SEC Odds: Florida Favored in Conference Tournament Preview

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 09:  Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators celebrates during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on March 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Vanderbilt upset the top-seeded, heavily favored Kentucky to win last year's SEC tournament, but oddsmakers don't foresee a repeat of that underdog run in 2013.

Regular-season champion Florida is the big favorite to win the SEC tournament according to, with the Wildcats relegated to the role of underdog a year after winning the national championship.

However, several other teams think they've got a chance to take out the Gators—who stumbled a bit down the stretch of the regular season—in the battle for an automatic spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

The SEC tournament begins Wednesday in Nashville with a pair of opening-round games involving Mississippi State vs. South Carolina and Auburn vs. Texas A&M.

On Thursday, fifth-seeded Tennessee and sixth-seeded Missouri take on Wednesday's winners, while seventh-seeded Arkansas plays 10th-seeded Vanderbilt and eighth-seeded Georgia runs with ninth-seeded LSU.

The top-four seeds get in on the action Friday as Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Alabama take on Thursday's winners.

The field gets whittled down to two with Saturday's semifinal games, and the SEC tournament championship will be decided Sunday (noon ET, ABC).

At first glance, the SEC tournament championship betting board looks a bit out of sync. Top-seeded Florida, which went 3-3 over its last six regular-season games, leads the betting at right around even-money, and that's reasonable enough.

But the second choice on the board is sixth-seeded Missouri, at odds of 5-2, and the third choice is fifth-seeded Tennessee at 7-1.

Second-seeded Kentucky, who are 4-3 since losing forward Nerlens Noel for the season to a knee injury, come next at 8-1. Fourth-seeded Alabama and seventh-seeded Arkansas are both listed at 12-1.

And third-seeded Mississippi, after finishing in a tie for second place in the SEC during the regular-season, is getting 15-1 to win the conference tournament.

Rounding out the field Georgia is listed at 40-1; Texas A&M and LSU are both getting 50-1; defending tourney champ Vandy is lined at 80-1; South Carolina and Mississippi State are being offered at 100-1; and Auburn, after going 3-15 in conference play, is getting 200-1 to pull the near-impossible upset and win the SEC tournament.

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