Dai-Jon Parker: The extremely athletic and quick guard who has no interest in getting to the rim. - Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
Vanderbilt hosts Ole Miss for their third game in six days. Can they use Indiana State's game plan to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole to start SEC play?
Today's TSWL will be a brief one thanks to the excellent SEC scheduling that has the Commodores playing three games in a six game span. Tonight, Vanderbilt will return home to face red-hot Ole Miss in search of their first conference win.
The 'Dores will try to erase lingering memories of a 33-point performance in a Saturday loss to Arkansas. Vanderbilt matched their all-time low for scoring output in Fayetteville after putting together an 11-point first half against the Hogs. Vandy made just 10 shots from the field while committing 25 turnovers in the blowout defeat.
For a deeper look at Vanderbilt's offensive struggles and the future of the program, check out what I wrote for Nashville Sports Hub. Vandy's fatal flaw has been an inability to score at the rim. Opposing teams can camp out on the perimeter and defend the Commodores' shooters without fear of giving up easy points inside. This team lacks both the big men who can score in the paint and the slashers who can get to the rim in order to keep other teams honest, and it's killing the Vanderbilt offense.
Can Ole Miss do the same? They have a strong frontline and have held opponents to just over 38 percent shooting from the field this season. Things don't look good for the Commodores, but they'll be fired up to prove that last Saturday's loss was an aberration and not the standard.
Ole Miss (13-2, 2-0 SEC, 29th AP, 31st Coaches')
Other Losses: at Middle Tennessee State