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Instant Analysis: Road win over Vanderbilt ends Florida's three-game skid

February 1, 2020
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It was far from a classic but Florida  (13-8, 5-3 ) is back in the win column after a 61-55 road victory over Vanderbilt (8-13, 0-8)

Here’s the Instant Analysis

What Went Right: This is another game in which Florida played down to the level of their opponents, but at least were able to walk away with a victory. They came to win this game on the hands of Noah Locke’s superb night from deep. The sophomore guard finished the game with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting -- all from behind the arc. 

As a team, the Gators faced little resistance from a Commodores squad that has yet to find a win in conference play. Scotty Pippen Jr. led the team in scoring (15 points), but only one other player, Saben Lee, found themselves with double-digit figures for Vandy. 

He Stole the Show: This was the Noah Locke heat check night. The sophomore has slowly found his stride as the team’s only legitimate threat from deep and he punished a Vanderbilt team that at times suffered through lapses in which they could not guard him. 

Keyontae Johnson also had a night in which scoring came easy. He finished with 20 points, and seven rebounds in what was another example of the forward’s versatility on the court. 

These Numbers Don’t Lie: Florida finally found its first win in four contests, in part because of Locke’s resurgence from deep. His 5-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc is his best of the season and shows that the sophomore has not hit a slump this season. 

The question the team faces is whether Locke can continue his efficient performance nightly as defenses will likely surround the team’s only deep threat. 

The Bottom Line: Florida needed a win; desperately. This game was similar to Towson in which Florida found itself playing to the level of its opponents. Like then, they were able to end the game with a win but it was not the kind of performance Mike White will be proud of. 

As the season has progressed, Florida has found its identity changing more frequently than a cheap mood ring. If they are to match any preconceived expectations heading into the conference tournament, the team is going to need to improve its consistency quickly. 

Up Next: Florida returns home to face Georgia Wednesday night at 7:00 in a game being shown on ESPN2/U.

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Instant Analysis: Road win over Vanderbilt ends Florida's three-game skid

536 Views | 3 Replies | Last: 5 mo ago by Mark Wheeler
Bd489
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That was embarrassing. Vandy couldn't get an open shot for most of the game.
Jburgess
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According to Mike White we stole one on the road in league play.

Against a team that I'd 0-26 in league play. Mullen needs to give him and this team the Gator Standard Speech.....every day.
Mark Wheeler
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Florida went from uo by 16 to hold on for a five point win against the worst team in the conference.

On one hand a win is better than the alternative. On the other, this team is trending in the wrong direction.
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