Three Keys Revisited: Vanderbilt at Florida

Walking out of Gainesville with a win on senior night was never going to be easy and Vanderbilt learned that lesson the hard way ending up on the wrong end of a Gator rout. Add in the fact that Florida was aiming for a perfect home slate and the small matter of the SEC Title being on the line and you can see what the 'Dores were going up against. Here is a look at how the three keys shook out.

1) Keep feeding Kevin Bright

After a week where Bright averaged 12.5 points a game and hit 7-of-8 threes the Commodores freshman sharpshooter came down to earth with a thud on Wednesday night. Bright was held scoreless for only the fourth time this season as his three ball looked off from the start and he never got into gear. He finished the night 0-for-5 from the field, and each of those misses were three point attempts. The range and speed of Florida's perimeter defense really seemed to get inside the head of the Vandy long range shooting attack as the team combined to be a woeful 4-of-24 (17%) from downtown. The ball movement and shot selection simply has to be better going forward.

2) Stay confident

Confidence is such a fickle thing. Going into the game Vanderbilt looked as ready as they had all season to bring down a highly ranked team and with the turmoil in the top 25 this year the upset could have been on. Unfortunately, the 'Dores were slow out of the gate even for a team which preaches half court sets and shot clock driven basketball over a high paced, up tempo attack.

When the Gators got on a run early, something which has been a problem for the Commodores all year, you could see the confidence levels being sucked out of the Vandy players. By the time it was 20-6 Florida with just over five minutes left in the first half there was no doubt that this game was essentially over. Vanderbilt was never able to get closer than seven points from that point onward and the rout was on.

3) Balanced scoring

Put a big red x next to this key as Vandy barely scored at all against a Florida defense which was hungry in the face of a raucous home crowd. Kedren Johnson did his bit, showing once again that he is a future star, with 15 points on 5-of9 shooting. The problem was he got zero help. As mentioned earlier Bright put up a goose egg and in addition the bench combined for just eight points. Even Rod Odom who has been as hot as anyone of late was out of sorts, hitting just 1-of-8 from the field and scoring four points.

With a very winnable game against South Carolina up next Vanderbilt still has a chance to avoid the play in game in the SEC Tournament. To do that this game must be forgotten about immediately.

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