The Tigers continue to get a sizable portion of their offense from 3-point range and have made 69 of them during this six-game winning streak - which accounts for 44.8 percent of its offense in those wins. "If he felt like he could go by, go by, we had a backside rebound".
Florida is 43-17 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with six straight Round of 32 appearances (2011-14, 2017-18) as the Gators did not make the field in 2015-16.
The Gators split their series with the Tigers in the regular season, taking a win on the road and falling to LSU at home.
"I'm happy it went down for sure", Nembhard said. "We still have to get more big wins to prove our point". The good news is that he has Florida among the "last four in", a group which includes the NC State Wolfpack, TCU Horned Frogs and Belmont Bruins prior to Friday's action.
While Auburn tries to improve its NCAA Tournament seeding, SC (16-16) waits to see whether it merits an NIT invitation, even though its coach believes his team's capable of much more.
The Gators missed two three pointers but then took their first lead of the game, 58-57, with a pair of free throws by Jalen Hudson with 6:05 remaining.
Florida turned things around Thursday in part because leading scorer Allen broke out of his personal slump.
South Carolina: Depth has been a problem for South Carolina all season, and it showed up again Friday as Auburn outscored the Gamecocks 23-2 in bench points.
LSU fell 76-73 to the Florida Gators after dropping at 10-point halftime lead.
Auburn's Jared Harper didn't attempt a single free throw in the first half. Florida needs to win with defense, but I think that will be a challenge against Auburn. "Down the stretch, we rode him".
They accepted their trophy as the league's regular-season champs from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey before tipoff in a subdued ceremony. "(We'd) been playing some pretty good basketball.
"We just played hard and stuck together". The Tigers scored 20 points off those turnovers. His 12 rebounds were just one off his career high.
That won't be a big deal to the selection committee, but having a 13-5 regular season record in the ACC this season - arguably the best conference in basketball this season - looks really good considering the three teams who finished ahead of them in the standings will likely be seeded first or second in the big dance. "They wanted it a lot more".
UP NEXT Arkansas will wait to see if it receives an NIT bid.
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