Momentum is a tricky thing when you've only got seven scholarship players on the roster. Vanderbilt learned that the hard way when a big upset win over Missouri dissolved into a 58-81 blowout loss to LSU in their following game.
Vanderbilt will have the chance to right that ship when Ole Miss comes to Nashville. The Commodores will have the pleasure of covering one of the SEC's most gifted shooters, Marshall Henderson. The loudmouthed gunner faced Vandy twice last season. In the first meeting, he ripped out the team's heart with a 35-foot buzzer beater that sent their first meeting into overtime. In the next, he dropped 23 points on them in the SEC Tournament semifinals to end their season. As a result, Rod Odom and Kyle Fuller will be looking for a measure of revenge this Wednesday.
They'll have their hands full when a backcourt that's been depleted by transfers, suspensions, and dismissals will square off against an Ole Miss team that is driven by its guards. Henderson, Jarvis Summers, and Derrick Millinghaus have combined to score 47.2 points per game for the Rebels this season - nearly 60 percent of their total scoring. In order to defeat the Rebels, Vandy will have to limit their effectiveness from the perimeter.
That's what Mississippi State did two weeks ago, though it came without Henderson in the lineup. Let's take a closer look to find out just how the Bulldogs pulled off the upset against their state-school rivals.