Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/10/12
Who says the SEC isn't a basketball conference? The best early game on Semi-Final Saturday came out of the football conference as No. 1 Kentucky absorbed every punch Billy Donovan's Florida Gators could throw. The Wildcats showed why they are the best team in the nation with a 74-71 victory over a Gators team that looked a lot better than their 23-9 record (10-6 in the SEC). It doesn't get any better than this one: a high-octane see-saw affair with enough highlights to fill a week's worth of top 10s. Florida hit 11 three-pointers, shooting 50 from outside the arc and 48 from the floor in a fast-paced game reminiscent of Jerry Tarkanian and UNLV. The Gators would have beaten almost any other team in the country (certainly any other team in the SEC) by double digits. But Kentucky played like a team of destiny, with all five starters finishing in double digits: Doron Lamb with 16, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, and Marquis Teague with 15 each, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 10. It...
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