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Vanderbilt (17-8) at Ole Miss (15-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday February 16th, 9:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061) -- Oxford, Mississippi. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Vandy 11-5, Ole Miss 10-1. Away Record: Vandy 4-3, Ole Miss 3-6. Neutral Record: Vandy 2-0, Ole Miss 2-2. Conference Record: Vandy 6-4, Ole Miss 5-5. Series Record: Vanderbilt leads, 72-39.
GAME NOTES: The Vanderbilt Commodores will try to salvage their season as they head to the Tad Smith Coliseum for Southeastern Conference action with the Ole Miss Rebels.
Coming into their only scheduled meeting this season, Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 72-39. The Commodores have won the last three encounters, including an 84-74 decision on January 19th, 2011.
Head coach Kevin Stallings has led the Commodores to a 17-8 overall record and a 6-4 mark in SEC action, which puts them in third place in the league. Despite the appetizing record, Vandy has lost three of its last four including a 69-63 loss to Kentucky on Saturday. The Commodores shot 36.5 percent from the floor against the Wildcats, which ended their 14-game streak of making 40 percent or more of their field goal attempts. Vandy is averaging 73.8 ppg on the offensive end, and has held opponents to 66.3 ppg.
The Commodores are led by the dynamic one-two punch of John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor. Jenkins is leading the SEC in scoring with 19.5 ppg, while Taylor is right behind him in second place with 17.6 ppg. Jenkins scored 15 points against Kentucky, which was his 58th-straight game in double-figures. Taylor is a sniper from long range as he has knocked down 47.4 percent of his attempts from three-point land. Lance Goulbourne provides inside toughness for Vandy, and leads the team with 7.1 boards per game.
Andy Kennedy's Rebels are now 15-9 and 5-5 in SEC play after their 61-54 victory over Auburn on Saturday. The win was charged by the Rebels' 44.9 percent shooting from the field versus the Tigers, but Ole Miss once again left points on the board, as it went 13-of-25 from the charity stripe in the contest. The Rebels shoot a league-worst 59.2 percent from the free-throw line. Ole Miss is outscoring its opposition by an average of 1.7 ppg this season.
The Rebels have a balanced attack which features four players with double- digit scoring averages. Terrence Henry leads the squad with 11.6 ppg. Murphy Holloway is a problem for opposing forwards, as he checks in with averages of 10.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing. Nick Williams and Jarvis Summers both are viable scoring threats as well. Holloway recorded a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds in the battle with Auburn on Saturday, while Nick Williams and Summers tallied 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Vanderbilt's scoring tandem has led it to a 7-2 record in January. After a slow 1-2 start to February, the Commodores are poised for another run. Ole Miss could slide into a four-way tie for third place in the league if it picks up the victory. Stopping Holloway is going to be difficult for Vandy, but the Rebels will have even more trouble stopping Jenkins and Taylor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vanderbilt 76, Ole Miss 70
02/16 10:34:43 ET
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