The SEC basketball tournament is down to eight teams and the conference elite join the fray for the first time. However, not one of the four seeds is a lock to advance which sets up interesting matchups.
The real surprise thus far is Tennessee is still in the mix. After closing the season 0-4 SU and ATS with the loss of leading scorer Kevin Punter, others have stepped up and the Volunteers remain alive.
With Vanderbilt gone, that means more tickets for Vols fans and Big Blue Nation, which should help both those teams.
When studying NCAA basketball odds, with theses tournaments there are many factors to consider and thus far I missed the target repeated, I will look to close out the remaining seven games in this event on a roll.
Texas A&M (24-7, 13-11-2 ATS) wants to prove their midseason conference lull was nothing more than that. The Aggies were 8-1 in the SEC, highly ranked and were playing like an elite group when out of nowhere they lost their way and went 0-4 SU and ATS. Coach Bill Kennedy’s crew got their act together and has rolled off six straight wins (5-1 ATS). Texas A&M reclaimed their identity by being explosive off the wings on offense and putting in the defensive effort outside the paint. In Florida’s win over Arkansas, it came down to three-point shooting and the Gators (19-13, 15-14-1 ATS) made eight and held the Hogs to just two. The Aggies are a 3.5-point favorite and have the tools to salt this one away, but seeing this March Madness, we know anything is possible and I would take the points with the hook.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Florida covers
Without question, the toughest game of the day to predict for NCAA basketball picks. We have LSU team (18-13, 10-19 ATS) that underachieved on many levels and whose path to NCAA tourney is winning three games in Nashville. It has been an inglorious season for first year coach Rick Barnes as he came to clean up yet another Volunteers mess in their sports program. Tennessee (15-18, 16-15 ATS) crushed LSU 81-65 in the latter stages of February, but that was when they still had Punter and while Amari Moore has really stepped up, we can see Ben Simmons and taking advantage of what has to now be tired team playing third game in three days.
NCAA Basketball Pick: LSU covers