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Wednesday SEC CBB Sportsbook Picks (Feb. 18)

NCAAB: An SEC Wednesday


The SEC is in the spotlight tonight with 10 of the 12 teams displaying their talents. Here’s a preview. 

LSU (-4) at Arkansas 

LSU (21-4, 16-10-1 ATS) is the only ranked team from the SEC and is the only team deserving of national recognition.

The Tigers have won nine conferences games in a row (7-1-1 ATS) and have veteran leaders like Tasmin Mitchell and Marcus Thornton, which is why they have been able to run away and hide from the other teams. 

First year coach Trent Johnson has brought a calmness and sense of responsibility to the program and the Tigers are 39-16 ATS off a home win against a conference rival.

LSU travels to Arkansas (13-10, 7-9-1 ATS) who has been laboring in league play with a 1-9 straight-up and 2-7-1 ATS mark. The Razorbacks have too many young players that decided to become selfish after upsetting Oklahoma and Texas right before SEC action commenced. 

Arkansas has revenge on their mind against LSU, having lost 79-69 in Baton Rouge. However, they are just 19-37 ATS in payback games where an opponent scored 75 or more points. 

Alabama (+13.5) at Florida 

After breezing along, Florida (19-6, 8-10 ATS) has lost three of four, all on the road. They will look to straighten things out at home against Alabama (13-11, 7-11-1 ATS). 

You can trace the Gators troubles to the lack of production from the frontcourt. In an unfathomable loss to Georgia, not one starter up front made it to the free throw line and the trio combined for nine rebounds, the same as guard Nick Calathes. 

The Crimson Tide doesn’t expect to offer much resistance. The Ronny Steele and former coach Mike Gottfried rift tore the team apart and beyond Alonzo Gee, Bama doesn’t have much ability. 

Auburn (-3.5) at Georgia 

Auburn (16-9, 13-5 ATS) gives sports bettors something to cheer for, having the best winning percentage against the spread among the 12 teams in the SEC. The Tigers have won and covered three in a row. 

Auburn is .500 in the SEC, which is their best record this late in the season since they were 7-7 in 2003. The Tigers sport an 0-9-1 ATS record as road faves of 6.5 or less. 

South Carolina (+2.5) at Mississippi State 

If non-stop, let it fly action is your preference for viewing college basketball, South Carolina (18-5, 9-8-1 ATS) is the team to watch in this league. 

The Gamecocks are remarkably consistent on offense, scoring 80.2 PPG home or away. Don’t worry about South Carolina buckling down on defense, especially on the road; they surrender 79.7 PPG on 48.4% shooting. Online Sports Betting at Sportsbook

Guard Devan Downey is the sparkplug and their 7-3 mark in SEC play is the best in 11 seasons. They will fly over to Starksville to try to add to Mississippi State’s defensive woes. 

The Bulldogs (16-9, 10-9-1 ATS) have given up 67.9 PPG on the season, which is not even in the same universe after permitting 97 and 91 to LSU and Auburn in the last two encounters. 

It doesn’t figure to be any easier against the up and down Gamecocks, which means Rick Stansbury’s team must control the tempo or what little hope of making the NCAA tournament goes poof. The Bulldogs are 16-6 ATS after failing to cover two of their last three against the spread. 

Tennessee (-5.5) at Mississippi 

Tennessee (16-8, 10-10-2 ATS) is tied with South Carolina for first place in the SEC East and continues to play in the moment, which is both good and bad. Their last two home games have been dominating performances, winning by 31 and 19 points. 

The Vols have to find a way to take that same attitude on the road, where they will play four of the next five games. Bruce Pearl’s club has to do it on the defensive end to keep winning. 

Ole Miss (13-11, 13-7 ATS) is going nowhere, yet does send bettors to the pay window with great regularity. The Rebels are 10-2 (6-2 ATS) at home, led by guards Terrico White and David Huertas. This will be Mississippi’s ninth straight game as an underdog and they are 8-1 ATS after playing three consecutive contests as an underdog. 

There is still over three weeks for SEC teams to prove they deserve a number of NCAA bids, however with all the weaknesses these teams possess, three or four at most seems in line with the level of play.

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