GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Chandler Parsons reached out to shake Jeremy Foley's hand, he asked Florida's athletic director to "size me up."
For a Southeastern Conference championship ring, of course.
Parsons had a season-high 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, Vernon Macklin had 19 points, and the 14th-ranked Gators clinched at least a share of the SEC title by beating Alabama 78-51 on Tuesday night.
"It feels really good," Parsons said. "It's been a long time coming, but I hope this is just the beginning of me being a champion. I hope we can keep winning many more games."
The Gators, who have won 10 of their last 12 games, can claim their fifth outright league title with a win at No. 21 Vanderbilt on Saturday. Florida (23-6, 12-3) also would win the league if Georgia beats Alabama earlier that day.
The Crimson Tide (19-10, 11-4) needed a road win to improve their chances of making the NCAA Tournament. Now, Alabama likely needs to win the SEC Tournament to earn the league's automatic bid.
Florida dominated every aspect of the second half, using a 10-0 run to build a double-digit lead and then pouring it on with three-pointers and dunks. The Gators made 26 of their final 37 shots against the SEC's best defense in their best half of the season and maybe the program's best half since winning consecutive national titles in 2006 and 2007.
"I thought we played special in the second half," Florida Coach Billy Donovan said.
Seniors Parsons, Macklin and Alex Tyus were right in the middle of it — on Senior Night no less. Tyus finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
The only thing left for Florida in the final minutes was getting the seniors standing ovations. Donovan took it a step further by putting injured senior Adam Allen in the game. Allen hadn't played since his freshman year because of knee problems.