Arkansas was lifted by Jaylen Barford, who was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Should Arkansas defeat Florida, the Hogs would play the victor of Tennessee-Mississippi State game at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Guard Daryl Macon also added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Arkansas trailed for the first 19:05, but with 4:51 to play in the first half the Gators hit a wall - a big part of it because Arkansas' perimeter defense had stepped up big time after a slow start. The win is the eighth in the last 10 games for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks (23-10), a winning stretch matched in the SEC only by No. 13 Tennessee who Arkansas will face on Saturday. Florida was shut out for nearly five minutes of clock time and by the time the Gators ended the drought on a couple of free throws it was 62-50 Arkansas with 5:04 left. It wouldn't surprise anyone if the Hogs win the SEC Tournament and make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament.
"Your coach leaves with basically four regular-season games left, and it's one of those deals that we had to try and rally around each other, stay positive, stay together, and they did a good job of that", Ole Miss interim coach Tony Madlock said. Keith Stone led Florida with 22 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. "Two games this year he dominated us". Arkansas didn't shoot as well from the field (42.9 percent) or the three-point line (30.8 percent) as they usually do, but the Hogs did play well enough to chant the single-elimination tournament mantra of "survive and advance" with their 69-65 victory over the Gamecocks. The Razorbacks caught and passed them on a layup by Adrio Bailey with 55 seconds remaining, enabling them to go to the locker room with a 30-29 edge.
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At Barcelona, Valverde was also asked if he could see a club one day spending €400m, and he replied: "I have no idea". But Neymar is a very good player. "We aren't going to talk about suppositions".
"We want to try to win the whole thing, but we are just going to take it one game at a time", Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza said.
Florida managed a couple of brief leads in the 2nd half, 31-30 after Hayes' tip-in 30 seconds in and 37-35 following a three pointer by KeVaughn Allen with 18:30 left. The Gators maintained the lead, pushing it back to 29-22 at the 4:54 mark on a 3-pointer by Okauru.
South Carolina: The loss puts an end to any hopes South Carolina had of returning to the NCAA Tournament, where it reached the school's first Final Four a year ago. The game gets underway at 9:25 p.m. ET on Friday, March 9, 2018. The games can be streamed on the SEC Network Plus or the WatchESPN app. Darious Hall answered the bell early and often, leading No. 6 Arkansas to a 69-64 win over No. 11 SC.