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College Basketball Betting Data, March 14: Obscure Games Not Scaring Bettors

Mar 14, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: UC Irvine guard Max Hazzard

College basketball bettors are in full “March” mode.

Some of our heaviest-bet games of the night feature conference tournament clashes from the Big West, Atlantic 10 and MAC.

All betting data comes from our public betting page (ticket count is free, but money percentages are available only to EDGE subscribers). Betting trends are available for free in The Action Network app, while more advanced betting systems are available to Sports Insights subscribers via Bet Labs.

Most Public Teams

As of 4:30 p.m. ET. Minimum 1,000 bets tracked.

Get public betting percentages for every game here, for free.

  1. UL-Monroe -1.5 (86%) vs. Coastal Carolina
  2. Hawaii -1.5 (85%) vs. Long Beach State
  3. Arizona State -4.5 (85%) vs. UCLA
  4. Toledo -6.5 (85%) vs. Northern Illinois
  5. UC Irvine -14.5 (84%) UC Riverside

Biggest Betting Ticket/Money Discrepancies

We track both betting tickets on a given game and the percentage of money that’s been bet on each side. If there’s a big discrepancy, there’s likely some sharper, larger bets on the opposite side.

Here are the three biggest discrepancies for Thursday night as of 4:30 p.m. ET. This data will change as we get closer to tipoffs. Minimum 1,000 bets.

Utah State -13 vs. New Mexico

  • 9 p.m. ET
  • 59% of tickets, 83% of money
  • 24% difference
  • Line move: Utah State -12 to -13

Contrarian bettors aren’t always piling on big underdogs. Here, they’ve taken the favorite Utah State and moved the line a point.

West Virginia +12.5 vs. Texas Tech

  • 7 p.m. ET
  • 25% of tickets, 48% of money
  • 23% difference
  • Line move: WVU +14 to +12.5

Some bettors are counting on West Virginia to build off its upset of Oklahoma on Wednesday night, moving this line 1.5 points.

St. Joe’s -2 vs. Duquesne

  • 6 p.m. ET
  • 65% of tickets, 87% of money
  • 22% difference
  • Line move: St. Joe’s -1.5 to -2

St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli is 22-8 against the spread in conference tournament games since 2005.

EDGE subscribers can get the rest of the biggest ticket/money differences here.

Bet Labs Pro Trend

Over at Bet Labs, we’ve created historically profitable betting systems for every sport.

Bryan Mears has identified 10 profitable conference tournament betting trends, and he’s updating this post with matches once lines come out each day. There are still loads of games that fit systems on Thursday night.

Create your own betting systems by signing up for a trial of Bet Labs here.

Sharp Money Indicators

Each day, we try to highlight one game from our sharp report page that has multiple indicators of sharp action.

Ball State has been a popular contrarian team for a few weeks now. The Cardinals are just 5-6 since the start of February, but haven’t lost a game by double digits over that span.

We’ve tracked contrarian indicators and reverse line movement on Ball State against Bowling Green.

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