|Missouri at Georgia||1:00 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Texas A&M at South Carolina||1:30 PM||CBS/CBSSports.com|
|Mississippi State at LSU||3:30 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Tennessee at Florida||5:15 PM||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss at Auburn||6:00 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
|Vanderbilt at Alabama||7:00 PM||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
|Arkansas at Kentucky||8:30 PM||SEC Network/WatchESPN|
It’s the first full Saturday of SEC basketball action of the season, and to be honest, you might do all right if you just leave it on the SEC Network all day as that channel will show four games. Okay, okay, the first two games (Missouri-Georgia and Mississippi State-LSU) aren’t too enticing, and you might do better to watch Texas A&M-South Carolina and Tennessee-Florida in the afternoon. On the other hand, Ole Miss and Auburn are both fun to watch even if that game’s probably not too “meaningful” (of course, if that’s your thing, stick to football...) and Arkansas-Kentucky... well, Kentucky’s probably going to win but both teams are pretty damn entertaining.
Odds and Picks
Season to Date: 55-78-1 ATS
(I’ll point out that while the overall record looks ugly, I went 5-2 this week and I’m now 6-6 ATS on SEC games — hey, maybe the problem is picking games involving teams I don’t know much of anything about?)
- Missouri at Georgia (-13): Missouri’s lost five in a row and is 1-5 ATS in their last six lined games. Why bet against those trends?
- Texas A&M at South Carolina (-6.5): This line seems to be underestimating what the Gamecocks are capable of when they’re at full strength, and I’m really concerned about Texas A&M’s mentality after a 42-point loss. Also, is Billy Kennedy done experimenting with giving big minutes to a walk-on?
- Mississippi State (+4) at LSU: Either one of these teams is capable of coming out and laying an egg here, so let’s go with the one that’s getting four points.
- Tennessee (+12) at Florida: Let’s make one thing clear: Florida is perfectly capable of covering this number. But this still seems to be way too many points for me to feel comfortable taking the Gators against what’s obviously a decent Tennessee team.
- Ole Miss at Auburn (-3.5): Both of these teams are desperate at 0-2 and neither one has looked particularly good in SEC play, and the line basically says this game is a coin flip -- so let’s go with the team that has the home crowd.
- Vanderbilt (+4) at Alabama: Games between these two almost always seem to come down to the wire; in fact, the last ten matchups between the two have been decided by ten points or less. Bet on another close game, which means taking Vanderbilt and the points.
- Arkansas at Kentucky (-16.5): Sorry, Arkansas: you’re running into a buzzsaw.