Sharp Action Hitting the Big Ten Tonight
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In a day dominated by the 10-game Big 12-SEC Challenge, it’s a lowly Big Ten matchup that has drawn perhaps the most sharp attention.
When Iowa travels to Lincoln to take on Nebraska, the Hawkeyes will be doing so with just two conference wins to their name, ahead of only Illinois in the Big Ten. Unsurprisingly, they opened as 6.5-point underdogs.
What is surprising is how the line has moved since then. Despite receiving only 19% of tickets — making them the least popular bet of today’s entire slate at the time of publication — Iowa has gone from +6.5 to +5, a strong indication that sharp bettors are among the minority taking the Hawks.
One explanation for the heavy sharp action is Iowa’s recent style of play. As college hoops guru Jordan Majewski notes, Iowa has been pounding the post as of late, making for a good matchup against a Nebraska team that has gone to a smaller lineup.
Need more reason to like Iowa? Two of the five winning systems in Bet Labs’ “Create a Pro System Contest” have matches on the Hawkeyes.
With both sharp action and on-court matchups lining up in Iowa’s favor, we could be looking at an upset in the Big Ten tonight.
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