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Ole Miss 69, Vanderbilt 56: A bad shooting day for a bad shooting team

No, you’re not going to win many games shooting like this.

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NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Mississippi Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Four Factors

Four Factors Vanderbilt Ole Miss
Four Factors Vanderbilt Ole Miss
eFG% 41.51% 49.15%
OR% 23.08% 33.33%
TO% 15.87% 12.70%
FT Rate 37.74% 25.42%

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So, Vanderbilt is off to an 0-3 start in the SEC, but in each of the three losses, Vanderbilt has had a different problem. Against Alabama, the Commodores ran into a hot-shooting team. Against LSU, they lost the turnover battle.

And at Ole Miss on Saturday, Vanderbilt straight up couldn’t put the ball in the basket. The Commodores shot 16-of-35 inside the arc — bad — and 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. Now, Vanderbilt isn’t a good shooting team — they rank 244th nationally in two-point shooting percentage and 332nd in three-point percentage — and yet, they were below their season averages in both. This was a bad shooting day for a bad shooting team.

And they couldn’t shoot at the worst possible time. Vanderbilt pulled to within 55-52 with 8:17 left and lost 69-56. So, over the final 8:17 of the game, Vanderbilt scored four points, two of them from the foul line. (Granted, not all of that was missing shots. There were also four turnovers.)

The worst thing about this week, which saw losses at LSU and Ole Miss, is that the next four games are even less winnable. Vanderbilt is currently staring 5-15 in the face before Missouri comes to town on February 3, representing the single most likely win on Vanderbilt’s SEC schedule. And KenPom still thinks Vanderbilt is an underdog in that game. Get ready.

Individual Stats

Player MIN FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA ORB DRB REB PTS PF AST TO BLK STL AdjGS GS/Min
Player MIN FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA ORB DRB REB PTS PF AST TO BLK STL AdjGS GS/Min
Jason Rivera-Torres 23 4 9 2 7 2 5 1 3 4 12 1 1 0 0 1 13.10 0.57
JaQualon Roberts 29 2 4 2 3 2 2 0 2 2 8 1 2 0 1 0 12.08 0.42
Tyrin Lawrence 33 5 12 0 3 4 7 1 5 6 14 3 0 3 0 3 10.77 0.33
Ezra Manjon 35 4 11 0 0 3 4 1 4 5 11 2 1 2 2 0 8.29 0.24
Malik Presley 23 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 4 2 2 2 0 0 1 5.67 0.25
Tasos Kamateros 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 3.93 0.28
Ven-Allen Lubin 27 2 7 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 5 2 1 2 2 1 2.62 0.10
Jordan Williams 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0.29 0.04
Evan Taylor 9 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 -1.75 -0.19
  • One of the biggest issues that Vanderbilt has had this year is how dependent they are on Ezra Manjon and, to a lesser extent, Tyrin Lawrence to carry them. Since Colin Smith was lost for the season, Vanderbilt just doesn’t have anybody else who’s capable of a big game (except for Jason Rivera-Torres, once.) And when it’s not happening for Manjon and Lawrence, well, this is the result.
  • Neither of them were terrible, but Lawrence (5-of-12 from the floor, three turnovers) and Manjon (4-of-11, one assist, two turnovers) weren’t very good on Saturday, either.
  • The team’s top two players on Saturday? Jason Rivera-Torres and JaQualon Roberts. And I wouldn’t even say Rivera-Torres had a good game, either.
  • Meantime, Roberts scored eight points on four field goal attempts, which is fine, but that’s not going to carry the team. Still, this was easily the most impactful game he’s had as a Commodore. His previous season highs were 16 minutes and 2 points. Saturday, he played 29 minutes and scored 8. No, I can’t explain it either.
  • The other surprise starter, Malik Presley, wasn’t as impactful — two points in 23 minutes. The latter was a season high for him.
  • Tasos Kamateros was one of the losers in the minutes jump for those two — after starting four consecutive games, he played 14 minutes and took one shot. Granted, I think there’s some logic here — he has less upside than Roberts, and if the season’s lost anyway, why not play the freshman instead of the guy who’s going to be out of eligibility after this season (and isn’t a necessary part like Manjon and Lawrence.)
  • This was a pretty brutal game for Ven-Allen Lubin, who would’ve been in negative territory if not for work on the defensive end.
  • No, I don’t understand Stackhouse’s infatuation with Jordan Williams.
  • Evan Taylor has been a pretty massive portal whiff — but even then, I didn’t think “shoots 27 percent from three” was a realistic outcome. Like Kamateros, he’s out of eligibility after this season and there’s probably no reason to play him ahead of underclassmen who could be back next season.
  • DNPs in the non-injury, non-suspension division were Carter Lang and Paul Lewis. Both are somewhat surprising in terms of their recent playing time, less surprising in terms of how good they’ve been this season. Isaiah West was once again out with injury, Colin Smith is done for the season, and Lee Dort I’m assuming is done for the season. (There are rumors on other sites that he’s in a diversion program which would lead to his criminal charges being dismissed, but that won’t happen until after the season is over.)

What’s Next

Vanderbilt hosts Auburn at 8 PM CT on Wednesday, on the SEC Network. Auburn is ranked 4th in KenPom at present, so that should be fun.