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SEC Tournament Betting Preview

SEC Conference Tournament betting action has gone according to the script heading into the semifinals of the event on Saturday, with each of the top four seeds still alive.

The first semifinal matchup on Saturday will have No. 1 Florida taking on No. 4 Tennessee. Florida beat Missouri 72-49 in the quarterfinals, while Tennessee got past South Carolina by a 59-44 score.

The second semifinal matchup will then be No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Georgia. Kentucky is coming off an 85-67 win over LSU in the quarterfinals, with Georgia slipping past Mississippi by a score of 75-73 on Friday.

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No. 1 Florida will begin its run at a conference tournament crown on Friday as the Gators hit the hardwood in SEC Tournament betting action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Florida will face Missouri in Friday's quarterfinal round at the tournament, after the Tigers got past Texas A&M 91-83 in second-round action on Thursday. The other Thursday results at the SEC Tournament were South Carolina over Arkansas 71-69, LSU over Alabama 68-56, and Mississippi over Mississippi State 78-66.

The other three quarterfinal contests at the SEC Tournament on Friday are South Carolina vs. fourth-seeded Tennessee, LSU vs. second-seeded Kentucky, and Mississippi vs. third-seeded Georgia.

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No. 1 Florida has its sights set on an NCAA Tournament title, but for this week they'll be gunning for their conference tournament crown as the favorites in SEC Tournament betting action at the sportsbooks.

Florida is the -120 tournament favorite at 5Dimes, with No. 2 Kentucky at +250, No. 4 Tennessee at +550, No. 5 Arkansas at +1500, and No. 3 Georgia at +2500.

Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee all have byes into the quarterfinals of SEC Tournament betting action on Friday. In the second round on Thursday it'll be No. 9 Texas A&M (+30000) vs. No. 8 Missouri (+3000) and No. 10 Alabama (+4500) vs. No. 7 LSU (+3300). Arkansas and Ole Miss (+3000) also have byes into the second round.

In opening-round action on Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta it'll be No. 11 Vanderbilt (+10000) vs. No. 14 Mississippi State (+250000) and No. 12 Auburn (+100000) vs. No. 13 South Carolina (+150000).

SEC Tournament Odds at 5Dimes

Florida -120
Kentucky +250
Tennessee +550
Arkansas +1500
Georgia +2500
Missouri +3000
Mississippi +3000
LSU +3300
Alabama +4500
Vanderbilt +10000
Texas A&M +30000
Auburn +100000
South Carolina +150000
Mississippi State +250000

SEC Tournament Schedule

Opening Rounds - March 12-13
Quarterfinals - March 14
Semifinals - March 15
Championship Game - March 16

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No. 1 Florida made advancing to the SEC semifinals look easy with an 80-58 win over No. 9 LSU on Friday. Florida will take on No. 4 Alabama on Saturday after Alabama defeated Tennessee 58-48 on Friday. Florida is 6-0 SU and 3-3 ATS in its last six games against Alabama.

Not only did No. 10 Vanderbilt upset No. 2 Kentucky, it did so in blowout fashion in a 64-48 win on Friday. Vandy will attempt to play spoiler again Saturday against No. 3 Ole Miss, which edged out No. 6 Missouri 64-62. Vanderbilt is 11-2 SU and 9-4 ATS in its last 12 games against Mississippi.

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No. 9 LSU defeated No. 8 Georgia 68-63 on Thursday to advance into an SEC semifinal matchup against No. 1 Florida. Florida is 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS in its last four games against LSU.

No. 5 Tennessee will take on No. 4 Alabama on Friday after crushing Mississippi State 69-53 on Thursday. Alabama is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four against Tennessee.

No. 10 Vanderbilt topped No. 7 Arkansas 75-72 Thursday and will square off against No. 2 Kentucky on Friday. Kentucky is 5-1 SU but just 1-5 ATS in its last six games against Vanderbilt.

No. 6 Missouri took care of No. 11 Texas A&M 62-50, and will now face No. 3 Mississippi in the semifinals. The teams split their season series 1-1 SU and ATS this year.

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No. 13 Mississippi State defeated No. 12 South Carolina 70-59 Wednesday to advance to the second round of the SEC Tournament. Mississippi State will take on No. 5 Tennessee on Thursday. Tennessee is 7-3 SU and ATS in its last 10 games against Mississippi State.

No. 11 Texas A&M topped No. 14 Auburn Wednesday to earn a second-round matchup against No. 6 Missouri. Texas A&M is 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games against Missouri.

No. 9 LSU and No. 8 Georgia will also meet in Thursday’s quarterfinals, as well as No. 10 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Arkansas.

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For most of the regular season, Florida had been the clear class of the SEC. However, with a lackluster 3-3 SU finish down the stretch, Florida could be vulnerable in SEC Tournament betting at the sportsbooks if it doesn’t get back on its game.

Even with the recent skid, No. 1 seed Florida finished with the SEC’s best overall record (24-6 SU) and conference record (14-4 SU), earning them the top seed in the conference and a bye into the quarterfinals.

No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Mississippi, and No. 4 Alabama also earned byes into the quarterfinals with conference records of 12-6 SU.

