Kentucky Finishes In Tie For 2nd In SEC, But TyTy Washington hurt

No. 7 Kentucky finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference after winning 71-63 at Florida Saturday afternoon to close the regular season.

The Wildcats (25-6, 14-4) will be the third seed for the SEC Tournament beginning Wednesday in Tampa, Florida, behind No. 2 seed and 13th-ranked Tennessee (23-7, 14-4) via tiebreakers after the Volunteers beat Arkansas (24-7, 13-5).

No. 5 Auburn (27-4, 15-3) won the SEC outright after beating South Carolina (18-12, 9-9).

Forward Oscar Tshiebwe led Kentucky with 27 points and 15 rebounds with two blocked shots. He turned in his 25th double-double of the season.

"He's a been a beast," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "Oscar does what he does."

Point guard Sahvir Wheeler added 13 points with four assists.

"I thought Sahvir ran a great game," Calipari said. "Just ran us in the second half. It was great."

Point guard TyTy Washington scored 10 points with six assists and five rebounds, but left the game after 26 minutes with another lower leg injury as he has been hampered throughout the season.

"He may be out a week or two," Calipari said. "Could be a muscle. It could be something that separated because he got hit hard."

Forward Colin Castleton led Florida (19-12, 9-9) with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

In other SEC action Saturday involving ranked teams, No. 25 Alabama fell at LSU, 80-77, in overtime in Baton Rouge as each team finished 9-9 in the league.

The Tide (19-12) lost its second straight, while the Tigers (21-10) snapped a string of three losses in four games. LSU also ended a five-game losing streak to Alabama, which last lost to the Tigers on Jan. 29, 2020.

Forward Darius Days celebrated Senior Day with a game-high 24 points along with seven rebounds and three steals.

"By far, if not his best, one of his best games," LSU coach Will Wade said. "He's been phenomenal. He's been rock solid. He's the best. We haven't had one issue with him in four years. One of the only times you'll see a four-year player. Just doesn't happen."

The Tigers, who entered the game second in the nation in steals with 11 a game, grabbed 16. Forward Tari Eason scored 20 points with nine rebounds and three steals.

The game was tied 72-72 after regulation. Guard Keon Ellis scored 19 to lead Alabama, and guard Jahvon Quinerly added 16.

Mississippi State (19-11, 8-9) was scheduled to play at Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9) at 8:30 p.m. eastern Saturday on the SEC Network with the winner getting in better position on the NCAA Tournament bubble entering the SEC Tournament.

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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.