Florida returns home Saturday after suffering a close road loss to No. 24 South Carolina this week.
The 19th-ranked Gators (14-4, 5-1 SEC) had their 7-game winning streak snapped due to an awful night of shooting, particularly from behind the arc.
UF coach Mike White and his team will look to bounce back against Vanderbilt (8-10, 2-4 SEC).
“We just couldn’t buy a basket,” White said of Wednesday’s game. “I don’t want to take anything away from South Carolina, because they had a lot to do with that. But if you get a handful open you’ve got to make a couple of them. So the challenge to our guys is to continue shooting with confidence, continue taking the right ones.”
The Gators finished 0-for-17 from 3-point range, their first game without a trey since 1992. White said he’ll consider possible changes to the starting lineup because of the shooting struggles.
However, he said it’s hard to single out players because none of them made shots against the Gamecocks.
“There’s been discussion,” White said of lineup changes, “and there will be more discussion after practice (Friday) and leading into shoot-around in the (Saturday) morning.
“When you look at the South Carolina game, I’m not sure we had a guy that didn’t play really hard and lay it on the line. … So I don’t think there’s an easy decision there at all in terms of we should throw this guy in for this guy.”
What time is tip-off?
Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET in Gainesville, Fla.
What TV channel is showing the Florida-Vanderbilt game?
The game is being broadcast on CBS.
Who is calling the Florida-Vanderbilt game?
Kevin Harlan is on the play-by-play call and Jim Spanarkel is the analyst.
Looking at Vanderilt
First-year Commodores coach Bryce Drew is 8-10 on the season and currently has a four-game losing streak.
Vanderbilt is led by junior guard/forward Matthew Fisher-Davis, who is averaging 16.3 points per game. But according to the Tennessean, Fisher-Davis may not start Saturday for the second straight game as part of his punishment for a technical foul last week.
The Commodores lead the SEC in 3-pointers per game (9.8), 3-point field-goal percentage (.390) and free-throw percentage (.769). However, they’re one of the worst defensive teams in the league in terms of rebounding, causing turnovers and opponent field-goal percentage.