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Vanderbilt takes down Kentucky, FSU beats North Carolina as March Madness nears

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Vanderbilt Commodores forward James Siakam (35) celebrates with his teammates after their team defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 71-64 during the final of the SEC men's NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans, La., March 11. Vanderbilt has not won the SEC Championship since 1951.

The Commodores took down No. 1 Kentucky 71-64 in the SEC tournament title, denying the ‘Cats a chance to sweep the league’s regular-season and tourney titles, not to mention taking some of the sheen off the nation’s most dominant team. Kentucky entered the game with 24 consecutive wins.

No. 17 Florida State used a sharp-shooting performance from three-point range and 18 points from all-conference guard Michael Snaer to beat the No. 4 Tar Heels, 85-82, and win the ACC tournament title.

It was a much closer game than the 33-point beatdown that the Seminoles gave North Carolina on January 14th, but Florida State was helped to victory on Sunday afternoon by many of the same things that got them a win earlier in the year.

-- Reported by CollegeBasketballTalk on nbcsports.com

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The Florida State Seminoles celebrate after they won 85-82 against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, in Atlanta, Georgia.