Gators host Vanderbilt in final home game tonight trying to remain off the bubble
The Florida men's basketball team will play its final home game of the season in a critical SEC East game against Vanderbilt tonight at 7 in the O'Connell Center.
The game can be seen nationally on ESPN.
Florida senior Dan Werner will be honored during the pregame.
After knocking off Tennessee last week, the Gators seemed poised to make it their first NCAA Tournament since 2007. But the loss to unranked, last-place Georgia on Saturday has Florida right back on the bubble again. So with just two regular season games left, tonight becomes another critical game.
Currently, UF is listed as a No. 10 seed on the ESPN Bracketology board, but it needs this win – which most likely won’t come easily.
The Commodores have a huge front court, led by junior center A.J. Ogilvy, and they are averaging 35 free throws per game in league play, which UF coach Billy Donovan said signifies a team “that is coming in there and playing as physically hard and aggressive as they can.’’
The key for Florida is whether they can match that intensity, and Donovan said center Vernon Macklin, forward Chandler Parsons and freshman forward Erik Murphy are “going to have to do a heck of a job against seven’’ Vandy players.
For more on Werner and the Gators, see our story in today's Times.