coach Rod Barnes, the Ole Miss roster sported several Arkansans during the Hogs' 66-65 win here on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Bam Doyne hails from Little Rock, and a pair of freshmen – swingman Brandon Patterson (Altheimer) and 6-9 inside man Jeremey Parnell (Gosnell).

Former Rebels of note who came from Arkansas include Keith Carter (Perryville), Jason Flannigan (Little Rock), Jason Harrison (Little Rock) and Jason Smith (Wheatley).

One Mississippi native, freshman forward Charles Thomas of Jackson, plays for the Hogs, and several friends and family members were on hand to watch him play 16 minutes and score 2 points while grabbing two rebounds.

Patterson showed a nice mid-range touch, hitting 3 of 6 from the floor for 6 points and had 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

But Patterson also had a key breakdown, tossing the ball well over the head of teammate Cavadas Nunnery with Ole Miss leading 64-63 with less than a minute remaining.

Neither Parnell nor Doyne played.

Another Arkie is on the way. Jacksonville forward Mike Smith inked with Ole Miss



SOLE SUPPORT

Arkansas coach Stan Heath and assistants Rob Flaska, Darren Sorenson and Oronde Taliafero weren't trying to imitate comedian Jerry Seinfeld during Saturday's game.

The foursome – along with Ole Miss assistant Tracy Dildy – wore tennis shoes with their suits in support of the Coaches vs. Cancer cause, initiated in the memory of late North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano.

Fans were encouraged to pledge money prior to tip-off for every 3-point basket, with the proceeds to go to the American Cancer Society.

Arkansas made five treys and Ole Miss netted two.



BIG DEAL

The absence of Ole Miss senior forward Tommie Eddie because of an academic problem was harped on by the Rebels after Arkansas' 69-46 home win on Jan. 5.

A 6-8 bruiser from Brooklyn, Eddie was back in action on Saturday.

Eddie scored just 4 points and had only 2 rebounds in 10 foul-plagued minutes.



BREWING AT OLE MISS

Ron Brewer, former Arkansas All-American and the father of Hogs sophomore guard Ronnie, had a rare opportunity to watch his son play on the road Saturday.

Last season, the elder Brewer was a regular at home and road games. This season, he's coaching the Fresno franchise of the ABA.

With wife Carolyn, Ron Brewer watched his son score 19 points.



GEOGRAPHY LESSON

As Arkansas freshman center Steven Hill eyed the free-throw line before completing a first-half three-point play, an Ole Miss student yelled at him: "Go back to Russia, you ugly thing!"

We're pretty sure Hill is not a Russian name, and we're positive he hails from Branson, Mo., which is a long way from Moscow.



SAY WHAT?

The Ole Miss band is strategically placed as close to the floor as possible across from the visitors' bench, which can cause some communication problems.

Speaking of communications, the blaring band is directly behind the visiting media.

Maybe Memphis on Friday wasn't such a good idea after all.



THE SERIES

Arkansas leads 37-19 and is even with Ole Miss at 14-all since the Hogs joined the SEC in 1992.

Arkansas snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Rebels 86-78 at home last season and the Hogs won again, 69-46, in their SEC opener in Bud Walton Arena on Jan. 5

Before Saturday, UA had not won in Oxford since a 63-62 win by Nolan Richardson's team in 1996.

"It's a monumental task for anyone to come in here and get a win," Heath said.


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