Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Florida knocked out of SEC tournament by Arkansas

Florida knocked out of SEC tournament by Arkansas

Jordan Bone's 17 first-half points provided the spark the Vols needed to break away from the Razorbacks; Tennessee never trailed in the game.

The win ends an eight-game losing streak to the Gators for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (23-10), who are now 5-1 against ranked opponents this season and advance to face No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday.

Arkansas now waits to see its seed and destination for the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday.

This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. The under is also 6-2 in the Gamecocks' last eight games versus an opponent with a winning record, is 5-2 in their last seven games played on Thursday, and is 65-30-2 in their last 97 games coming off a win.

Arkansas: The last time the Razorbacks won a game against Florida was on February 5, 2013, in Fayetteville.

"They were the aggressor from the tip", Florida coach Mike White said.

"We've struggled shooting layups all year", White said, "and I guarantee you we practice shooting layups more than any team in the country".

The Arkansas Razorbacks (22-10) are coming from a 69-64 win over SC in which Jaylen Barford scored 17 points.

"From the mouth of Arlando Cook, that was the icing on the cake", said Gafford, referring to his teammate from St. Louis. Daryl Macon and Anton Beard had 13 and 10 points for the Hogs, respectively. Arkansas rallied around Jaylen Barford, who was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 9-for-17 shooting. The Vols led 48-29 in the locker room.

Florida led by as many as eight points in the first half and was up 29-22 before Arkansas closed on an 8-0 run to take a 30-29 halftime advantage. Florida held the ball for the final possession out of a timeout, but Chiozza's short jumper was off as the buzzer sounded.

Beating Florida for the first time in five years?

Five players are averaging at least 8.5 points per game for Florida, they are Jalen Hudson (15.6), Egor Koulechove (13.8), KeVaughn Allen (11.3), Chris Chiozza (11.0) and Keith Stone (8.5).

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