Ole Miss struggled with Vanderbilt early on. The Commodores upset Kentucky in the quarterfinal round and seemed primed to pull off another one, leading 23-16 early in the first half, However, the Rebels came back with a 10-3 run and went into halftime tied up.
The second half was all Ole Miss. Vanderbilt managed 26 points while the Rebels ran up and down the court. A 28-6 run put this game away quickly, making most of the second half a mere formality. The Commodores finished the day shooting just 35.2 percent from the field. Ole Miss made 44 percent of its field goals and narrowly won the rebounding battle, 36-34.
With the win, Ole Miss will take on Florida in the SEC championship game. They're still on the bubble right now, but this game keeps them in the conversation. SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean has the Rebels as one of his "first four out" teams at the moment.