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Top-seeded Florida kicked off quarterfinal play with a blowout victory of LSU in the SEC Tournament on Friday.
Erik Murphy had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Gators, who dominated almost from the get-go. Florida led by as many as 35 points in the second half before settling on an 80-58 final scrore. The Gators will face the winner of fourth-seeded Alabama and fifth-seeded Tennessee, which is currently in progress.
Down on the bottom of the bracket, the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats will attempt to enhance their NCAA Tournament resume when they face the 10th-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores scored a mild upset on Friday by defeating seventh-seeded Arkansas. Kentucky beat Vanderbilt both times in the regular season, but only by a combined six points.
In the last game of the night, the sixth-seeded Missouri Tigers will look to continue their SEC Tournament run when they face the third-seeded Ole Miss Rebels. The teams split two regular season meetings, with the home team winning each game.
Here's the rest of the schedule for the day (all times Eastern):
No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 5 Tennessee, in progress
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 10 Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 Missouri, 10 p.m.
And here's an updated bracket via Wikipedia:
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