Vanderbilt Basketball Preview: Florida

The Vanderbilt Commodores visit Florida on Tuesday night. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Gators.

Since losing to Vandy 60-59 on January 26, the Gators have gone 4-3 with wins over West Virginia, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Georgia.  Most recently, Florida fell at South Carolina on Saturday.  

Forward Dorian Finney-Smith leads the Gators in scoring. In the win over Florida back in January, the 'Dores held Finney-Smith to just 12 points.  Two other players average in double digits for the Gators.

Finney-Smith and forward Justin Leon are both making over 38 percent of their three-point attempts.  Six-foot-11 center John Egbunu and Leon are both making over 50 percent of their shots from the field. 

Finney-Smith leads his team in rebounding with over 200.  Two guards, KeVaughn Allen, the team's second-leading scorer, and Kasey Hill, are the top Gators in steals.  Egbunu has the most blocks while backup guard Chris Chiozza has the most assists.  

Looking at the Vandy-Florida stats comparison, the Commodores have the edge in points scoring, shooting accuracy, assists and blocks. The Gators have more rebounds, steals and have a stronger RPI.  

Vanderbilt is just 21-42 all-time at Florida so winning there will be tough.  However, if the Commodores can come up with a solid performance like they had in Knoxville against UT last month, they can win. That means shooting really well and playing great defense - for the entire game.  

Tuesday's game tips off at 6 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network.  


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