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January 20 SEC Basketball Schedule: Time, TV, Streaming, Odds, and Picks

Some of the shine is off Florida-Kentucky, but that really doesn’t have much to do with either team.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Schedule

Time (ET) Game TV/Streaming
1:00 PM LSU at Vanderbilt SEC Network/WatchESPN
3:30 PM Ole Miss at Arkansas SEC Network/WatchESPN
4:00 PM Missouri at Texas A&M ESPN2/WatchESPN
6:00 PM Tennessee at South Carolina ESPN2/WatchESPN
6:00 PM Georgia at Auburn SEC Network/WatchESPN
8:15 PM Florida at Kentucky ESPN/WatchESPN
8:30 PM Mississippi State at Alabama SEC Network/WatchESPN

If you want to know how consequential the two annual Florida-Kentucky showdowns have been in recent years, consider: 2008-09 is the last time that neither of these teams won at least a share of the SEC regular season title.

That might be changing this year. Florida currently leads the SEC standings and Kentucky is a game back, but KenPom has them as the third- and fourth-best teams in the league, respectively. So the first showdown — at Rupp Arena at 8:15 ET on ESPN -- feels a bit less consequential than it has in years past. It still should be a good game, of course, but there are plenty of other contenders for the title.

Like Auburn. Auburn is a half-game behind the Gators at 4-1, and the Tigers host Georgia at 6:00 PM ET. That’s a game that Auburn should win and also one that they need to win if they’re going to keep pace. Oh, and Georgia could gain a huge win for its somewhat iffy NCAA Tournament resume.

Alabama has won three in a row since an ugly loss to Georgia and hosts Mississippi State, while Tennessee travels to South Carolina — both teams that have beaten Kentucky at home and sit at 3-3 in conference play.

Texas A&M picked up its first SEC win against Ole Miss on Tuesday, and will look to make it two in a row as they host Missouri. Missouri is now 3-2 in the SEC and is building a solid resume.

The two early games are probably the worst on the slate: LSU travels to Vanderbilt, which is in the midst of a lost season, and Arkansas faces an Ole Miss team that’s recovered a bit from a slow start, but still doesn’t look that great.

Bad Gambling Advice

Season to Date: 71-68-2

  • LSU at Vanderbilt (Pick)
  • Ole Miss at Arkansas (-8)
  • Missouri (+6) at Texas A&M
  • Tennessee (-3.5) at South Carolina
  • Georgia (+8.5) at Auburn
  • Florida (+3.5) at Kentucky
  • Mississippi State at Alabama (-6)