After Monday night’s showdown between Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama and Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game, the attention will shift to basketball, where five teams enter the week ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Four of those ranked teams are in action on Tuesday, including Auburn and Alabama squaring off in the final game of the evening.
Six SEC teams enter the week undefeated at home, and if you discount Georgia and Vanderbilt, the other conference teams are 90-8 at home.
The focus among SEC fans on Monday be on players like Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, linebacker Ryan Anderson and offensive lineman Evan Neal as well as Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, defensive lineman Jordan Davis and quarterback Stetson Bennett.
Come Tuesday morning, center stage will be occupied by stars like Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe (+1200), Auburn’s Jabari Smith (+2500) and Alabama’s Jaden Shackelford (+3300) who have the best odds among SEC players to win the national player of the year award.
Here’s a look at the top games to watch in the coming week with some information for those who bet online.
SEC Conference 2022 Betting News
South Carolina Gamecocks at Tennessee Volunteers
Date, time, TV: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. SEC Network
No. 22 Tennessee (10-4, 1-2 in the SEC) has won six of the last seven games in the series. Tennessee has won the last four meetings at home but has failed to cover in three of those games. The Volunteers are 8-0 at home .
Four of the last six games in the series have gone over the total set by the Las Vegas odds while four of the last five South Carolina games have gone over the total.
Tennessee has failed to cover in its last two games after covering in the previous four. The Volunteers are 5-2 in the last seven games when the game went under the total.
After going 5 of 22 from the field in his last two games, Tennessee freshman Kennedy Chandler was 6 for 12 in Saturday’s loss to LSU.
South Carolina (10-4, 1-1) is 3-0 in games decided by three points or less after its 72-70 win over Vanderbilt.
Kentucky Wildcats at Vanderbilt Commodores
Date, time, TV: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESPN
Freshman Tyty Washington had a program-record 17 assists in the Wildcats’ most recent game. He is still second on the team in assists as Sahvir Wheeler leads the SEC with an average of 7.3 assists per game. However, with Wheeler unable to play in Saturday’s game against Georgia, Washington broke John Wall’s school record.
TyTy Washington scored or assisted on 54 of Kentucky’s 92 points vs. Georgia. Incredible performance last night.
— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) January 9, 2022
No. 18 Kentucky (12-3, 2-1) has won 10 straight games against Vanderbilt but is only 3-6-1 against the spread in those contests. Kentucky has failed to cover in its last two games. The Wildcats are 0-2 in true road games.
Vanderbilt (9-5, 1-1) has won four of its last five games and covered in each of the four victories. The Commodores have forced at least 14 turnovers in 10 games this season.
Vanderbilt goes from playing one of the best teams in the SEC to facing a 5-10 Georgia team on Saturday.
Ole Miss Rebels at Texas A&M Aggies
Date, time, TV: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. SEC Network
Texas A&M (13-2, 2-0) hopes to continue its impressive play at home as the Aggies have won their last five home games and are 4-1 against the spread in those contests. The Aggies are one of two teams still undefeated in SEC play and are 9-0 at home.
A couple of trends to consider for those who bet online, the last four games in the series have gone under the total while the home team has won nine of the last 10.
Three of the last four Ole Miss games have gone over the total. The last eight Texas A&M games against Division I teams have gone over the total.
Nysier Brooks is the only player to start all 14 games for Ole Miss (9-5, 1-1).
The Aggies hit the road to face Missouri on Saturday. Seven of the last eight games between the teams have gone under the total.
Auburn Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide
Date, time, TV: Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Fourth-ranked Auburn (14-1, 3-0) has won 11 in a row and has been favored according to the college basketball spreads in all 11 games. The Tigers are 9-2 against the college basketball spreads in those games.
Five of the last seven games in the series went under the total. No. 24 Alabama (11-4, 2-1) has won three of the last four against Auburn after the Tigers won three of the previous four meetings.
Alabama is second in the SEC in scoring offense, averaging 82.5 points.