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The SEC Tournament gets underway on Wednesday when No. 13 Mississippi State faces No. 12 South Carolina. Both teams finished with a 4-14 SU record in conference play. Mississippi State is 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS in its last eight games against South Carolina.

In Wednesday’s other first-round matchup, No. 14 Auburn takes on No. 11 Texas A&M. Auburn finished with the worst conference record in the SEC at 3-15 SU and is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS all-time against Texas A&M.

On Thursday, the second round of the SEC Tournament starts off with No. 9 LSU vs. No. 8 Georgia. LSU is 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS in its last nine games against Georgia, but Georgia is 2-1 SU and ATS over the last three games in this series including a win in their meeting this year.

No. 10 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Arkansas will also meet in Thursday’s second-round action. Arkansas is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games against Vanderbilt, but Vanderbilt won handily in a 67-49 home win over Arkansas last month.

Rounding out the second round, No. 5 Tennessee will play against the winner of the Mississippi State vs. South Carolina matchup, and No. 6 Missouri will face the winner of the Auburn vs. Texas A&M game.

SEC Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of 5Dimes:

Florida -210
Kentucky +525
Missouri +700
Mississippi +850
Tennessee +1800
Alabama +3300
Arkansas +5500
LSU +17500
Georgia +22500
Vanderbilt +23000
Texas A&M +30000
South Carolina +100000
Auburn +100000
Mississippi State +200000

Wednesday, March 13 – First Round
7:30 PM ET – No. 13 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 South Carolina (Game 1)
10:00 PM ET – No. 14 Auburn vs. No. 11 Texas A&M (Game 2)

Thursday, March 14 – Second Round
1:00 PM ET – No. 9 LSU vs. No. 8 Georgia (Game 3)
3:30 PM ET – Game 1 Winner vs. No. 5 Tennessee (Game 4)
7:30 PM ET – No. 10 Vanderbilt vs. No. 7 Arkansas (Game 5)
10:00 PM ET - Game 2 Winner vs. No. 6 Missouri (Game 6)

Friday, March 15 - Quarterfinals
1:00 PM ET - Game 3 Winner vs. No. 1 Florida (Game 7)
3:30 PM ET - Game 4 Winner vs. No. 4 Alabama (Game 8)
7:30 PM ET - Game 5 Winner vs. No. 2 Kentucky (Game 9)
10:00 PM ET - Game 6 Winner vs. No. 3 Mississippi (Game 10)

Saturday, March 16 - Semifinals
1:00 PM ET - Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
3:30 PM ET - Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner

Sunday, March 16 - Championship Game
1:00 PM ET - Semifinal Winners

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Considering that the Kentucky Wildcats are the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament this season, the defending SEC Champions, and 30-1 overall with a 16-0 conference record, it would take a pretty big upset for any other team to win the SEC Tournament.

Kentucky opened at TopBet as substantial -400 chalk to breeze through the conference as it has all season. If anyone is going to catch the Wildcats sleeping, it would likely have to be Florida (+200) or Vanderbilt (+300).

The tournament tips off Thursday afternoon with the No. 8 LSU Tigers and the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas holds a 9-3-1 ATS edge over the Tigers in their last 12 games, but LSU has turned the tides a bit recently with a 3-2 SU and ATS record over their last five meetings.

With a 2-14 conference record, the No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks are being given virtually no chance to win the tournament at +25000, and will likely suffer an early exit at the hands of No. 5 Alabama. South Carolina did get one of its two conference wins in an upset over Alabama at home this season though, so they should at least have a little confidence. The total has gone UNDER in seven of the last eight games between these two teams.

No. 7 Mississippi takes on No. 10 Auburn in what looks to be a fairly even matchup on paper. Fireworks tend to fly on offense when these two teams meet as the total has gone OVER in five of their last six meetings.

Wrapping up the first round is the No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs looking for the upset over the No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Georgia has won each of the last two meetings between these two teams (including an upset this year), and is 3-0 ATS in its last three against Mississippi State.

Check out the live SEC odds and see matchup reports and betting trends on every game.

SEC Conference Tournament Odds - courtesy of TopBet:
Kentucky -400
Florida +200
Vanderbilt +300
Alabama +800
Tennessee +800
LSU +1200
Mississippi State +2000
Arkansas +2000
Mississippi +2000
Auburn +10000
Georgia +10000
South Carolina +25000

Thursday, March 8 - First Round
1:00 PM ET - No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 Arkansas (Game 1)
3:30 PM ET - No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 12 South Carolina (Game 2)
7:30 PM ET - No. 7 Mississippi vs. No. 10 Auburn (Game 3)
10:00 PM ET - No. 6 Mississippi State vs. No. 11 Georgia (Game 4)

Friday, March 9 - Quarterfinals
1:00 ET - Game 1 Winner vs. No. 1 Kentucky (Game 5)
3:30 PM ET - Game 2 Winner vs. No. 4 Florida (Game 6)
7:30 PM ET - Game 3 Winner vs. No. 2 Tennessee (Game 7)
10:00 PM ET - Game 4 Winner vs. No. 3 Vanderbilt (Game 8)

Saturday, March 10 - Semifinals
1:00 PM ET - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner
3:30 PM ET - Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner

Sunday, March 11 - Championship Game
1:00 PM ET - Semifinal Winners