Barford would pick up his second double-double of the season, finishing one point shy of a career high with 27 points and tying his career high with 10 rebounds.
Daniel Gafford chipped in a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Daryl Macon added 13 points and Anton Beard finished with 10.
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 quick five-point swing was massive. Ole Miss AthleticsThe Ole Miss Rebels basketball teams 2018 season came to a heartbreaking 85-84 close to South Carolina Wednesday night in the SEC Tournament. Keith Stone led Florida with 22 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. 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.
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The third-seeded Gators (20-11) will face sixth-seed Arkansas on Friday night in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. Macon, who once again hit key free throws down the stretch to ice the game for the Razorbacks, scored 12 points and passed out 4 assists. One of Florida's largest strengths was their ability to convert at the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers have won three of their last four neutral site games.
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For the Gamecocks, Chris Silva had 15 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the No. 11 seed Gamecocks (17-16.) USC advanced to the second round with a win over MS on Wednesday night.
After trading blows the first three and-a-half minutes of the second half, Arkansas went up 5 points. On South Carolina's next possession, Barford tipped and stole a pass and returned it for an easy layup and seven-point lead.
Silva and Kotsar both scored 15 points to lead SC. The Gators then scored 8-straight to make it an 18-10 lead, but the Hogs had it at a 1-point game, 21-20, on a Barford 3-pointer that bounced off the top of the backboard with 8:45 to go.
Florida is now projected as a 5 to 6 seed in most NCAA Tournament mock web sites.
Both games can be seen on SEC Network.
The Razorbacks took a 7-point lead on a 1 of 2 showing at the free throw line by Barford with 7:56 left to move the Hogs ahead 55-48.