|Vanderbilt at Florida||12:00 PM||CBS/CBSsports.com|
|Georgia at Texas A&M||12:00 PM||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss at Missouri||3:30 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Alabama at Auburn||4:00 PM||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|South Carolina at Kentucky||6:00 PM||ESPN/WatchESPN|
|Mississippi State at Tennessee||6:00 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|LSU at Arkansas||8:30 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
The marquee game of the day, obviously, is South Carolina’s visit to Rupp Arena. Both teams are undefeated in conference play and if anybody’s going to unseat Kentucky in the conference race, the Gamecocks have a good chance to do it if they can win.
In the two early games, Florida hosts Vanderbilt in a game in which the Gators are favored pretty heavily. Georgia travels to Texas A&M, where the Aggies are in desperate need of a win at 1-5 in the SEC -- but then, the Bulldogs could probably use a win in College Station as well. The mid-afternoon games feature the basketball Iron Bowl and Missouri facing what might be its best chance remaining for an SEC win against Ole Miss.
The two late games on the SEC Network could be worth a watch. Mississippi State is a surprising 3-2 in SEC play and was competitive against Kentucky. Tennessee’s been competitive against a lot of good teams but has few wins to show for it. LSU travels to Arkansas in the late game; the Tigers are 1-5 in the SEC and Johnny Jones is... probably getting fired, but what else are you going to do on a Saturday night in January?
Odds and Picks
Season to Date: 70-87-1 ATS
- Georgia (+3.5) at Texas A&M: This seems almost too easy given the way these teams are playing, which means of course Texas A&M will win by 20, but I’ll take the Bulldogs and the points.
- Vanderbilt at Florida (-13): Vanderbilt has lost four in a row, and Florida will be looking to rebound from a midweek loss to South Carolina. I like the Gators here.
- Ole Miss at Missouri (+1.5): I normally wouldn’t dare pick a team on a nine-game losing streak, but Ole Miss’s roster is so depleted at the moment that if Missouri were ever going to win an SEC game, it’s here.
- Alabama at Auburn (Pick): I would feel a lot better about this pick if it were certain that Danjel Purifoy would play; as it stands, he’s a maybe. I still like Auburn to win at home either way.
- South Carolina (+12.5) at Kentucky: Call it gut instinct, or blame it on Kentucky having failed to cover three in a row, but I think South Carolina will keep this one relatively close.
- Mississippi State at Tennessee (-4.5): KenPom has this as an eight-point game and while his system may be underselling Mississippi State a bit, it’s probably not a three-point difference.
- LSU at Arkansas (-12.5): Arkansas’s loss to Mississippi State a week and a half ago is really looking like a fluke at this point, and LSU is not very good. I think the Razorbacks roll here.