Mar 16, 2014, 5:39 PM EST
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.
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