Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and had four steals to lead the Gators to their 24th straight victory and into the semifinals of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Michael Frazier II scored 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for Florida (30-2), which connected on 12-of-21 from behind the 3-point arc. The top-seeded Gators will play No. 4 seed Tennessee on Saturday. Jabari Brown scored a game-high 18 points and Jordan Clarkson added 11 points and four steals for eighth-seeded Missouri (22-11). The Tigers, considered an NCAA tournament bubble team, shot 36.4 from the floor and connected on only 1-of-13 3-pointers. Florida, playing its first game in the tournament after receiving a double bye, looked rusty at the start, turning the ball over on four of its first seven possessions as Missouri built a 11-7 lead. But the Gators, thanks to the 3-point shooting of Wilbekin (3-of-3) and Frazier (2-of-3), rebounded to take a 29-23 lead before the Tigers ended the half on a 6-0 run that was capped by a dunk from a wide-open Ryan Rosburg just before the buzzer to tie it at halftime. The Tigers, coming off a grueling three-hour, 91-83 double-overtime win over Texas A&M just 24 hours earlier in a second-round game, trailed 38-36 on Clarkson's layup with 12 minutes to go. But the Gators blew the game open with a 23-4 run over the next 8 1/2 minutes, capped by Frazier's final 3-pointer of the game. GAME NOTEBOOK: Frazier has had five or more 3-pointers in a game eight times this season, the most by a player under coach Billy Donovan. ... Brown scored the 1,000th point of his career (including 12 at Oregon) with a jumper early in the second half. ... Missouri's last victory over a No. 1 ranked team was a 96-94 double-overtime win over Kansas on Feb. 4, 1996.
Florida 72, Missouri 49
ProSportsDaily | Mar 15