Three Keys: Vanderbilt at Florida

After a more convincing than the score suggests 62-55 win over Auburn on Saturday the Commodores are hitting their stride at just the right time. With just two games to go to close out the regular season Vandy has won four of five and this young squad is looking better by the game. Now comes the toughest test in the SEC in 2012-13, a trip to the No. 11 Florida Gators.

If Vandy can hang with the Gators, or maybe even pull off the upset, it will be a real show of intent with the SEC Tournament just around the corner.

1) Keep feeding Kevin Bright

As good as Kedren Johnson has been in recent weeks the undoubted breakout star during the Commodores streak has been Kevin Bright. In two games last week against Georgia and Auburn the German averaged 12.5 points and seven boards on his way to winning SEC freshman of the week honors. The most important factor in Bright's scoring output is that he is doing his damage from long range. Of his eight buckets over the last two games seven were threes and nothing worries an opposing defense like a hot shooter. Vandy needs to get Bright the ball in catch and shoot situations early and if he is hot just keep feeding him the ball.

2) Stay confident

One of the best things about riding a good win streak is the way that confidence can permeate through a team. When Vandy was floundering in the non-conference and early SEC play it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Now though this team has a whole different mindset and they showed that in the Auburn game.

With the lead at 14 the 'Dores looked to be cruising to their third straight win. Auburn though finally found some life and started hitting shots, reducing the lead to just four points on several occasions. Earlier in the year Vandy would have folded at this point, but this team has confidence flowing through their veins and hit enough free throws down the stretch to pull away for the win.

Florida is a team who which is good enough to make runs on the Commodores and it is vitally important that the team believes in Kevin Stallings game plan enough to be in a position to win as the clock winds down.

3) Balanced scoring

The way to beat this Florida team is to overwhelm them with scoring threats. The Gators are athletic and rangy, and while they don't get a lot of steals they do disrupt ball movement by jumping into passing lanes. A loss to Arkansas is by far the Gators biggest blemish this season and the Razorbacks achieved this by having eight players scoring at least seven points each. With the emergence of Bright along with the inside play of Josh Henderson the 'Dores have scoring threats in all areas of the court. If they can mix and match offense while taking good shots then Vanderbilt has enough scorers to trouble the Gators in a building in which they are undefeated this season.

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