Andrew Nembhard punches Florida’s ticket to the NCAA tournament

Will Wade was suspended indefinitely last week and his status for the rest of the season remains unclear

SC couldn't keep him off the foul line the rest of the game.

Auburn is the 5 seed this week and the Tigers have won six straight, including wins over Missouri and SC in this tournament. "I kind of put pressure on myself on being able to perform for my team".

"I'm happy it went down for sure", Nembhard said.

"I felt like they were exhausted", said AU forward Chuma Okeke.

According to oddsmakers at, Auburn is the slight favorite in this game, as the Tigers are getting odds of -3 points against Florida.

After dropping three straight games to end the regular season, the Florida Gators got a bit of their groove back Thursday afternoon with a 66-50 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2019 SEC Tournament. Defensively, Auburn is giving up 68.4 points per game while holding opponents to 42.9 percent shooting. That surpasses the record that had been held by Arkansas, which made 361 during its drive to an NCAA Tournament runner-up finish in 1995.

Bryce Brown hit five 3-pointers and added 19 points as Auburn hit 13 of 34 from beyond the arc.

Reid led LSU with 26 points and 14 rebounds. "How much has the Wade controversy affected the team?"

"Now, are we an NCAA Tournament team today?"

"I have nothing to do with that", Smart said. They can retreat to Baton Rouge and avoid the questions an SEC Tournament title would have prompted.

"To start the game, Florida was running up and down the court with us a little more", Brown said. "He's worked his butt off and deserves it. Jalen and KeVaughn stepped up for us as well.Naz Reid is a handful, to complement the rest of their guys, Tremont Waters.We did just enough to beat a very good team". The senior forward was almost as good in the rematch and helped SC lead for much of the first half before Auburn rallied to forge a 36-all tie at the intermission. After a three-pointer by Nembhard and Hudson knocking down three of his four free throw attempts, however, Florida took its first lead of the game with 6:05 minutes remaining.

Harper was 12 of 14 from the line in the second half. Florida's Johnson tied the game with a three-pointer, which was ruled to count though Reid was charged with a foul while fighting through a screen well before the shot.

NASHVILLE | Jared Harper made just one field goal in the second half but it was one of the biggest shots of his career. "He makes it look easy". The Gators are now 19-14 overall with two wins over LSU to their credit. Florida needs to win with defense, but I think that will be a challenge against Auburn.

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.

SC outscored Auburn by seven points when Silva was on the floor.

Over on the Auburn side, they're on a great run right now and playing well. Wiley scored two points in only three minutes.

Samir Doughty doesn't remember exactly who it was, but recalls at some point, a Florida player actually telling him that his legs were exhausted.



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