Top Plays For SEC Tournament Late Quarterfinal Matchups

Doug Upstone

Friday, March 10, 2017 3:03 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 3:03 PM UTC

The big boys enter the fray for the SEC basketball tournament, completely rested and presumably ready for action. While each should advance, but as we saw what happened to Kansas yesterday when you are not mentally prepared, you can be ousted.

 Vanderbilt vs. Florida

There is no denying, Vanderbilt (18-14, 19-11 ATS) is a hot team right now, after blasting Texas A&M last night 66-41, thanks to a 43-21 second half. The Commodores will have to be sharper to knock off Florida, especially on offense and senior forward Luke Kornet has to have more of a presence than scoring four points like last night. Confidence-wise, Vandy should be dandy, having upset the Gators twice this season, both by two points (68-66 in Gainesville and last Saturday at home 73-71). Having home city backing can only benefit the 'Dores.

Motivation will not be a issue for Florida (24-7, 17-12 ATS), as it might for other tournament teams playing in their first contest. The Gators have not asserted themselves in the prior two meetings, letting Vanderbilt hang around and building confidence. Coach Mike White's strategy has to be for his club to take the game to the Commodores. This means guards KeVaughan Allen and Kasey Hill coming off ball screens and penetrating to shoot, be fouled or finding teammates in the paint for dunks. For college basketball picks, I am anticipating Florida to be favored by 6.5 to 7.5 points and be mentally dialed in to win and cover.

Free NCAAB Pick: Florida -6Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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 Ole Miss vs. Arkansas

Mississippi (20-12, 18-13-1 ATS) jumped on Missouri early last night in building 10-point lead and coasted home to a 86-74 triumph. Last evening's victory was the perfect way coach Andy Kennedy's team has to play. When Ole Miss scores 80 or more points like they have since Nov. 20th, they are 13-1 and 11-3 ATS. When the Rebels reach that benchmark and play a bit more defense and hold the opposing team to 79 or fewer points, they are money for college basketball picks at 8-1 ATS.

Arkansas (23-8, 16-13 ATS) will be the last SEC to take the court in this tourney and they have the fire-power to go with Mississippi, averaging 80.6 PPG. The Razorbacks are led by Dusty Hannah (14.6 PPG) and Daryl Macon (13.1 PPG) and this group can score in bunches and go on hellacious runs. That is what happened when the roughed up the Rebs at home in 98-80 thumping last month. This Hogs team has more balance than many previous Arkansas clubs, having the ability to just not play well at home, but on the road also and they are 8-5 and 7-5 ATS when not playing at home. At this time, anticipating the Razorbacks will be a 3 to 4-point favorite and this turns into highly entertaining high-scoring affair with Arkansas winning by a point or two.

Free NCAAB Pick: Ole Miss +4.5Best Line Offered: at Betmania

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