Wake and Rake: Small Friday Slate Not Deterring Sharp Hoops Bettors

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Fridays are traditionally short college basketball slates dominated by Ivy League matchups. While that likely doesn’t get the juices flowing for recreational bettors, professional players take advantage of every opportunity to pick off mispriced numbers, no matter the matchup.

As of Friday morning, there’s one game in particular that’s already become the focus of sharp money.

Despite losing, 88-80, to Kent State earlier this season, oddsmakers opened Ball State as 5-point favorites for tonight’s rematch. Fifty-four percent of early tickets are laying the points, but a whopping 91% of dollars are also backing the Cardinals.

A look at our Bet Signals reveals that a Steam Move was triggered at Ball State -5, confirming that one-sided sharp money is responsible for the early line move.

The chart below illustrates how the line has moved since open, highlighted by the Steam Move triggered at 10:35 a.m. ET.

There’s still plenty of action yet to come down on this game, so be sure to track real-time odds, betting trends and money percentage updates on The Action Network’s Public Money page.