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SEC Tournament: Kentucky Wildcats Wear Down Georgia Bulldogs 70-58

The win by UK sets up a tournament final of the league's best two teams.

Kevin C. Cox

Georgia did what it could, but Kentucky wore down the Bulldogs in a 70-58 win.

From an eye test standpoint, it was not hard to see that the bigger, faster, and stronger Wildcats were the superior team in this contest. Some lineups from UGA just looked like a JV team compared to UK's guys. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs managed to keep the Cats from ever totally pulling away. UK's first half lead only briefly ever hit double digits, and the margin at the half was only four.

The big break came about halfway through the second half when Kentucky went on a 10-2 run to turn a three-point game into an 11-point game. That stretch broke the Bulldogs, who never came close the rest of the way.

The Harrison twins led the way for the Wildcats. Aaron led all scorers with 22, while Andrew contributed 12 points and nine assists. Julius Randle also had yet another double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Kenny Gaines with 13 and Charles Mann with 12 were the only Bulldogs to hit double digits. One of the bigger differences in the game was long range shooting, as Kentucky nailed 9-of-16 (56.3%) while Georgia only managed to make 3-of-13 (23.1%).

The win by the Wildcats means that the SEC Tournament final will be between the conference's two best teams. It will be the fifth time they've met in the tournament final, after 1994, 2004, 2005, and 2011. Only in 2005 did Florida prevail.