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.
- 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.
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?