SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Florida at Vanderbilt

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Florida plays at Vanderbilt on Wednesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Florida 0.421 0.338 0.717 294 918 335 203 108 322
Florida OPP 0.418 0.313 0.687 289 940 300 157 76 419
Vanderbilt 0.429 0.324 0.684 262 979 324 124 106 380
Vanderbilt OPP 0.424 0.330 0.719 277 958 322 174 97 306

Statistical Leaders

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
KeVaughn Allen 13.0 112 77 51
Noah Locke 10.7 95 27 71
Andrew Nembhard 7.7 78 27 26
Keyontae Johnson 7.6 79 33 14
Jalen Hudson 7.2 67 37 24
Kevarrius Hayes 7.1 71 50 0
Deaundrae Ballard 5.3 50 12 20
Dontay Bassett 2.9 26 19 4
Mike Okauru 1.3 12 7 4

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Keyontae Johnson 51 111 162 6.0
Kevarrius Hayes 71 87 158 5.9
KeVaughn Allen 7 70 77 2.9
Andrew Nembhard 5 68 73 2.7
Jalen Hudson 21 47 68 2.5
Noah Locke 16 52 68 2.5
Keith Stone 21 46 67 3.9
Dontay Bassett 27 34 61 2.3
Deaundrae Ballard 18 30 48 1.9
Isaiah Stokes 6 14 20 1.1
Mike Okauru 2 17 19 0.7
Chase Johnson 2 2 4 2.0
Andrew Fava 0 1 1 0.2

Vanderbilt Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Saben Lee 12.7 101 123 17
Aaron Nesmith 11.6 99 64 51
Simi Shittu 11.6 116 79 1
Matt Ryan 8.5 74 24 58
Joe Toye 7.7 69 37 33
Yanni Wetzell 5.3 51 35 6
Maxwell Evans 3.8 31 25 11
Matthew Moyer 3.7 29 24 10
Clevon Brown 3.1 35 13 2

Vanderbilt Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Simi Shittu 46 140 186 6.9
Aaron Nesmith 30 129 159 5.9
Saben Lee 13 84 97 3.6
Yanni Wetzell 23 68 91 3.4
Joe Toye 21 62 83 3.1
Matt Ryan 12 63 75 2.8
Clevon Brown 34 36 70 2.6
Matthew Moyer 31 36 67 2.7
Maxwell Evans 12 27 39 1.5
Darius Garland 2 17 19 3.8

NCAA RPI

Florida: 31
Vanderbilt: 130

Florida Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Mike Okauru G 6′-3″ 184 SO Raleigh, NC
#1 Chase Johnson F 6′-9″ 219 FR Ripley, WV
#2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 191 FR Aurora, ON
#3 Jalen Hudson G 6′-6″ 195 SR Richmond, VA
#5 KeVaughn Allen G 6′-2″ 193 SR Little Rock, AR
#10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 205 FR Randallstown, MD
#11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 225 FR Norfolk, VA
#12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 254 JR Sydney, NSW
#13 Kevarrius Hayes C 6′-9″ 227 SR Live Oak, FL
#14 Mak Krause G 6′-2″ 172 SR Atlanta, GA
#15 Isaiah Stokes F 6′-8″ 270 FR Memphis, TN
#21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 237 SO Oakland, CA
#22 Andrew Fava G 5′-10″ 171 SO Baltimore, MD
#24 Deaundrae Ballard G 6′-5″ 197 SO Atlanta, GA
#25 Keith Stone F 6′-8″ 253 JR Deerfield Beach, FL

Vanderbilt Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Saben Lee G 6′-2″ 183 SO Phoenix, AZ
#1 Yanni Wetzell F 6′-10″ 240 JR Auckland, NZ
#2 Joe Toye G 6′-7″ 210 SR Chicago, IL
#3 Maxwell Evans G 6′-2″ 192 SO Houston, TX
#11 Simisola Shittu F 6′-10″ 240 FR Burlington, ON
#13 Matthew Moyer F 6′-8″ 217 SO Gahanna, OH
#14 Isaiah Rice G 5′-11″ 195 SO Indianapolis, IN
#15 Clevon Brown F 6′-8″ 240 JR San Antonio, TX
#24 Aaron Nesmith F 6′-6″ 213 FR Charleston, SC
#30 Mac Hunt G 6′-6″ 182 FR Chattanooga, TN
#32 Matt Ryan F 6′-8″ 209 JR Cortlandt Manor, NY
#50 Ejike Obinna F 6′-10″ 234 SO Enugu, Nigeria

