The Kentucky Wildcats are having an SEC Tournament to remember.
After finishing in fourth place in the regular-season standings, UK has been the league’s best team in St. Louis. After suffocating Georgia on Friday, the Cats didn’t let up Saturday as they rocked Alabama, 86-63.
That’s a 23-point triumphant over a Tide team heading to the NCAA Tournament, and the Cats now advance to an eighth SEC Championship in nine seasons under John Calipari.
The star of the day for UK was sophomore big man Wenyen Gabriel, who hit seven of his first seven three-pointers to keep the Cats comfortably ahead for most of the game. The sophomore finished with a game-high 23 points to go with three blocks, two rebounds and one steal.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had another big day with 19 points and eight assists and four rebounds. PJ Washington wasn’t far behind with 14 points and eight boards.
UK now advances to Sunday’s SEC Championship against either Arkansas or Tennessee, who play after this game.
There’s no question who this one goes to. While other Cats had great games, it was Gabriel who had the best game of his UK career, hitting a UK and SEC Tournament record seven-straight threes while outscoring Alabama superstar Collin Sexton (21).
UK needed every bit of it to stay ahead of Alabama, who did manage to cut the lead to nine late, but Gabriel ended any hope of a comeback with this seventh three-ball of the game. It also helped offset a bad game by leading scorer Kevin Knox, who was held in check most of the game due to foul trouble.
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