Fastbreak: Late surge can’t save Florida’s season-worst shooting effort in loss to Vanderbilt

Just three days after breaking out in a major way for the first time this season, Florida Gators basketball broke down.

Florida (13-7, 5-3 SEC) suffered an game-ending injury moments into the contest and posted its worst shooting percentage on the season, playing awful basketball for 39 of Tuesday night’s 40-minute game before ultimately falling 60-59 to the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-8, 4-4 SEC) at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s embarrassing loss with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Commodores guard Wade Baldwin IV made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to push the hosts up four points and put the game out of reach. The Gators actually trailed by eight with a minute to play but somehow made shots over the final 55 seconds that they were unable to the rest of the contest. UF went 5-for-7 from the field with 11 straight points from freshman guard KeVaughn Allen (including a trio of three-pointers) over the final 55 seconds of the game.

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Steve Spurrier: Austin Hardin’s kick vs. Vanderbilt bigger than mine for Florida in 1966

Steve Spurrier‘s Heisman Trophy honor in 1966 was attributed to his stellar play as quarterback and punter for the Florida Gators, but many believe it was a clutch field goal he kicked to beat Auburn late in the season that put him over the top and made him the easy choice for the award.

During an interview with long-time Florida scribe Buddy Martin this week, Spurrier said that kick – one of the most important moments in school history – was nothing compared to the one Gators redshirt sophomore Austin Hardin made last Saturday.

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McElwain talks offensive struggles, defensive successes as Gators prep for Gamecocks

Looking back on winning the SEC East title and ahead to Saturday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, head coach Jim McElwain of the No. 10 Florida Gators (8-1, 6-1 SEC) met with the media to discuss his offense’s struggles, defense’s successes and all the things going both right and wrong for the Gators through the first 10 weeks of the season.

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Quick hits: No. 10 Florida Gators escape Vanderbilt, clinch first SEC East title since 2009

No. 10 Florida Gators football (8-1, 6-1 SEC) was chewing its collective nails throughout the game Saturday but left Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as the 2015 SEC East division champions after escaping a tough Vanderbilt Commodores team 9-7 on a late field goal by redshirt junior kicker Austin Hardin.

It is Florida’s first SEC East crown since 2009 and the first time the Gators won a game with fewer than 10 points scored since 1968 (Florida State).

OnlyGators.com will be back with more later, but here are five immediate takeaways from Florida’s latest victory.

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Florida Gators break out brand new white helmets for homecoming vs. Vanderbilt

No. 10 Florida Gators football (7-1, 5-1 SEC) is riding high after a hot start to its first season under new head coach Jim McElwain.

With the Vanderbilt Commodores in town for homecoming, the Gators decided to break out a brand new set of white helmets for the game.

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Gameday – Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt: What to know, how to watch on TV, live stream online

No. 10 Florida Gators football returns home for the first time in a month to host the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Gators have an opportunity to clinch the SEC East crown and a trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, while the ‘Dores hope to keep hope for a similar fate alive.

Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Vanderbilt.

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Event: Homecoming
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 84°F, mostly sunny (0% chance of rain), winds SE at 5 mph

Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra)

Streaming Video: Watch ESPN | Mobile Video: Watch ESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: 83/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

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Florida Friday Final: Morrison, Davis help Gators prepare for defensive showdown with Vanderbilt

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the No. 10 Florida Gators as they prepare an important showdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (7-1, 5-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (3-5, 1-3 SEC) will do battle in a game that could decide the SEC East for the Gators or prove that the hosts are not yet where they need to be either within the division or college football as a whle

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Updates: Prep good but Florida Gators offense must improve against tough Vandy defense

No. 10 Florida Gators football (7-1, 5-1 SEC) is not taking the SEC East rival Vanderbilt Commodores (3-5, 1-3 SEC) lightly while preparing for a pivotal showdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday at 12 p.m. With a victory over Vanderbilt, Florida would clinch the division title for the first time since 2009 and advance to the SEC Championship Game, where it would hope to win a league crown for the first time since 2008.

Head coach Jim McElwain met with the media Wednesday to provide some updates on his team through the week’s midway point. Unlike last week (you know, when UF wound up routing Georgia 27-3), he was pleased with the Gators’ preparation for the Commodores and provided some positive injury updates ahead of the division showdown.

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