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Saturday’s SEC Basketball Schedule: Times, TV channel, watch online, odds

All things considered... just another Saturday here.

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All things considered, this is a pretty light slate ahead of us. Not in terms of quantity, but quality.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern; All odds from Action Network)

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Time: 1 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Arkansas -2.5
Total: 141.5

This is probably the game with the most consequence and intrigue on Saturday. Mississippi State and Arkansas are separated by two games in the conference standings and five spots on KenPom. Both have hit double digit wins but have been relatively unimpressive in conference play. The Hogs could certainly use this game, as they are mired in a three-game losing streak. Their last win was arguably one of their best this season against Alabama two weeks ago. State, meanwhile, has already defeated Arkansas once this season and a sweep could really help their progression. They are in the next four out on BracketMatrix, so they could really use another quality win.

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Time: 2 p.m.
TV: ESPN
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Kentucky -9.5
Total: 136.5

Kentucky could stand to avoid a bad loss, and a loss to Ole Miss would certainly doom them. The Rebels are nowhere near the NCAA Tournament at this point, while UK is hanging around the 4-seed line at the moment on Bracket Matrix. The ‘Cats still have a good amount of ground to pick up if they want a Top 4 seed, so they’re basically in a situation where they just can’t lose gimmes like this. The spread is pretty gaudy here for a reason.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Time: 3:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Texas A&M -1
Total: 134

Texas A&M may be 11-12 on the year, but the Aggies haven’t been an easy out by any means. While they’re riding a 2-game losing streak, they’re 5-6 in conference play, so a win over UGA on Saturday would get them up to .500 again. Despite the presence of Anthony Edwards, the Dawgs are a mere 2-9 and aren’t much better overall, sitting at 12-12 on the year thus far. This one should be a tight one, but obviously won’t have too much postseason consequence.

LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Time: 4 p.m.
TV: ESPN2
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Alabama -2.5
Total: 167

LSU whooped Alabama 90-76 a few short weeks ago, and will now play the Tide in Tuscaloosa. The Tide are a 2.5-point favorite in this one, as the Tigers come into this game a bit sluggish. They lost two in a row to Vandy and Auburn before getting back to their winning ways on Tuesday. LSU defeated Mizzou that night, but did so somewhat unconvincingly as they only defeated the lowly Tigers 82-78. ‘Bama hasn’t been too impressive themselves lately though. But to be fair, in the three losses they’ve suffered in their last four games, they’ve been by a combined nine points, including a one-point L to Tennessee on February 4. This game is a tough call to say the least.

Auburn Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers

Time: 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN2
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Auburn -5
Total: 137

Auburn has gotten by the skin of their teeth in their last three games. They’ve picked up wins in overtime to the tune of 79-76, 91-90 and 95-91. Luck has been on the Tigers’ side all season long and they’ll hope to require a little less effort when they face Mizzou on Saturday. The Tigers are 3-8 on the year in SEC play but have been playing competitive lately. They’re 2-3 in their last five, yes, but they did lose to LSU by just four on the road and scored a win over Arkansas last Saturday. Will they, like so many others, give Auburn fits? Time will tell.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Time: 6 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: South Carolina -4
Total: 136

Here’s another game with some consequence. South Carolina is 7-4 and tied with Florida for fourth place in the SEC. Tennessee, meanwhile, is 6-5 in conference play and tied up with Mississippi State for sixth place. So depending on the result of State-Arkansas and Florida-Vandy, someone who wins this match could insert themselves into a much better position in the SEC standings. South Carolina has been red hot lately, going 7-2 over their last nine games. Tennessee has sputtered a bit, going 4-5 over their last nine entering play. They have won two of their last three, the lone loss coming to Kentucky, but they’ve picked up wins over ‘Bama and Arkansas. They’ll look to stop the white-hot Gamecocks at home, where they’re 9-4 and where they’ve won four in a row.

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Florida Gators

Time: 8 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Florida -14
Total: 141.5

Rounding out the schedule is a matchup between Vandy and Florida. The Gators have won three of the last four and rebounded from a loss to Ole Miss the last time out. Andrew Nembhard and Noah Locke combined for 45 points in a 78-61 win over Texas A&M, pushing their SEC record up to 7-4. They’ll face a Vandy squad who did get their first SEC win back on February 5 against LSU, but have now promptly lost the last two games in a row to State and Kentucky. This should be a gimme for Florida, and a good chance to spring their SEC record up to 8-4. Whether the spread is actually legit for the Gators? That’s another story.