Gameday: Florida Gators vs. No. 13/19 Vanderbilt

By Adam Silverstein
March 2, 2010

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 12,000]
Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST)

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Florida Gators No. 13/19 Vanderbilt Commodores
Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Kevin Stallings
Record: 20-9, 9-5 SEC Record: 22-6, 11-3 SEC
Division: SEC East Division: SEC East
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Odds: Florida -3, O/U (OFF)

KEEP AN EYE ON…
» The dynamic backcourt of…sophomore point guard Erving Walker and freshman guard Kenny Boynton who are averaging a combined 29.4 points per game in conference play this season.
» Speaking of Walker and Boynton…they have hit 64 treys in SEC action. After struggling from downtown, Boynton went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc Saturday.
» Junior forward Chandler Parsons…who has scored in double figures in seven straight games and has two double-doubles in those contests. He has helped dish the ball and run the point while averaging 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 56.3 percent.
» Double-digit scoring by Vernon Macklin…the Gators are 13-3 when the redshirt junior transfer center finishes in double figures.
» Junior F Alex Tyus…who is looking to rebound from his worst outing of the season. Tyus went 0-for-4 from the field for no points against Georgia. He is averaging 11.9 points and 6.9 rebounds this season.
» Senior F Dan Werner…who is playing his final game in the O’Dome after four years in the Orange and Blue. Werner, stuck in the middle of the worst season of his career, is averaging 4.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and two assists per game.
» Commodores’ senior G Jermaine Beal and sophomore F Jeffery Taylor…who are averaging 14.6 and 14.3 points per game, respectively, this season. Taylor also contributes 5.3 boards per game.

STREAKS:
» Vanderbilt leads the all-time series against Florida 62-56, though the Gators have won 15 of the last 19 meetings. Billy Donovan is 18-10 against the Commodores and 11-2 when facing them at home (eight straight).
» Florida has won nine of its last 12 conference games; the Gators hope to reach 10 league wins for the ninth time in the last 12 years and first time since 2007.
» UF is 6-4 in games decided by five points or less compared to 4-6 in such games last season; they are also 5-2 in the last seven contests that were that close.
» The Gators are 13-3 at home this year and can finish league play 7-1 at the O’Connell Center with a victory.
» Florida only got to the line 10 times Saturday after shooting at least 24 free throws in three-straight games. The Gators are 6-1 when getting to the line that many times.
» Parsons needs just 18 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
» Florida is surrendering 76.0 points per game in its nine losses, while holding opponents to 59.7 points per game in its 20 wins.
» Ranked second in the SEC, Vanderbilt is averaging 78.8 points per game and hitting 47.9 percent from the floor. The Commodores have won five of their last six games.

6 Comments

  1. Gatormanman says:

    Does anybody know what time the gates open?

  2. RSeegobin says:

    “they are also 5-2 in the last six contests that were that close”

    What?! How’d they manage to play 7 games in six contests?!

  3. RSeegobin says:

    Adam, I gotta say, I really REALLY enjoy your website. In fact, OGGOA is the very first site I go to for the latest on Gator news. Thanks a ton for all your hard work!

  4. dp says:

    That’s enough of Gators basketball for me…how do you go from beating Tennessee to losing to scrub Georgia to being up 5 tonight with 5 to go and then letting a guy who has made 4 bombs already get clean looks at two more! Enough! This team sucks and are WAY too inconsistent to make the big dance. I hope they don’t even make the NIT. Time to fold it up for the year…they aren’t going to beat Kentucky and they aren’t winning the SEC. I need football to start now!

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