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SEC Conference Tournament Odds and Best Bets

SEC Conference Tournament Odds and Best Bets
By Bill Christy on March 7, 2022

The SEC has been the best conference in college basketball this season and it shows when you look at the odds for their conference tournament. The team with the sixth-best odds, Alabama (+1500) is also +6000 to win the national title. The top 6 teams in the conference are all inside of the top 22 in the current KenPom rankings, and the top 3 teams are all in the top 7 in defensive efficiency in the country.

Looking closer at the national title odds, Kentucky, Auburn, and Tennessee are all in the top 5, and none of those three were our best bet for the SEC Tournament. What a year for this conference! Before we jump into our favorite bets for the SEC tourney, here is a look at the current odds for every team:

SEC Tournament Odds

Latest Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

SEC Team Tournament Odds
Kentucky +190
Auburn +260
Tennessee +330
Arkansas +750
LSU +1000
Alabama +1500
Florida +4000
SEC Team Tournament Odds
Mississippi State +5000
Texas A&M +7000
Vanderbilt +1000
Ole Miss +25000
Missouri +50000
Georgia +50000

As is the case for the Big 10 tournament, it is really hard to make an argument for betting on any of the top 3 teams in the SEC. There are too many true contenders here to place a +190 - +330 futures bet.

There is also a depth issue in the SEC. Unlike the Big 10, which has 9 teams that could legitimately make a run and win the tournament, the bottom half of the SEC has no chance here. All of these teams were well below .500 in the conference and had miserable road records this season.

This turns the attention of this article to Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and Florida. Here are our best bets for the SEC tournament:

Best Bet & Best Value: Arkansas Razorbacks

Best Available Odds: +750 at DraftKings

The Hogs are, in my opinion, the most underrated team in the country. Over their last 16 games, in the toughest conference in the country, they have just 2 losses. Those losses, by 1 Alabama on the road and by 2 to #1 Tennessee on the road. They have wins over teams that were at the time; 16th, 12th, 6th, and 1st in the country. They are 40th in defensive efficiency and 16th in offensive efficiency, and in conference play, they are the top defense.

Longshot: Florida Gators

Best Available Odds: +6000 at FanDuel

The Gators are currently on the outside looking in for the big dance. Lunardi has them as the next 4 out, so they will need to get to the SEC finals to have a shot at moving into the NCAA Tournament and obviously winning the SEC tourney would also grant them a bid. They've already proved capable of beating Auburn, so anyone they face is beatable for the Gators.

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