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Kentucky Wildcats Win SEC Tournament 82-77 over Texas A&M Aggies

It took extra time, but UK is once again the champion of the SEC.

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For the 492nd time in history, the Kentucky Wildcats won the SEC Tournament. They defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 82-77 in overtime to secure the conference's auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with neither team building a lead more than six. A&M led by four at the break, and they wouldn't give up that lead until about five minutes into the second half when Tyler Ulis made a jumper to put his team ahead 46-45. The game continued to be close from there, although UK did build a seven-point lead with four minutes to go at 67-60.

The Wildcat lead was still at five with a minute and a half to go, but Danuel House cut it to two with a three pointer at the 1:25 mark. House then tied at 71 it with 22 seconds to go, and Ulis missed a shot with a second left that would have won it for the 'Cats. House tied it with a three-pointer again at 75-all with just under two to go in the extra period, but Jamal Murray answered with a three of his own. After House missed from deep, Jamal Murray nailed a triple to put UK up six with 18 seconds to play. Alex Caruso made a layup with 11 ticks left to cut the lead to four, but Ulis made a free throw to extend the lead to five with nine seconds to go to ice it away.

The game was in some ways a duel between House and Ulis. House won the duel with 32 points, though Ulis got 30 and his team won the game. Murray contributed 17, while Jalen Jones had 15 in support of House.

Both teams will be playing in the NCAA Tournament. The win might put UK into a 3-seed, while A&M will probably be a 4-seed or 5-seed.