SEC Tournament Odds: Alabama Headlines The Pretenders

Written By Eli Hershkovich on March 8, 2023
SEC Tournament Odds

The SEC men’s basketball tournament tips off on Wednesday, and one of 14 programs will earn an automatic ticket into the Big Dance. We’ll take a look at all of the pertinent 2023 SEC Tournament odds, schedule, and how you can watch. It all begins on March 8, yet No. 1 seed Alabama — the favorite to win the tournament — won’t take the court until Thursday.

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SEC Tournament Odds

Tournament Notes

Per the odds table above, the best price on Alabama is . That’s equivalent to a 40.0% implied probability. The Crimson Tide last won the SEC tournament in 2021. Ironically, both of editions of Alabama own of the third-rated adjusted defensive efficiency (per KenPom).

Nate Oats’ crew certainly boasts its fair share of elite-level talent, led by five-star phenom Brandon Miller. However, the Tide’s defense has received plenty of positive variance to date, considering its SEC opponents are shooting a mere 25.9% from deep. If that’s not enough evidence, they’ve also allowed the highest 3-point attempt rate in conference play. Hence, negative regression is very likely en route.

Next up on the board is Tennessee, yet its sporadic offense won’t include point guard Zakai Zeigler (torn ACL) the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Kentucky may not have neither Cason Wallace (ankle) nor Sahvir Wheeler (ankle/tailbone), its lead guards, along with 3-point marksman C.J. Fredrick (rib).

Therefore, Arkansas () would be the only team I’d consider in this market. Not only do the Hogs possess the 16th-rated AdjD nationally, but they’re also finally healthier, with five-star freshman Nick Smith playing a full compliment of minutes in each of his last five games. Smith missed 19 games with a knee injury, and he showcases the potential to carry Arkansas to four consecutive wins.

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SEC Tournament Schedule

  • First Round: Wednesday, March 8
  • Second Round: Thursday, March 9
  • Quarterfinals: Friday, March 10
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 11
  • SEC Tournament Championship: Sunday, March 12

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How To Watch

Viewers can catch the first two rounds on the SEC Network. The quarterfinals and semifinals are on both ESPN and the SECN. Meanwhile, the semifinals and championship tilt are all on ESPN. Here is the rest of the conference tournament schedule.

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