Sunday College Basketball Odds, Picks & Predictions for Texas A&M vs. Tennessee: Betting Guide to SEC Tournament Championship
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- Texas A&M's magical run from No. 8 seed to the SEC Tournament title game continues, as the Aggies take on Tennessee.
- The Vols are eyeing a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, especially after defeating Kentucky this week in Tampa.
- Mike McNamara breaks down the championship below and offers up his best bet.
Texas A&M vs. Tennessee Odds
|Texas A&M Odds|
-110o / -110u
-110o / -110u
What a week in Tampa Bay it has been for the SEC Tournament. We’ve seen some great games, some surprising upsets and plenty of exciting finishes.
There has been no bigger story than the run of Texas A&M, as the Aggies went from the 8-seed all the way to the title game. Buzz Williams’ team entered the tournament sitting outside the field of 68, and in desperate need of a deep run. They’ve gotten exactly that.
In my SEC Tournament preview, I talked about how A&M was worth a shot at 70/1 odds to win the event. I hope those that were reading hopped on, as it has been a heck of a ride to this point.
The road started for A&M with an overtime victory over Florida, and that was followed by a wire-to-wire win over Auburn. Then, on Saturday afternoon, the Aggies dominated Arkansas from start to finish in an 82-64 victory.
The path for Tennessee has been a little bit simpler. The Vols handled Mississippi State in the quarterfinals, and then took down the favorite Kentucky in a game Tennessee led pretty much the entire way.
Tennessee is now in position to potentially earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and claim its first SEC Tournament title in over 40 years.
Texas A&M vs. Tennessee Betting Pick
So where does the betting value lie in the championship game Sunday afternoon? Tennessee has opened as a seven-point favorite, which makes sense given how well the Vols are playing right now.
The Aggies will also be playing their fourth game in as many days.
Despite all of that, I will once again be backing the Aggies with the points in this contest. There has been a trend of underdogs covering games all tournament, and I believe you will see that once again happen in the finale.
Buzz has an injected an incredible belief into this TAMU team, and it is shown in how connected the Aggies have been on both sides of the floor. A&M also plays 8-to-9 guys consistently within the rotation, which makes the fatigue
factor a little bit less of a concern, in my opinion.
The Aggies have a very good shot at earning an at-large bid if they do come up short on Sunday, but given the fact they can remove all doubt with a win, I have full confidence you’ll see a maximum energy effort from this group.
Tennessee’s backcourt has been playing unbelievably well over the last month of the season, and the group presents a lot of challenges for A&M.
That said, A&M has the personnel to at least keep Kennedy Chandler and Zakai Zeigler in check. Texas A&M should also be able to hold its own on the boards and limit Tennessee to one shot a trip.
If Quenton Jackson continues to score it the way he has throughout the tournament, A&M can generate enough offense to stay right in this one.
Ultimately, I’m just not betting against the vibe of this A&M team right now. I have every reason to believe it will be right there once again in this one, and with seven points, that’s more than enough for me to play the Aggies on the spread.
This should be a fantastic battle on Sunday.
Gig em, one final time.