That won’t be the case this season as the SEC is going to be among the top conferences in NCAA basketball betting in 2009-2010.
College basketball betting action sees Kentucky and Tennessee as two national contenders but the league has more than just those two teams. What helped both of those teams is that Tyler Smith decided to come back to Tennessee while Patrick Patterson bypassed the NBA to come back to Kentucky for some good ol’ college basketball betting. The same thing happened with LSU’s Tasmin Mitchell, Arkansas’ Michael Washington and Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado.
Last season was not a good one for the SEC in college basketball betting as they got only three teams into the big dance. That was the lowest total for the conference since 1979. None of the three teams made it past the second round in college basketball betting. That should not be the case this season as the league is deep and talented. Five SEC teams return all five starters and three more teams return four starters. Kentucky head coach John Calipari is predicting that seven or eight teams from the conference make the NCAA basketball betting tourney this year.
The SEC East is very strong this season with five possible teams that could make the NCAA Tournament. Even Georgia could be a team to watch this season in college basketball betting. Florida won the national title in 2006 and 2007 and they are picked for fifth in the SEC. Kentucky is the college basketball betting favorite in the SEC even though they have three freshmen who will start.
Let’s take a look at the NCAA basketball betting odds on the SEC teams. Kentucky has the lowest college basketball betting odds of all the SEC teams to win the national title at 5-1. That is second only behind Kansas overall in college basketball betting. The next team to watch from the SEC is Florida at odds of 16-1. Those college basketball betting odds are based more on reputation than talent though. Tennessee is 25-1 and offers a lot more value as does Alabama who is 20-1 in NCAA basketball betting. LSU is 65-1 to win it all in college basketball betting while many of the other SEC teams have huge value at odds of 100-1 or more.