This will not go down as the best game weekend of the SEC season.
Alabama and Texas A&M will try to stay perfect in conference play. However, the Crimson Tide and Aggies need to win away against Missouri and Kentucky respectively, teams tied 21-2 at home
Each of the 14 SEC teams has won records at home, but only Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn and Tennessee are over .500s on the road.
Alabama remained fourth in both The Associated Press’s top 25 poll and the coaches’ poll. Tennessee fell four places in both rankings to No. 9, while Auburn was one of the biggest climbers, moving up five places to No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the Coaches’ Poll. Arkansas went in the opposite direction, rising from 15th to 25th in the Associated Press rankings and from 16th to 25th in the coaches’ vote.
Alabama (-225) is favored for odds of winning the SEC title while Tennessee is rated at +160.
According to college basketball playoff odds, Alabama (+250) is second in the Final Four. Tennessee is fourth at +300.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s games in the SEC with some odds and betting info to consider.
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game of the week
Alabama vs. Missouri
- Date, time (TV): Saturday 9 p.m. 6 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
It might be harder to find a team that plays better than Crimson Tide as not only have they won seven games in a row, but each by double digits.
Freshman Brandon Miller has back-to-back 30-point games for Alabama (16-2, 6-0) as he shoots 65.6% from the field and 55% on 3-points.
— Alabama Men’s Basketball (@AlabamaMBB) January 18, 2023
Missouri (14-4, 3-3) scores a win over Arkansas as the Tigers went 8-8 from the foul line with the last 30 seconds.
Alabama ended a three-game losing streak against Missouri with a 10-point win as an 18-point favorite according to home betting last season. It was the fourth straight game the Tigers covered against college basketball’s odds.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers are a combined 21-14-1 against the spread.
Rest of the program for Saturday
Ole Miss vs. Arkansas
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, January 21 at 12pm ET (ESPN2)
Arkansas (12-6, 1-5) is looking to return to the winning column after losing three straight games, and most of the problems are on defense as opponents shoot 48% in those three contests.
Ricky Council continues to lead Arkansas in goals and has hit double digits in nine straight games.
Matthew Murrell averaged 19.8 points in his last four games for Ole Miss (9-9, 1-5) and had five 3-pointers in a win against South Carolina last time out.
Arkansas has won the last four games against Ole Miss and eight of the last nine.
Five of the last six games have gone below Las Vegas’ total odds.
Vanderbilt vs Georgia
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, January 21, 1 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Georgia (13-5, 3-2) has won six of their last eight games. Bradley signing Terry Roberts has amassed 19.8 points per game in his last six games.
Depth is key for Vanderbilt (9-9, 2-3), who is averaging 40.5 bank points over the past two games. Her reserves were +34 in the scoring department in an Arkansas upset.
Vanderbilt has won the last three games against Georgia and marked in four of the last five.
Texas A&M vs. Kentucky
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, January 21, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Aggies (13-5, 5-0) have the longest active winning streak in the SEC with Alabama. A key was the increased offensive performance of Julius Marble, who was traded from Michigan State and has averaged 15.8 points in his last five games.
Kentucky (12-6, 3-3) continued their excitement against Tennessee with an emphatic win over Georgia. Oscar Tshiebwe had 37 points and 24 rebounds against the Bulldogs.
Kentucky has won seven of their last eight encounters against the Aggies, with the only loss coming in 2018 as a six-point favorite on the road.
Four of their last six meetings have been decided by nine points or fewer, with eight of their last 10 exceeding the total.
Texas A&M leads the SEC with a 12-6 record against the spread. Kentucky has covered in just six of 18 games this season against college basketball odds.
Auburn vs. South Carolina
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, January 21, 3:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
The Tigers (15-3, 5-1) have won four straight games since a surprise loss to Georgia. Opponents are 4 of 38 from 3-point range in the last two games.
South Carolina (8-10, 1-4) is shooting 37% in the two contests since upsetting Kentucky. Leading scorer Gregory Jackson is 7 of 33 losses against Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Auburn has won the last five games of the series, with the last four decided by double digits.
South Carolina’s last win against Auburn came in 2019 as an eight-point underdog at home.
Only one of the last six matchups finished under the total.
Tennessee vs. State of Louisiana
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Tennessee (15-3, 5-1) bounced back from a recent loss to Kentucky with a win at Mississippi State. Zakai Zeigler had a season-high 24 points in the win after averaging 16 points in the previous three competitions.
Louisiana State (12-6, 1-5) is winless in January and has lost its last two games by an average of 29 points. KJ Williams has at least two 3-pointers in six of the last eight contests.
LSU has won six of their last eight games against Tennessee. However, the Volunteers won the most recent clash 64-50 as a 5.5-point favorite at home.
Seven of the last eight regular-season matchups have been won by the home team, while six of the last eight games between the Volunteers and the Tigers have gone over the total.
Florida vs. Mississippi State
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Florida (10-8, 3-3) ended its three-game winning streak with a two-point loss Texas A&M as the Gators shot 26% from the field.
Colin Castleton has two double-doubles in a row and has hit double digits in five straight games.
Mississippi State (12-6, 1-5) has lost three straight games despite back-to-back double-doubles from Tolu Smith.
Florida snapped a three-game losing streak against Mississippi State with an 80-72 home win as a four-point favorite. Before the Bulldogs turned the tables on the series, the Gators won the last eight matchups.
Each of the last four games has been decided in single digits and all four have gone over the total.