1. Can Florida break out of its season-long 3-point shooting slump?
Florida went 13-for-27 (48.1 percent) from 3-point range, its second best 3-point shooting performance of the season (Florida shot 60 percent from 3-point range on Dec. 4 against Jacksonville). UF’s starting backcourt of Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton were a combined 11-for-22 from beyond the arc. Heck, even senior forward Dan Werner made a couple of threes, his first 3-pointers since Dec. 4 at Jacksonville. But it still wasn’t enough for the Gators to pull out the road win.
2. Can the Gators limit Vanderbilt from getting offensive rebounds — a weakness so far this season?
Florida gave up 14 offensive rebounds for another poor performance on the defensive glass. Vanderbilt made Florida pay on the boards, scoring 18 second-chance points. Because centers Vernon Macklin and Erik Murphy were in constant foul trouble, the Gators were forced to play Alex Tyus at center for longer stretches. Tyus had just two rebounds. Overall, Vanderbilt outrebounded Florida 32-29.
3. Will the Gators be able to effectively contain Vanderbilt preseason All-SEC center A.J. Ogilvy?
Ogilvy had his way inside against the Gators, scoring 24 points. The performance was just a point shy of Ogilvy’s season-high 25-point game last Dec. 2 against Missouri. After scoring eight points in the first half, Ogilvy scored Vanderbilt’s first eight points of the second half. Florida coach Billy Donovan admitted after the game he was so concerned with Vanderbilt’s 3-point shooting early, it may have opened things up for Ogilvy inside throughout the second half. Vanderbilt made five of its first seven #-pointers to stay with Florida’s hot shooting in the first 10 minutes of the game.