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After a tough loss on the road their last time out, Florida looks much better today on their home court. They have a bit of a cushion as they currently lead Vanderbilt 35-20.

Florida came into the matchup with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Vanderbilt Commodores @ Florida Gators

Current Records: Vanderbilt 7-19, Florida 18-8

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If the oddsmakers' predictions hold true, the near future looks bright for Florida. They and the Vanderbilt Commodores will face off in an SEC battle at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The timing is sure in Florida's favor as the team sits on five straight wins at home while the Commodores have not had much luck on the away from home, with seven straight road losses.

Florida fought the good fight in their overtime matchup against the Crimson Tide on Wednesday but wound up with a less-than-desirable result. They took a 98-93 hit to the loss column at the hands of the Crimson Tide. Despite running the score up even higher than they did in their prior game on Saturday (88), Florida still had to take the loss.

The losing side was boosted by Walter Clayton Jr., who scored 27 points along with eight rebounds and five assists. He hasn't dropped below 20 points for four straight games. Another player making a difference was Micah Handlogten, who scored five points along with 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Meanwhile, it's hard to win when your shooting is a whole 16.6% worse than the opposition, a fact Vanderbilt found out the hard way on Wednesday. They fell 76-64 to the Bulldogs.

Despite the loss, Vanderbilt had strong showings from Ezra Manjon, who scored 12 points along with six assists, and Paul Lewis, who scored 18 points. Lewis didn't help Vanderbilt's cause all that much against the Volunteers on Saturday but the same can't be said for this match.

The Gators' defeat dropped their record down to 18-8. As for the Commodores, they have traveled a rocky road recently having lost 11 of their last 13 matches, which put a noticeable dent in their 7-19 record this season.

Florida ended up a good deal behind the Commodores when the teams last played back in February of 2023, losing 88-72. Will Florida have more luck at home instead of on the road?


Florida is a big 16-point favorite against Vanderbilt, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Gators as a 16.5-point favorite.

The over/under is 151 points.

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Series History

Florida has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Vanderbilt.

  • Feb 25, 2023 - Vanderbilt 88 vs. Florida 72
  • Feb 11, 2023 - Vanderbilt 88 vs. Florida 80
  • Mar 01, 2022 - Florida 82 vs. Vanderbilt 78
  • Jan 22, 2022 - Florida 61 vs. Vanderbilt 42
  • Mar 11, 2021 - Florida 69 vs. Vanderbilt 63
  • Jan 27, 2021 - Florida 78 vs. Vanderbilt 71
  • Dec 30, 2020 - Florida 91 vs. Vanderbilt 72
  • Feb 15, 2020 - Florida 84 vs. Vanderbilt 66
  • Feb 01, 2020 - Florida 61 vs. Vanderbilt 55
  • Feb 27, 2019 - Florida 71 vs. Vanderbilt 55