Florida Gators basketball preview for Vanderbilt game

What to know: #12 Florida Gators basketball at Vanderbilt

Game Information

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. (ET)

Where: Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tenn.

Records: Florida (24-6, 14-3 SEC); Vanderbilt (16-14, 9-8 SEC)

Coaches: Mike White- 45-21 (2nd season at Florida), 146-61 (6th season overall); Bryce Drew- 16-14 (1st season at Vanderbilt), 140-63 (6th season overall)

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network

Projected Starters

FloridaPos.Ht.Wt.ClassPer Game
Devin RobinsonF6-8200Junior11.0 pts / 6.0 reb
Justin Leon      F6-8206Senior7.2 pts / 3.7 reb
kevarrius hayesC6-9218Sophomore6.3 pts / 4.2 reb
Kasey hillG6-1175Senior9.6 pts / 4.8 asts
Kevaughn allenG6-2183Sophomore13.9 pts / 2.6 reb

 

vanderbiltPos.Ht.Wt.ClassPer Game
luke kornetF7-1250Senior13.4 pts / 6.2 reb
jeff robersonF6-6224Junior11.1 pts / 7.1 reb
joe toyeG6-7208Sophomore6.1 pts / 2.7 reb
riley lachanceG6-2192Junior10.0 pts / 4.0 asts
nolan cresslerG6-4210R-Senior7.8 pts / 4.0 reb

 

Preview

Vanderbilt comes in having won four of its last five games, with the only loss in that stretch coming at Kentucky. Though Vanderbilt’s overall record sits near .500, it holds a 10-5 record at home this season.

Florida got back on track after falling to Kentucky on the road with a 78-65 win over Arkansas. The Gators have won 10 of their last 11 games and now have a chance to finish with 25 regular season wins, a mark that has only been reached twice in program history.

Matthew Fisher-Davis, who leads Vanderbilt averaging 14.4 points per game, has been coming off the bench the last six games. Luke Kornet is next up with 13.4 points per game, while Jeff Roberson scores 11.1 for the Commodores and averages a team-leading 7.1 rebounds.

Riley LaChance also chips in with double figures at 10.0 and has dished 120 assists this season. His .492 three-point percentage leads the team and is the sixth best percentage in the nation.

The Commodores lead the SEC in both three-point field goal percentage (.384) and three-point field goals made (10.1). Vanderbilt is one of just 15 teams averaging more than 10 three-pointers per game. Seven different Commodores have made at least 22 three-pointers this season.

While Vanderbilt is a dangerous shooting team, it is last in the SEC in offensive rebounds, turnovers and steals this season.

The Gators trail just behind the Commodores with a 63-68 all-time record in the series, but have struggled on the road with a 17-46 record. Florida is still searching for its first win over Vanderbilt under Mike White.

Last time the two teams met, the Commodores defeated the Gators 68-66 in what was arguably Florida’s worst performance of the season. The Gators struggled to defend the three, with 10 Vanderbilt three-pointers in the game. Kornet, Fisher-Davis and LaChance combined for nine of those three-pointers.

KeVaughn Allen scored a season-best 29 points in the game, but there was not much offense from the rest of the team to back him up. Devin Robinson (12) was the only other Florida player to score more than six points.

Florida looks to return the favor by handing Vanderbilt a home loss on Saturday. If the Gators can pull out a win, the team will have defeated every SEC opponent at least once under White in just two seasons.