The Vanderbilt Commodores play hard and are well-coached, but games like this are still going to happen when you have a roster that’s held together with superglue and scotch tape.
And, really, the final box score doesn’t make this look as bad as it actually was. Vanderbilt ended the game shooting 8-of-17 from three, but all eight of those makes came in the second half. That’s important, because Vanderbilt trailed 48-19 at halftime and was never in the game at all. Florida took a 36-15 lead with three and a half minutes left in the first half, and Vanderbilt never got the margin back within 20 until under two minutes left in the game. It’s a testament to the fight of the team that this didn’t turn into a complete debacle — think the 106-44 loss to Kentucky in 2003, or the 84-48 loss to Arkansas on Senior Night last year — but last night was a nice reminder of the limitations of the current edition of Vanderbilt basketball. And those limitations might be even greater if Matthew Moyer’s injury is as bad as it appeared: no, Moyer isn’t great, but losing him would leave Vanderbilt with seven scholarship players available.
Frankly, next season can’t get here soon enough.
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- Like the overall box score, this looks a lot worse if you look at the first half. That’s why I won’t say too much about Saben Lee, who was 2-for-6 with two turnovers in the first half. Things picked up in the second half, but then the game was no longer competitive then.
- Four players had a negative Game Score. Granted, two of them are walk-ons and the other two were Moyer and Oton Jankovic — on the other hand, those four combined fof 33 minutes.
- I don’t really have a ton to say about individual players, because this was a pretty bad game, but nobody really stands out.
Vocokyteps on Tuesday at 5:30 PM CT on the SEC Network.