CBB Sharp Report: How the Pros are Betting Tennessee-Kentucky, Iowa State-Kansas
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- Sharps are hitting two conference tournament semifinals on Saturday: Tennessee-Kentucky and Iowa State-Kansas.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages help reveal which way the smart money is going.
We’re down to the final two days of Conference Championship Week, and sharps are still finding value on Saturday’s 26-game slate.
They’ve made moves on two of today’s semifinal matchups: Tennessee-Kentucky and Iowa State-Kansas.
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Tennessee vs. Kentucky
3 p.m. ET | ESPN
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 142 to 140)
With 66% of bettors taking the over, it certainly isn’t the public driving oddsmakers to lower this total.
Boasting offenses ranked third (Tennessee) and 13th (Kentucky) in the nation per KenPom, it’s not surprising to see a heavy public backing of the over. Interestingly, though, Kentucky has been one of the better “under” teams in the country this year. The Wildcats are 20-11-1 to the under this season.
Wiseguys are expecting Kentucky to add another under win to that record this afternoon, as they’ve triggered two Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — signs of market-wide line movement caused by sharp action — on the under so far today.
Iowa State vs. Kansas
6 p.m. ET | ESPN
Sharp angle: Iowa State (moved from +2.5 to +1)
After taking out top-seeded Kansas State, Iowa State is a short underdog against No. 3 Kansas. Unsurprisingly, the public has taken a liking to the higher-seeded Jayhawks, who’ve picked up 61% of bets.
Sharps, on the other hand, have found value in taking the points with Iowa State.
While the Cyclones haven’t drawn any SI Bet Signals, they have generated 47% of money being wagered on the matchup. That means they’ve drawn the bigger bets — the ones more likely to be made by sharps.
That professional backing has convinced oddsmakers to bring this line down to just a single point.