Rebels Present Different Look This Time

FAYETTEVILLE -- Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes apparently believes in the old adage, "Always change a losing game."

With the Rebels having lost six in a row going into last Saturday's game against Alabama, Barnes started 6-foot-6 sophomore Brandon Patterson of Altheimer and 6-7 freshman Trey Hampton for the first time each in Southeastern Conference play.

Ole Miss (13-10, 3-7 SEC) still lost 64-50, but at least the Rebs only turned the ball over 11 times.

"Now we just have to find some more offense," said Barnes, whose team plays host to Arkansas (16-7, 5-5 SEC) on Wednesday night.

Hogs coach Stan Heath noticed the Ole Miss changes.

"They went to Patterson (six points) more, and Hampton (nine points) is a guy who can play inside or outside," Heath said. "He can also put the ball on the floor and drive."

Dwayne Curtis is still the Rebels' main man with a 13.4 average inside, but Barnes said his teammates must get him the ball more.

"Dwayne is so unselfish that sometimes he doesn't demand the ball," Barnes said.

Barnes said he would make more changes on Wednesday, although not necessarily in the starting lineup which also includes Todd Abernethy and Bam Doyne.

"We've got to look at defense and rebounding real close," Barnes said. "We'll play Clarence Sanders (10.5 points per game) and Jermey Parnell (of Gosnell) more. We're still searching."

Doyne, a junior guard from Little Rock Mills, did not play well in an earlier 71-58 loss to Arkansas, but Heath warned, "He'll be revved up and fired up against us down there."

Heath said it would be important for Arkansas to get off to a good start against the Rebels, to match their anticipated aggressiveness.

Reunion Planned
Former Arkansas player Tommy Boyer has planned an informal get-together around the Florida-UA game on Saturday for Hogs players of his general era -- the early 1960s.

Players who plan to attend include Boyer, Pat Foster, Jerry Carlton, Ronnie Garner, Skippy Coffman, Jim Bane, John Blasingame, Bobby Anderson and Loyd Jones. Jim Wilson, Lary Wofford and Jay Dickey are also possibilities.

Larry Hogue will be unable to attend, and Boyer could not get in touch with Jim Magness.

Razorbacks from that era who have died include Clyde Rhoden, Alan Morrison, Ricky Sugg, Jim Jay and Marvin Mann.

Pearl High On Lofton
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said Vols guard Chris Lofton's honor as SEC Player of the Week was richly deserved.

"If they had a National Player of the Week, he might have won that, too," Pearl said. "He had amazing, heroic performances against Kentucky and Georgia. Half the shots he made were well-defended."

Wildcats On Hot Seat
Kentucky assistant coach David Hobbs recognized Monday that the Wildcats (15-9, 5-5 SEC) must get going to make the NCAA Tournament.

"We're playing for our playoff lives, if you want to say it that way," Hobbs said. "There's a sense of urgency."

Sounding a bit like Arkansas, Hobbs said, "We've been right there at the end in four of our five conference losses. We just haven't made the play to win the game."

Brady Unsympathetic
LSU coach John Brady had no patience for questions about Tigers center Glen Davis' bruised thigh or the cut over his eye that limited him to 25 minutes in a 71-62 loss to Florida on Saturday.

"A thigh bruise (suffered by Davis against Arkansas) is no excuse," Brady said. "Other players get bruised thighs, and get hit with no foul called."

Lebo Still Ill
Auburn coach Jeff Lebo, who missed Saturday's Arkansas game with flu-like symptoms, still sounded rocky on Monday.

"I'm still under the weather," he said, coughing. "I spent the game Saturday sweating in the locker room. I got a halftime score and a score at the end of the game."

When Lebo was the coach at Tennessee Tech, he once missed a two-game road trip to Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State.

"I was dehydrated, in the hospital," he recalled.

This season he had taken a flu shot, but he said, "I had fever, chills, aches, pains -- all that stuff."

Auburn plays at Tennessee on Wednesday.

Brown An Amputee
Bill Brown, a former Arkansas assistant under Eddie Sutton who now coaches California, Pa., a Division III school, underwent surgery to have his leg amputated below the knee on Monday.

UA radio announcer Mike Nail, who has remained friends with Brown through the years, reported that Brown had a leg infection which spread.

McCurdy Excited
Arkansas guard Sean McCurdy said Monday he looked forward to his first trip Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.

"I hear it's a small gym, but underrated," McCurdy said. "It's hard to get a win in there."

McCurdy enjoyed a 14-minute stint against Auburn during which the Hogs outscored Auburn 40-25.

"I felt really comfortable out there," he said. "I just want to be a spark plug against Ole Miss, because I had two turnovers in the second half against them last time."

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