Mar 11, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores forwards Steve Tchiengang (33) and Jeffery Taylor (44) block out Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) for a rebound in the first half of their game in the finals of the 2012 SEC Tournament at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

SEC Tournament 2012: Vanderbilt Shocks Kentucky, 71-64

Undaunted by Kentucky's No. 1 ranking and 24-game win streak, Vanderbilt shocked the Wildcats, 71-64, to win the SEC Tournament. It was Kentucky's second loss of the year, and their first to an SEC opponent.

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Kentucky Vs. Vanderbilt, SEC Championship 2012 Final Score: Commodores Upset Wildcats For Conference Title

The second half of Sunday's 2012 SEC Tournament championship game lived up to the exciting first half that preceded it. The Kentucky Wildcats led 62-55 with five minutes to go, but only scored two points the rest of the way. The Vanderbilt Commodores reasserted themselves on the boards and took advantage of their free throw opportunities late to hold on for a 71-64 win.

The second half was somehow even more dunktastic than the first. Terrence Jones was the biggest culprit on the day, with back-to-back slams to extend the Wildcats' lead to five just before the midway point of the half.

Jones finished with 12 points and led the team with 11 rebounds. Darius Miller, returning to UK's starting lineup after playing off the bench the previous two games, apparently responded well to head coach John Calipari's motivation and lead the Wildcats with 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting. Forward Anthony Davis had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wildcats played stellar defense in the second half, finishing with eight blocks for the game. They bullied the Commodores on the perimeter, but Vanderbilt was able to find success inside. Jeffery Taylor and Festus Ezeli put up 18 and 17 points, respectively. Taylor also had 12 rebounds as well as two key first-half three pointers.

Vanderbilt's effectiveness under the rim led to an uncharacteristically high number of fouls against the Wildcats. The Commodores went 21-for-32 from the free throw line, outscoring the Wildcats by nine points from the stripe. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fouled out with 2:50 to go to leave UK shorthanded.

The loss was Kentucky's first to an SEC team this season. Despite the loss, they should earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and may still take the No. 1 overall spot considering that Syracuse and UNC also failed to secure conference tournament titles. Vanderbilt could climb even higher in the seedings after coming in as a No. 6 seed in SB Nation's latest bracketology rankings. At the moment, they are simply enjoying what was an incredibly hard-fought, emotional win.

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For more on Sunday's game, check out Kentucky blog Sea Of Blue and Vanderbilt blog Anchor Of Gold. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more news and notes on conference tournaments and the rest of March Madness. For more on the SEC Tournament, stay with this StoryStream or visit Team Speed Kills.
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2012 SEC Championship: Kentucky Vs. Vanderbilt Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Kentucky Wildcats are one game away from putting a bow on a perfect SEC regular season and tournament. The only thing left standing is the way is Vanderbilt, with the Commodores and Wildcats set to square off in Sunday's SEC Tournament Championship. Both teams would appear to be safely in the NCAA Tournament field -- Kentucky as a No. 1 seed and Vanderbilt as an at-large, at the very least.

Kentucky hasn't exactly cruised to the SEC Tournament Championship, facing tough tests from LSU and Florida along the way. A nine-point win over LSU in the quarterfinals was closer than it looks, and Florida gave the Wildcats a run on Saturday in the semifinals. Kentucky already appears to have sewn up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, making Sunday's game more of a tune-up and a game for bragging rights.

Vanderbilt has made it look relatively easy in the SEC Tournament by comparison. A 22-point win over Georgia in the quarterfinals was a strong way to begin the tournament and a 12-point win over Ole Miss in the semifinals set up Sunday's matchup with Kentucky.

Here's the information for the SEC Tournament Championship.

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV Information: ABC

For more on these two teams, visit Kentucky blog A Sea Of Blue and Vanderbilt blog Anchor Of Gold. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more news and notes on conference tournaments and the rest of March Madness. For more on the SEC Tournament, stay with this StoryStream or visit Team Speed Kills.

