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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: Tuesday, February 11

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Florida 67, Tennessee 58
    Alabama 67, Ole Miss 64

     

    No. 3 Florida Wins at Tennessee, 67-58
     
     
    WHAT HAPPENED: In one of their biggest road wins of the last few years, the third Gators withstood a torrid first-half of shooting by host Tennessee, then completely reversed their defensive intensity in the second half to pull away for their 16th straight victory. Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points, including another clutch performance down the stretch from the free-throw line to ice the game. He also had six assists, four steals and no turnovers. Both Wilbekin and sophomore guard Michael Frazier (11 points) nailed clutch 3-point shots after the Volunteers had cut a seven-point lead to one with less than five minutes to play. 
     
    WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators remained unbeaten through 11 games in Southeastern Conference play and pushed their cushion in the league standings to 2 1/2 games over Kentucky. 
     
    IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sophomore guard DeVon Walker came into the game averaging 4.0 points and having made just eight of 35 shots from the 3-point line (22.9 percent). He had two 3s in each half, both at critical times, helping justify the coaching staff’s confidence in him. UF wants Walker to shoot when he’s open. Good for him. He’s worked hard in practice to put himself in position to get minutes. He needed some positive reinforcement. 
     
    STAGGERING STATISTIC: The Vols shot lights-out in the first half, going 15-for-24 from the floor for 62.5 percent. Roll that into Saturday’s uncharacteristically poor defensive effort in the win against Alabama and UF surrendered 58 percent shooting (including 9-for-17 from the arc) over a 60-minute, 1 1/2-game span. 
     
    SUBPLOT: Tennessee had won seven of the last eight against Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena, and nine of the last 11, dating to the 2003 season. That Big Orange monkey is off the Gators’ backs for a while. 
     
    UP NEXT: The Gators (22-2, 11-0) get the back end of their toughest two-game road stand of the season, with a date at Rupp Arena to face No. 14 Kentucky (18-5, 8-2) Saturday night. As if the hype won’t be big enough, ESPN’s “Game Day” will be in Lexington to lather up the Big Blue faithful and UK's chance to cut into the UF lead in the SEC.



     
    Last Second Three-Pointer Lifts Alabama Men’s Basketball Over Ole Miss, 67-64
     
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama senior guard Trevor Releford sunk a last second three-point basket to lift the Alabama men’s basketball team over Ole Miss, 67-64. With the win, the Crimson Tide improve to 9-14 (4-7 SEC), while the Rebels fall to 16-8 (7-4 SEC).
     
    “That was a big time shot,” said Head Coach Anthony Grant. “In the second half, and really in the last 10 minutes of the game, Releford really stepped up and put the team on his back. He made some plays that were tremendous.”
     
    Releford led the way with 26 points, notching his ninth 20-point game and 25th-straight game in double figures. The senior from Kansas City, Mo., played a key role in the Tide’s victory, scoring 14 of their final 17 points.
     
    Alabama also received strong play from their big men, as the forwards combined for 37 of the Tide’s 67 points. Junior forward Nick Jacobs scored 18 points on 9-of-13 (69 percent) shooting and added eight rebounds. Freshman forward Shannon Hale had 15 points, and freshman forward Jimmie Taylor accounted for the other four points, knocking down each of his two shots.
     
    Alabama went on a 13-0 run over the span of 3:28 to turn a 10-9 deficit into a 22-10 lead at the 11:30 mark of the first half. The Tide out-rebounded Ole Miss 23-18 and held the Rebels to a season-low 26 first half points en route to a 33-26 halftime lead.
     
    After holding Ole Miss to 32 percent shooting in the first half, the Rebels shot 50 percent during an 11-0 run to take a 51-47 lead with 9:13 remaining. With 3:32 left, Alabama stormed back behind nine points from Releford to take a 58-56 lead. The Tide’s lead grew to as large as six, but Ole Miss got a three from Marshall Henderson in the final minute and two free throws from Jarvis Summers to tie the game at 64 with 13 seconds left. With one second remaining, Releford let fly with a three and sunk it to give Alabama a 67-64 win.
     
    The Tide continues its SEC campaign on Saturday when they travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks, with tip-off set for 3 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on SEC TV. 
     
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