Saturday, January 24, 2009

Florida vs Vanderbilt Prediction

Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores
Sunday 1PM
TV: CBS

The Florida Gators travel to play the Vanderbilt Commodores in an important SEC East matchup at Memorial Gym Sunday. The Gators will be looking to erase the memory from their last second loss to South Carolina earlier this week, while Vandy is hoping to break a two game losing streak.

Florida Players to Watch:
G Nick Calathes, F Alex Tyus, F Dan Werner
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Vanderbilt Players to Watch:

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

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, out defended the Gamecocks. The Commodores force 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 50 and 60s. The team that can impose their style has a huge advantage.


Prediction


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 Vanderbilt Commodores.


Florida wins by 3-9 points


Other SEC Games This Weekend...

Arkansas over Auburn
Kentucky over Alabama
South Carolina over Ole Miss
Xavier over LSU

Season: 6-5 SU

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