The bad news is that Vanderbilt is 0-2 in conference play. The good news is that, after facing Missouri at home, they won't see another team that received votes in either top 25 poll for over a month.
That means that a win over formerly-ranked Missouri could start a rally that lifts the undermanned and underrated Commodores from the bottom of the SEC. Vandy has struggled through the start of the league schedule thanks to a combination of injuries, transfers, and disciplinary issues that have cut their roster down to just seven scholarship players. However, they'll get Mizzou at home in the midst of a white out to give this team something to build on as the winter rages.
Missouri will be a tough out. The Tigers are led by a high-octane backcourt that is filled with Frank Haith's impact transfers. Jabari Brown, Earnest Ross, and Jordan Clarkson have all made the most of their second chances with Mizzou, and the trio has combined for more than 51 points per game this season. They'll present a difficult matchup for a Vandy team that has two dynamite defenders and then a long drop off when it comes to guards on Kevin Stallings's clipboard.
Let's take a better look at the Tigers by breaking down how another struggling team took them down this winter. Here's Missouri's worst loss, and how Vanderbilt can learn from it. Welcome back to AoG's long-running preview series, The SEC's Worst Losses.