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Kentucky Tabbed As Fave to Win SEC Tournament

SEC Conference Tournament Odds March 10 2020

After Kentucky led the SEC standings for most of conference play and finished the season 25-6 SU through 31 games, oddsmakers are going with the reliable Wildcats to win their conference tournament.

Online sportsbook Bovada has installed Kentucky as the +175 favorite to win the SEC conference tournament. The Wildcats have won it in four of the last five years, falling short in 2019 to Tennessee in the tourney semifinal.

Second on the oddsboard are the Auburn Tigers (+275), who won the tournament last year over the Volunteers and finished conference play at 12-6, second behind Kentucky’s 15-3 mark.

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Why Kentucky Is The Favorite

Winners of four of the last five SEC conference tournaments and ranked eighth nationally by the Associated Press, the Kentucky Wildcats pretty much deserve to be the favorite every year in this tournament. They led the conference at 15-3 SU in 18 games and routinely get top-ranked recruits from high school to be groomed for the NBA stage.

Kentucky finished second in points scored per game in the SEC (74.4) while owning a +8.3 point differential, which also ranked second in the conference. Unlike other years when the talent level has been so top-heavy, Kentucky is spreading the scoring around with four players averaging double-digit points, and three of them are upperclassmen.

Tyrese Maxey is the lone standout freshman on the squad and he’s putting up 14 points per game but is only shooting 29.2 percent on three-point attempts.

SEC Teams That Hold Value

Of course, betting on the Auburn Tigers to win the SEC tournament could still be a wise betting investment because they have shown they can beat the best teams in the conference. Auburn has wins over Kentucky and Tennessee this year and is led by the duo of freshman center Isaac Okoro and senior guard Samir Doughty, who paces the team at 16.7 points per game.

Where Auburn fell short this year was on the road as the Tigers’ scoring prowess dropped by 6.7 points per game away from home and they lost to teams like Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky in February. At +275, Auburn would present the best value but don’t overlook a team like Tennessee.

The Volunteers were not as highly regarded in 2020 after graduating Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams but point guard Lamonte Turner can still drop dimes while putting up 13.7 points per game. The one thing Tennessee has going in its favor is that this tournament is being played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, so a lot of the Vols games will have a home-court feel to them. At +1200, it’s worth a stab.  

2019-20 College Basketball: SEC Tournament Odds
TeamOdds
Kentucky Wildcats+175
Auburn Tigers+275
Florida Gators+350
LSU Tigers+550
Mississippi State Bulldogs+1000
Tennessee Volunteers+1200
Alabama Crimson Tide+2500
Arkansas Razorbacks+2500
South Carolina Gamecocks+3300
Texas A&M Aggies+6600
Georgia Bulldogs+8000
Missouri Tigers+10000
Ole Miss Rebels+10000
Vanderbilt Commodores+15000

Odds as of March 10 at BetOnline