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No. 12 Florida hoops falls to Vanderbilt in regular-season finale, holds No. 2 seed in SEC Tournament

Despite shooting better from the field and holding a slight rebounding margin, the No. 12 Florida Gators men's basketball team fell 73-71 on the road to Vanderbilt on Saturday to close out the regular season.

Canyon Barry paced Florida's offense with a team-high 15 points off the bench, while KeVaughn Allen added 13 -- all in the first half.

But Florida (24-7, 14-4 SEC) was unable to stop Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet. The center tallied a game-high 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting and sank 8 of his 10 free throws -- including six of eight down the stretch to allow Vanderbilt (17-14, 10-8 SEC) to sweep the season series despite the Gators leading by as many as 12 points.

With the loss -- and the subsequent 71-63 win by No. 9 Kentucky -- the Gators will be the No. 2 seed in next week's SEC Tournament in Nashville and earned a coveted double bye. Florida will face the winner of 10th-seed Texas A&M and seventh-seed Vanderbilt on Friday, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. 

The full bracket with dates and times can be found here (Note the tipoffs are in central time).

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