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Arkansas beats Florida in SEC quarterfinals

Arkansas beats Florida in SEC quarterfinals

Arkansas was able to hold off SC to come out with a 69-64 win in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night. Barford finished with a team-high 17 points. Gafford scored 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting and made 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. Gafford also put the exclamation point on the victory with a windmill dunk on the break in the closing minute that sent the vocal Arkansas crowd into a frenzy in the Scottrade Center.

The No. 23 Florida Gators are riding in a three-game winning streak including an 80-67 win over Kentucky to close out the season. With 2:49 left and going into a timeout, the Hogs led 66-55. Arkansas has now won 40 straight games when leading at halftime, and it's well on its way to a third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four seasons. The Razorbacks hit 23 of 26 free-throw opportunities to shoot 88.5 percent. Daryl Macon and Anton Beard had 13 and 10 points for the Hogs, respectively.

Arkansas is a very good team right now.

The sixth-seeded Hogs (22-10) square off with third-seeded Florida (20-11) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line.

After trading blows the first three and-a-half minutes of the second half, Arkansas went up 5 points.

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Barford anticipated a pass to the top of the key and made a steal for an easy layup to give Arkansas a 7-point lead, but SC scored five straight points to cut Arkansas' lead to 2. The quick five-point swing was massive.

Breein Tyree scored 18 points against the Gamecocks.

Then the lid came off for Arkansas, and they went on the 12-0 run to go up 14 points, 62-48 with 5:58 to go, a span of 2 minutes and 53 seconds. Arkansas didn't shoot as well from the field (42.9 percent) or the three-point line (30.8 percent) as they usually do, but the Hogs did play well enough to chant the single-elimination tournament mantra of "survive and advance" with their 69-65 victory over the Gamecocks. If Arkansas wins, they will play in the championship at noon (CDT) on Sunday.

Both games can be seen on SEC Network.

Arkansas trailed for the first 19:05, but with 4:51 to play in the first half the Gators hit a wall - a big part of it because Arkansas' perimeter defense had stepped up big time after a slow start. The Gators swept Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky down the stretch to pad their NCAA Tournament credentials and won the first and only matchup with Arkansas during the regular season 88-73 on January 17 in Gainesville.

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