Alabama advances to SEC semifinals with win over South Carolina

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (al.com) – A day after Alabama easily dispatched Mississippi State from the SEC tournament, the Crimson Tide was forced to rely on grit and determination to earn its second victory in a span of 24 hours.

Alabama defeated South Carolina, 64-53, on Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville — using a potent concoction of defense, elbow grease and some intestinal fortitude to outlast the Gamecocks.

Now, a matchup with mighty Kentucky (27-5) — the nation’s eight-ranked team–  awaits the Crimson Tide in the semifinal round at noon.

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