Freshmen trio leads Kentucky to SEC title

  • Freshmen trio leads Kentucky to SEC title

Freshmen trio leads Kentucky to SEC title

Arkansas' bench appeared to become upset after Kentucky guard Malik Monk made a throat-slashing gesture toward it in the second half.

Although Georgia mounted a brief rally, Kentucky managed to keep its lead - a 32-25 advantage at the break - despite playing without Fox and Monk in the final nine minutes of the first half. Kentucky was able to score 27 points from the free throw line as the Tide was forced to foul in the final minutes. But how could they possibly be expected to earn a top seed in the big dance every year? "When I know the coach is trusting me and my teammates are trusting me to keep attacking, doing what you're doing, all I've got to do is just make the play".

After combining for just eight points the previous two games, Monk snapped out of his funk to hit 6 of 14 from the field.

Arkansas, meanwhile, started 1-for-7 and went almost three minutes without a point before catching fire for its own 7-0 run to grab a 9-7 advantage.

"First of all, I'm awfully proud of our team", head coach Avery Johnson said. Since then, however, Mike Anderson's team took apart Georgia 85-67, survived MS 73-72 in a terrific tourney quarterfinal then bothered Vanderbilt into shooting just 30.4 percent from the floor to get another shot at the Cats.

Jalen Brunson scored 17 points and Kris Jenkins added 14 for the top-seeded Wildcats (30-3).

This marks the second time in Mike Anderson's tenure in Fayetteville that the Razorbacks are in the field.

A way the Hogs can prove a point is by controlling their nonstop tempo, playing more aggressively than they did in their 97-71 loss to the Cats earlier this year and pounding the paint, like they did against Vandy. The Kentucky Wildcats have won six straight games on neutral sites.

The Commodores dominated the extra period in a 72-62 overtime win over No. 2 seed Florida on Friday - their third win over the Gators this season.

The game got heated in the final two minutes of the second half. "You can't ask him to do better than that". "There were times we were down 6 and fought back to come within 1 we fought hard and I liked our perseverance", said guard Riley Norris.

De'Aaron Fox scored 18 points, and No. 8 Kentucky won its third straight Southeastern Conference Tournament championship by beating Arkansas 82-65 on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. The Commodores saw a three-game winning streak end after reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2013. Arkansas looked really strong against a hot Vanderbilt team on Saturday.

Jaylen Barford led Arkansas with 18 points. "So it should be a great challenge tomorrow", Arkansas guard Dusty Hannahs said.

With a run to the SEC Tournament semifinals, Vanderbilt might have finally done enough to secure an NCAA Tournament bid, but the Commodores would prefer to win two more games in Nashville and remove all doubt.