Vanderbilt had their four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, but the Commodores can get back on track when they travel to South Carolina to face a team that has just one win in the SEC this season.
Vandy lost to Arkansas on the strength of a game-winning three from Razorback Michael Qualls, who buried a monster shot with just three seconds to go. That erased an offensive effort that saw the 'Dores shoot better than 50 percent from the floor - but also give up 77 points to the 'Hogs. Arkansas connected on 54 percent of their attempts on the afternoon to defeat a Vandy team that had relied on stellar defense to climb to 5-4 in league play.
The 'Dores will have the opportunity to get that defense back on track against a 1-9 South Carolina team that has struggled to score efficiently in conference play. USC's lack of height could lead to big performances from Vandy players like Damian Jones, Shelby Moats, Luke Kornet, and James Siakam. To get the most out of this matchup, Kevin Stallings's team could stand to learn from a team that conquered the Gamecocks back in December. Here's how South Carolina-Upstate handled Carolina, and how the Commodores can capitalize on that.