- A balanced attack - Rider had four guys light up the scoreboard against MSU. Vanderbilt has four guys that average double-digit points per game. Involving everyone will keep the score out of reach against a one-dimensional squad.
- Limit Varnado - Jarvis is nasty, but he's not the scorer he was in the Rider game. In the team's other losses, he's averaged just under 11 points. He'll get his rebounds and blocks, but if Vandy can force the pressure onto the other four guys on the court MSU will have a much tougher path to victory.
Frustrate the players, frustrate the coach - Rick Stansbury is under the hot seat this season, and his players haven't been his biggest supporters this year - especially Augustus. If the 'Dores can play tough, physical defense, they'll just stand to pile more pressure onto an already frustrated team. The Memorial fans needto factor into this as well - if the Commodores are playing well and the crowd is rocking, expect a few technicals on the visitors' side. If you need any ammunition to get the crowd pumped, just use this: