2017 SEC Championship Odds & PicksNoah Williams
With the Kentucky Wildcats getting their shot at together in a big way over the last couple of weeks, college basketball betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know if the Wildcats can back up their status as the top team in the SEC or whether another conference rival will be able to pull off the NCAA Basketball Conference Tourney upset.
Let’s find out now, which teams are offering the best value in the chase for the SEC conference championship.
2017 SEC Tournament Odds
March 8-12, 2017 @ Nashville, TN
The Favorite To Win The 2017 SEC Championship: Kentucky +120
Kentucky (26-5, 16-2) has won eight straight games and nine of their last 10 overall while beating top challenger Florida to avenge an earlier loss to the Gators. The Wildcats rank a stellar fifth in scoring nationally (86.8 ppg) and limit the opposition to a respectable 72.1 points per game (178th). More importantly, Kentucky I brimming with elite talent, starting with leading scorer Malik Monk (21.2 ppg) and De’Aron Fox (15.5 ppg). Last but not least, Kentucky’s scoring margin (14.7 ppg) is tied for seventh-best in the country.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 SEC Championship: Florida +170
The Gators won eight of their final 10 games but lost two of three to close out the regular season. Still, Florida has recorded some quality wins this season and ranks an encouraging 57th in scoring (78.8 ppg) and even more impressive 48th in points allowed (66.4 ppg). The Gators spanked Kentucky by 22 points on Feb. 4 and that alone tells me they can compete with anyone no matter how much talent they have.
The Value Pick To Win The 2017 SEC Championship: South Carolina +1150
South Carolina has really struggled down the stretch in dropping four of their final six regular-season games, but the Gamecocks have recorded some quality wins this season, most notably, their 57-53 win over Florida on Jan. 18. While South Carolina averages just 72.7 points per game (192nd) the Gamecocks also limit the opposition to just 64.5 points per game to rank 31st in points allowed.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 SEC Championship: Vanderbilt +3300
Vanderbilt (17-14, 10-8) won five of their final six regular season contests and beat Florida 73-71 in their finale to enter their conference tournament feeling really good about themselves. While the Commodores let Kentucky off the hook in their previous game, they really are playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time. Vanderbilt does often have trouble scoring the ball (71.7 ppg), but they also have a rock-solid defense that limits the opposition to 69.0 points per game to rank 91st in points allowed. If Vandy can score the ball with any consistency during the SEC tournament, then an upset or two are quite possible.