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December 23 SEC Basketball Schedule: TV, Tip Times, Streaming, How to Watch, Odds and Picks

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The last day of basketball action before the holidays.

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

What Happened Last Night

  • Mississippi State 85, Morehead State 76: Mississippi State played with fire in this one, falling behind by 10 in the first half before rallying in the second half to put away Morehead State. Quinndary Weatherspoon set a career high with 27 points.
  • Tennessee 72, East Tennessee State 68: This was more impressive than it sounds: East Tennessee State is 83rd in KenPom and this was on the road. Detrick Mostella had a career-high 25 points and the Vols got through a tough nonconference slate with a 7-5 record.
  • Arkansas 90, Sam Houston State 56: Arkansas held Sam Houston State to 31 percent shooting (and 3-for-23 from three) and came away with an easy win, the Razorbacks’ eighth in a row and improving their record to 11-1. Moses Kingsley had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win.
  • Wake Forest 110, LSU 76: Um... ouch. Wake Forest shot 59 percent from the floor and scored 1.41 points per possession, outscoring LSU 67-38 in the second half. Antonio Blakeney had 21 points for LSU, but it’s hard to draw too many positives when the other team was basically scoring at will.
  • Ole Miss 92, South Alabama 58: Ole Miss appears to have fixed its defensive problems that plagued the team early in the season, as the Rebels held South Alabama to 28.8 percent shooting. Sebastian Saiz posted a double-double for the third game in a row (and seventh time this season) with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Today’s Schedule

Game Time (ET) TV/Streaming
Auburn at UConn 2:30 PM ESPN2/WatchESPN
Georgia at Oakland 7:00 PM ESPN3/WatchESPN

This is, essentially, the last day of SEC action until conference play kicks off next Thursday (technically, South Carolina plays Division II Lander on Tuesday night — but, well, that almost doesn’t count.) And two SEC teams are playing road games — albeit in the backyard of a star player. Auburn’s Mustapha Heron is from Connecticut, and Georgia’s Yante Maten grew up five miles away from Oakland. It’s hardly unusual for coaches to schedule a road nonconference game to let a guy play in front of his hometown fans.

Odds and Picks

Yesterday: 2-2 ATS; Season to Date: 48-71-1 ATS

  • Auburn (+3.5) at UConn: Does this game sound daunting? Well, if you don’t pay attention to the AAC, UConn’s 5-5 and ranked 77th in KenPom; they’re not all that impressive this season. They’re probably not as good as the Oklahoma team that Auburn beat on Wednesday night, so why not go with Auburn again here?
  • Georgia (-1.5) at Oakland: While Oakland’s 9-3 on the season, most of that record has been built on the backs of teams that are considerably worse than Georgia. Yante Maten should have a field day in front of his home crowd and playing a team that doesn’t have a lot of size inside.