NCAA SEC Tournament Predictions, Betting Odds & Favorites to Win

  • The SEC Tournament returns in 2021! Set to be hosted at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN!
  • The previous winners of the SEC Tournament were the Auburn Tigers in 2019!
  • Alabama opens as the favorites to win the 2021 SEC Tournament.

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When Is the 2021 SEC Tournament?

The 2021 SEC Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 10th, 2021, and run through March 14th, 2021. Adjustments to the schedule are possible depending on the COVID-19 protocol.

Where Is the 2021 SEC Tournament Being Held?

The 2021 SEC Tournament will be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee. Bridgestone Arena, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Center and home of the Nashville Predators of the NHL, will be the location where the tournament will occur.

The arena seats almost 20,000 people, depending on configuration and event. Bridgestone Arena was the host of the SEC Tournament in 2019, while the 2020 SEC Tournament was canceled due to issues regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

There has been no statement on whether or not fans will be able to attend the SEC Tournament.

Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 SEC Tournament?

ESPN owns the distribution rights to the SEC Tournament, which will be distributed on ESPN platforms, such as ESPN+, as well as the SEC Network. The 2021 SEC Tournament final will be scheduled for March 14th on ESPN.

Live streaming for the 2021 SEC Tournament is available on the ESPN App as well as on SEC Network+.

Favorites to Win the 2021 SEC Tournament

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide open as the favorites to win the 2021 SEC Tournament. Their last SEC Tournament title was in 1991, which was the sixth in their school’s history. The Crimson Tide are, at the time of writing, at the top of the SEC. With a 17-5 overall record and a dominant 12-1 record in conference play, they’re the obvious choice to win the tournament.

John Petty is one of Alabama’s best players and a deadeye shooter who is converting on nearly 40% of his three-point attempts this season. His partner in the backcourt, Jaden Shackleford, is a lefty combo guard with a Ginobili-like penchant for shooting and slashing.

Likely to be the first seed in the SEC tournament, they’re the natural favorites and are likely to have the best path to the championship. With the regular season title almost certainly locked up, and thus a berth in March Madness, it will come down to how much head coach Nate Oats values the Conference Tournament title, versus rest for March Madness – which will occur just four days after the SEC Tournament concludes.

Tennessee Volunteers

— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) February 18, 2021

If you were to take in the SEC at the beginning of January, the Tennessee Volunteers would be the favorites to win the tournament. However after opening the season with ten wins in their first 11 games, the Volunteers went on to drop four of their next nine.

Head coach Rick Barnes has assembled a very disciplined defensive side, with in-conference rankings of first in opponents field-goals allowed, third in opponents field-goal percentage allowed, and third in opponents three-point percentage allowed. To say that defence is their calling card would be an understatement.

Their stalwart defense is exactly what is generating their positive odds to win the SEC Tournament. With Josiah-Jordan James and Yves Pons roaming the paint, the Volunteers are threatening in a single-elimination format. If they can enforce their grinding game, while avoiding significant scoring issues, the tournament could easily go their way.

Arkansas Razorbacks

The Arkansas Razorbacks certainly aren’t the most storied school in the SEC Tournament, but we do place them among the true favorites to win the tournament. While they’ve only won one SEC Tournament Championship in 2000, the Razorbacks’ 2020-2021 campaign is full of encouraging signs.

Not only are Arkansas ranked first in the SEC in scoring (82.5 points per game), but they are more than capable defensively, tying for fifth in the conference in points allowed (70.1 per game). Led by freshman shooting guard Moses Moody, the Razorbacks have proven themselves to be an explosive scoring force in the SEC.

Their lack of proficiency in the post may be a hindrance to them in a tournament that will surely be a defensive battle. However head coach Eric Musselman has a wealth of riches in the backcourt that rarely fail to initiate his offence.

2021 SEC Tournament Dark Horse

Kentucky Wildcats

In the history of the SEC Tournament, there has been no school more successful than the Kentucky Wildcats. Sure, John Calipari isn’t having the season he wanted to have with his young Wildcats team, but that doesn’t take away the school’s 31 tournament championships – their most recent occurring in 2018.

Kentucky’s season started off tough and only grew more difficult as the year wore on. In fact, head coach John Calipari asked freshman Cam’Ron Fletcher to step away from the team in late December, only to re-join the team in early February.

The Wildcats have a less than impressive record, but the slowed pace of a single-elimination tournament may favor them. Ranking second in the conference in three-point percentage (.363), second overall in rebounds per game (38.8), and first overall in blocks per game (7.1), the stats point to the possibility of a successful SEC Tournament run.

LSU Fighting Tigers

We’ve got to give a shout-out to the LSU Fighting Tigers in the 2021 SEC Tournament. With just one SEC Tournament Championship in their history (1980), 2021 seems like their best chance at adding another trophy to their cabinet.

The Fighting Tigers are one of the highest-octane offensive teams in the country, let alone in the SEC. The trio of Cameron Thomas, Trendon Watford, and Javonte Smart are combining for 54.9 points per game while all three shoot over 40% from the field.

Their scoring rate is immense, but it has to be in order to make up for their defensive issues. Maniacally running shooters off the line without an interior presence, LSU trades an impressive 31.7% three-point percentage allowed for a paltry 54.5% two-point percentage allowed. If they can find any semblance of balance between their offense and defense, the Fighting Tigers are a real threat.

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