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Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Florida knocked out of SEC tournament by Arkansas

Florida knocked out of SEC tournament by Arkansas

They were 19-22 (86.4 percent), while the Razorbacks were just 6-15 (40.0 percent). Guard Chris Chiozza finished with 16 points and six assists. "I wanted to see if they are ready to handle adversity". For the Gamecocks, Chris Silva had 15 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the No. 11 seed Gamecocks (17-16.) USC advanced to the second round with a win over MS on Wednesday night.

"We had 22 offensive rebounds, and that was the difference", Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said.

"We wanted that win bad", he said.

Florida: Allen is from Arkansas and played in at North Little Rock High School with Arkansas guard Anton beard.

Florida ranks seventh in steals allowed per game (4.5) while Arkansas ranks 11th (4.8).

Arkansas consistently hit shots throughout the course of the second half. On the season, Arkansas has defeated opponents by an average of 6.2 points.

"This guy is capable of going off and going on runs by himself", Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are peaking at the ideal time and look like a team that could win the SEC Tournament and make a big run in the NCAA Tournament.

"We were fortunate", Barnes said on the SEC Network.

Ole Miss' loss to SC is the 11th in their last 12 games to close out the season. The senior scored a season-high 28 points in Florida's 88-73 win over the Razorbacks on January 17, but he was held to a 4-of-11 shooting effort on Friday. "It's really just playing within the offense".

"We are so much better defensively than we were a few months ago despite some adversities".

Tennessee shot 9 of 24 in the second half but still finished at a season-high 57.1 percent (29 of 48).

Gafford's put-back dunk, followed by Daryl Macon's layup, put the Hogs within a point in the closing seconds.

"We didn't have any energy today", Macon said. "I don't think we want to feel like this again". Williams leads the Vols in scoring and is second to Schofield in rebounding.

Breein Tyree scored 18 points against the Gamecocks. In addition, Daniel Gafford was named to the All-SEC freshmen team. "But we came out in the second half and played better". "That's why you compete as hard as you can in the regular season to get a higher seed".

The No. 7 Razorbacks will play in Detroit against No. 10 seed Butler on Friday.

BOTTOM LINE: Florida was uncharacteristically careless with the ball and turned it over 9 times en route to 13 points for the Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks are set to make their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and third in four years. So yeah, I'm very pleased with where we are, but we hope that there's a lot of basketball left for us. "Now obviously it's about maintaining and improving and not about feeling good about how we've been playing".

Among others, SC has beaten SEC co-champ Auburn and also beat those Kentucky Wildcats that thumped Arkansas 87-72 at Walton.

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