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Vanderbilt 72, Florida 62: We’re probably in the tournament at this point

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I don’t think there’s really much reason to watch other teams on the bubble any more.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Tournament-Florida vs Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

In one game, Vanderbilt caught fire from beyond the arc. In another game, Vanderbilt got good production inside even if they couldn’t hit from outside. In a third game, Vanderbilt’s defense smothered the other team.

In all three games, Vanderbilt beat Florida, and I think that’s the most important thing here. If we’re being generous, Florida is the third-most-disliked team in the SEC for Vanderbilt fans (fourth if you’re me, because Ole Miss), but it always feels good to beat a rival three times. It’s the first time that Vanderbilt has beaten Florida three times in one season since 1989-90.

Florida went 7-21 in 1989-90. Florida this year is 24-8. Three of those eight losses came against Vanderbilt. Do you need any more reason to believe Vanderbilt is getting in the tournament?

There wasn’t a whole lot unusual about the team stats last night, though. Vanderbilt shot pretty well and Florida didn’t, which explains away a 72-62 win in overtime.

Individual Stats

Player MIN FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA ORB DRB REB PF PTS AST TO BLK STL AdjGS GS/Min
Jeff Roberson 38 5 6 1 1 5 9 2 6 8 3 16 1 0 0 1 22.7 0.60
Riley LaChance 34 6 12 4 7 2 2 0 4 4 1 18 3 2 0 0 18.4 0.54
Payton Willis 21 3 6 2 5 0 0 1 4 5 2 8 4 0 0 0 12.7 0.60
Luke Kornet 44 5 13 0 4 2 2 0 10 10 0 12 1 1 1 0 11.8 0.27
Matthew Fisher-Davis 23 4 12 3 8 0 0 0 5 5 3 11 0 0 0 0 6.4 0.28
Nolan Cressler 19 1 3 1 1 2 2 0 2 2 0 5 1 2 0 0 3.7 0.20
Djery Baptiste 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -0.6 -0.57
Joe Toye 38 0 3 0 1 2 2 0 4 4 3 2 2 4 1 1 -1.4 -0.04
Clevon Brown 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1.7 -0.24
  • I swear, next year if Jeff Roberson can have his sophomore year shooting percentages with his junior year “glue guy” stuff, he might win SEC Player of the Year.
  • Two really good games in a row for Riley LaChance.
  • Hey, Payton Willis had a good game!
  • What on earth is Luke Kornet doing playing 44 minutes?
  • We usually win if four guys are playing well, so Matthew Fisher-Davis, Nolan Cressler, and the bench not doing particularly well didn’t hurt too much last night.
  • Also: Joe Toye needs to be more consistent. Also, water is wet and the sky is blue.

What’s Next

More hot SEC Tournament action. Vanderbilt plays Arkansas today at 2:30 PM CT. Vanderbilt seems like they’re almost certainly in the NCAA Tournament at this point, but perhaps Vanderbilt can get a higher seed with another win or two?