Florida Gators and Vanderbilt Commodores Looking to Bounce Back

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2009

Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores
Sunday: 1PM
Network: CBS

The Gators travel on Sunday to play the Commodores in an important SEC East match-up at Memorial Gym. The Gators will be looking to erase the memory of their loss to South Carolina earlier this week, while Vandy is hoping to break a two game losing streak.

Florida Players to Watch:

Nick Calathes-G; Alex Tyus-F; Dan Werner-F

Vanderbilt Players to Watch:

AJ Ogilvy-C; Jeffrey Taylor-G-F; Jermaine Beal-G

Keys to the Game:

1. Turnovers
In the Gators aforementioned loss to South Carolina, they turned the ball over 17 times— four more than their season average per game. Otherwise, they out-shot, out-rebounded, and out-defended the Gamecocks. The Commodores forced the second fewest turnovers in the SEC.

2. Strong Guard Play
Memorial Gym's odd configuration leaves the coaches on the opposite ends of the floor. Players cannot hear coaches' instructions from the end of the court, sometimes creating confusion with young guards in crunch time. Florida's Calathes will have to continue his solid play late in this game for the Gators to get the road win.

3. Tempo
Florida wants to play this game in the 70s and 80s while Vanderbilt wants to play it in the 50s and 60s. The team that can impose their style has a huge advantage.


It took multiple missed free throws and a perfect outlet pass with seconds remaining to beat Florida this week. I think the Gators rebound on the road and beat the struggling Commodores.

Florida wins by 3-9 points

Season: 6-5 SU

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