SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at Vanderbilt

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Florida visits Vanderbilt on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Florida 0.450 0.332 0.721 219 732 233 124 81 239
Florida OPP 0.410 0.312 0.726 202 665 234 112 54 264
Vanderbilt 0.429 0.329 0.677 190 659 243 145 81 264
Vanderbilt OPP 0.464 0.347 0.722 199 726 262 114 60 292

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Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 14.4 80 109 19
Keyontae Johnson Florida 13.0 102 36 19
Andrew Nembhard Florida 11.2 83 38 20
Noah Locke Florida 9.9 68 14 47
Scottie Lewis Florida 8.6 50 51 12
Ques Glover Florida 5.5 44 13 8
Tre Mann Florida 5.2 33 17 10
Omar Payne Florida 5.0 44 11 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. Florida 54 113.0 167 8.4
Keyontae Johnson Florida 32 99.0 131 6.6
Omar Payne Florida 44 42.0 86 4.3
Scottie Lewis Florida 20 58.0 78 4.1
Noah Locke Florida 4 54.0 58 2.9
Andrew Nembhard Florida 2 54.0 56 2.8
Tre Mann Florida 4 28.0 32 1.8
Dontay Bassett Florida 11 14.0 25 2.1
Ques Glover Florida 6 17.0 23 1.2
Jason Jitoboh Florida 4 4.0 8 0.8
Gorjok Gak Florida 1 2.0 3 1.5

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 16.2 111 81 21
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 11.1 62 78 19
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 7.2 50 22 21
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 6.7 45 17 27
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 4.1 26 27 3
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 3.7 28 14 0
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 1.9 13 8 3

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Dylan Disu Vanderbilt 21 97.0 118 5.9
Ejike Obinna Vanderbilt 30 39.0 69 3.6
Aaron Nesmith Vanderbilt 11 57.0 68 4.9
Maxwell Evans Vanderbilt 16 51.0 67 3.4
Saben Lee Vanderbilt 10 53.0 63 3.2
Scotty Pippen Jr. Vanderbilt 12 49.0 61 3.1
Clevon Brown Vanderbilt 22 32.0 54 6.0
Jordan Wright Vanderbilt 17 27.0 44 2.2
Matthew Moyer Vanderbilt 10 30.0 40 2.0
Braelee Albert Vanderbilt 8 3.0 11 1.4
Oton Jankovic Vanderbilt 3 6.0 9 0.8
Jon Jossell Vanderbilt 0 3.0 3 0.8
Isaiah Rice Vanderbilt 1 0.0 1 0.1

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NCAA RPI

Florida: 42

Vanderbilt: 165

Florida Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ques Glover G 5′-11″ 176 FR Knoxville, TN
1 Tre Mann G 6′-4″ 172 FR Gainesville, FL
2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 193 SO Aurora, ON
3 Alex Klatsky G 6′-3″ 189 FR Colts Neck, NJ
4 Anthony Duruji F 6′-7″ 213 JR Germantown, MD
5 Omar Payne F 6′-10″ 223 FR Kissimmee, FL
10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 207 SO Baltimore, MD
11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 231 SO Norfolk, VA
12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 244 JR Sydney, NSW
21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 236 JR Oakland, CA
22 Tyree Appleby G 6′-1″ 163 JR Jacksonville, AR
23 Scottie Lewis G 6′-5″ 185 FR Hazlet, NJ
24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6′-10″ 241 SR Orlando, FL
33 Jason Jitoboh C 6′-11″ 300 FR Chattanooga, TN