Auburn’s Walker Kessler leads the SEC with 4.1 blocked shots per game.
Louisiana State Tigers at Florida Gators
Date, time, TV: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Florida (9-5, 0-2) has won six of the last eight meetings and is 7-1 against the spread over that span. Five of the last six meetings were decided by five points or less
Five of the last six games between the Tigers and Gators went over the total.
Led by one of the nation’s best defenses, 11 of the last 13 LSU games have gone under the total. The 12th-ranked Tigers (14-1, 2-1) lead the SEC in steals, averaging 12.3 per contest.
LSU’s only loss of the season came in the Tigers’ last true road game.
Florida’s Colin Castleton is in the top five in the SEC in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocked shots.
Florida plays at South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks have covered in four of the last six games against the Gators.
Georgia Bulldogs at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date, time, TV: Wednesday, 7 p.m. SEC Network
Mississippi State (10-4, 1-1) has beaten Georgia four times in a row after dropping the previous six games in the series. Five of the last six games between Georgia and Mississippi State went over the total.
Mississippi State’s last three games have gone over the total.
Georgia (5-10, 0-2) is last in the SEC with an average of 55.3 field-goal attempts per game. Georgia is the only team in the SEC with a losing record.
Mississippi State was just 3 of 16 from three-point range in a 10-point loss to rival Ole Miss the last time out.
Missouri Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks
Date, time, TV: Wednesday, 9 p.m. SEC Network
Arkansas (10-5, 0-3) has won three of the last four games in the series and covered in all three of the victories.
Seven of the last Arkansas games have gone over the total while four of the last five Missouri games have gone over the total.
Arkansas leads the SEC with 23 free throws attempted per game. JD Notae, the SEC’s leading scorer, had a season-best 31 points in the Razorbacks’ most recent game, but Arkansas lost to Texas A&M to fall to 0-3 in the SEC.
Kobe Brown scored a season-high 30 points and had his fifth double-double of the season in Missouri’s upset of Alabama in the Tigers’ most recent game.
Missouri (7-7, 1-1) is 0-3 in true road games.
Tennessee Volunteers at Kentucky Wildcats
Date, time, TV: Saturday, 1 p.m. ESPN
This could be a high-scoring affair as Kentucky and Tennessee rank first and second in the SEC in field goal attempts per game. The teams are at the bottom of the conference in free throws attempted per game.
Tennessee has covered in four of the last six games against Kentucky. Six of the last eight games in the series have gone over the total.
Tennessee has won the last three games played at Kentucky.
Arkansas Razorbacks at Louisiana State Tigers
Date, time, TV: Saturday, 2 p.m. ESPN2
The teams have alternated wins and losses in the last seven games in the series. Five of the last six games in the series played at LSU have been decided by single digits.
Arkansas has lost five of its last six games and its last three road games.
The matchup of LSU, which leads all Division I in scoring defense, meeting up with Notae, the leading scorer in the SEC, should be fun to watch.
Alabama Crimson Tide at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date, time, TV: Saturday, 6 p.m. SEC Network
Alabama has won the last three games in the series but covered only once in that stretch. Three of the last four games in the series have gone under the total. Three of the last four games in the series played at Mississippi State have been decided by single digits
Alabama has failed to cover in six of the last seven games.
The Bulldogs’ four-game winning streak ended with a loss to Ole Miss the last time out. The Bulldogs are now 1-3 in games decided by 10 points or less this season.
Alabama leads the SEC in three-pointers made (9.3 per game) and attempted (29.3).
Auburn Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels
Date, time, TV: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. SEC Network
Ole Miss has covered in five of the last six games in the series as well as in five of the last six games in the series hosted by the Rebels.
The Rebels are shooting 47.5 percent in their last four games. In the last two games, Ole Miss is 22 of 45 from three-point range.
After shooting over 50 percent in one of its first 13 games, Auburn has shot 51.8 and 53.6 percent in the last two games.