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SEC Smash Tourney Game #10: These Bombs Fall Into My Mind

Posted on March 12, 2011

Vandy used 18 points from 11 Florida turnovers to take a 38-28 lead at halftime. Florida made up the deficit by opening up the the long-range weaponry from guards Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton, who made three 3-pointers each in the second half. Walker, Boynton and Chandler Parsons combined to harass Vandy's scorer John Jenkins.

Vandy perhaps ran too much of the offense through Jenkins, who tried to match Walker and Boynton with step-back 3-pointer attempts and forced shots. He finished with just 10 points (3-15 FG, 2-12 3FG, 2-2 FT). No one besides Festus Ezeli (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Jeffery Taylor (21 points) contributed enough offense to offset Vandy's seemingly inability to guard Walker, Boynton and Parsons. Even the notably 3-pointer-able Vandy forwards Steve Tchiengang and Rod Odom missed all four of their wide-open 3-point attempts.

Florida bombs their way into the SEC Championship game by the score of 77-66. Vandy's solid season has earned them a very likely at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully they'll figure out how to better contain speed and three-point shooting by then.

Combined with Kentucky's 3-point outburst today, the two SEC Semi-Final winners are a combined 20 for 41 attempts for a 48.7% completion rate. If Kentucky's Doron Lamb plays and is healthy, the Georgia Dome floor may be littered with craters.

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