CBB Sharp Report: Pros Betting West Virginia-Tennessee, 4 Other Saturday Games

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  • Saturday's college basketball slate is massive, and sharps have taken notice.
  • Sports Insights' Bet Signals, along with betting market percentages, reveal five plays pros are making this evening.

Saturday offers a wide array of options for sports bettors. The NBA features a few top-notch matchups, and even the NHL All-Star Game offers some potential value. Of course, though, today’s college basketball slate will dominate the action.

Of the over 100 games on today’s slate, five in particular have drawn some action from professional bettors this evening, starting with a late afternoon meeting between West Virginia and No. 1 Tennessee.

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West Virginia @ Tennessee

4 p.m. ET | ESPN

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 153.5 to 150)

The top team in the nation is a 15-point home favorite this afternoon against Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers. That sizable spread, however, isn’t what’s attracted wiseguys to this game.

This total has fallen considerably from its opener of 153.5, but 68% of bettors have been taking the over. Why the line fall then?

Sharps have been hammering away at the under, as evidenced by three Sports Insights Bet Signals. The under has also generated an impressive 53% of money despite the minority backing, meaning its attracting the bigger bets — the ones more likely to be made by sharps.

St. Joseph’s @ Penn

7 p.m. ET | ESPN+

Sharp angle: St. Joseph’s (moved from +6 to +5)

At 11-6, Penn is understandably drawing a majority of bettors against 9-10 St. Joe’s. The Quakers are coming off an impressive seven-point road win over Temple, while St. Joseph’s has been struggling in a weak Atlantic-10 conference.

The 59% of bets behind Penn, however, have generated only 12% of actual money wagered on this matchup. That means the Hawks are picking up significantly bigger bets, which once again points toward the sharp side.

As a result of that professional action, oddsmakers have dropped Penn to a 5-point favorite, and have even gone as far as -4.5 at some spots.

George Washington @ George Mason

7 p.m. ET | MASN

Sharp angle: George Washington (moved from +12.5 to +10)

We’ve got a battle of Georges tonight, and sharps are riding with the first president. So far, it seems the public is on that same page, as the Colonials have drawn 56% of overall spread bets.

Amazingly, those bets have accounted for almost all of the money (99%) being wagered on the game. As tipoff approaches and more bets are thrown on this matchup, that figure should drop. Still, I’d expect it to remain significantly higher than the bet percentage, which is the important feature of a sharp play.

Confirming that wiseguys are in fact on the road dog have been two Sports Insights Bet Signals. Those, plus the massive bet vs. money discrepancy, have given oddsmakers no choice but to reduce this point spread.

Syracuse @ Virginia Tech

8 p.m. ET | ESPN

Sharp angle: Virginia Tech (moved from -6 to -6.5)

Syracuse has been a trendy underdog all day. Riding a three-game win streak that includes a road victory over Duke and a 20-point win over Miami, the Orange have been too good to pass up for most bettors, especially at an opening number of +6.

Sixty-one percent, in fact, have taken the points, but Syracuse has actually gone from +6 to +6.5.

Our Bet Signals have confirmed that wiseguys are behind the move, revealing that sharp action came in on Virginia Tech at -6.

For what it’s worth, the Sports Insights Line Predictor tool is projecting that this line will continue its movement up to VT -7.

Auburn @ Mississippi State

8:30 p.m. ET | SEC Network

Sharp angle: Auburn (moved from +1.5 to -1)

When lines were released for this Top-25 SEC matchup, Mississippi State was given a 1.5-point edge at home against Auburn.

Since then, however, oddsmakers have jumped this line over the fence, now listing the Tigers at -1. That move has come thanks in no part to the public, 64% of whom have taken the Bulldogs at home.

Instead, it’s been sharp action — confirmed by two Sports Insights Bet Signals — that’s turned Auburn into a short favorite.

On top of the signals, the 36% backing of Auburn has accounted for 56% of dollars wagered, further clarifying the professional side.