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The Vanderbilt Commodores travel to Oxford to take on the Mississippi Rebels at the Tad Pad. At 5-5 in SEC play, Ole Miss seemingly has rallied the troops following the dismissal of one of its top players in Dundrecous Nelson (along with Jamal Jones). The Commodores are hoping to build off the strong second half perfomance they displayed in a losing effort against Kentucky this past Saturday. Commodores fans are hoping there isn't a hangover effect.
Click through the jump for a breakdown of each team's opponents thus far and a closer look at their respective personnel.
To date, Vanderbilt has played 25 total games, 16 at home, 2 on neutral courts, and 7 on the road against an average KenPom rated opponent of 104.1. Mississippi has played 24 total games, 12 at home (including 1 semi-home game), 3 on neutral courts, and 9 on the road, against an average rated D-I opponent of 129.9. Based on their performances to date, Kenpom rates Vanderbilt to be the second most efficient offensive and fifth most efficient defensive team that the Rebels will have played. Mississippi rates as the twenty-third most efficient offensive team and the seventh most efficient defensive team that the Commodores will have played. Keep in mind that these numbers do not account for players that have missed games.
Based on previous opponents offensive and defensive efficiencies, neither team closely resembles any of the previous opponents on either team's schedule.
Looking solely at the tempo free statistics, Vanderbilt has a strong edge at the starting positions as well as a slight edge at the bench. Keep in mind that the individual statistics are not adjusted for the strength of the opponents and the location of games.
Four Factors: Mississippi has a slight edge in all but shooting efficiency, though the four factors are not adjusted for strength of schedule. Prediction: Vanderbilt wins eFG%, FTRate, and OReb%.
Ken Pomeroy predicts a 66-63 Vanderbilt win in a game with a tempo of 66. He rates Vanderbilt's win percentage at 64%.
Traditional Statistics -- Mississippi Rebels
Tipoff is scheduled for 2000 CT and the game will be available on ESPN2 (as well as ESPN3). Our open gamethread will go live two hours before tipoff. Also, don't forget to head over to Stat-King to submit your predictions for the game.
Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss -- Margin of Victory
Vanderbilt by 10+ (23 votes)
Vanderbilt by < 10 (10 votes)
Mississippi by < 10 (3 votes)
Mississippi by 10+ (0 votes)
36 total votes