Kentucky Wildcats Carrying the SEC banner…

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Kentucky Wildcats Carrying the SEC banner…
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With last night’s losses by Auburn and Florida, Kentucky stands as the only SEC team in postseason play. The Wildcats play at Notre Dame tonight at 6 p.m. CT for their chance to represent the Southeastern Conference in the NIT Final Four.

Here are the recaps for the Florida and Auburn games…

No. 1-seed Florida [62] vs. No. 2-seed Penn State [71]

  • Penn State shot 48.1% and held the Gators to 41.7% shooting
  • Florida was outrebounded 35-25
  • The two teams combined for just 21 free throw attempts
  • Calathes dished out seven assists with just one turnover
  • Sophomore big-man Alex Tyus scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds

Rebounding seemed like the major decisive statistic here, as Florida isn’t often outrebounded that heavily. The Gators didn’t compete well against the physical Penn State team and trailed by a comfortable margin the majority of the game.

This was a surprisingly disappointing season from the Gators, as Donovan was fully expected—at least by me—to challenge Tennessee for the East, and at the very least, make the NCAA Tournament. The team is, however, poised for a big season in 2009-10.

No. 1-seed Auburn [72] vs. No. 3-seed Baylor [74]

  • Auburn shot 39.1% and let Baylor shoot 50.0%
  • Baylor outrebounded the Tigers 38-31
  • Auburn attempted 10 more shots than Baylor (64-54)
  • Barber shot very poorly, especially for him (4-of-12), but finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds
  • Waller shot just 2-of-8, 2-of-7 from three

Seems as if Baylor did a great job defending Barber/Waller and correctly predicted that the Tigers wouldn’t be able to create enough offense otherwise to keep up.

The Tigers had a good season by their recent standards, although I strongly suspect that it was by default, as the SEC was down and Auburn was experienced. Lebo has saved his job for another year, but he should be gone next season.

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