Sharps Eyeing Four Saturday Afternoon College Hoops Games
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Slept through the noon tip-offs today? No judgement here. Luckily there’re about a million college hoops games today so you’ve still got plenty of action to get down on.
Let’s take a look at four in particular that have caught the eyes of wiseguys.
Kansas (-1.5) at Baylor
2:00 PM EST
One of the least-supported teams on today’s busy slate, Baylor is in a revenge spot this afternoon against Kansas. Three weeks after their 70-67 loss in Lawrence, the Bears opened as 2-point home underdogs in the rematch.
They’ve received only 23% of bets to this point, yet the line has dropped from +2 to +1.5 thanks to 48% of the money wagered on this game also landing on Baylor. It’s safe to say that sharps are taking the points at home in this one.
Loyola Chicago (-3.5) at Indiana State
2:00 PM EST
Loyola Chicago has been on fire this year at 20-5 overall and 10-3 in conference. Indiana State is just 11-14 overall, and 6-7 in conference.
Despite that, the Ramblers (that would be Loyola) opened as only a 4.5-point favorite. Expectedly, public Joes that have somehow come across this Missouri Valley matchup are all over Loyola, having probably already marked it as their lock of the day.
But even with only 24% taking Indiana State, that line dropped to 3.5 due to 44% of money, again, landing on the side with points.
Depaul at Providence (-6.5)
4:00 PM EST
This game opened with Providence as a 9-point home favorite, making it the biggest line move on today’s slate. What’s especially significant about the move is that Depaul is getting only 37% of bets, so you can be confident that the move is in response to heavy sharp action.
What’s more, Depaul, like Baylor and Indiana State, is also receiving significantly more money than bets, as 52% of dollars wagered have landed on on the Blue Demons.
Northern Iowa at Drake (-1.5)
4:00 PM EST
We’ll return to the Missouri Valley Conference for this one, and there’s a similar story taking place here. Drake is 7-6 in conference; UNI is just 4-9. But even more striking, Drake’s home record is 8-2, while UNI has yet to win a game on the road this season (0-7). Ya think the wiseguys care?
Northern Iowa has received only 36% of bets to this point, but thanks to 57% of money wagered on this game also on the Panthers, the line has dropped from an opener of UNI +3 down to +1.5, and even +1 at a few offshore books.
With the public often heavy on favorites, sharps tend to find themselves taking the points more often than not. Today sure seems to fit that bill.
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