GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Florida basketball suffered their first loss since December 11 on Wednesday. More notably in the loss to South Carolina, the Gators didn't hit a three point shot in the full 40 minutes for the first time since 1992. That storyline carries them to Saturday, where they face a struggling Vanderbilt team to Gainesville.
Even with the loss Florida remains near the top of the SEC standings with only South Carolina and Kentucky ahead of them. Head Coach Mike White after the game on Wednesday said South Carolina played at a high level, but at the end of the day moving forward this team needs to start hitting shots.
"As we've talked about all year we've got to defend, rebound, a little bit better and compliment that with some shot making and some better execution." White said.
Florida is 230th in the country in 3-point field goals made this season while Vanderbilt tops the SEC in that same category.
However, if there was a team on the upcoming slate that Florida could get the offense back on track, it comes this Saturday.
Vanderbilt has struggled over the past month, with a 1-4 record in the course of January. Four losses in their last four games are due in part to a defense that has struggled allowing over 71 PPG. Vanderbilt's first year head coach Bryce Drew gets his first look against the Gators on Saturday while Florida's second year man Mike White searches for his first win over the Commodores.
What to watch for: Canyon Barry delivered a team high 13 points on Wednesday off of the bench. Barry is also second on the team in 3-pointers made this season. Look for Barry to stretch the floor Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt's Jeff Robinson scored 18 points alongside 10 rebounds in the last meeting between these two teams. Robinson has totaled 42 points in his last three games.
Mike White goes for his first win against Vanderbilt as Florida tries to stay undefeated in the newly renovated O'Connell Center.
First tip from Gainesville is Saturday at 12 ET.