Of the major conferences, going into the SEC basketball tournament, most so-called experts have this conference with only four bids, the fewest among the Power 5, below the Big East (5).
Respected sites like KenPom.com and Sagarin.com are also not high on this league, having them listed at sixth overall in the country. Top seeds Texas A&M and Kentucky are ranked 21st and 8th by Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin has them 18th and 11th by his numbers.
If neither wins the SEC tourney, this conference might only have one team seeded as high as a No.4 and unless LSU, Georgia, Mississippi or Florida manage to win the event, four bids look like the max.
Let’s break down the NCAAB odds for this tournament from betonline.ag and who could should win it all.
Though upsets are commonplace in many conference tournaments, hard to fathom one of the Top 3 is not your winner based on talent and how the rest of the field is playing.
Though Kentucky is hardly the same team of the last several coach John Calipari has produced in the past six years in particular, they still have loads of talent. None of the big men are very good at generating their own shots, but point guard Tyler Ulis is playing as well at his position as anyone in the country and Jamal Murray can take games over with his shooting. The Wildcats should win and will have home court feel with Big Blue followers, yet they are only 6-8 SU and ATS outside Lexington.
After being a disappointment much of the season, Vanderbilt closed 7-3 (6-4 ATS) and knocked off Kentucky and Texas A&M at home. The Commodores strengths are three-point accuracy (39.0 percent, T-17th nationally) and ability to protect the rim (11th in blocked shots). They should benefit from playing in home city of Nashville and as No.5 seed would not face Kentucky until finals.
After looking like the best squad in the conference in the first part of the season, Texas A&M lost their way from Jan.27th to Feb.13th, going 1-5 SU and ATS. The Aggies did not fold and finished strong with six straight victories (5-1 ATS). The Aggies have one of the most experienced teams in the country with four senior starters who all contribute in different ways. Jalen Jones and Danuel House are dangerous weapons at the two forward spots, and they can use their length and athleticism to score against just about anyone.