This won’t go down as the best weekend of games during the SEC season.
Alabama and Texas A&M will try to stay perfect in conference play. However, the Crimson Tide and Aggies will need to win on the road against Missouri and Kentucky, respectively, teams that are a combined 21-2 at home
Each of the 14 SEC teams have winning records at home but only Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn and Tennessee are over .500 on the road.
Alabama remained fourth in both The Associated Press Top 25 poll and in the coaches’ poll. Tennessee fell four spots to No. 9 in both rankings while Auburn was one of the biggest risers, moving up five positions to 16th in the AP poll and 17th in the coaches’ poll. Arkansas headed in the opposite direction, going from 15th to 25th in the Associated Press rankings and 16th to 25th in the voting by the coaches.
Alabama (-225) is favored in the odds to win the SEC title while Tennessee is priced at +160.
According to the college basketball playoff odds, Alabama (+250) is tied for second in the odds to advance to the Final Four. Tennessee is fourth at +300.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s games in the SEC with some odds and betting information to consider.
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Game of Week
Alabama vs Missouri
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, 21, 6 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
It might be harder to find a team playing better than the Crimson Tide as they have not only won seven games in a row, but won each by double figures.
Freshman Brandon Miller has back-to-back 30-point games for Alabama (16-2, 6-0) as he is shooting 65.6% from the field and 55% on 3-pointers.
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Missouri (14-4, 3-3) is coming off a win over Arkansas as the Tigers went 8 for 8 from the foul line in the final 30 seconds.
Alabama ended a three-game losing streak to Missouri with a 10-point win as the 18-point favorite per the sportsbook at home last season. It was the fourth straight game when the Tigers covered against the college basketball odds.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers are a combined 21-14-1 against the spread.
Rest of Saturday’s Schedule
Ole Miss vs Arkansas
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Arkansas (12-6, 1-5) is looking to return to the win column after losing three games in a row and most of the issues are on the defensive end as opponents are shooting 48% in those three contests.
Ricky Council continues to lead Arkansas in scoring and he has hit the double-digit mark in nine games in a row.
Matthew Murrell is averaging 19.8 points over the last four games for Ole Miss (9-9, 1-5) and had five 3-pointers in a win over South Carolina the last time out.
Arkansas has won the last four games against Ole Miss as well as eight of the last nine.
Five of the last six games went under the Las Vegas odds total.
Vanderbilt vs Georgia
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Georgia (13-5, 3-2) has won six of its last eight games. Bradley transfer Terry Roberts is putting up 19.8 points per game over the last six outings.
Depth is the key for Vanderbilt (9-9, 2-3), which is averaging 40.5 bench points in the last two games. Their reserves were +34 in the scoring department in an upset of Arkansas.
Vanderbilt has won the last three meetings against Georgia and covered in four of the last five.
Texas A&M vs Kentucky
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
The Aggies (13-5, 5-0 are tied with Alabama for the longest active winning streak in the SEC. A key has been the increased offensive production from Michigan State transfer Julius Marble, who is averaging 15.8 points over the last five games.
Kentucky (12-6, 3-3) followed up its upset of Tennessee with an emphatic win against Georgia. Oscar Tshiebwe had 37 points and 24 rebounds against the Bulldogs.
Kentucky has won seven of the last eight meetings against the Aggies with the lone loss coming as a six-point favorite on the road in 2018.
Four of the last six meetings were decided by nine points or less with eight of the last 10 finishing over the total.
Texas A&M leads the SEC with a 12-6 record against the spread. Kentucky has covered against the college basketball odds in just six of 18 games this season.
Auburn vs South Carolina
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
The Tigers (15-3, 5-1) have won four straight since a surprising loss to Georgia. Opponents are 4 of 38 from 3-point range in the last two games.
South Carolina (8-10, 1-4) is shooting 37% in the two contests since upsetting Kentucky. Leading scorer Gregory Jackson is 7 of 33 in losses to Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Auburn has won the last five games in the series with the last four decided by double digits.
South Carolina’s last win against Auburn came in 2019 as an eight-point underdog at home.
Just one of the last six matchups finished under the total.
Tennessee vs Louisiana State
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Tennessee (15-3, 5-1) rebounded from a recent loss to Kentucky by winning at Mississippi State. Zakai Zeigler had a season-high 24 points in the victory after managing a total of 16 points in the previous three contests.
Louisiana State (12-6, 1-5) is winless in January and has dropped its last two games by an average of 29 points. KJ Williams has at least two 3-pointers in six of the last eight contests.
LSU has won six of the last eight games against Tennessee. However, the Volunteers won the most recent meeting 64-50 as a 5.5-point favorite at home.
Seven of the last eight regular-season matchups have been won by the home team while six of the last eight games between the Volunteers and Tigers finished over the total.
Florida vs Mississippi State
- Date, time (TV): Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Florida (10-8, 3-3) saw its three-game winning streak end with a two-point loss at Texas A&M as the Gators shot 26% from the field.
Colin Castleton has two straight double-doubles and has scored in double figures in five games in a row.
Mississippi State (12-6, 1-5) has dropped three straight games despite back-to-back double-doubles by Tolu Smith.
Florida snapped a three-game losing streak to Mississippi State with an 80-72 home win as a four-point favorite. Before the Bulldogs turned the tables in the series, the Gators won the previous eight matchups.
Each of the last four games have been decided by single digits and all four went over the total.