We had Tennessee taking down the SEC Tournament at +375 following the conclusion of the regular season, and the Vols came through with a 65-50 win over Texas A&M in the title game. Watch out for Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament this week!
Before March Madness gets underway, college basketball programs across the nation must first crown a champion in their respective conference tournaments while helping to determine seeding for the Big Dance.
One of the more wide-open conferences this year, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) had four teams ranked in the AP Top 25, which offered plenty of value for hoops bettors looking to make some money on the hardwood in SEC basketball odds.
The tournament has had a couple of surprising upsets in the later rounds, setting the stage for an exciting final.
Online sportsbook BetOnline Sportsbook has updated its SEC basketball championship odds and No. 9 Tennessee tops the list at -270, followed by Texas A&M at +220 to win the tournament.
2021-22 SEC Basketball Odds
Odds as of March 13 at BetOnline Sportsbook
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SEC Tournament Format
Conferences have different rules for their respective tournaments, so it is worth pointing out how they differ from one another.
In the SEC, all 14 teams participate in the tournament with the top 10 teams receiving a bye in the first round and the top four teams getting a double bye and a pass to the quarterfinals.
The teams are seeded based on their conference record with a tiebreaker system in place for those with identical records. Auburn won the regular-season championship and got the top seed for the tournament.
All of the games for the SEC Tournament take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
The first round consisted of Missouri facing Ole Miss and Vanderbilt taking on Georgia. Missouri and Vanderbilt won their matchups and took on LSU and Alabama, respectively, in the second round.
In the second round, LSU and Texas A&M took care of business and defeated their lower-seeded opponents, Missouri and Florida. But 10th-seeded Mississippi State and 11th-seeded Vanderbilt pulled off big upsets over South Carolina and Alabama, respectively.
Here’s how the quarterfinals lined up as a result:
No. 1 Auburn vs No. 8 Texas A&M
No. 4 Arkansas vs No. 5 LSU
No. 2 Tennessee vs No. 10 Mississippi State
No. 3 Kentucky vs No. 11 Vanderbilt
Does Texas A&M Have A Legit Chance?
March is about who gets hot at the right time and plays good team basketball. The Aggies are doing both of those things as they have won seven straight games to bring them to this point.
Texas A&M is a very solid defensive team that has some trouble scoring the basketball. The Tigers rank 37th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency but are 67th on the offensive side.
Not ranked in the AP Top 25 likely due to their poor 9-9 conference record, the underlying numbers suggest this team is playing like a top-25 team in the nation, so we believe that they have a legit shot and the value is certainly there at +220.
SEC Basketball Odds Best Bet
Tennessee Volunteers (-270)
We said a couple of days ago when the Vols were +375 that they were the best bet and here they are today in the SEC championship as 6-point favorites.
Like LSU, Tennessee is an elite defensive team (third in adjusted defensive efficiency), but it has a better offense (43rd in adjusted offensive efficiency).
The Vols beat Auburn just two weekends ago and beat Kentucky twice, including their semifinal victory. They also have wins over No. 2 Arizona and LSU.
According to kenpom.com, Tennessee had the seventh-hardest schedule this season, and yet they still finished as the No. 2 seed for the SEC Tournament after a tiebreaker with Kentucky. As a result, the Vols get Texas A&M in the final. They beat the Aggies 90-80 back on February 1.
The value isn’t there any more, but the Vols should be able to get it done.
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