It’s been a good start to the season for most SEC basketball teams, and the league will try to keep its momentum going.

There are seven games on Tuesday’s schedule, with a few conference teams hitting the road for intriguing matchups.

Let’s get to the SEC basketball predictions.

Season Predictions Record (straight up): 19-4

Missouri at Xavier (7PM EST, CBS Sports Network): This should certainly be one of the better games on the slate, and it’s undoubtedly an interesting test for a Missouri squad that could be an SEC sleeper. There aren’t a ton of takeaways from each team’s 2-0 start, but Xavier does have the edge when it comes to experience. Travis Steele has a lineup dominated by upperclassmen and players who already have great chemistry, while Cuonzo Martin is still working in several newcomers like Dru Smith and Kobe Brown. Again, this is probably a toss-up this early in the season, and I typically lean towards the home team in that scenario. Prediction: Xavier 65, Missouri 62.

Evansville at No. 1 Kentucky (7PM EST, SEC Network): It’s no surprise to see the Wildcats as the top team in the nation after an impressive opening week. Tyrese Maxey has established himself as a breakout star, but John Calipari has a plethora of talented playmakers around him. Former Kentucky star Walter McCarty will lead the Purple Aces into Rupp Arena in hopes of pulling off an upset, and they have some confidence after earning a win against Ball State. But while Evansville is better than it was a season ago, picking against Maxey and company isn’t a smart move. Prediction: Kentucky 84, Evansville 60.

The Citadel at Georgia (7PM EST, SEC Network+): The Bulldogs are going to have their ups and downs simply because they lack experience. But if they can take care of the ball and shoot better from 3-point range, they won’t be an easy matchup with Anthony Edwards leading the way. The Citadel started the season with a 15-point loss to UNC Asheville, so Georgia should take care of business. Prediction: Georgia 89, The Citadel 62.

Norfolk State at Ole Miss (7:30PM EST, SEC Network+): Ole Miss cruised to a convincing 28-point against Arkansas State, and did so with Breein Tyree scoring just six points. Kermit Davis has a lot of newcomers on the roster, and how they develop around the returners will decide whether the Rebels get back to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Norfolk State has two non-Division I wins already, but winning in Oxford should provide a much bigger challenge considering that it lost all five starters from a 22-win team. Prediction: Ole Miss 77, Norfolk State 59.

North Texas at Arkansas (8 PM EST, SEC Network+): Arkansas fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Eric Musselman era in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks dominated from start to finish in a 48-point win against Rice, and as expected, it was the Arkansas backcourt that proved it could be one of the best in the SEC this season. Winning by 40-plus will be tough to do against a North Texas team that lost by just three points at VCU last Friday. Grant McCasland’s team will try to slow the tempo, but that’ll be easier than done against the Hogs’ impressive group of guards. Prediction: Arkansas 73, North Texas 62.

No. 22 Auburn at South Alabama (8PM EST, ESPN+): Auburn scored one of the SEC’s best non-conference wins by capturing a nice victory against Davidson in the Veterans Classic. Once again, defense is going to be the driving force for Bruce Pearl’s team, as Samir Doughty, J’Von McCormick, and Issac Okoro appear to be one fo the best defensive backcourts in the country. And they’ll need to be at their best in this matchup, as South Alabama is the most experienced team in the country and the favorite to win the Sun Belt. The atmosphere should be great, and the Jaguars undoubtedly have the talent to win. However, it’s just hard to pick against the Tigers in this spot. Prediction: Auburn 75, South Alabama 71.

Murray State at Tennessee (9PM EST, SEC Network): Both Eves Pons and John Fulkerson are going to be important to Tennessee’s success this season, and Rick Barnes got good production out of them in the opener. Pons posted 15 points and seven rebounds, while Fulkerson contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. If Tennessee wants to reach its potential, it’ll need that from those two on a consistent basis. The Racers turned the ball over 21 times in their first game after Ja Morant’s exit to the NBA, and that’s an aspect worth watching in this one. The Vols have the advantage in the backcourt, and that should give Barnes’ team a shot at another win. Prediction: Tennessee 71, Murray State 61.

Blake Lovell is a national writer for ClutchPoints. He’s also a contributor for the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview magazine. He hosts two podcasts: Marching to Madness (CBB) and Establish the Pass (NFL). 

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