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SEC Basketball Odds: ’Bama Favored to Win SEC Tournament

The Alabama Crimson Tide headline the SEC basketball odds in 2021.

With the 2020-21 college basketball season soon coming to a conclusion, the battle to become the new March Madness champion is not far off the radar.

One of the more wide-open conferences, the Southeastern Conference, is offering plenty of value for hoops bettors looking to make some money on the hardwood in SEC basketball odds.

Online sportsbook BetUS has updated its SEC basketball odds and Alabama tops the list at +210, followed by Arkansas (+250), Tennessee (+450), Florida (+525) and LSU (+575) at the top of the list.

SEC conference play began on December 29, and the 2021 SEC Tournament is March 10-14 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

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2020-21 College Basketball: SEC Basketball Odds

TeamOdds
Alabama+210
Arkansas+250
Tennessee+450
Florida+525
LSU+575
Kentucky+800
Missouri+900
Ole Miss+2000
Mississippi State+6600
Georgia+10000
South Carolina+15000
Texas A&M+20000
Vanderbilt+25000

Odds as of March 10 at BetUS

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’Bama Earns No. 1 Seed

As a result of its regular-season dominance, Alabama is the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament. No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Tennessee all have double byes to the third round. 

Texas A&M (No. 13) and Vanderbilt (No. 12) will kick things off Wednesday in the first game of the tournament, with the winner going on to play No. 5 Florida. Because Auburn is not eligible for the tournament due to NCAA sanctions, there is only one first-round game.

In the second round, ninth-ranked Mississippi State faces No. 8 Kentucky, No. 10 Georgia gets No. 7 Missouri and No. 11 South Carolina clashes with No. 6 Ole Miss.

The quarterfinals will occur on Friday before the semifinal and championship rounds on Saturday and Sunday respectively, so keep an eye out on the shifting SEC basketball odds by visiting our NCAAB odds page.

Kentucky Fails to Live Up to Preseason Hype

The Wildcats have undoubtedly been the biggest disappointment in the SEC, as John Calipari’s club opened the campaign as the +170 favorite. 

Kentucky has had a season to forget thus far, with the Wildcats sitting at 9-15 and eighth in the conference. The blue-blood program has gone 8-9 in conference play.

It’s an incredibly surprising sight considering the school’s consistent success in the past. The Wildcats have won a record 49 SEC championships, well ahead of the runner-up LSU Tigers, who boast 11. 

Can Anyone Catch Alabama?

Alabama was an afterthought at the beginning of the season, with the Crimson Tide ranking seventh on the oddsboard at +1400 in SEC basketball odds. A notorious football powerhouse, the Crimson Tide are out to prove their hoops program can dominate the SEC akin to the football team.

Alabama comfortably topped the SEC standings thanks to a stellar 16-2 mark in conference play and a 21-6 overall record. 

The last time Alabama won the SEC Tournament was all the way back in 2002. In total, the Tide have eight regular-season championships. It’s safe to say basketball fans in Tuscaloosa, fresh off celebrating a national championship in football, have their eyes set on some bragging rights on the hardwood.

Will Lack of Motivation Hurt Some Top Teams?

There is a select group of SEC teams that will qualify for the NCAA Tournament regardless of what happens in the SEC Tournament, so bettors would be wise to tread carefully when factoring motivation into their handicapping.

CBS bracketology expert Jerry Palm has included six SEC teams in the bracket of 68 in his most recent update: Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Florida and Missouri. 

While it’s far from a given that all six of those schools will qualify for the NCAA Tournament, there could be some players who are already planning their trip to the big dance and overlooking the conference tournament at hand.