No. 19 Florida, the third-place team in the SEC standings, welcomes Vanderbilt into the Exactech Arena in Gainesville on Saturday. Coming off its first conference loss to South Carolina earlier this week, the Gators (14-4, 5-1) will look to remain within punching distance of Kentucky and improve upon an already successful season under coach Mike White, who is in his second season at UF.
Here's how you can catch the game on television or streaming online, along with some important matchups that could decide the game. We'll also provide the line and give you a pick for the game against the spread.
When: Saturday, 12 p.m. ET
Where: Exactech Arena in Gainesville, Florida
Live stream: CBSSports.com on mobile/desktop
Live stream: CBS Sports App
The key behind Florida's success has been its stingy defense. The Gators allow just 91.4 points per 100 possessions on the season, which gives the Gators a top-15 defense in terms of efficiency according to KenPom. The Gators' constant pressure is a huge reason it has been able to cause so much havoc; they force turnovers on 23.6 percent of possessions, a mark that ranks sixth nationally.
As for Vanderbilt, its offensive efficiency is second to only Kentucky in conference play. The Commodores (8-10, 2-4) get it done by committee, with four players who average double figures in scoring. Matthew Fisher-Davis leads the way, averaging a team-high 16.3 points and 17.2 points in SEC play.
Matchups to watch
Florida's defense is good in nearly every statistical category. However the Gators are strangely susceptible to allowing defensive rebounds, giving them up on 32 percent of possessions according to KenPom. That's a number that ranks near the bottom in the country. With 7-footer Luke Kornet of Vanderbilt pulling down more than six boards per game -- almost two per game on the offensive glass -- it could open up second-chance opportunities for Vandy if Florida can't keep him tamed.
Odds and picks
SportsLine odds: Florida -12
SportsLine projection: Florida 73, Vandy 66
Pick: Vanderbilt +13
Vanderbilt comes into this game limping after getting banged up in SEC play with four straight SEC losses. Although Vanderbilt has kept those games fairly close -- even giving Kentucky a recent scare -- I just don't think its defense can stop Florida's backcourt in the end. However Vandy has been competitive enough to lead me to believe they will keep things close. I think Florida wins it and gets back on track, but like Vandy to cover.