Victor Bailey Jr., John Fulkerson and Keon Johnson scored 14 factors apiece and Tennessee rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Florida 65-54 on Sunday within the regular-season finale for each groups.
Tennessee (17-7, 10-7 SEC) secured the No. 4 seed and a bye into the Friday’s quarterfinals of the convention event.
Fulkerson added seven rebounds and 4 assists and Josiah-Jordan James had eight factors and 10 boards for the Volunteers.
Florida used a 13-2 run to take a 31-17 lead with 5 minutes left within the first half however Tennessee scored 11 of the ultimate 13 first-half factors to trim its deficit to 5 on the break. Florida missed seven consecutive, and 9 of 10, from the sector because the Vols ripped off a 21-4 spurt — together with eight factors by Bailey — to make it 53-43 with 7:33 to play.
Tyree Appleby had 17 factors on 7-of-14 capturing and Colin Castleton added 11 factors for Florida (13-9, 9-7).
The fifth-seeded Gators play the winner between No. 12 seed Texas A&M and No. 13 seed Vanderbilt in Thursday’s second spherical.
After being outrebounded 18-16 within the first half, Tennessee was plus-11 on the glass within the second. Florida had simply 21 factors after the break, its lowest-scoring half of the season.
The Gators went into the sport main the SEC in free-throw share (.760, thirty seventh NCAA), field-goal share (.472, forty second NCAA) and 3-point field-goal share (.359, 78th NCAA). On Sunday, they shot 41.7% from the sector, made 3 of 13 (23.1%) from behind the arc and hit 11 of 18 (61.1%) free throws.