No. 1 Florida survives Kentucky to win SEC title, 26th straight game

No. 1 Florida survives Kentucky to win SEC title, 26th straight game

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 16: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks to his team as James Young #1 looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the Championship game of the 2014 Men's SEC Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 16, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

ATLANTA -- Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.

Florida (32-2) built a 16-point lead early in the second half, but Kentucky nearly pulled off an improbable comeback to hand the Gators their first loss since early December. Two missed free throws gave the Wildcats (24-10) a final possession, but James Young slipped trying to drive into the lane.

The Gators extended their school-record winning streak to 26 games and awaited a sure No. 1 seed when the NCAA pairings are announced Sunday evening. Patric Young and Michael Frazier II led Florida with 14 points apiece, while Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather had 11 each.

Kentucky, also headed for the NCAAs, was paced by Aaron Harrison with 16 points.

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