SEC Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win

  • The SEC Tournament is back and at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
  • The winners of the 2021 SEC Tournament were the Alabama Crimson Tide.
  • Kentucky opens as the favorites to win the 2022 SEC Tournament.

The SEC Tournament is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all fourteen schools representing the conference.

The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.

SEC Tournament Betting Odds

The odds for the Winner of the Big Ten Tournament are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Tournament Winner Odds
Kentucky +190
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Auburn +260
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Tennessee +330
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Arkansas +750
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LSU +1000
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Alabama +1500
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SEC Tournament Predictions

Favorites to Win the 2022 SEC Tournament

Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats finished the season second in the SEC with a 14-4 conference record. Even though they did not win the SEC regular season title, they are still ranked seventh in the nation and have the best odds to win the SEC Tournament at +190.

Kentucky owes much of their success to one player: Oscar Tshiebwe. Tshiebwe is playing his first season at Kentucky after transferring from West Virginia and has transformed into one of the best forwards in the country.

He scored 17.3 points per game, fourth-best in the conference, and 15.3 rebounds per game led the nation. Tshiebwe is also quite impactful on the defensive side. He leads the Wildcats with 1.9 steals per game and 1.5 blocks per game.

I cannot talk about Kentucky’s offense without talking about point guard Sahvir Wheeler. Wheeler is in charge of this offense and is a true point guard. He only scores ten points a game but is the best passer in the SEC; he averages 6.9 assists a game. Wheeler makes this offense run efficiently and is critical to its success.

Kentucky’s defense is not the best, but it is good enough. They allow 65.7 points per game and do not create many turnovers. Although their defense is not stellar, it is good enough and should perform well enough against their SEC opponents.

I realize this is not a controversial choice, but Kentucky will win the SEC Tournament. They have the best roster in the conference and are not missing any key players.

Auburn Tigers

The Auburn Tigers won the SEC regular-season title with a 15-3 conference record. They are ranked fifth in the country and have +260 odds to win the SEC Tournament.

Auburn has one star on offense and one star on defense. Offensively, forward Jabari Smith leads the Tigers in scoring at 17.1 points per game. He also grabs 6.9 rebounds per game. Defensively, forward Walker Kessler anchors Auburn. Kessler is an efficient shooter from the field, but his prowess comes when protecting the rim. The 7’1” sophomore averages 4.5 blocks per game, the second-most in the country.

Even though Walker Kessler anchors this Auburn defense, they need to get better at stifling opposing offenses. The Tigers allow 67 points per game. 67 points is not an outrageous number, but they will need to play better defense if they face top teams in March Madness.

Regardless of how Auburn performs in the SEC Tournament, they will make March Madness with a low seed. They may even be the #1 team in their region.

Tennessee Volunteers

The Tennessee Volunteers finished the regular season in third place in the SEC. They had the same 14-4 conference record as Kentucky, but Kentucky won two more non-conference games. Tennessee is ranked 13th in the country and has +330 odds to win the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee had an excellent season but lacked a star. Their highest scoring player, guard Kennedy Chandler, only averaged 13.7 points per game. Even though the Volunteers are without a star player, they still average 73.6 points a game.

Tennessee’s real prowess comes on defense. They allow 63.3 points per game in the tough SEC. It is not the best defense in the SEC, but it is very good.

The Volunteers have proven they can play defense, but they need to play better offense if they want to make a deep March Madness run. They hit 42.9% of their shots from the field. That will not be enough if they face a top-ten team.

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SEC Tournament FAQ

When Is the 2022 SEC Tournament?

The 2022 SEC Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 9th, 2022, and run through March 13th, 2022.

Where Is the 2022 SEC Tournament Being Held?

The 2022 SEC Tournament is being held in Tampa, Florida at the Amalie Arena. The Amalie Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena and home to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. It was also home to the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm from 1997-2017.

The NBA’s Toronto Raptors also competed there last season when they could not travel between Canada and the United States because of Covid-19 restrictions.

The arena has a seating capacity of 20,500 for basketball games.

Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2022 SEC Tournament?

The SEC Tournament is expected to be broadcast on the SEC Network. ESPN, and on Sling TV.

The First and Second Round will be on the SEC Network, the Quarterfinals will be on the SEC Network and ESPN (depending on the game), and the Semifinals and Championship game will be on ESPN and Sling TV.

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