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January 28 SEC Basketball Schedule: TV, Tip Times, How to Watch, Streaming, Odds and Picks

The SEC/Big 12 Challenge dominates most of today’s slate.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Schedule

Game Time (ET) TV/Streaming
Texas A&M at West Virginia 12:00 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
Florida at Oklahoma 2:00 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
LSU at Texas Tech 2:00 PM ESPNU/WatchESPN
Kansas State at Tennessee 2:00 PM ESPN2/WatchESPN
Arkansas at Oklahoma State 4:00 PM ESPNU/WatchESPN
Texas at Georgia 4:00 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
Iowa State at Vanderbilt 4:00 PM ESPN2/WatchESPN
Mississippi State at Alabama 6:00 PM SEC Network/WatchESPN
Auburn at TCU 6:00 PM ESPNU/WatchESPN
Baylor at Ole Miss 6:00 PM ESPN2/WatchESPN
Kansas at Kentucky 6:15 PM ESPN/WatchESPN
South Carolina at Missouri 8:30 PM SEC Network/WatchESPN

In theory, the SEC/Big 12 Challenge is a good idea. In practice, it doesn’t really work that well.

For one, it would work much better as a Bracket Busters-style event, where the matchups are announced a couple of weeks in advance. Instead, matchups set months in advance like Florida-Oklahoma and Texas A&M-West Virginia are a lot less appealing than they sounded at the time (It doesn’t help matters, either, that South Carolina is not participating on the SEC’s end).

Another issue is that ESPN decided to cram three matchups into every window except the early one.

Why not spread things out and play games that tip off later than 6:00 PM ET?

Still, there are some decent matchups outside of the marquee matchup between Kansas and Kentucky. Arkansas-Oklahoma State and Kansas State-Tennessee are twin matchups of bubble teams — okay, the Vols are better described as a fringe bubble team right now, though that could easily change. But really, Mississippi State-Alabama might be a more interesting game than half of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge games -- so really, good work, ESPN.


Odds and Picks

Season to Date: 76-91-1 ATS

With 12 games on the schedule today, I don’t have time for analysis, so we’ll just do the picks.

  • Texas A&M at West Virginia (-16)
  • Kansas State at Tennessee (-1.5)
  • Florida (-1.5) at Oklahoma
  • LSU at Texas Tech (-15.5)
  • Arkansas (+7) at Oklahoma State
  • Texas (+6) at Georgia
  • Iowa State at Vanderbilt (+1.5)
  • Kansas at Kentucky (-7.5)
  • Auburn (+10) at TCU
  • Mississippi State (+7.5) at Alabama
  • Baylor (-7.5) at Ole Miss
  • South Carolina (-10.5) at Missouri