It's all SEC East in the SEC Tournament championship on Sunday. Florida, who finished in first-place in the SEC East, and Kentucky, the second-place finisher, hit the court on Sunday with an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament on the line. The two teams outlasted the rest of the field over the last three days, surviving to advance to the Sunday's finals.
Florida finds itself in the championship by way of wins over Tennessee and Vanderbilt. In the quarterfinals, the Gators took care of business against Bruce Pearl's Volunteers, cruising to an 85-74 win. It was all Florida in the semifinals as well, with the Gators using a second half run to drop Vanderbilt, 77-66.
Kentucky took care of business with relatively easy wins, as well. The Wildcats put away Mississippi in the quarterfinals, 75-66. Against Alabama, the top-seeded team from the SEC West, Kentucky rolled, breezing to a 72-59 win.
Sunday's game serves as a rubber match for the Wildcats and Gators after the two teams split the season. Florida won the first game, defeating Kentucky in Gainesville, 70-68. Kentucky returned the favor a month later, putting Florida away at Rupp Arena, 76-68. They go at it for the third, and final, time on Sunday with bragging rights and the SEC Tournament title on the line.
First Round: Thursday, March 10
East No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. West No. 6 LSU Tigers, 10:00 p.m., SEC Network
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11
West No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide def. East No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs, 65-59
East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats def. West No. 3 Mississippi Rebels, 75-66
East No. 1 Florida Gators def. East No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers, 85-74
East No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores def. West No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 87-81
Semifinals: Saturday, March 12
East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats def. West No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 72-58
East No. 1 Florida Gators def. East No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores, 77-66
Championship game: Sunday, March 13
East No. 1 Florida Gators vs. East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats, 1:00 p.m., ABC