Have the Gators ever won in Memorial Gymnasium?
Ready to go from the start (AP Photo/Neil Brake)
Vanderbilt came out intense, forced bad shots, forced turnovers, made their shots and kept the Gators off balance all game. That combination of things is always going to win you basketball games.
Vanderbilt deserves all the credit in this one. Derrick Byars is one of the best players in the nation, and is going relatively unnoticed on the national scale.
Maybe a loss was for the best. If the Gators can finish the season strong we will still see them as a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and perhaps this loss will level their heads a little bit going into the final weeks of the campaign.
The win streak is over, as is the undefeated SEC run. Now it's time for them to focus on what's left and what they can accomplish from here on out.
By the way, I know Florida had won 7 in a row over the Commodores, so they have won a couple straight in Nashville. Still, I absolutely hate that place.
More on this game later.