Tennessee- Ole Miss: Vols To Face First SEC Challenge

Patrick MacCoonContributor IJanuary 15, 2010

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 3:  Scotty Hopson #32 of the Tennessee Volunteers drives the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on January 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The ninth ranked Vols opened up their SEC season by crushing the Auburn Tigers 81-55.  The first half surprisingly ended with the Vols only up by one as they lead 38-37. Then they came out in the second half very strong as they outscored the Tigers 43-18.

With their first conference game under their belt, now they will welcome 21st ranked Ole Miss into Thompson Bowling Arena. So don't expect this game to come as easy as the Auburn game did for the Vols.

Ole Miss enters this game with a 13-3 record, and a 1-1 record in SEC play. The Rebels opened their conference play against their rivals Mississippi State. That game didn't fare to well for them though, as Jarvis Varnado took control of the game for Mississippi State and the Bulldogs beat the Rebels 80-75.

Their second game though went their way as they beat the Georgia Bulldogs 80-76. Now they will really have their work cut out for them as they will be taking on the red hot Volunteers squad.

Tennessee will have to watch out for Junior guard Chris Warren. Warren is off to a great start this season as he is averaging 16.4 ppg, 3.6 assists, and is shooting 39% from behind the arc. Bobby Maze will get the assignment to guard Warren. If Maze comes out playing the way he has been in the last three games though, the Rebels are in for some trouble.  Bobby Maze has been playing great lockdown defense in the last three games and is distributing the ball great to his teammates. 

Unless the Vols come out playing lackadaisically, I believe they will have no problem handling the Rebels. Even with only six scholarship players active on their roster I still think that they are more talented in more aspects of the game that the Rebels are. Well I guess we will all learn what the truth is tomorrow after the game is over. Tip-off time is set for 1:30 P.M.