Kentucky is one step closer to an SEC Title.
Wenyen Gabriel was absolutely unbelievable from behind the three-point line. The sophomore forward set a new UK SEC Tournament record by knocking down a career-high seven three-pointers. He made all seven attempts and finished with 23 points to lead UK past Alabama 86-63 in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
Just like Kentucky’s SEC Tournament opener, the Cats made a huge run right before halftime to create a comfortable lead. Alabama made just one field goal in the final seven minutes of the first half to give UK a 10-point lead at the half.
Alabama was able to find some offense in the second half from John Petty and Collin Sexton. Every time the Crimson Tide made a run, Gabriel had a response. Kentucky never let the momentum get too far away and was able to hold on for a fun victory.
There are so many things to love about today’s game. The Cats moved the ball and played unselfish, finishing with 20 assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 19 points and 8 assists, PJ Washington was a beast, Sacha Killeya-Jones came out of his shell and Kentucky did it all without significant contributions from Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo or Jarred Vanderbilt. Everything is coming together at the right time.
Kentucky will play for a fourth straight SEC Tournament Title tomorrow at 1:00 ET on ESPN against the winner of Tennessee-Arkansas.