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No. 12 seed Vanderbilt will play No. 5 seed Florida at 1:30 p.m. PT on Thursday within the second spherical of the SEC basketball event at Bridgestone Area on SEC Community.

The Commodores (9-15) have misplaced to the Gators (13-8) twice within the common season – 91-72 and 78-71. However they’re enjoying with the home’s cash from right here, as Vanderbilt claimed his first SEC event victory since 2017 by beating Texas A&M on Wednesday night time.

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TO SUMMARIZE: Vanderbilt defeats Texas A&M for first SEC event win since 2017

How Vanderbilt can win

The Commodores are 3-point streak shooters. They will have to show it on to have an opportunity. Plus, Scotty Pippen Jr. must shoot effectively. He scored 22 factors towards Texas A&M, however he solely made 3 of 17 within the area. Pippen cannot be chilly wherever on the ground and nonetheless beats the Gators.

How Florida can win

Set the tone from the opening tip. Florida constructed massive leads towards Vanderbilt within the first two conferences with a protection towards strain and factors on turnovers. The Commodores usually hit a lull in each recreation. If he arrives early, the Gators can capitalize and put this one away shortly. In any other case, rely on the underdog Vanderbilt attempting to hold round with a 3 level burst.

A key issue

They’re the 2 worst offensive rebound groups within the SEC. Florida are the perfect capturing workforce within the league, so their second chances are high restricted. However that places much more strain on Vanderbilt to smash the boards and make each possession rely.

Prediction

Florida 72, Vanderbilt 65: That is intriguing for a number of causes. Pippen is an elite SEC participant. Vanderbilt has received three of his final 5 video games. And Florida have misplaced their final two and simply had a poor efficiency towards Tennessee. However the Gators are all the time extra proficient, and their protection will possible defend Vanderbilt shooters higher than Texas A&M.

Contact Adam Sparks at [email protected] and on Twitter @AdamSparks.