SEC Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Florida Pulls Away From Tennessee

No. 12 Florida pulled away from Tennessee in the second half to defeat the Volunteers for the third time, 85-74, and advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals. Tennessee had moments where they played well, but the Gators seemingly couldn't miss, scoring 56 points in the second half to get the win.

The Volunteers had the lead midway through the second half, but Florida slowly pulled away, eventually taking a 13-point lead with 4:32 remaining. Tennessee never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Kenny Boynton led the Gators with 22 points, as Florida shot 59 percent from the field in the win. Tobias Harris had 25 to lead all scorers for the Volunteers.

Florida now moves on to face the winner of Friday night's quarterfinal between Vanderbilt and LSU. Tennessee drops to 19-14 and now has to sweat the NCAA Tournament bubble.

For more on this game, Florida fans should celebrate at Alligator Army, and Tennesee fans should get back to football at Rocky Top Talk

First Round: Thursday, March 10

East No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs def. West No. 5 Auburn Tigers, 69-51

West No. 3 Mississippi Rebels def. East No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks, 66-55

East No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers def. West No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks, 74-68

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. Georgia, 65-59

East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats def. Mississippi, 75-66

East No. 1 Florida Gators def. Tennessee, 85-74

West No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt-LSU winner, 10:00 p.m., SEC Network

Semifinals: Saturday, March 12

Quarterfinals game 1 winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:00 p.m., ABC

Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Championship game: Sunday, March 13

Semifinals winners, 1:00 p.m., ABC

For more on the 2011 SEC Tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream and join SB Nation AtlantaBrowse our 298 team blogs for a community devoted to your school, and visit our NCAA basketball hub for more on other conference tournaments.

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