Commodores must move on after disappointments
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Commodores must move on after disappointments

We are just three games into the SEC basketball schedule but it already feels like it is going to be one of those years. After the whole Nerlens Noel shot clock buzzer fiasco was followed by one of the ugliest offensive performances in recent memory at Arkansas the season already seemed to be on the brink.

We are just three games into the SEC basketball schedule but it already feels like it is going to be one of those years. After the whole Nerlens Noel shot clock buzzer fiasco was followed by one of the ugliest offensive performances in recent memory at Arkansas the season already seemed to be on the brink. Then last night happened, and where the 'Dores go from here is really anyone's guess.

Let's put it this way. One of the clues that this may not be your season is when you get taken to overtime on a desperation three as the buzzer sounds. When said three is made by a 13-2 team riding the longest win streak in the conference then it might just be time for everyone to pack up and go home.

As good as Vandy was for stretches against Ole Miss, the Rebels should never have been in position to tie the game. Setting a Memorial Gym record with 17 three pointers is obviously a good thing, but the question as to why 40 triples were jacked up in the first place has to be asked. Another point of contention will be the free throw shooting. The Commodores were just 10-of-23 from the line, while the team showed its youth and inexperience down the stretch with costly mistakes which kept the Rebs close.

This was a game Vandy had to win and you could feel the energy in the crowd from the tip. When Kevin Bright made that 17th three with just 3.2 seconds left the building exploded in anticipation of a season changing victory. Even when Marshall Henderson pulled up from 35 feet with time expiring there was a sense that Vandy had earned this. After all, how many times a season do you see those shots hit front iron as the home team celebrates?

This time, however, the basketball Gods were on the side of the visitors and the shot drew nothing but net. With the Commodores visibly shell-shocked it surprised no one when the Rebels went on to win in convincing fashion in overtime.

Next up for the 'Dores is a trip to South Carolina. I have no idea how you motivate a team which has just lost in such a heartbreaking manner, but with games coming thick and fast in SEC play the first chance for a turnaround happens on Saturday. The guys in Black and Gold must put these three disappointments behind them and move on.