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Game 20: Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Commodores — Open Game Thread

It’s Senior Day for Vanderbilt.

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13-9 (8-7)
NR (Coaches)
52 (KenPom)

February 27, 2021
2:30 PM CT
SEC Network
Radio: WLAC 1510 AM / WNRQ 98.3 FM(Affiliates)

6-13 (2-11)
NR (Coaches)
105 (KenPom)

So, it’s almost over.

Saturday marks the final home game of the Vanderbilt Commodores’ 2020-21 season and the final home game for three seniors, Maxwell Evans, Clevon Brown, and Isaiah Rice. (We assume, of course, but the NCAA’s one-time exemption allowing for an additional year of eligibility due to the pandemic means that any of them could return.) Also being honored is Ejike Obinna, technically a redshirt junior, though he’s in his fourth year at Vanderbilt and presumably is graduating.

That’s one angle for this game. The other angle is injuries: Vanderbilt is limping to the finish line, with Dylan Disu out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Scotty Pippen Jr. and Clevon Brown both missed Wednesday night’s game vs. Tennessee and at this time, their status is unknown for today’s game (I’m writing this at about 8:30 on Saturday morning, so if there’s an update I may have missed it.)

On the other side, Ole Miss has won five of its last six to place themselves into real contention for the NCAA Tournament, but they’ll probably need to beat Vanderbilt twice in the next week to make that a reality. That’s right: Vanderbilt and Ole Miss will play again next Saturday in Oxford.

Have fun, expect to win, Anchor Down.

Pregame reading:

Yahoo: Ole Miss travels to face wounded Vanderbilt

Hotty Toddy: Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt - Game Preview

OM Spirit: Ole Miss continues NCAA Tournament bubble chase at Vanderbilt Saturday’s Senior Night