NOT DONE YET: UK beats Arkansas 78-63 for SEC Crown
03/15/2015 03:29 PM
34-0, SEC Tournament Champions, and NOT DONE YET.
Willie Cauley-Stein posted 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks to lead No. 1 Kentucky to a 78-63 victory over No. 21 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Aaron and Andrew Harrison added an additional 23 points and three triples a piece as the Wildcats claimed their first conference tournament title since 2011.
After missing out on the conference player of the year award, Cauley-Stein was named tournament MVP and member of the All-Tourmanent Team along with the Harrison twins.
SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis scored 13 points — 4 below his season average — and Michael Qualls put up a game-high 18 for Arkansas, but it wasn’t enough as the Razorbacks never trailed by less than 9 points during the second half.
Qualls made one of Arkansas four three-pointers of the game with 10:19 left in the first half to tie the game at 19 a piece, but Kentucky closed the half with a 22-6 run to take a 16-point lead into the locker room and never looked back.
Only six games now remain between the undefeated Wildcats and their ninth national title in program history. UK is expected to be the top overall seed in next week’s NCAA tournament and will learn who its first round opponent will be tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET.