While declaring that recreational bettors aren’t overly enthusiastic about the NIT isn’t exactly breaking news, the lack of action on tonight’s slate is quite startling. Based on our number of bets statistic, public bettors are basically ignoring tonight’s college basketball matchups and are instead focusing on Thursday’s round of Sweet 16 games.


However, NIT winners pay just the same as NCAA Tournament winners. Sharp bettors don’t care about the prestige of the tournament, only the potential value offered by soft betting lines. Looking at current college basketball betting data, professionals have already made a play on tonight’s Utah-Saint Mary’s (10:00 p.m. ET) matchup.

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