ST. LOUIS — Different site, same old Kentucky in the SEC Tournament.
It’s not Cat-lanta or Cats-ville, but the Wildcats are back in the final of another championship, their fifth straight appearance in the title game. After getting embarrassed in their final regular-season game in Gainesville, John Calipari’s team has discovered defense in the Scottrade Center.
Which makes it a dangerous team in the Big Dance.
After holding Georgia to a season-low 49 points Friday, Kentucky limited Alabama to 19 first-half points Saturday en route to an easy win.
And in the second half, the offense took over.
Wenyen Gabriel set an SEC Tournament record by making all seven of his 3-point attempts as Kentucky shot 84 percent in the second half.
“We’re a team that, if we make threes like that, that’s what we can do to people,” Calipari said. “We’re not a team that that’s what we live and die with. But Wenyen was unbelievable today.”
Kentucky, which has won 11 straight SEC Tournament games, will be going for its 31st SEC Tournament championship Sunday.
Bama freshman Collin Sexton finished off a spectacular three-game tournament run with 21 points.