Brandon Knight finally got rolling at the Southeastern Conference tournament and No. 15 Kentucky looked like a young team peaking at just the right time with a 72-58 semifinal victory over Alabama on Saturday.
Knight scored 10 straight points to blow it open for the Wildcats (24-8), who have won seven out of eight. They will play in the SEC title game Sunday against either regular-season champion Florida or Vanderbilt.
Kentucky raced to a 37-21 halftime lead, even with Knight missing all four of his shots. Alabama (21-11) scored two quick baskets to start the second half before the freshman guard put an end to any thought of another big comeback by the Crimson Tide.
He knocked down his first two 3-pointers of the tournament, bolted into the lane for a layin and came off a screen to swish another jumper with a hand in his face, stretching Kentucky’s lead to 51-30.