SEC Tournament Day 3 Review

Kentucky won, but at what cost?

KENTUCKY 72, ALABAMA 58

From the start, you could tell it wasn't going to be Alabama's day. Kentucky asserted itself as the better team early and often, and with JaMychal Green in early foul trouble, just keeping up was a tall task for the Tide. The Wildcats ran up a 16-point halftime advantage, and the two teams basically played even the rest of the way to lock in a UK victory.

The Wildcats ran into trouble near the end though, as DeAndre Liggins and Doron Lamb both injured their ankles in the last two minutes. Liggins only tweaked his, so he should be fine; Lamb rolled his and is doubtful for today's championship game. Given John Calipari's attitude about the relative importance of conference tournaments, he's probably going to rest Lamb today to help him get ready for the Big Dance.

FLORIDA 77, VANDERBILT 66

For the Gators, it was a repeat of their first game in the SEC Tournament. They came out disorganized on offense, couldn't quite snap out of it, and went into the half trailing. Vanderbilt was only happy to oblige, coming out hot and running up leads as big as 12 points. The Gator guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker caught fire in the second half though, and Florida ran away with the game over the last 10 minutes as Vandy suddenly went a bit cold.

The win sets up a rubber match between the Gators and Wildcats, as each team held serve at home. The teams have met four times in the SEC Tournament final, with each of them taking two of the four. If Florida has any hopes of getting an improbable 2-seed, it must win today.

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