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Vandy game a must-win for Ole Miss

With the season winding down, Ole Miss basketball player Nick Williams, along with the rest of the team understands the significance each game possesses in terms of their postseason aspirations.

Andy Kennedy and his Ole Miss basketball team fully understand what's at stake Thursday night when Vanderbilt visits Oxford.

“Every game from now on is a must win for us,” Williams said in comments he made Tuesday afternoon at the basketball media session.

It was held in the media work area at Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels, 15-9 overall and 5-5 in SEC play while Vanderbilt is 17-8, 6-4. Ole Miss is coming off a 61-54 win over Auburn, while Vanderbilt is coming off a 69-63 loss to Kentucky.

Williams said one of the tasks he and his teammates will have to with is defend the Commodores’ John Jenkins.

“He is one of the best shooters in the country,” Williams said.

Williams said he feels the team has had its proverbial backs against the wall throughout the season, especially in some recent outings against Alabama and Mississippi State—both losses on the road. Yet he and the rest of the team feel that if they play up to their level of capability, they should be able to finish out the season on a strong note.

“After the State game, I took a long, hard look at myself. I felt I let the team down at State, and I didn’t want to again,” he said.

Another player who felt that he didn’t have a good week was Terrance Henry.

“It was all on me. Last week was a bad week for me. Now I am ready to bounce back,” he said.

Like his teammate, Henry understands how important Thursday’s game is.

“It’s a home game, and we’re going to have to play well. Every game we have left is a must win, and it is important that we do well and win Thursday against Vanderbilt,” he said.

Rebels head coach Andy Kennedy said that his team understands the need to do well the rest of the way, and it starts with the Commodores.

“They understand the significance of this game, and it starts with winning this one on Thursday,” he said.

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