The SEC tournament begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Alabama Crimson Tide will be seeking its first SEC Tournament championship title since 1991. Alabama will face several tough enemies from the SEC including the Arkansas Razorbacks, who have won eight straight games.
The starting money in Las Vegas is betting on the top two seeds that face each other in the SEC Championship game. Alabama, which has won six of its last seven games, has burned out bettors, just 3-4 against the spread (ATS) in that span. Crimson Tide, which has posted a 17-3 direct (SU) record since late December, appears to have a favorable path to SEC championship game, likely facing teams that were 6-0 SU in the regular season. (Kentucky, State of Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida).
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At the bottom of the chart, we find the red-hot No. 2 seed Arkansas Razorbacks, who are on an eight-game winning streak. Even more impressive is that Arkansas is 7-1 ATS during that stretch for punters. If the Razorbacks advanced and faced Alabama in the Championship, they would have to face Missouri and LSU, two teams they parted with during the regular season.
Note: This year’s SEC tournament will only feature one game on Wednesday due to the Auburn Tigers’ self-imposed postseason ban.
SEC tournament participants
No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide (21-6; 16-2 SEC; 15-11-1 ATS) +220
If you thought Alabama was just a school with a dominant soccer program, you better think again. Crimson Tide has taken the NCAA basketball season by storm, winning 17 of its last 20 games on its way to the Top-10 in the polls. To the delight of bettors, backing Alabama in the betting windows has been extremely profitable, as Tide has posted an ATS record of 13-7 during that span.
No. 2 seed Arkansas Razorbacks (21-5; 13-4 SEC; 17-8 ATS) +320
Arkansas has beaten every team on its schedule, outside of Oklahoma state, dating back to January 20. That impressive 11-1 SU record has resulted in a financial windfall for their sponsors with 9-3 ATS in that span. The Razorbacks have started to turn heads by appearing at No. 8 in the latest AP Top-25 poll. Arkansas’ late season game indicates that they will have a tremendous advantage against any opponent before the championship game.
No. 3 LSU Tigers (16-8; 11-6 SEC; 11-13 ATS) +500
LSU closed the regular season solidly by winning five of its last seven games, going 4-2-1 ATS in that stretch. Will Wade will have an uphill battle to win the SEC tournament and despite the attractive +500 odds, they are a difficult step in the futures market.
No. 4 seed Tennessee (17-7; 10-7 SEC; 12-11 ATS) +525
The Volunteers have been too inconsistent to trust over the past month, posting a 2-4-1 ATS record in their last seven games. If they advance to a semifinal against Alabama on Saturday, the search for Tennessee is likely to be over. The Crimson Tide gave the Volunteers a 71-63 loss at Knoxville on January 2.
Breakdown of Frankie Whispers: Alabama is the best betting option, but the biggest move in conference odds belongs to Arkansas, which was offered with odds of +2000 several weeks ago; now they only return odds of +320 for every $ 100 wagered. There is no reason to get frisky here as the SEC winner will come from either of the first two seeds and therefore we will bet accordingly. Alabama has the easy way out, and as a result, it lands as the pick to win the SEC tournament.
- Pick: Alabama +220
- Long Shot: Arkansas +320
SEC conference betting odds
- Alabama +220
- Arkansas +320
- LSU +500
- Tennessee +525
- Florida +575
- Missouri +600
- Kentucky +3000
- Be the miss +4000
- Mississippi State +6000
- Georgia +20000
- South Carolina +20000
- Texas A&M +40000
- Vanderbilt +50000
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
SEC 2021 Tournament Calendar
Location: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tennessee
First round – Wednesday March 10
Game 1: No. 12 Vanderbilt vs. No. 13 Texas A&M | 6 pm ET | SEC network
Second round – Thursday March 11
Game 2: No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 State of Mississippi | 12 pm ET | SEC network
Game 3: No. 5 Florida vs. Winner of Game 1 | 2 pm ET | SEC network
Game 4: No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 Georgia | 7 pm ET | SEC network
Game 5: No. 6 Ole Miss vs. No. 11 South Carolina | 9 pm ET | SEC network
Quarter finals – Friday March 12
Game 6: No. 1 Alabama vs. Winner of Game 2 | 12 pm ET | ESPN
Game 7: No. 4 Tennessee vs. Winner of Game 3 | 2 pm ET | ESPN
Game 8: No. 2 Arkansas vs. Winner of Game 4 | 7 pm ET | SEC network
Game 9: No. 3 LSU vs. Winner of Game 5 | 9 pm ET | SEC network
Semifinals – Saturday March 13
Game 10: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7 | 1 pm ET | ESPN
Game 11: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9 | 3 pm ET | ESPN
SEC Tournament Championship Game – Sunday March 14
Game 12: Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 11 | 11 pm ET | ESPN
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.