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Kentucky, Florida Head And Shoulders Above Competition In SEC

SEC basketball has basically amounted to Kentucky and everyone else over the past several years. However, Florida has stepped up to the plate and proven that it belongs in the same class as Kentucky this season. So, when oddsmakers released odds for which team will win the SEC tourney, it was a no-brainer that Kentucky and Florida would be well ahead of the competition.

The Wildcats are currently +100 to win their third consecutive SEC tourney. It’s easy to see why, as four of the program’s five losses this season have come against ranked opponents. The freshman tandem of Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox has been the best in the nation, as the guard duo averages a combined 37.0 points, 7.4 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game, with both players shooting over 46 percent from the floor.

However, one of Kentucky’s rare losses came against Florida. The Gators held the fifth-highest scoring offense in the nation to just 66 points and outrebounded Kentucky 54-29 in that victory. Florida’s size has proven to be hard to deal with, as six of the team’s nine players averaging at least 12 minutes per game are 6’6” or taller. This length and defensive presence have been the reason Florida has held opponents to just 66.4 ppg and a paltry 40.8 shooting percentage.

2016-17 NCAAB SEC Championship Odds

Odds as of March 6 at BetOnline

  • Kentucky +100
  • Florida +165
  • South Carolina +900
  • Arkansas +1400
  • Vanderbilt +1600
  • Georgia +3300
  • Alabama +3300
  • Texas A&M +3300
  • Ole Miss +4000
  • Tennessee +4000
  • Auburn +5000
  • Mississippi State +8000
  • Missouri +15000
  • LSU +20000

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To the surprise of nobody, Kentucky will enter the 2016-17 college basketball season as the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC. Despite losing the bulk of his starting lineup from last season, John Calipari had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, which was highlighted by the guard duo of Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox.

The Wildcats enter the NCAAB season as -150 favorites to claim the SEC. Kentucky inked 11 scholarship players this offseason, eight of whom were ranked within the top 60 in the recruiting class. If Kentucky’s 156-63 preseason victory over Asbury is any indication, the SEC should be worried.

Next on the oddsboard are the Florida Gators, who come into the season at +550. During his first year as head coach, Mike White took a 16-17 Florida squad to 21-15 and increased their points per game by more than 10. The Gators return five players who averaged 9.0-plus points last season, but they will need to rectify their shooting issues if they want to be any threat to Kentucky.

Texas A&M looks to be in the mix atop the SEC despite losing four starters from last season. The Aggies are looking like college basketball’s answer to the Milwaukee Bucks, as the team has ridiculous length all over the court. The biggest question mark will be point guard play, as Anthony Collins has moved on and J.J. Caldwell was ruled ineligible.

2016-17 NCAAB SEC Conference Championship Odds

Odds as of November 7 at BetOnline

  • Kentucky -150
  • Florida +550
  • Texas A&M +700
  • Vanderbilt +1200
  • Georgia +1400
  • Alabama +2000
  • Arkansas +2000
  • Auburn +3300
  • Ole Miss +3300
  • Mississippi State +3300
  • South Carolina +3300
  • Tennessee +5000
  • LSU +5000
  • Missouri +10000

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