GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Having dropped three consecutive games to Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee, No. 6 Florida had been waiting for a chance to end the losing streak.
The Gators welcomed it and wanted it — and it showed.
Michael Frazier II scored 17 points, Scottie Wilbekin added 13 and Florida handled Tennessee 67-41 on Saturday for the team’s 11th consecutive win.
The Gators (17-2, 6-0 SEC) beat the Volunteers for the first time in nearly two years and extended their school record for consecutive home wins to 26.
“I can actually remember each loss, and the last one was the worst because they were on the court celebrating,” said Florida center Patric Young, who added 10 points. “Tonight, we were so ready for whatever they had to throw at us. We were all locked in.”
Especially on the defensive end.
Florida held the Volunteers (12-7, 3-3) to a season-low in points and shooting percentage (27). The Volunteers’ backcourt really struggled, with leading scorer Jordan McRae, Antonio Barton and Josh Richardson combining to make 2 of 29 shots.
No. 14 Kentucky blows out Georgia, 79-54: LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky players weren’t shocked by the numerous scoring opportunities they had against a depleted Georgia lineup with the preparation they had put in.
Most satisfying for the 14th-ranked Wildcats was taking advantage of those chances — with 7-foot sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein among the happiest contributors by having a hand in other areas before finding the basket.
Freshman guard Aaron Harrison helped set the tone by scoring 15 points as Kentucky pulled away for a 79-54 victory Saturday.
Cauley-Stein recovered from a recent lull with eight points, six steals, six blocks and three rebounds in 26 minutes.
Most of his scoring came during a second half in which Kentucky shot 52 percent to wear down Georgia, which outrebounded Kentucky 35-32 but shot just 16 of 49 (33 percent) and was outscored 36-24 in the paint in the only regular season meeting between the schools.
“I just got back to the roots of the game and just flying around, contesting shots and running the floor,” said Cauley-Stein, who had combined for just three points, two blocks and 10 rebounds in his previous three games
Ole Miss tops Mississippi St. 82-63: OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi’s Marshall Henderson was blocking shots instead of making them and throwing down dunks instead of draining 3-pointers to finish with 19 points.
That’s not necessarily the plan for the Rebels, but it worked just fine as Ole Miss cruised to an 82-63 victory over Mississippi State in front of a raucous crowd at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Madden’s 24 points lift Arkansas over Auburn 86-67: FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ky Madden scored a career-high 24 points as Arkansas snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over struggling Auburn.
Missouri beats South Carolina, 82-74: COLUMBIA, Mo. — It was closer than it should have been down the stretch, but Missouri sent its largest home crowd of the season home happy and leveled its SEC record with a win over South Carolina.
Things got tense late after the Gamecocks whittled MU’s 20-point lead to only six with 1:18 remaining, but Missouri kept South Carolina at bay by going nine of 12 at free-throws line in the final 67 seconds.