Collin Sexton leads Alabama past No. 16 Auburn in the SEC Tournament

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Alabama is 19-15 overall.

United Kingdom is 16-2 vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament, including 7-0 in the semifinals.

Of course, this Tide team is not finished in the SEC Tournament.

After John Petty banked in a three-pointer from near the top of the key (thoughts of Texas A&M banking in threes against United Kingdom last month might have come to mind), Gabriel stymied Alabama's momentum by making a three from the left corner.

Kentucky will advance to the championship game of the tournament on Sunday where it will meet the victor of No. 2 seed Tennessee and No. 6 seed Arkansas. Game time is 1 p.m. EDT (noon CDT in St. Louis). United Kingdom is 8-5 with this lineup.

Alabama head coach Avery Johnson adjusted the defensive approach at halftime, forcing Auburn into a 3-point shooting barrage. 'Bama trailed by 10 at halftime, then unleashed a Sexton-led barrage that absolutely buckled the Tigers and likely rearranged the NCAA bracket. UK's leading rebounder (7.9 per game) is nursing an ankle injury. Johnson made his pitch to the committee following the game. And aside from being a great coach ... look, you can sit there and evaluate, but I coach against him. Alabama never seriously threatened from that point.

Kentucky's defense seemed to make another second-half Alabama rally unlikely. Alabama shot just 38 percent from the floor, including 30 percent in the first half as it headed into the break down 29-19. "We did what we wanted to do in the first half".

In their last five games, Alabama is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line.

The freshman has electrified ScottTrade Center, scoring 58 points in do-or-die victories over Texas A&M and Auburn.

The results have been there the last two days as Alabama has played its way into the NCAA field.

As of Friday, Calipari didn't expect to have freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt available for Saturday's semifinal against Alabama.




United Kingdom is 12-0 this season when committing 11 or fewer miscues.

He's a player who refuses to participate in social media, calling it a "waste of time" in a 2017 Players Tribune piece in which he also described his 300-made-jump-shots-a-day work ethic; a competitive fire so hot that he can't play his brother one-on-one without fighting; the way he turned himself from unranked high school player to top-10 national recruit and McDonald's all-American.

United Kingdom is 152-6 in the Calipari era when keeping the opponent to 63 or fewer points. And for the second straight day, Kentucky put the big chill on an opponent in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. It's the best mark in a half in the Calipari era.

Coach Calipari is 21-3 in the SEC Tournament.

The only questions now are how high the Tigers will be seeded, who they will play in the first round and where that game will take place.

"When we came in this tournament, we had to win games", Sexton added. On Feb. 6 in Lexington, Tennessee won 61-59. The Wildcats rank 172nd in blocks allowed per game (3.8).

United Kingdom leads the Arkansas series, 31-10, and has won six in a row. Jared Harper finished 2 of 11 with seven points.

Previously, four players had made 5-of-5 in an SEC Tournament game, Joe Harvell of Ole Miss, Craig Brown of Florida, G.G. Smith of Georgia and Taurean Green of Florida. He scored a combined 79 points over three games in the tournament.

Arkansas hit 14 of 15 free throws in the first half, including eight in a row to end the half with a 36-28 lead.

Kevin Knox was stifled with foul trouble but still managed 11 points, his 10th straight double-figure performance.

This is the second game of the season between these two teams. De'Aaron Fox ended previous year with a 12-game streak.

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