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

We’ve reached the final week of the regular season.

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It’s the final week of the season, so heavy importance is now on damn near every game played.

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

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Time: 6:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: South Carolina -2
Total: 147
Moneyline: Mississippi State +110 | South Carolina -130

Positioning has become very important for this one. Mississippi State is currently tied with Florida for fourth in the SEC, as both the Bulldogs and Gators have a 10-6 record. South Carolina trails them at 9-7, so this game will go a long way towards either furthering the logjam up near the top or leveling it down. State tagged South Carolina with a loss last time out back on February 19, but it certainly became a close one down the stretch. So we’ll see if the Gamecocks can get a dosage of revenge this time around. The game will likely be decided as far as how SC’s tough defense plays against Mississippi State’s offense, which has been more than competent this season.

South Carolina is 4-4 ATS against SEC opponents at home this season, and has failed to cover in each of their last three games at home. They are, however, 6-2 at home straight up, so they figure to have an advantage in that department. State is 4-4 ATS on the road against SEC opponents this year, and are 3-5 outright. South Carolina is favored by two points in this one.

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Time: 8:30 p.m.
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Alabama -12
Total: 155.5
Moneyline: Vanderbilt +600 | Alabama -900

Through 16 SEC games, Vanderbilt still has just one win. A tough road doesn’t get any easier on Tuesday, as they travel to face Alabama. ‘Bama has been trading losses and wins dating back to February 4, as they’ve been pretty inconsistent down the stretch. Their home dwelling hasn’t played great to them lately either, as they’ve gone 2-3 in their last five games in Tuscaloosa.

Furthermore, they’re 4-4 ATS at home, a dead even mark. And for all their troubles this year, Vanderbilt is 4-4 ATS on the road this year. This one, with a 12-point spread, could be a little tricky to call. Time will tell, but I do think ‘Bama gets the win. Just not sure by how much. If this turns into a free throw battle, it could be intriguing, as neither team is all that adept at shooting FTs this year. And for their struggles defensively, Vandy has been at least average at shooting the ball, and they do not turn the ball over at a very high rate. ‘Bama, meanwhile, is right around the average for TO%, so if Vandy can create something there, then they could make things interesting.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Time: 9 p.m.
TV: ESPN
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Kentucky -8.5
Total: 131
Moneyline: Tennessee +320 | Kentucky -420

Kentucky has little to worry about here. The Wildcats clinched the SEC regular season championship on Saturday and is assured of the 1 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament. So when Tennessee comes to town, the Wildcats will merely be looking to pad the win column and try to take steps forward in building their case for a Top 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee, meanwhile, has a smidge more to play for of course. They are knotted up with Texas A&M and Alabama right now, as all three are 8-8 in league play. The Vols have gone through their woes this year, but they are coming off a surprising defeat of Florida over the weekend. Tennessee’s offense, which has sputtered at times, will be facing a Kentucky defense that has really, really rounded into form. And it could create some issues for Rick Barnes’ squad as a result.

UK is 4-4 at Rupp in league play this year. But they have covered in three of their last four games in their home dwelling. The Vols, meanwhile, are an even 4-4 ATS on the road this year against their SEC peers.