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

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NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern; All odds from FanDuel)

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Auburn Tigers

Time: Noon
TV: CBS
Watch Online: CBSSports.com
Spread: Auburn -6.5
Total: 139.5
Moneyline: N/A

Auburn is very much in their woes right now. Although they’re sporting a very glossy record, they’ve taken two bad losses on the chin in the past two games against Mizzou and Georgia. The Tigers return back home to face a spry Tennessee squad. UT’s been a bit inconsistent lately as they’ve traded wins and losses over their last five games. But in a positive direction, as they’re 3-2 and they’ve pushed their record up to 7-6 in SEC play. While their offense has been anemic, their defense is rounding into form. It could provide some issues for an Auburn team that has been bad on the perimeter. Inside is where Auburn thrives, but Tennessee has the ninth-best 2-point defense in the nation. This game could prove to be a rock fight. And in such a case... you may want to fade Auburn, who’s lost four games in a row ATS.

Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Time: 1 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Arkansas -6.5
Total: 136
Moneyline: N/A

Arkansas is in the midst of a woeful stretch. Since January 18, they’ve lost eight of the last 10 games, including each of their last five. Even still, they’re 6.5-point favorites against the Missouri Tigers. This despite the fact that Mizzou tagged Arkansas with a loss back on February 8, and they’re 4-3 in their last seven games, three of their last four and their last two. Conventionally speaking, it’s easy to see why Arkansas is a huge favorite. Mizzou’s offense can’t quite compare to Arkansas’s stingy defense. The Razorbacks have the best 3-point defense in the nation, but Mizzou’s is not far behind. They rank 9th in the country in 3-point defense, so neither team has the edge there. Arkansas has the edge inside, but this could still be an interesting one. We’ll truly see where the Hogs are at here.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Time: 3:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Mississippi State -4.5
Total: 131
Moneyline: N/A

Fresh off eluding a defeat to South Carolina, Mississippi State continues their trudge through SEC play against Texas A&M. The Aggies have played well lately, winning three of their last five, four of their last seven and five of their last nine games. State has played really well of late too, winning eight of their last 11 games coming into play, including two in a row. Given conference records, this is now an intriguing game. A&M is one game behind State, who are 8-5 in the SEC. So as far as the middle of the pack goes, this game should prove intriguing.

Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Time: 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Kentucky -5
Total: 138
Moneyline: N/A

Kentucky is currently up two games in the SEC standings on the likes of Auburn, LSU and their opponents on Saturday, Florida. The Gators have been making a run lately, winning five of their last six coming into play on Saturday. Their lone loss was a road dud against Ole Miss, but they have otherwise been pretty good. Their last three wins have been by double digits, so they have really been rolling lately. Then again, so has Kentucky, who’s won 13 of their last 15 games. I would expect UK to win this one. As much as Florida has won a lot lately, I think it might be some Fool’s Gold. Their wins of late have come against Vanderbilt (2x, ranked 175th on KenPom), Georgia (ranked 100th) and Texas A&M (147th). They won against Arkansas, but we outlined their struggles. So I think Kentucky takes one, but on a gambling-related note, they are 6-9 ATS at Rupp this year as a home favorite, per VegasInsider.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Time: 6 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Georgia -3
Total: 150
Moneyline: N/A

Georgia is fresh off a big win over Auburn, and now will go to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. The win over Auburn ended a four-game losing streak that certainly buckled them quite a bit. Vandy, meanwhile, is stuck in an active four-game losing streak that’s seen them lose to State, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee consecutively. They have just one SEC win this year against LSU, and have been otherwise listless since 2020 started. UGA should be able to take advantage of Vandy’s strikingly bad interior defense, but since Georgia’s isn’t much better, Vandy could create an issue for them there. This is the tiniest spread Vanderbilt has dealt with as an underdog in quite some time. The last time the spread was in single digits, per VegasInsider, was back on January 18 when they were 5.5 point underdogs against Tennessee. Ironically, they lost that game straight up and ATS. Although Vandy is 5-2 in their last seven ATS, those spreads were all double digits. Feeling themselves a bit after the win over Auburn, I would probably aim for Georgia here.

LSU Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Time: 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN2
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: LSU -1
Total: 155
Moneyline: N/A

South Carolina couldn’t quite get it done against Mississippi State on Wednesday, despite a late charge at it. But they return home where they’ve won their last five games in a row to face LSU. The Fighting Tigers have been reeling, going 1-4 in their last five after jumping out to an 8-0 start in SEC play. All of their losses have been by single digits, but they have certainly been taken down a peg. LSU’s offense has been really good this year, but their perimeter struggles are likely to continue. They’re facing a South Carolina defense that has been awesome from outside all year. But they were targeted a bit against State, who made five of 12 attempts from deep. That is a bit of an anomaly though, as they held their opponents down prior to that. Given SC’s offensive struggles though, this game figures to be a proverbial coin flip. But if LSU loses this one, they will have the very same SEC record as South Carolina does. So this will be fascinating to watch for that reason.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Time: 8:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Alabama -2.5
Total: 153.5
Moneyline: N/A

The final game of the night sees Alabama taking on Ole Miss. Funnily enough, this game won’t see too much in the way of impact in the standings. No matter the result, ‘Bama will still be ahead of Ole Miss. But the gap will close if the Rebels are able to pull off the upset. Ole Miss got burned by Mizzou after losing to Kentucky by five points last Saturday. They are playing with some poise, even if they’re losing games. ‘Bama had gotten it right and did pick off LSU last weekend, but dropped one at home on Wednesday to A&M. The Tide have been a profitable bet as a home favorite ATS all season (8-5) but of late, have struggled, as they’re just 1-4 while Ole Miss is 4-4 as a road dog this year. Additionally, they’re 7-1 in their last eight games ATS in general. Betting on the Tide would be smart when taking everything into account, but Ole Miss has been pretty motivated lately in almost all aspects.