Vanderbilt Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Saben Lee G 6′-2″ 183 JR Phoenix, AZ
1 Dylan Disu F 6′-9″ 220 FR Pflugerville, TX
2 Scotty Pippen Jr. G 6′-1″ 170 FR Los Angeles, CA
3 Maxwell Evans G 6′-2″ 190 JR Houston, TX
4 Jordan Wright G 6′-5″ 226 FR Baton Rouge, LA
5 D.J. Harvey G 6′-6″ 235 SO Bowie, MD
10 Drew Weikert G 6′-0″ 170 SO Nashville, TN
13 Matthew Moyer F 6′-8″ 229 JR Gahanna, OH
14 Isaiah Rice G 5′-11″ 195 JR Indianapolis, IN
15 Clevon Brown F 6′-8″ 232 SR San Antonio, TX
20 Trace Arbuckle G 6′-2″ 170 JR Carmel, IN
21 Jon Jossell G 5′-9″ 160 SR Arcadia, OK
24 Aaron Nesmith F 6′-6″ 213 SO Charleston, SC
42 Quentin Millora-Brown F 6′-10″ 229 FR Lorton, VA
50 Ejike Obinna F 6′-10″ 243 SO Enugu, Nigeria
55 Oton Jankovic F 6′-10″ 212 FR Napa, CA

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Scouting Report


Vanderbilt (8-12, 0-7 SEC) fell to Kentucky 71-62 on Wednesday night in Lexington. The Wildcats led this one early in the first half until the 8:46 mark when the Commodores took a 17-16 lead on a Saben Lee layup. Except for a brief tie, Vandy maintained that lead for the rest of the half and went to halftime up 35-28. In the second half Vandy built a 40-30 edge before UK gradually started cutting into that lead. An Immanuel Quickley jump shot finally put the Cats back on top 50-49 with 10:19 to play. UK would build as much as a 10-point edge in the final minutes before picking up the win. Tyrese Maxey led the Wildcats with 17 points. Vandy’s Lee paced the Commodores with 21 points. UK won this one by making five more field goals and five more free throws than this Commodores. This offset Vandys nine made 3-point shots compared to Kentucky’s three.

Aaron Nesmith (23 ppg) is the Commodore’s and SEC’s leading scorer, however, he is out for the season with an injury. In his absence Saben Lee (16.2 ppg) has taken over that role. Freshman forward Dylan Disu leads Vandy in rebounding 5.9 rpg. For the season Vandy is shooting 42.9% from the field, 32.9% from 3-point range and 67.7% from the free throw line. Vandy is eighth in the SEC in scoring averaging 72.9 points a game. The Commodores are 12th in the SEC in scoring defense allowing 73.9 point per contest. Vandy is dead last in field goal percentage defense (46.4%) and last in 3-point shooting defense (34.8%).

Florida (12-8, 4-3 SEC) fell to Mississippi State 78-71 and Saturday in Gainesville. Mississippi State led this game early very briefly. However, Florida controlled this game for the remainder of the first half. The Gators led by as much as 16 points before heading to halftime up 45-35. In the second half the Bulldogs gradually chipped away at the Florida lead before taking a 59-58 lead with 8:58 to play on a Noah Locke jump shot. Florida would never lead again. Down the stretch the State players made their free throws and defended Florida well to escape with a big time resume building road win. MSU won this game with superior shooting hitting almost 54% from the field compared to Florida’s 45%. The Bulldogs also hit 88% of free throws, which is impressive in a road venue. Reggie Perry led the Bulldogs in scoring with 27 points. Scottie Lewis topped the Gators with 17 points.

Kerry Blackshear is the Gators top scorer so far this season averaging 14.4 points per game. He’s also the Gator’s top rebounder (8.4 rpg). The second top points producer is Keyontae Johnson (13.0 ppg). Team statistics wise, Florida doesn’t shine or struggle in any particular statistical category. In most stats the Gators are in the middle of the pack. Two areas the Gators somewhat stands out in is rebounding margin (5th, +3.3) and 3-point shooting (3rd, 33.2%). Florida does struggle in the area of blocks (9th, 4.1 bpg) and assists (12th, 11.7 apg) and steals (11th, 6.2 spg).

Florida should be the clear favorites in this game but Vandy looked good at times in the Commodores recent loss at Kentucky. Maybe things are coming together for them.

Florida-Vanderbilt Prediction

Florida 75, Vanderbilt 67


Saturday‘s game tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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