Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Florida Tries to Upend Tennessee

Florida @ Tennessee Tuesday
Despite the Gators back to back national titles, Tennessee has won 5 of the last 7 in this series. The only blemish in the Vols last 10 games is a road loss to resurgent Kentucky. Florida was embarrassed in its last game against Arkansas. Billy Donovan's club is much more comfortable in Gainesville, especially on offense where they shoot just 41% from the field and 29% from 3 point land away from the O-Dome. This plays right into Bruce Pearl's hands as the Volunteers allow just 41% from opponents at Thompson Boling Arena. Florida likes to play up tempo, but they cannot compete with Tennessee in a shootout. For the Gators to win, they have to make Tennessee play half court offense where they are much less effective. If Florida is going to win, they have to keep the Vols under 80 points. I do not think Florida plays good enough defense to do this and they will lose after putting up a valiant effort. Vols by 7-12 points.
Prediction: Tennessee

Vanderbilt @ Georgia Wednesday
This game is not going to be pretty. It is going to be a 12 round slugfest of half court, shot clock draining basketball. Vanderbilt has struggled mightily with athletic teams and on the road. Georgia is not overly athletic and relies heavily on the back court tandem of Billy Humphrey and Sundiata Gaines for scoring. For Vanderbilt to win, they need to get the ball to AJ Ogilvy inside. If the Commodores watched Kentucky on Saturday then they watched Patrick Patterson have his way with Georgia in the paint. For Georgia to win, they need Humphrey and Gaines to come up big by taking care of the ball on offense and creating havoc on defense. I think Georgia wins a game that goes down to the wire by less than 5 points.
Prediction: Georgia

Season: 33-7 (82.5%)
SEC: 17-3 (85%)

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