UF and Dores to tangle Wednesday
March 5, 2013
The Commodores, who currently own the SEC's longest win streak, travel to #11/9 Florida this Wednesday night in their last regular season road trip of the year. The game will tip at 7 p.m. CT from the O'Connell Center, and televised regionally on the SEC Network, with the game also being heard on the Vanderbilt IMG College Radio Network in middle Tennessee and online at vucommodores.com.
Game 29/VANDERBILT (13-15, 7-9) vs. #11/9 FLORIDA (23-5, 13-3)
About Florida and the Series
Vanderbilt's Last Time Out
Vanderbilt claimed its third win in a row and its fourth in five games after a 62-55 win over Auburn on Saturday. Kedren Johnson led the team with 16 points, Kevin Bright added 14, and Josh Henderson scored 11. The Commodores carry the current longest winning streak in the SEC heading into the midweek games.
'Dores Three-Point Streak Still Intact
Vanderbilt has made a 3-pointer in 860 consecutive games, a streak which began at the inception of the 3-point line in 1986-87. The Commodores rank second only to UNLV for the longest streak in Division I basketball. Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton are the only three schools in college basketball to have made at least one 3-pointer in every game played since the 3-point line was implemented.
Gators Third Ranked Opponent This Season
Florida will be the Commodores' third ranked opponent this season, with Vanderbilt being 0-2 in the previous two meetings. Vanderbilt dropped a 68-49 decision to #18/21 Butler at Memorial Gym on December 29, and lost 81-59 at #22 Missouri on January 26.
Close Losses in League Play
Of the nine league losses this season, one has gone to overtime (Ole Miss), two were by four points (Alabama, led by 11 with seven minutes to go, at Kentucky), one was by two points (Kentucky at home), and a pair of games by one point (at Tennessee, at LSU).
Matchup Of Threes
43.6% of Vanderbilt’s attempts from the floor are threes, which ranks eighth out of 347 Division I teams. 39.1% of the team’s total points comes off of threes, which ranks first nationally. UF leads the league in threes made (8.5) and attempted (22.4), with the Commodores second in both categories (7.9 makes, 22 attempts per game).
Commodore Three-Point Success
The Commodores have made 10 or more threes in its last three of its four games, and have made 10 or more in eight games this year.
Bright Wins SEC Freshman of the Week
Freshman Kevin Bright captured SEC Freshman of the Week honors from the SEC on Monday after averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two Vanderbilt victories last week. It is Bright’s second SEC weekly honor of the season. He was 8-14 from the floor for the week (.571), and 7-12 from three (.583), with his only two-point basket a game winner against Georgia with 0.8 seconds remaining to give the Commodores a 63-62 win. In his last three games, Bright has converted on 12 of his 18 three-point opportunities, which is a 66.7 percent clip.
The Commodores are only surrendering 59.6 points per game, which marks Vanderbilt’s best scoring defensive effort since 1950-51 (60.5 ppg).
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