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2012 SEC Tournament Semifinals, Ole Miss Vs. Vanderbilt: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Semifinal Round of the SEC Tournament tips off on Saturday and continues in the afternoon as the Ole Miss Rebels get set to take on the Vanderbilt. Ole Miss moved on to the Semifinal Round by defeating Tennessee in overtime 77-72 on Friday evening. The Rebels won their second game in a row in the Tournament and will move on to face the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Vanderbilt on the other hand earned themselves a first round bye in the SEC Tournament and played their first game on Friday, taking down the Georgia Bulldogs 63-41 in dominant fashion. In the regular season, the Commodores beat the Rebels by nearly 30 points, 102-76, and will look to once again bounce the Rebels.

Location: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

Game Date/Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: ABC

For more on these two teams, visit Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion and Vanderbilt blog Anchor Of Gold. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more news and notes on conference tournaments and the rest of March Madness. For more on the SEC Tournament, stay withthis StoryStream or visit Team Speed Kills.

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SEC Tournament 2012, Florida Vs. Kentucky: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Florida Gators will take on the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats in Saturday's 2012 SEC Tournament semifinal game in New Orleans. Both teams survived scares from lower-seeded teams in the quarterfinals to advance.

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Kentucky Vs. LSU Final Score: Wildcats Come Back To Win Quarterfinal

The 2012 SEC Tournament had the upset alert blinking as the No. 8 seed LSU Tigers pulled within one point of the consensus No. 1 team in the country and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats at halftime, but a strong second half surge sealed the 60-51 win for UK. Poor shooting doomed the Tigers, as they shot just 29.4 percent from the field (20-68) and did not have a single player who made even half of their attempts. Meanwhile, Kentucky played an especially sloppy game. They recorded just eight assists as a team, committed 18 turnovers and emerged from the mess with Marquis Teague as the only player with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio.

Teague's five assists still got overshadowed by his four turnovers and two points on 0-5 shooting, however, as the offense never quite found a rhythm. Despite a semi-respectable 42.9 percent mark from the floor, Kentucky didn't play their best offensive game by a long shot. A top-heavy performance from the Wildcats featured a game-high 19 points from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on a hyper-efficient 5-8 shooting, as he and Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Anthony Davis combined to score 58 of the team's 60 total points and grab 37 of the 39 rebounds.

Davis did most of the work on the glass, pulling down 14 boards to augment his 12 points ans six blocks and offset his four turnovers, while Terrance Jones added a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double and Lamb pumped in 12 points of his own.

Storm Warren scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Tigers in the loss, while freshman guard Anthony Hickey added to the attack in diverse ways, including 10 points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds.

Kentucky now awaits the winner of the semifinal matchup between the No. 4 Florida Gators and the No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Head over to SB Nation NCAA Basketball for more news and notes on conference tournaments and the rest of March Madness. For more on the SEC Tournament, stay with this StoryStream, visit Team Speed Kills and check out Kentucky blog A Sea of Blue.

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Alabama Vs. South Carolina Final Score And Recap: Tide Roll On With 63-57 Win

It wasn't necessarily an impressive performance, but the No. 5-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide survived a bit of a scare to outlast the No. 12-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks, 63-57, in the SEC Tournament's first round on Thursday.

The Tide built an 11-point first-half lead and seemed well on their way to an easy victory, but the Gamecocks (10-21, 2-14 SEC) came roaring back and eventually tied the score 51-51 on a Brenton Williams 3-pointer with 6:38 remaining.

That seemed to wake up Alabama (21-10). JaMychal Green grabbed the lead back with a jumper at 5:29 and the Tide never trailed again. The closest the Gamecocks ever got after that was three points.

Trevor Lacey came off the bench to lead the Tide in scoring with 15 points in just 18 minutes of playing time, and Green snagged seven rebounds to go with his 12 points. The Gamecocks were led by Damien Leonard's 13 points, but he shot just 4-of-13 from the field.

For the complete box score, check out SI.com. Also be sure to check out Alabama blog Roll 'Bama Roll and South Carolina blog Garnet and Black Attack.

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