The No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats knocked off No. 10 Alabama Friday evening 73-55 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
The Cats were once again led by freshman Tyler Herro, who dropped 20 points on 8-of-14 field goals. Boy, has he improved throughout this season, too. His NBA Draft stock keeps rising. Herro may have been somewhat overlooked in the Cats recruiting class, but he’s a pure scorer.
PJ Washington also scored double figures with 10 points. He also added 12 rebounds. Immanuel Quickley scored 12 points on a perfect 4-of-4 from the field.
Alabama was led by Alex Reese, who scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
So, what happens to Alabama now? Well, the Tide have been eliminated from the SEC Tournament, of course, but thanks to Thursday’s come-from-behind win over No. 7 Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide may make the NCAA Tournament. Should Bama make the tournament, the SEC should get an impressive eight teams in.
Meanwhile, Kentucky advances to play the winner of No. 6 Mississippi State vs. No. 3 Tennessee. That could very well be the de facto SEC Championship Game.
Earlier Friday, No. 8 Florida knocked off No. 1 LSU 76-73 on a wild buzzer-beater, while No. 5 Auburn beat No. 4 South Carolina 73-64. The Gators and Tigers will square off Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET in the other semifinal game.