College Basketball Odds & Picks: Sharps Taking Notice of Idaho vs. Washington State
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With no professional or college football on Wednesday’s schedule, college hoops will take center stage for both sports fans and bettors.
Unfortunately, tonight’s only game between ranked teams, No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 18 Virginia, was canceled due to COVID-19 issues, leaving Wednesday’s slate without the star power of yesterday’s schedule.
Still, tonight’s college basketball slate is 40 games strong, including ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Big 12-Big East Battle matchups, so there is plenty of value across the board.
In fact, smaller college basketball games often offer the softest lines, but the trouble is quickly pinpointing those bets, especially early in the season.
That is exactly where our College Basketball PRO Report comes in, quickly illustrating the games to bet right now based on five separate value indicators.
And a quick scroll through this powerful feature shows the following Wednesday college basketball games as ones bettors should key in on.
Let’s take look.
College Basketball Pick: Providence vs. TCU
5 p.m. ET | ESPNU
The Big 12-BIG EAST Battle between Providence and TCU gets today’s slate started, and has also attracted the interest of sharp bettors.
After this total opened at 127.5, Sports Insights’ reported a trio of smart money moves on the over, marking multiple instances of action from respected bettors hitting the Providence vs. TCU over.
Oddsmakers have clearly taken note, pushing the total up to a consensus of 131 (click here for live college basketball odds) across the market.
And while it may not qualify for the “Big Money” indicator, sportsbooks are certainly heavy on the over as well.
As detailed above, pros have hit the over on more than one occasion and bettors, as a whole, are landing on that side of the total as well evidenced by the 71% of overall money falling on the over.
PRO Report Pick: Over 131
College Basketball Pick: Idaho vs. Washington State
9 p.m. ET
Wiseguys are on the Idaho vs. Washington State total as well, but this time they like the under.
Sharps have hit the under twice per SI’s Bet Signals, pushing this number down from 137 to 136, with many books adjusting an extra half-point to 135.5.
The bets-vs.-money discrepancy on this game is one of the biggest we’ve seen, with just 13% of the bets on the under accounting for 98% of the money wagered on the total.
I’d expect these percentages to even out a bit as tip-off nears, but that vast divide helps explain why this total has moved the way it has and the forces behind that movement.
PRO Report Pick: Under 136