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January 2 SEC Basketball Schedule: Time, TV, Streaming, Odds, and Picks

We’ll find out a lot about Auburn and Mississippi State tonight.

NCAA Basketball: Connecticut at Auburn Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

What Happened (Sunday) Night

  • Kentucky 66, Georgia 61: Kentucky had a tough time with Georgia; the Bulldogs led much of the way before a Shai Gilgeous-Alexander three-pointer with 4:41 left gave the Wildcats a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 21 points off the bench for Kentucky; Yante Maten had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia.
  • Ole Miss 74, South Carolina 69: Ole Miss got a key win in a back-and-forth battle with South Carolina behind 18 points from Deandre Burnett and 17 from Markel Crawford. South Carolina’s Chris Silva had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Tonight’s Schedule

Time (ET) Game TV/Streaming
7:00 PM Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU/WatchESPN
7:00 PM Alabama at Vanderbilt SEC Network/WatchESPN
9:00 PM Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network/WatchESPN
9:00 PM Florida at Texas A&M ESPN2/WatchESPN

There’s only one college football game left this season, but almost the entire SEC basketball schedule left to play.

The Auburn Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs are both sporting 12-1 records, but both of them will get a real test tonight. Auburn travels to Knoxville to play the Tennessee Volunteers at 7 PM ET, in a game that will be televised on ESPNU, while Mississippi State hosts the Arkansas Razorbacks at 9 PM ET on the SEC Network.

In another 7 PM ET game, the Vanderbilt Commodores host the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama is looking to avoid a hangover from a big win over Texas A&M this weekend, while Vanderbilt looks to recover from a loss to Florida in their SEC opener on Saturday.

And speaking of the Florida Gators and the Texas A&M Aggies, they’ll be playing each other at 9 PM ET on ESPN2. Texas A&M is expected to be without D.J. Hogg, who’s serving the final game of a three-game suspension, and also likely Admon Gilder, who’s missed the last three games with a knee injury. That gives a huge opening for Florida, which has a chance to pick up a big road win against a wounded A&M squad.

Bad Gambling Advice

Sunday: 2-0 ATS; Season to Date: 53-51-2 ATS

  • Alabama at Vanderbilt (-2.5): Alabama opened as a 1-point favorite and there’s been significant line movement. While I still don’t entirely trust Vanderbilt, the near-comeback at Florida on Saturday suggests they may be figuring things out and Alabama may be suffering a hangover after a big win.
  • Auburn (+5.5) at Tennessee: I still think Tennessee is good, but I’m also a believer in Auburn at this point. This game is at Thompson-Boling Arena, but I like Auburn to cover (though not win outright) as this should be close.
  • Arkansas at Mississippi State (+2): The last (and only) time that Arkansas played a true road game, the result was a 91-65 debacle at Houston. I’m still not a big believer in Mississippi State but this is more about fading Arkansas away from Fayetteville.
  • Florida (+2.5) at Texas A&M: The Aggies are still shorthanded, with D.J. Hogg serving the final game of a three-game suspension, Admon Gilder still likely out with a knee injury and now Duane Wilson injured as well. This seems like a good spot for the Gators to steal a big road win.