The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Mississippi Rebels meet for a ticket to the SEC Championship game. Game time is 3:30 PM ET at the New Orleans Arena with national TV coverage on ABC. Who are we laying it all on?

Sportsbooks have yet to release the NCAA Basketball Odds for this game, but check back with us closer to tip-off to find a list of the best betting odds on the market. 

Even without the odds on the table, I have already gone over this matchup and have come to one conclusion; Vanderbilt will walk away with the 'W' and a one way ticket to the Finals. Find out why I have decided to add Vandy to my NCAA Basketball picks this afternoon.

Vanderbilt vs. MississippiWhen the season started, anything less than a trip to the SEC tournament finals would have been viewed as a disappointment for Vanderbilt. As for Mississippi, not much was expected of them much after a late season slump dropped them to a No. 7 seed in the tourney. Now each team has a chance to either deliver as expected (Vandy) or deliver the unexpected (Ole Miss). The two teams will meet this afternoon in the Big Easy with a trip to the league title game on the line.

During the regular season, Vanderbilt beat Mississippi 102-76 in Oxford, Miss. A victory today against Ole Miss would send the Commodores to the tournament championship game for the first time since 1951, when they won their only SEC Tournament title.

Rebels rolling

Ole Miss (20-12 SU, 16-13-1 ATS) is in the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2007 and have also reached 20 wins for the fifth time in the last six seasons. 

So far the biggest upset of the tournament belongs to the Rebels who took down second-seeded Tennessee 77-72 in overtime. It was the type of victory that will scramble a few unofficial brackets and could lift Mississippi’s status from bubble team to an at-large possibility. Ole Miss has won and covered five straight and will look to extend those streaks today.

As for Tennessee (18-14), they had won four straight and eight of their past nine, but now they’re just another team waiting for Selection Sunday to learn their tournament fate.

Cinderella story

The Rebels knew they had very little chance of making the NCAA tournament without a deep run in the SEC tournament, and they certainly put every ounce of defensive effort they had into continuing their season. They didn't play especially well on offense, but held the Volunteers to just 27.7 percent from the field.

Offensively, Terrance Henry scored 19 points and Jarvis Summers added 17 to lead Ole Miss to the quarterfinal victory.  

Vandy dandy on defense

Mississippi vs VanderbiltVanderbilt advanced to the SEC Semifinals using an inspired defensive effort to oust Georgia 63-41 holding the Bulldogs to 16 points in the second half. The Commodores limited the Dawgs to 32.6 percent shooting (14 of 43) and a mere 13.3 percent from beyond the arc (2 of 15). Guard John Jenkins scored a game-high 15 points, and four Commodores scored in double figures. Brad Tinsley scored 12 points, and Lance Goulbourne and Festus Ezeli added 10 points each.

Vanderbilt entered the game shooting 40 percent from 3-point range on the season, but made only 3 of 13 from long range in the first half, and shot only 34.6 percent (9 of 26) overall in the opening 20 minutes. The Commodores did find their groove, making 51.9 percent of their second-half shots, in time to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and beat Georgia for the third time this season.

Jeffery Taylor, who came in as one of Vanderbilt’s leading scorers with 17 points per game, missed his first five shots, including a couple of air balls.

Trends

The favorite is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings while Ole Miss is 3-8 in the past 11 series meetings.

Vanderbilt has won nine of the last 10 against Mississippi (7-3 ATS) in a streak dating back to 2004.

Harvey’s Take: This is where the road ends for Ole Miss which will still get a postseason nod, more than likely from the NIT. Vanderbilt and Kentucky should make for a great SEC final.

Take the Commodores in a close one.

Good Luck!