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January 27 SEC Basketball Schedule: Time, TV, Streaming, Odds, and Picks

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The SEC/Big 12 Challenge is today, and the SEC will probably lose it.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Schedule

Time (ET) Game TV/Streaming
12:00 PM Texas Tech at South Carolina ESPN2/WatchESPN
12:00 PM Baylor at Florida ESPN/WatchESPN
2:00 PM Ole Miss at Texas ESPN2/WatchESPN
2:00 PM Georgia at Kansas State ESPNU/WatchESPN
2:15 PM Oklahoma at Alabama ESPN/WatchESPN
4:00 PM Tennessee at Iowa State ESPNU/WatchESPN
4:00 PM TCU at Vanderbilt ESPN2/WatchESPN
4:30 PM Texas A&M at Kansas ESPN/WatchESPN
6:00 PM Oklahoma State at Arkansas ESPN2/WatchESPN
6:00 PM LSU at Auburn SEC Network/WatchESPN
7:00 PM Kentucky at West Virginia ESPN/WatchESPN
8:30 PM Missouri at Mississippi State SEC Network/WatchESPN

I have always thought of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge as a decent idea with poor execution.

For starters, the SEC has 14 teams and the Big 12 has 10. That means that the SEC will have four teams sitting out the event; those four are determined before the season. That seriously hurts the SEC this season, though, because what might be the SEC’s best team (Auburn) is not participating.

It also means the matchups are determined before the season, and that means there are some less-than-compelling matchups. If this were up to me, it would work something like the old Bracket Busters, where ESPN decides on the matchups a couple of weeks out. That would leave open the question of what to do with the four SEC teams that aren’t playing; I would suggest, in SEC tradition, getting four SoCon teams to agree to play at an SEC school in the middle of conference play, because that’s how these things generally work.

Instead, we get an event where only three SEC teams -- Florida, Tennessee, and Arkansas -- are favored according to KenPom, while four teams — Kentucky (!), Ole Miss, Georgia, and Texas A&M -- are playing games in which they have less than a 26% chance to win. That’s... not all that compelling, really. We know going in that the Big 12 is probably going to win.

Oh, but there are also two SEC conference games tonight: Auburn hosts LSU, and Missouri travels to Mississippi State.

Bad Gambling Advice

Season to Date: 76-76-3 ATS

  • Texas Tech at South Carolina (+3)
  • Baylor (+6.5) at Florida
  • Ole Miss at Texas (-6)
  • Georgia at Kansas State (-7.5)
  • Oklahoma (-1) at Alabama
  • Tennessee (-3) at Iowa State
  • TCU at Vanderbilt (+5)
  • Texas A&M (+7) at Kansas
  • Oklahoma State (+7.5) at Arkansas
  • LSU at Auburn (-10.5)
  • Kentucky at West Virginia (-8)
  • Missouri at Mississippi State (-1.5)