LEXINGTON-- Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points including five critical free throws down the stretch as No. 3 Florida rallied for a tense 69-59 victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday night in a marquee showdown of the Southeastern Conference's top two teams.
The Gators tied a school record with their 17th straight win, and their first at Rupp Arena since 2007.
Trailing 45-38 with 11:12 remaining, the veteran Gators (23-2, 2-0) didn't flinch and outscored the young Wildcats (19-6, 9-3) 31-14 after that by putting the ball in the hands of their best players such as Wilbekin, who got to the line and finished 11 of 12 including two technical free throws with 8:14 left.
Casey Prather scored 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while Patric Young added 10 with the help of two 3-point plays during a 13-3 spurt that put Florida ahead for good.
Andrew Harrison scored 20 points for Kentucky.
Vanderbilt 57, Texas A&M 54:James Siakam scored 16 points, including 12-of-14 at the foul line, and Vanderbilt came back to beat Texas A&M in overtime after never leading in regulation. Damian Jones' three-point play a minute into extra time gave Vanderbilt (14-10, 6-6 SEC) its first lead of the game at 52-49. Texas A&M (14-11, 5-7) had possession down 55-52 in the waning seconds, but Jamal Jones was called for an offensive flagrant foul with 8.1 seconds left while trying to create space for a potential game-tying 3-pointer.
South Carolina 67, Alabama 66: Mindaugas Kacinas tipped in a miss with 16.6 seconds left to give South Carolina (10-15, 3-9 SEC) a win. Sindarius Thornwell made two baskets and three free throws in the final 2:11. Thornwell finished with 22 points. Alabama (10-15, 4-8) had a chance to take the lead, but Trevor Releford's 3-pointer got stuck between the rim and backboard with 5.8 seconds to go. Releford finished with 27 points, 25 of them in the second half. Alabama has not won an SEC road game this season.
Missouri 75, Tennessee 70:Jabari Brown scored 24 points and made a last-minute play to help Missouri hold off Tennessee. With 7.7 seconds remaining and a 73-70 lead, Brown stole Jeronne Maymon's inbounds pass before Johnathan Williams III grabbed the ball and finished off the game's scoring with two free throws on the other end.
The Tigers (18-7, 6-6 SEC) needed all 60 minutes for the second consecutive contest to secure the win.
Arkansas 81, LSU 70: Ky Madden scored 21 points as Arkansas rallied in front of former President Bill Clinton.Coty Clarke added 16 points for the Razorbacks (16-9, 5-7 SEC), who honored the school's six Final Four teams at halftime. Clinton, an Arkansas native and alumnus, also received a framed No. 42 jersey in honor of his time as the 42nd President. Johnny O'Bryant led the Tigers (15-9, 6-6) with 20 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out with 1:55 remaining. LSU has now lost five straight road games.