College basketball odds for SEC teams are not quite as favorable as they are for the conference’s football programs.
One of the toughest conferences in the country when it comes to grid iron action, the same cannot be said of SEC basketball teams in the college basketball odds. But this is still an above average conference and it should definitely produce some sleeper upsets in the college basketball betting lines this season.
College basketball odds makers look at this conference and they see two teams with potential to rock the college basketball betting lines and not a lot more. Tennessee and Florida are the only two top ranked teams in the preseason polls with the Volunteers coming in at 14 and the Gators at 19. Neither has the look of a national champion on paper, but much crazier things have happened in the college basketball betting lines before.
Tennessee lost one of the top players in the college basketball odds last season, Chris Lofton, but has plenty of talent left to make some noise. Coach Bruce Pearl has lifted this team to new heights in the college basketball odds and has a talented and experienced squad returning to battle in this year’s college basketball betting lines. This athletic and up-tempo team will be led by Tyler Smith, Wayne Chism and Brian Williams all of whom could average a double-double. Smith is one of the top players in the conference and he’ll have to score a lot of points for this team to beat the college basketball odds. But the Vols should be a top ten team as the relatively weak conference schedule will buffer them from too many hardships in the college basketball odds.
The Gators are finally back on the college basketball odds map after being gutted by the NBA draft after winning their second championship. Sophomore Nick Calathes and Jai Lucas will have to do the heavy lifting for this team and both seem up to the task. The Gators are as well coached as ever and could be one of the sleepers in the college basketball odds this season. Again a relatively weak conference schedule could see this team rise quickly in the college basketball odds rankings.
There’s not too much to like in the rest of the conference and fans are scratching their heads a bit. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have some talented individual players that could perhaps lift their teams in the college basketball odds. In the SEC West Ole Miss has a fighting chance, but none seem to have what it takes to make an impact on the national college basketball odds scene.
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