With a two-game lead with four games remaining, it looks likely that Auburn will earn the SEC's top seed for the conference tournament as well as a no. 2 or 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But bettors should perhaps look to fade the Tigers the remainder of the regular season. Already playing one of the smallest lineups in college basketball, it was announced forward Anfernee McLemore will miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. McLemore was one of the team's most important defenders as a rim protector (73 blocks) and rebounder (5.3 rpg). Down to eight scholarship players, Bruce Pearl made it clear that keeping everyone healthy
for the postseason is paramount. The Tigers own one of the best ATS records in the country at 18-7. A key ingredient in that success has often been nothing more than out-hustling the competition. With McLemore out and a postseason berth a lock, we recommend looking to bet against this squad over the next two weeks.
“It’s a tough loss,” Pearl said. “Anfernee has had a wonderful season. The discipline with which he trained to be able to offensively step out onto the floor and shoot the ball from the perimeter … For his size, he’s the best shot blocker in college basketball.”