Gameday - UF vs. Vanderbilt


Florida's coach Billy Donovan has words with referee Tim Clougherty during a recent game.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 12:15 a.m.

No. 24 Florida (16-3, 3-1) at Vanderbilt (12-6, 1-3)

Tip-off: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Memorial Gym

Radio: AM-850

TV: CBS

Florida

(11-0 home, 1-2 away, 4-1 neutral)

33 Nick Calathes

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-6/194

Hometown/Last school: Casselberry/Lake Howell

Stats: 17.8 ppg, 6.6 apg

15 Walter Hodge

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-0/170

Hometown/Last school: Guyanabo, P.R./Florida Air Academy

Stats: 7.7 ppg, 2.3 apg

25 Chandler Parsons

Position: Forward

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-9/213

Hometown/Last school: Casselberry/Lake Howell

Stats: 9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg

21 Dan Werner

Position: Forward

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-8/230

Hometown/Last school: Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy

Stats: 9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg

23 Alex Tyus

Position: Center

Year: Sophomore

Height/weight: 6-8/220

Hometown/Last school: St. Louis, Mo./Harmony Community

Stats: 12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Florida bench

No. Name, Pos. Yr. HT/WT

1 Eloy Vargas F Fr. 6-10/215 1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg

3 Ray Shipman G Fr. 6-5/212 4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg

4 Kyle McClanahan G Fr. 6-1/185 0.8 ppg, 0.4 rpg

11 Erving Walker G Fr. 5-8/161 8.9 ppg, 2.5 apg

24 Allan Chaney F Fr. 6-8/231 3.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg

30 Kenny Kadji C Fr. 6-10/245 5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Florida coach

Billy Donovan (301-118 in 13 seasons at Florida, 336-138 in 15 seasons overall)

Vanderbilt

(8-3 home, 1-3 away, 3-0 neutral)

1 Brad Tinsley

Position: Guard

Year: Freshman

Height / Weight: 6-3 / 210

Hometown/Last school: Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City

Stats: 10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg

0 Jermaine Beal

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-3/205

Hometown/Last school: DeSoto, Tx./DeSoto

Stats: 11.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg

4 A.J. Ogilvy

Position: Center

Year: Soph.

Height/weight: 6-11/250

Hometown/Last school: Sydney, Australia/Australia Institute of Sport

Stats: 15.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg

44 Jeffery Taylor

Position: Guard/Forward

Year: Freshman

Height/weight: 6-7/205

Hometown/Last school: Norrkoping, Sweden/Hobbs

Stats: 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg

21 Darshawn McClellan

Position: Forward

Year: Soph.

Height/weight: 6-7/240

Hometown/Last school: Fresno, Ca./Edison

Stats: 2.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Vanderbilt bench

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht./Wt. Ppg Rpg

5 Lance Goulbourne G/F Fr. 6-8/225 5.5, 4.3

34 George Drake G Jr. 6-4/215 4.7, 2.7

2 Charles Hinkle G Fr. 6-6/200 2.3, 1.1

3 Festus Ezeli C Fr. 6-11/255 3.8, 2.9

33 Steve Tchiengang F Fr. 6-9/240 3.5, 3.3

15 Elliot Cole G So. 5-11/180 0.4, 0.1

50 Joe Duffy F So. 6-8/225 1.2, 1.4

24 Andre Walker F So. 6-8/220 4.7, 4.7

Vanderbilt coach

Kevin Stallings (182-122 in 10 seasons at Vanderbilt, 301-118 in 17 seasons overall)

Statistical Comparison

Florida Category Vanderbilt

78.4 Points per game 68.6

64.5 Opp. points per game 59.8

.491 Field goal pct. .438

.426 Opp. field goal pct. .373

.352 3-pt. FG pct. .322

.332 Opp. 3-pt. FG pct. .337

.675 Free throw pct. .692

+2.1 Rebound margin +4.7

7.6 3-pointers per game 5.9

6.2 Opp. 3-pointers per game 6.1

2.8 Blocks per game 4.7

8.8 Steals per game 7.1

17.8 Assists per game 11.6

13.0 Turnovers per game 13.4

Five things to watch

1. Centers of attention

Florida sophomore center Alex Tyus had one of the best games of his freshman season last year at Vanderbilt, scoring 7 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in 25 minutes by beating Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy down the court in transition. Look for Florida to push the ball to take advantage of Tyus’ speed.

2. Perimeter shooting

Florida shot a dismal 1-for-15 from 3-point range at Vanderbilt last season. For many of last year’s players, it was their first trip to Memorial Gym, a unique basketball environment because the floor is raised and the benches are set up under the baseline. “It kind of looks like a movie theater,” Florida sophomore forward Chandler Parsons said. “Every team is going to have bad shooting nights. We have to do the other things, play defense, rebound, to win the game even if we’re not shooting the ball well.”

3. Perimeter defense

Lost in the late meltdown against the Gamecocks was that Florida allowed South Carolina to get too many good looks from the 3-point line. As a result, the Gamecocks made 8-of-22 attempts, with forward Evaldas Baniulus coming off the bench to knock down four 3s. Florida is eighth in the league in 3-point field goal defense and will need to improve in that area in order to keep winning in the SEC.

4. Closing games out

Florida’s final five offensive possessions against South Carolina resulted in one made basket, two turnovers and two missed front-ends of one-and-one attempts at the free-throw line. Florida will need to do a better job executing down the stretch in another tough road environment if the game is tight in the closing minutes.

5. Bouncing back

Florida should come into this afternoon the angrier team following its stunning loss at South Carolina. Vanderbilt, at 1-3 in the SEC, is more desperate for a league win. How the Gators start the game should indicate how much the South Carolina loss affected them. If Florida comes out lethargic, then you’ll know there’s a hangover. If the Gators come out with energy and sustain it, then you’ll know they took the loss the right way.

Eastern Division

Kentucky 5 0 1.000 16 4 .800

Florida 3 1 .750 16 3 .842

Tennessee 3 1 .750 12 6 .667

S. Carolina 3 2 .600 14 4 .778

Vanderbilt 1 3 .250 12 6 .667

Georgia 0 4 .000 9 10 .474

Miss. St. 4 1 .800 14 6 .700

LSU 3 1 .750 15 4 .789

Alabama 2 3 .400 12 7 .632

Auburn 2 3 .400 12 7 .632

Ole Miss 1 4 .200 10 9 .526

Arkansas 0 4 .000 12 5 .706

SEC schedule

Today

Florida at Vanderbilt, CBS, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Kentucky at Ole Miss, ESPN, 7 p.m.

Texas-Pan American at Auburn, 8 p.m.

Wednesday

Georgia at Florida, WOGX, 8 p.m.

LSU at Tennessee, WOGX, 8 p.m.

Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Alabama at Arkansas, ESPN/ESPN2, 9 p.m.

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