Sportsbook bettors know that SEC basketball has produced recent Final Four teams such as the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers that have made bank at online sportsbooks. Speaking of the LSU Tigers they look like a serious sportsbook value, at least after the first two months of play.
LSU had a record of 10-1 straight up and 3-1 against the spread. LSU is a team that may slip under the sportsbook betting public’s radar, at least for a while, compared to more popular SEC teams with the sportsbook public such as Kentucky and Florida. Kentucky is always the elephant in the sportsbook when it comes to SEC basketball.
Although the Wildcats have had to rebuild in recent seasons they always have enough talent to be part of the conversation at online sportsbooks. Kentucky got off to a bit of a sluggish start for 2008-09 with a record of 10-3 straight up and 4-3-1 against the sportsbook line.
This is still a dangerous program, however, as they proved last year with a strong run to make the big dance. The Florida Gators have paid the price for their sportsbook success from 2005-2007 which included back-to-back national championships.
The sportsbook betting public has a hard time getting power teams out of their system which is why Florida is still a poor value despite being a far different team. The Gators had a strong 9-2 straight up start to the season but were just 3-4 against the sportsbook odds as they continue to be over-valued.
Speaking of being over-valued at online sportsbooks, how about South Carolina? The Gamecocks began 2008-09 with a record of 9-1 straight up but were just 1-3-1 against the spread.
Tennessee continues to be a favorite of the sportsbook betting public as they crank out the cash. The Volunteers have been profitable the past two seasons and a tournament team as well. This year they began with a record of 8-2 straight up and 6-2 against the spread.
The fear would be when the bubble finally bursts and a correction on their value arrives.
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