WATCH: Vanderbilt blocks Florida, then sinks amazing 80-foot shot

First, the shot. So, I’m not sure you could recreate the sequence below to perfection if you tried it 1,000 times.

Yet it unexpectedly fell into Vanderbilt’s lap and gave us a crazy highlight in college hoops. During the closing seconds of the first half of Vandy’s pivotal 87-74 win Tuesday night at Florida, Gators junior Schuyler Rimmer was swatted at the rim by Matthew Fisher-Davis. The swat ricocheted right into the hands of Josh Henderson, who instinctively turned around and cannon’d the shot from about 80 feet out.


You’ll notice how Henderson actually had time to take a few dribbles and get a closer shot of. But no matter. This is wild. You ever seen anything like this?

(Fun [?] fact: Henderson is now 2-of-3 from beyond the 3-point line this season.)

Vanderbilt needed this victory in the most desperate of ways, too. The Commodores were barely on the bubble, but now they’re 9-6 in the SEC, a game up on Florida, and just like the Gators, are 17-11 overall. (Florida’s a team also fighting to get into the NCAAs, but it’s Vandy that needed this one more for its profile.)

It was just Vandy’s night. This happened in the second half.

The ‘Dores winning sets up an interesting game on Saturday: Kentucky is coming to town. A win for Vanderbilt and it gets closer to inclusion. A loss, and it will need to win the SEC tournament to get into the field, most certainly. If Kentucky wins, the Wildcats will still have a shot at a No. 3 seed down the road, while a loss would mean UK could land a No. 4 at best, and that would probably require an SEC tournament crown.

This shot went in. (Screengrab via @OnlyGators on Twitter)


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