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Instant Analysis: Gators trounce Commodores for fifth-straight win

February 27, 2019
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It was all Florida Gators (17-11, 9-6) Wednesday night in Nashville, as they dominated the Vanderbilt Commodores (9-18, 0-15) winning 71-52. The Gators took care of business on both sides of the ball, having good nights offensively and defensively. The win marked Mike White’s first on the road against the Commodores as head coach of the Gators

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WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Gators had one of their stronger nights offensively to date this season. They finished shooting 48% from the field and 42% from beyond the arc.

Offensively, the Gators came firing out of the gates. It was strong first half that saw the Gators shooting 54% from the field and beyond the arc. Efficient scoring allowed the Gators to create enough separation in the first to put things out of reach as the Commodores tried to make things interesting in the second half.

WHO STOLE THE SHOW: He may be a freshman, but Andrew Nembhard looked like a savvy vet running the show for the Gators. Nembhard had a near-perfect night, shooting 7-for-8 from the field, leading the Gators with 19 points.

He’s been putting this together over the past couple weeks and Jalen Hudson put it all together Tuesday night. Hudson scored 17 points, and added three makes from beyond the arc. His elevated play has been key for the Gators during their win-streak. Both Hudson and Mike White deserve credit for the way they’ve been able to work out Hudson’s early season struggles.

NUMBERS DON’T LIE: It was a strong overall shooting night for the Gators. They were able to score all over the court, whether it be the paint or outside.

It was also another strong showing at the charity stripe for the Gators. Florida finished shooting 15-for-16 from the free throw line, good enough for 94%. During their win-streak, the Gators have taken full advantage of free points and opposing teams foul trouble.

BOTTOM LINE: The Gators simply took care of business in Nashville Wednesday night. It was a game the Gators should’ve won and they handled the Commodores with relative ease. That’s just what the Gators need to do as they continue to make their push for the tournament. Win the games your supposed to. And the Gators deserve their credit for their performance. It wasn’t an ugly win by any measure. The Gators looked solid on both sides of the ball and one could argue it was their most complete game of the season.

UP NEXT: The Gators will return home for their second meeting of the season against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. The Gators won the first battle between the two teams in Athens, 62-52. It will be a Saturday night showdown, as tip from Exactech Arena is set for 8:30 p.m.

 

 
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