"I had nothing to do with that, said Smart when asked if he had knowledge of the offer discussed in the wiretap". I'm glad he hit it. The final ten minute of this matchup went back and forth as the two teams looked destined for their third overtime game of the season. I'm just saying we're good enough to be in that.
The Florida Gators and the Auburn Tigers will match up on the college basketball circuit Saturday in the SEC Tournament. And LSU clearly could've used Wade, who remains out because he has not agreed to speak with school officials. That player is believed to be freshman guard Javonte Smart, who has been cleared to play as an ongoing joint LSU-NCAA inquiry into the situation continues.
They accepted their trophy as the league's regular-season champs from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey before tipoff in a subdued ceremony.
Florida is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and the under is 10-3 in their last 13 overall.
Nembhard, left, of Aurora, Ont., hugs teammate Jalen Hudson after hitting the game-winner.
In this photo taken February 23, 2019, LSU head coach Will Wade, left, and assistant coach Tony Benford, right, watch the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La.
"Originally that wasn't the play we drew up, but they got to a 1-3-1", Andrew Nembhard said. "Looking back I shouldn't got a T on it".
Arkansas was down 15 (51-36) with 6:11 left before Jones spurred a 15-2 run by scoring 11 points (six free throws, a jumper and a 3-pointer) to trim the Razorbacks' deficit to two, 53-51, with 1:02 left. Then Allen passed out to Nembhard at the top of the key for the winning 3. White credited the two freshmen with good decisions.
Nembhard left of Aurora Ont. hugs teammate Jalen Hudson after hitting the game-winner
Nembhard, a Montverde Academy alum, had no time to do more than catch and shoot.
"I already knew it was going in", Auburn teammate Bryce Brown said.
An assist from Keyontae Johnson put Nembhard in position to sink a jumper from deep to bring the Gators up by three with one second on the clock.
Florida made 16-of-26 free throws, while LSU didn't attempt one until the second half and finished 7 of 11.
Exceptional efforts: Johnson was outstanding with the first double-double for a UF freshman in an SEC Tournament game since Donnell Harvey. he posted a team-high 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting (3 of 5 from three) with 12 rebounds. Smart was held out of the Tigers' win over Vanderbilt to end the regular season. Sports reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation intercepted a 2017 phone call between Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins, where Wade was upset over a third party not accepting his "offer" regarding a recruit.
"Those are good shots", Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said, "and don't think that Jared's not in the gym all the time".
The Gators made it to line 26 total times and converted on 16 of those opportunities, and knocked down six triples in the second half. LSU was whistled for 24 fouls, Florida 10. Florida's inability to defend inside was a constant theme out of the gates as LSU had 26 points in the paint in the first half. They wound up shooting 7 of 11 at the line while Florida was 16 of 26. "I've thought that the whole season, but I think we showed it tonight". "We don't have much momentum going in, but we've got the talent. I heard guys (say) when there's an interim coach, you're not getting any calls".