SEC Tournament scores: Florida rolls past Arkansas to enhance NCAA Tournament resume

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Johnson had his second straight double double, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Not that a nail-biter should have been a surprise.

LSU held a three-point advantage over UF with just under four minutes to play, but Johnson drilled a triple to tie the game up. The No.8 Florida Gators took down the No.1 LSU Tigers in a late-game thriller. Then the Tigers returned the favor, beating the Gators 79-78 in overtime in Gainesville on March 6.

Smart, averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Tigers, was held out of LSU's regular-season finale against Vanderbilt after his recruitment reportedly was linked to Federal Bureau of Investigation wiretaps that included LSU coach Will Wade.

A year ago, after his freshman season, Gafford surprised some Draft analysts by consulting with the Arkansas coaching staff and his family and deciding to return to school, even though he was generally regarded as first-round material. The Tigers did win in the regular season, but that was a road game for the Vols and didn't play their game.

Smart finished with 13 points off the bench. "I had nothing to do with that, said Smart when asked if he had knowledge of the offer discussed in the wiretap". Found me. I had to let it go. "I heard guys (say) when there's an interim coach, you're not getting any calls". The officials ruled that the shot counted, which caused an eruption from Benford, who was hit with the technical. KeVaughn Allen is leading the team with 12.1 points per game while Noah Locke is adding 9.6 points per contest. Reid, who had just 25 points in his previous two matchups with Florida, finished with 26 points on the day.

Auburn plays Florida in an SEC semifinal Saturday.

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"Naz kind of pushed through the screen, the pin down of the defender", Benford said. "Looking back I shouldn't got a T on it".

"To start the game, Florida was running up and down the court with us a little more", Brown said. "We're not going to get any calls". But instead of driving in for a layup or foul, Harper pulled up for a long 3-pointer to give AU a 64-60 lead. The final ten minute of this matchup went back and forth as the two teams looked destined for their third overtime game of the season. Florida went up 10 with 3:20 to play following a jumper by freshman forward Keyontae Johnson, whose basket was the second make as part of a 10-0 run that put the Gators ahead by 16 points with the game winding down. It went in and LSU was out.

"With the amount of time left in the game, I just wanted to open the floor up for Jared and whatever he did, I'm going to live with", Auburn coach Bruce Pearl told ESPN.

"Andrew has worked hard on his jumper", White said.

In 27 previous SEC Tournaments, Arkansas is 26-26, won the 2000 championship, has reached seven finals and 14 semifinals.

While Auburn tries to improve its NCAA Tournament seeding, SC (16-16) waits to see whether it merits an NIT invitation, even though its coach believes his team's capable of much more. That sort of thing.

The Gators buried Arkansas' slim NCAA tournament hopes, and at 17-15, there's no guarantee of an NIT bid, either.

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