The second round of the SEC Tournament was packed full of action, with four games being played on Thursday.
"It's been spectacular run by our guys the last couple weeks, been a lot of emotional games all packed into the last few weeks", Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said.
"We just had to keep our composure and stay together as a team", Monk said. Vanderbilt has the "team of destiny" feel to them as they make a late NCAA tournament push, but Arkansas is looking to get back to their second SEC title game in the last three years.
Sterling Brown led three players in double figures with 22 points as the top-seeded Mustangs pulled away from fourth-seeded Central Florida in the second half in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals at XL Center.
But continuing that trend wasn't an easy task. It began with a 20-point game against Georgia in the quarterfinals, and he followed that up with a career-high 28 points in Saturday's 79-74 win over Alabama.
"If I would have seen it, I would have said something", Calipari said. We needed some of the feeling that we had today. Arkansas will play its opening game on Friday at a time yet to be announced.
Fox also converted a pair of 3-point plays - the biggest of which gave Kentucky a 67-62 lead with 3:07 remaining - en route to 19 points after halftime. "I'm just caught up in the game. If the ball fell ... when it came off my hand it felt like it was going in, (and) it just rolled out". The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.
"That was a huge swing", Tide redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram said.
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"And really late in the season, it's nearly like you're waiting to put him in the game, like something has to happen so you can hurry up and put him in". That's a five-point swing right there. Isaiah Briscoe is the third double-digit scorer and Edrice Adebayo is grabbing 7.7 rebounds.
For the Wildcats, freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox is playing some of his best basketball of the season, and picked up SEC Most Outstanding Player honors. Fox was 8-of-12 on field goals and 11-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Along with Fox and Monk's excellent performances, Bam Adebayo had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Kentucky.
In the forecasts of the major bracketologists, Seton Hall was projected to receive a No. 9 or No. 10 seed.
But Monk answered with his first 3-pointer on the next possession and started an 11-0 Kentucky run over four minutes to take an 18-17 lead on a fast-break layup from Dominique Hawkins after another turnover by Alabama. "We were both playing for a championship, so people are very emotional".
According to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, they are a lock Sunday for an NCAA tournament bid.
"We're starting to build a bench that we know we can go to", he said.