Heading into the weekend the SEC now has five matchups after two games were postponed. The weekend slate will be highlighted by a 11:00 matchup between Alabama and Missouri.
Here are my picks for this weekend:
Alabama @ Missouri
If the Tide can improve to 11-0 they will all but secure the SEC regular season title. This will no easy task on the road against a Missouri team sitting in second place in the league. Jeremiah Tilmon will play a key role in this matchup and Alabama should struggle to contain the Tigers big man. That being said there is no way I am betting against Nate Oats and Alabama. Expect both teams to score the ball at a decent rate but the Tides defense to outlast Missouri down the stretch.
My Prediction: Alabama 76 Missouri 71
Betting Play: Alabama -2.5
Mississippi State @ South Carolina
In a less significant game the Bulldogs travel to South Carolina for a 2:30 meeting. Neither team is impressive statistically coming in at 71st and 75th in the latest KenPom rankings. The Gamecocks are coming off a huge road victory over Florida that really shocked the SEC. The Bulldogs on the other hand lost by double digits in an ugly road game in Fayetteville. Expect a low scoring affair where the Gamecocks edge out Mississippi State at home.
My Prediction: South Carolina 68 Mississippi State 65
Betting Play: South Carolina ML (-132)
Ole Miss @ Auburn
These two middle of the pack squads meet at 3:00 on ESPN 2. This isn’t the most exciting matchup of the weekend but still could make for a good game. Sharife Cooper will need another solid performance to lead the Tigers over an average Ole Miss team. Expect the game to run through the star point guard. If he goes for 20 or more I see this being an easy win for the Tigers.
My Prediction: Auburn 77 Ole Miss 70
Betting Play: Over 139.5
Vanderbilt @ Georgia
It’s hard to even think of something to write for this matchup. Uninspiring teams with uninspired coaching. It is hard to pick the Bulldogs this year but Vanderbilt is just that bad. That’s all there is to really say about this bottom of the barrel game.
My Prediction: Georgia 80 Vanderbilt 71
Betting Play: Georgia -5.5
Tennessee @ Kentucky
Capping off the night for the SEC will be the Volunteers and the Wildcats. Easily the second best game of the day in the conference and should be a competitive matchup. I am still waiting to see Kentucky be the Kentucky we have come to know. Barring a sudden click in chemistry for the Wildcats we should see them struggle to score against Tennessee’s top rated defense. Expect the Volunteers to take care of business and cover the spread.
My Prediction: Tennessee 64 Kentucky 54
Betting Play: Tennessee -3.5