“We’ve come a long way,” said center Al Horford, who added 14 points and 10 boards. “We’re all about setting records, and that’s what we did.” It started with Noah, the 6-foot-10 son of tennis star Yannick Noah. Noah, who had his father, mother, two sisters and brother on hand for what might have been his last home game, had scored 18 points the last three games and admittedly was playing without his usual energy. He had plenty of it against the “Kitty Cats,” the nickname Noah playfully gave Kentucky (20-10, 9-7) this week. The Gators (26-5, 13-3) got behind early again and were tied at halftime, but they used a 13-2 run to open the second half and pulled away down the stretch to finish the season unbeaten at home (18-0). Noah, much like last year’s run through the NCAA tournament, was the catalyst. He had a left-handed jam in the second-half spurt, then threw down consecutive dunks that pushed the lead to 62-51 with about 10 minutes to play. He added seven consecutive points in the closing minutes to seal the victory. Noah broke out of a slump with 17 points and 10 rebounds, played with the kind of passion missing in recent games and helped the fifth-ranked Gators rebound from consecutive losses and make history with an 85-72 victory against Kentucky on Sunday. Florida became the first Southeastern Conference team to win six in a row against the Wildcats. Only Notre Dame has won seven in a row against the storied program. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joakim Noah was thumping his chest, screaming at the top of his lungs and pumping up teammates with his hustle and tenacious defense. Noah was back to his usual self. And so was Florida. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=bRolOyFR&cid=8121&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on Bobby Perry led Kentucky with 20 points, but 16 of them came in the first half. At Creighton 67, No. 11 Southern Illinois 61 Anthony Tolliver had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Bluejays upset the Salukis in the Missouri Valley Conference title game to earn their seventh NCAA tournament appearance in nine years. Nate Funk added 19 points and four assists for the second-seeded Bluejays (22-10), who won the conference tournament for the sixth time in nine seasons. Jamaal Tatum had 21 points for Southern Illinois (27-6), which has won the regular-season title five times in the last six seasons but has won only one tournament title in that span. At No. 16 Louisville 86, Seton Hall 71 Edgar Sosa scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and the Cardinals clinched second place in the Big East. Terrence Williams and David Padgett scored 15 points apiece, Derrick Caracter added 13 and Jerry Smith had 10 points for Louisville (22-8, 12-4). Brian Laing scored a career-high 29 points for the Pirates (13-16, 4-12). Clemson 75, at No. 21 Virginia Tech 74 K.C. Rivers scored 22 points, including the decisive basket with 18 seconds remaining, and the Tigers prevented the Hokies from capturing a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season title. Cliff Hammonds added 17 points for Clemson (21-9, 7-9) in the ACC regular-season finale for both teams. Zabian Dowdell led Virginia Tech (20-10, 10-6) with 25 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!