NEW ORLEANS — John Calipari sounded like a coach trying to explain away a loss.
No. 1 Kentucky wasn't just supposed to beat LSU, it was supposed to win comfortably. Instead, the Wildcats labored through an 18-turnover performance in which the feisty Tigers led early in the second half and never trailed by more than nine before Kentucky closed out a 60-51 victory Friday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
"I'll go back and watch the tape and see what adjustments (need to be made), because people will be watching the tape, saying 'This is how you need to play them,'" Calipari said. "And we have been played every way possible."
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped Kentucky (31-1) overcome its early lethargy, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the opening 20 minutes before his fellow Wildcats came alive in the second half.
Storm Warren scored 14 for LSU (18-14).
Florida 66, Alabama 63
Bradley Beal scored 16, Erik Murphy added 15 and Florida beat Alabama in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals Friday.
The Gators had a 45-33 lead with 12:50 remaining after Murphy hit a pair of free throws, but Alabama responded with a 16-4 run to tie it at 49 on JaMychal Green's three-point play with 6:52 to go.
Alabama (21-11) had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Trevor Lacey's 3-pointer bounced off the rim.
Florida (23-9) will play top-ranked Kentucky today in the semifinals.
Mississippi 77, Tennessee 72 (OT)
Terrance Henry scored 19 points, Jarvis Summers added 17 and Mississippi beat Tennessee in overtime in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals Friday night.
Henry hit two free throws with 9.1 seconds left in regulation to give Ole Miss a 61-58 lead.
Tennessee's Skylar McBee banked in a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Ole Miss (20-12) advances to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2007.
Tennessee (18-14) was led by Trae Golden's 21 points.
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (Late)