Vanderbilt Commdores Basketball Preview: Ole Miss

The Vanderbilt Commodores visit Ole Miss on Saturday in Oxford. Here is your preview of the Rebels.

Looking at the Rebel's schedule, 14-8 Ole Miss won 12 of its first 15 games.  Since the loss of their second leading scorer, Sebastion Saiz, in mid-January due to a medical issue, the Rebels have struggled.  

Guard Stefan Moody leads the Rebels and the entire SEC in points scored per game. In the recent win at Missouri, Moody had 23 points and has eight rebounds. With Saiz out, guard Rasheed Brooks is the Rebels second biggest scoring threat averaging 9.2 points per game.

Moody is the Rebs top 3-point shooter while 6-foot-9 forward Anthony Perez also shoots well.  With Saiz out,  6-foot-7 forward Marcanvis Hymon leads the Rebels in shooting from the field.  

Due to the absence of Saiz, Hymon also leads the team in rebounding and blocks. Moody leads the team in assists and steals.   

Looking at the Vandy-Ole Miss stats comparison, the Commodores and Rebels score about the same but Vandy holds opponents to fewer points.  Vandy leads in all shooting categories except for free throws.  The Commodores also have a big edge in assists, blocks and have a better RPI.  Ole Miss makes more steals.  

This is a game Vandy can win but wins on the road in the SEC are hard to get and Ole Miss won't be any different.  Vandy must get over their shocking upset of Texas A&M quickly or it could be a long night.  Ole Miss, which will have one extra day to prepare, will be looking to work its way back to .500 in the conference.  Vandy must be the aggressor and play like they are playing for a national title.  

Saturday's game tips off at 7 pm central time and can be seen on ESPNU.

For and Scout, this is Don Yates.

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