SEC Betting Odds Preview
The Kentucky Wildcats have won the SEC Championship 27 times, and are favored to do so again this season. Coming off of a disappointing season in which the team missed the NCAA Tournament altogether last year, a sensational recruiting class has Kentucky looking like the team to beat.
Kentucky is going off at -125 to win the SEC Championship at 5Dimes. The Wildcats bring in an astounding six players from the McDonald’s High School All-American team, led by Julius Randle. Randle is the best forward recruit in the nation, putting up an insane 32.5 points per game and 22.5 rebounds per game in his final year of high school. This team looks every bit as loaded as the 2012 National Championship team did.
The Florida Gators (+200 to win the SEC at 5Dimes) lost all three of their top scorers from last year’s team, and like Kentucky will rely heavily on an influx of young talent with an excellent batch of recruits and transfers coming in to fill the gaps. Florida has been a consistent national contender under Billy Donovan, and with a group second only to Kentucky in talent on paper in the SEC, that will continue this season.
Tennessee (+650) returns one of the conference’s most veteran groups, bringing back a strong core that includes Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes and Marquette transfer Jeronne Maymon. McRae was one of the SEC’s top scorers last season with 15.7 points per game, and if he and the rest of the Volunteers can take a step forward, this team should continue its upward trend.
Like Tennessee, Alabama (+800) will return a talented core of starters in Trever Releford, Rodney Cooper, and Levi Randolph. Releford is not only an excellent scorer (averaging 14.9 PPG last season), but one of the conference’s top defensive players as well.
The Missouri Tigers (+1000) play an exciting up-tempo brand of basketball that always makes them a threat, but this year could be a bit of a rebuilding year with four double-digit scorers from last year’s unit no longer on the team.
Rounding out the SEC (with all odds provided by 5Dimes):
South Carolina +1500
Texas A&M +2000
Mississippi State +2500