Florida Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov at Florida State L 81-60
9-Nov vs Charleston So W 76-46
14-Nov vs La Salle W 82-69
Nov 21* vs Oklahoma L 65-50
Nov 22* vs. Stanford W 72-49
Nov 23* vs Butler L 61-54
27-Nov vs North Florida W 98-66
Dec 4* at West Virginia W 66-56
8-Dec vs Michigan State L 63-59
18-Dec vs Mercer W 71-63
Dec 22* vs FGCU W 77-56
29-Dec vs Butler W 77-43
5-Jan vs South Carolina L 71-69
9-Jan at Arkansas W 57-51
12-Jan vs Tennessee L 78-67
15-Jan at Mississippi State L 71-68
19-Jan at Georgia W 62-52
22-Jan vs Texas A&M W 81-72
26-Jan at TCU L 55-50
30-Jan vs Ole Miss W 90-86 OT
2-Feb vs Kentucky L 65-54
5-Feb at Auburn L 76-62
9-Feb at Tennessee L 73-61
13-Feb vs Vanderbilt W 66-57
16-Feb at Alabama W 71-53
20-Feb at LSU W 82-77
23-Feb vs Missouri W 64-60
27-Feb at Vanderbilt
2-Mar vs Georgia
6-Mar vs LSU
9-Mar at Kentucky

Vanderbilt Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs Winthrop W 92-79
11-Nov at USC W 82-78
16-Nov vs Alcorn State W 79-54
19-Nov vs Liberty W 79-70
23-Nov vs Kent State L 77-75
27-Nov vs Savannah State W 120-85
Dec 1* at NC State L 80-65
5-Dec vs Mid Tennessee W 79-51
17-Dec vs Arizona State W 81-65
Dec 22* at Kansas State L 69-58
29-Dec vs Tennessee St W 95-76
31-Dec vs UNC Asheville W 90-59
5-Jan vs Ole Miss L 81-71
9-Jan at Georgia L 82-63
12-Jan at Kentucky L 56-47
16-Jan vs South Carolina L 74-71
19-Jan vs Mississippi State L 71-55
23-Jan vs Tennessee L 88-83 (OT)
26-Jan at Oklahoma L 86-55
29-Jan vs Kentucky L 87-52
2-Feb at Missouri L 77-67
5-Feb at Arkansas L 69-66
9-Feb vs Alabama L 77-67
13-Feb at Florida L 66-57
16-Feb vs Auburn L 64-53
19-Feb at Tennessee L 58-46
23-Feb at Alabama L 68-61
27-Feb vs Florida
2-Mar at Texas A&M
6-Mar vs Arkansas
9-Mar at LSU

Florida-Vanderbilt Prediction

Is this the time for Vanderbilt to win an SEC game in 2019? If it is, it would deal Florida and coach Mike White a crushing blow after the Gators worked so hard to improve their NCAA Tournament resume. Florida will be in very good shape for an NCAA bid as long as it avoids bad losses. There could be no worse loss than Vanderbilt, which sank to the bottom of the conference in early January and has stayed there. “Anchor Down” doesn’t sound very good under these circumstances. Here’s the thing about this game: Bryce Drew hasn’t lost to Mike White in Memorial Gym. He is also 4-2 against White in SEC competition. VU nearly beat Florida in Gainesville earlier this season. The Commodores really do have a chance because of their tenacious defense and because of Florida’s unreliable perimeter shooting… but it really doesn’t make sense to trust Vanderbilt this year. Florida 60, Vanderbilt 57. (Matt Zemek)

This game tips off at 8:00 PM CT (9:00 PM ET). TV: SEC NETWORK.

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