Coming off a win over the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Tennessee Lady Vols host the Ole Miss Rebels. Here is our women’s basketball Volunteers preview.
After ending a five-game losing streak on Sunday, the Tennessee Lady Vols have their final home game of the year Thursday as they look to stay in the NCAA Tournament conversation. UT will host the Ole Miss Rebels, who they dominated 84-28 back in early January.
It will be Senior Night for Lou Brown and Kamera Harris, two forwards who have been regular contributors to Rocky Top this year. Brown was a graduate transfer from the Washington State Cougars back in 2018 but then suffered a season-ending injury, which got her a sixth year of eligibility. Harris has been a reserve for four years who became a rotational player this year.
At 18-9 and 8-6 in the SEC, UT is trying to get into the 20-win column during the regular season to offset its questionable schedule strength. That makes Thursday crucial. Here is all the information you need for the Tennessee Lady Vols’ matchup.
Ole Miss Rebels at Tennessee Lady Volunteers
When: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena; Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network Plus
Live stream: WatchESPN
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Led by second-year head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin, Ole Miss comes into this game with a 7-20 record overall and 0-14 SEC record. They haven’t won a game since the start of this year but will be looking to avoid going winless in conference play.
That could make them dangerous for the Lady Vols, who had to survive against Vanderbilt at home this past Sunday, meaning the losing streak clearly took a toll on them. After that skid, there’s no way they can afford to lose either of their final two games.
After facing Ole Miss, the Tennessee Lady Vols will visit the Auburn Tigers Sunday. Neither team is inside of the top 100 of the RPI, meaning beating the LSU Tigers at home will be their only quality win for the regular season.
This is why they absolutely have to win both of these games and beat all the lesser opponents they face in the SEC Tournament. One bad loss could knock them out of the NCAA Tournament, and that would be embarrassing for this program.