ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels have Kentucky on the brink of another Southeastern Conference crown.
Fitch scored 24 points and Daniels added 21 as the eighth-ranked Wildcats rolled to a 78-63 victory over South Carolina in the SEC tournament semifinals.
Kentucky (25-4) will go for its 25th SEC tournament title on Sunday against Florida. The Wildcats, who own an eight-game winning streak, also have a probable No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in their sights.
"We've got to be ready every time," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "We've had some good runs the last couple of years. We'll just have to see."
Daniels capped an 11-2 run with a basket that opened up a 55-41 bulge with just under 12 minutes remaining. Fitch scored the first nine points of the outburst.
South Carolina (23-10) pulled within 66-58 on a pair of foul shots by Josh Gonner with just over four minutes left. Fitch drained a 3-pointer and Erik Daniels added a three-point play to restore a 14-point cushion.
Fitch continues to come off the bench since returning from a finger injury and made 8-of-12 shots in just 19 minutes, including four 3-pointers. The Wildcats shot 52 percent (30-of-58).
"Once you get on the court, you have to perform," Fitch said. "It doesn't matter if you start or come off the bench. You have to come out the same way."
Daniels, who scored 14 first-half points, was 9-of-14 from the floor to go with nine rebounds. Kentucky never trailed after the game's first eight minutes.
The Gamecocks dropped all three matchups with the Wildcats this season and are 5-34 in the all-time series.
"You go this far in the SEC tournament, (Kentucky's) going to be around," South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. "You don't want to play them, don't go to the tournament. We'll be back."
Gonner led South Carolina with 17 points and Carlos Powell chipped in with 12. But Mike Boynton, who averaged 25.0 points in the first two games, was limited to nine on 3-of-8 shooting thanks to a strong defensive effort by Cliff Hawkins.
"Cliff is a good defender," Smith said. "He can make you take hurried shots. Plus (Mike's) playing in his third game on that many days, and that's tough to do."
The Wildcats are 18-0 in SEC semifinals since 1979.