Vanderbilt played approximately 15 minutes of decent-to-good basketball, 25 minutes of bad basketball, and still found itself down just four points in the final minute at Florida on Wednesday night.
Or, more specifically — and we’ll get to this in a minute — Vanderbilt had two players play really good basketball, three players play okay basketball, and four play bad basketball.
Vanderbilt played Florida to a virtual draw for about six and a half minutes to open the game; it was 11-9, Gators, with 13:26 left in the first half. Florida then outscored Vanderbilt 14-6 over the next five minutes or so, before Vanderbilt went on a 10-2 run to close it to within two points — but Florida outscored Vanderbilt 10-4 over the final 5:52 of the first half.
Florida then outscored Vanderbilt 20-6 over the first 10:08 of the second half, meaning that the Gators had a 16-minute stretch in which they outscored Vanderbilt 30-10, and that was the ballgame. And it was 66-47 with 7:18 left before a furious Vanderbilt run — keyed almost entirely by Scotty Pippen Jr. and Dylan Disu — got the margin down to 73-69 with 37 seconds left. But Florida’s Tyree Appleby made two free throws, Dylan Disu turned it over on the ensuing possession, Colin Castleton made one of two free throws, and Jordan Wright missed a 25-footer and that was that.
As has been the case for most of the season, Vanderbilt couldn’t do much to stop Florida from scoring, but the Commodores did manage to get on the offensive glass and generate extra possessions — on the other hand, this Vanderbilt team is not going to win games while committing 17 turnovers.
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- Yeah, that about sums up the night: Scotty Pippen Jr. (in spite of six turnovers) was excellent, Dylan Disu was good, and the rest of the team, well...
- I don’t normally talk too much about players with negative Game Scores, but notice that the three players with negative Game Scores played a total of 41 minutes last night. Throw in the barely-in-positive-territory Clevon Brown and Akeem Odusipe, and it’s 62 minutes.
- Actually, if you really want to throw things, take the first five players on the box score and see who recruited them to Vanderbilt, and take the last five players and see who recruited them to Vanderbilt.
- Jordan Wright was fine, outside of an ill-advised shot in the final minute, as was Max Evans... but those stat lines are more fine in the context of role players than they are good contributors.
- Meanwhile, that’s back-to-back solid performances from Ejike Obinna, who got his first start of the season (becoming the 12th Vanderbilt player to start a game; for reference, Vanderbilt has 13 scholarship players, and Akeem Odusipe is the only one who hasn’t started a game.)
Vanderbilt hosts South Carolina at 7:30 PM CT on Saturday night on the SEC Network. For the second year in a row, Vanderbilt is sitting out the Big 12/SEC Challenge.