Florida Gators (3-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (4-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Memorial Gym)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +6 -- Over/Under: 141 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in SEC college basketball action from the Vanderbilt Memorial Gym on Wednesday night.
The Florida Gators will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season coming in the form of an 83-71 loss to Florida State last time out. Scottie Lewis led the Gators with 19 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 4 threes, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a pair of steals and 3 blocks while Tre Mann added 17 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 7 assists as the only other double-digit scorer for Florida in the losing effort. Colin Castelton added 7 points with his 7 rebounds while Omar Payne chipped in 3 blocks. Keyontae Johnson continues to miss time after collapsing on the court against Florida State, but he still leads the Gators in scoring with 16 points per game while Lewis leads the Gators on the glass with 5.3 rebounds per game and Mann leads Florida with 4.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Florida is aveaging 808.8 points on 48.1% shooting from the field, 38.5% from 3-point land and 75% from the foul iine while allowing opposing teams to average 65.5 points on 38.3% shooting from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Vanderbilt Commodores will look to add to their 87-59 win over Alcorn State in their last matchup. Scotty Pippen Jr. led the ‘Dores with 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting with 5 threes and 4 assists with a pair of steals while Myles Stute added 16 points with 5 threes and Jordan Wright added 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting with a pair of threes, 4 assists and a pair of steals. D.J. Harvey added 10 points with a pair of threes to cap off the scoring in double figures for Vandy in the win while Dylan Disu added 8 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and Quentin Millora-Brown added 6 rebounds. Pippen Jr. leads Vanderbilt in scoring and assists with an average of 23.3 points and 4.3 assists per game while Disu leads the Commodores in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 73.2 points on 43.5% shooting from the field, 32.6% from 3-point range and 75.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64 points on 41.2% shooting from the field and 29.4% from 3-point territory this season.
Florida is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 27-13 in their last 40 road games. Vanderbilt is 18-40 ATS in their last 58 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. The underdog is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
I get why Florida’s favored in this spot, but I just think there are still too many emotions going on right now for the Gators with Keyontae Johnson starting to recover after collapsing a few weeks ago, and Vanderbilt is a decent team and I just think there’s plenty of value to be had with the Commodores and the points in this one.