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SEC Tournament: Florida survives Kentucky

Mar 16, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

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Kentucky got what they wanted.

Andrew Harrison dribbled right at James Young, setting a ball-screen on a dribble handoff that allowed Young to curl into the lane. But Young’s feet gave out, and Kentucky’s rally fell short.

Florida — the SEC regular season champs, the No. 1 team in the country and a virtual lock to be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament — added an SEC tournament title to this season’s resume with a thrilling, 61-60 win over John Calipari’s Wildcats.

It wasn’t entirely perfect, however, as Billy Donovan’s club blew a 15-point second half lead in the final ten minutes and missed a pair of front-ends in the final 20 seconds. So credit Kentucky for not folding the way that they have so many times this season.

And with that, we head to the bracket reveal. Florida will enter the dance as one of the heavy favorites to win it all. Kentucky? They are going to win — or lose — a lot of brackets, only I don’t know whether or not that will be the result of a long run through the dance or an early exit.

  1. rabbi187 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Funny how Wichita State gets penalized for being in a weak conference yet Florida is going to get the overall 1 seed in an equally weak conference.

    • swampcannons - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Equally weak?! Do your homework moron!

    • jimthesoundman - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Florida Strength of Schedule: 22
      Wichita St. Strength of Schedule: 111
      Source: Joe Lunardi Daily RPI at

  2. gatorprof - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    A great coach coaching a mature “team” of a good college players versus a great recruiter (albeit a history of NCAA violations) trying to direct a young collection of elite NBA draft picks.

    Team is 3-0 against the draft picks.

  3. jjohnb5393 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    What NCAA violations has Calipari been hit with in his career?

  4. shockertalk - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    WSU has been compared to Florida a lot. Both have experienced teams that don’t have certain pro draft members. Both are in the top 15 defensively AND offensively. Both have excellent point guards. Both have beaten Tennessee and Alabama this year. Both have gone undefeated against UNRANKED teams this year (Florida almost blew that one this afternoon!).
    But WSU shoots free throws well.
    IF Kentucky can get by K-State (and thats a big IF), Wichita State will treat them just as Florida has.

  5. florida727 - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    I have a lot of respect for Wichita State even though I know most people don’t, but that being said, except for their first round cupcake game, I’ll pick Kentucky over WSU in the next round and Louisville over WSU in the round after that if they beat Kentucky. It’s not that I don’t believe WSU is good enough, it’s that I think the other teams are better and the selection committee did the Shockers no favor with the draw they gave them. If WSU gets past those two, then I’d say they’ll blow out Michigan if the seeds hold. Michigan is overrated in my opinion. MSU kicks their butts. UM is not a 2 seed.

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