Saturday SEC Tournament Betting Odds, Preview: Kentucky-Tennessee, Florida-Auburn
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The SEC Tournament rolls on Saturday with two semifinal matchups, including Kentucky and Tennessee in a rubber match after the two powerhouses split during the regular season.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each Saturday matchup, including Vols-Wildcats and Florida-Auburn.
Tennessee vs. Kentucky Betting Odds
- Spread: Kentucky -1
- Total: 141.5
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
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By most measures, Tennessee and Kentucky are considered two of the 10 best teams in the country.
Kentucky out-rebounded Tennessee in previous matchups, and the Vols will have stiff competition against the Cats and healthy forward Reid Travis again.
The Wildcats should eat on the boards against Tennessee, where they rank 10 nationally in offensive rebound percentage.
Perhaps the biggest difference from the two previous meetings was Kentucky’s Travis missing the Tennessee win with a knee injury. His counterpart, Vols forward Grant Williams, scored 24 points and had seven boards when Tennessee won at home, but got just four shot attempts off in the Kentucky victory several weeks earlier.
The Vols shot 45% from deep against Mississippi State in the quarterfinals and would need a duplicate effort versus Kentucky to pull off the upset.
Pick: Kentucky -1
Florida vs. Auburn
- Spread: Auburn -3
- Total: 134.5
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
The biggest question in this game is the pace of play. The Gators slowed play against Arkansas and LSU with precision from all shooting distances.
Auburn thrives off a fast pace and will look to force turnovers — the Tigers rank first nationally in turnover percentage. But Florida ranks 344th nationally in adjusted tempo and had the fourth-fewest turnovers on offense in SEC play.
That is a formula to control the game clock and take advantage of an Auburn defense that ranks dead last in the SEC against 2-point field goal percentage.
This Florida team appears to be finding its form, though it likely secured an NCAA Tournament spot with a win over LSU on Friday.
Pick: Florida +3.5