Huge performances from A.J. Ogilvy and Jeffery Taylor, who carried Vandy to a win on the road against a team squarely on the bubble that desperately needed to beat a top 25 team in order to paid its NCAA Tournament resume.
Going into the game, the biggest concern for the Commodores, outside the fact that they were playing a top 50 RPI team on the road in a hostile environment, was if they were looking past the dangerous team hungry for a win to an epic showdown with Kentucky less than 48 hours later. I'm not so sure that wasn't the case for all but A.J. and Jeff in the first half. Whether or not that's the case, the team was able to make it out of Oxford with another impressive road victory. It certainly wasn't an elegant win, though road wins rarely are. It's so impressive to see this team not play its best game yet still able to grind out a tough win against a formidable opponent.
Bring on the Wildcats!
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Steve Tchiengang, ladies and gentleman! I'll be honest, I watched the entire game and I would have never predicted that Steve would have dominated the plus/minus the way he did. Congratulations, Steve, on your first outright plus/minus award of the season.
Vanderbilt didn't look past Ole Miss. Notable game from Thursday: Vanderbilt used 27 points and eight rebounds from A.J. Ogilvy to win 82-78 at Ole Miss, ensuring this weekend's showdown with No. 2 Kentucky will lack no luster. The 17th-ranked Commodores are now 20-5 overall, 9-2 in the SEC, and a win Saturday over the Wildcats (25-1, 9-2) will create a tie atop the SEC Eastern Division standings.
#19 Vanderbilt 82, Ole Miss 78. Vandy will go into their showdown game at home against Kentucky on Saturday a mere one game behind the Cats in the SEC East standings, thanks to AJ Ogilvy’s 27/8 and Jeffery Taylor’s 19/6/4 assts. Vandy drew 27 fouls on the Rebels tonight, putting five of their players into severe foul trouble and garnering 34 FTAs in the process (making 26). It’s a bit of damning with faint praise, but from our perspective, Vandy is the second-best team in the SEC this year, and it’s not really even close.