Vanderbilt will bring a four-game winning streak to Oxford - but they'll have to contend with a Mississippi crowd that is saying goodbye to five of its seniors on Saturday night.
The Commodores and Rebels will cast off the shackles of the regular season when they clash in their 18th SEC showdown of the 2014-15 season. Vanderbilt sits at the precipice of a 9-9 conference record after starting league play 1-7. Ole Miss, on the other hand, is fighting for a double-bye at the SEC Tournament and an at-large bid in the Big Dance. While losing to Vandy at home would keep their options open, a win would make their path to the NCAA Tournament much less rocky.
Past results reflect well on the Rebels' chances. They've lost six games against conference opponents this year, but all of those came against teams with 10 SEC wins or more. The Commodores fall squarely outside that range. Factor in home court advantage and an emotional Senior Night setting and it's easy to see why Ole Miss is a significant favorite.
A Vanderbilt win on Saturday means a claim on the #7 seed in the SEC Tournament. That's some prime real estate on the opposite side of the bracket from 30-0 Kentucky. Let's take a closer look at these two teams.
|G -||Wade Baldwin IV||8.6||3.9||4.4|
|G -||Riley LaChance||12.3||3.2||2.7|
|F -||Jeff Roberson||4.7||3.3||1.2|
|F -||James Siakam||9||5.8||0.7|
|C -||Damian Jones||14.5||6.3||0.7|
|F -||Luke Kornet||8.9||3.7||0.9|
|G/F -||Matthew Fisher-Davis||6.7||2.2||1.2|
|G -||Shelton Mitchell||4.2||2.1||3.3|
|G -||Martavious Newby||3.8||5||1.5|
|G -||Jarvis Summers||11.8||1.7||4.6|
|G -||Stefan Moody||16.7||3.4||2.1|
|F -||Sebastian Saiz||7.6||5.3||0.3|
|F -||M.J. Rhett||6.7||4.8||0.6|
|G -||Ladarius White||10.9||3.2||1.2|
|F -||Dwight Coleby||5.8||4.8||0|
|G -||Terence Smith||4.2||1.3||1.8|