By the 22nd game of their 2013-14 season, the Florida Gators were 17 games into a winning streak that would stretch to a school-record 30 games.
Tuesday night, in the 22nd game of their 2014-15 season, the Gators head to Vanderbilt (9 p.m., ESPN / WatchESPN) on a two-game winning streak — just their third of even that length this year.
No, consecutive victories haven't been easy to come by for the Gators, who didn't have a winning streak longer than a single game until December 12. But if there's anything to take from those games, it's that Florida did manage to stretch both streaks to three straight wins, and in relatively impressive fashion, dismantling Jacksonville and Auburn.
Vanderbilt is significantly better than both of those teams, at least per KenPom, and has the added advantage of welcoming the Gators to vaunted Memorial Gym ... but the Commodores are also 1-7 in SEC play, and riding the seven-game losing streak that created that crooked number.
Kevin Stallings's bunch is better on offense than defense, and decent at shooting both inside and beyond the arc. Freshman two-guard Riley LaChance is one of the nation's most efficient players, shooting better than 55 percent on twos and over 39 percent on threes, and Matthew Fisher-Davis is even better from range (43.6 percent), though he hasn't made a two during the 'Dores's stretch of futility.
And that lack of shooting has extended to the rest of the team: Vanderbilt's only topped 50 percent in Effective Field Goal percentage once during the seven-game skid, and that was against Arkansas on January 10.
Normally, I'd say that would be a good sign for Florida, but the Gators did just post a putrid 38.5 eFG% of their own against the Razorbacks, so, uh, thanks for nothing, transitive property! Also of concern for the Gators: Frontliners Damian Jones and James Siakam clean up well on the offensive glass, and Siakam and seven-footer Luke Kornet are shooting better than 64 percent on their twos. Jon Horford was stellar against Arkansas, but Chris Walker was nearly invisible; both may have to be good for the Gators to keep this winning streak alive tonight.