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- Michigan State-Kansas (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Duke-Kentucky (9:30 p.m. ET) headline Tuesday's 2018-19 college basketball season-opening slate of games.
- While fans and recreational bettors are excited about these marquee matchups, professionals are instead betting smaller games.
- Using The Action Network's betting tools, we analyze how sharp money has come down on tonight's Indiana State-Ball State matchup.
College basketball is back! And a certain Wake and Rake writer is extremely thrilled to see his Duke Blue Devils in action against the Kentucky Wildcats.
I’m certainly not alone, as Duke-Kentucky (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Michigan State-Kansas (7 p.m. ET) are the most heavily bet college basketball games of the night, and it’s not close.
Recreational bettors are naturally excited about these two matchups, especially with no NFL and a standalone college football game between Kent State and Buffalo.
But remember, tonight’s college basketball schedule includes a full slate. That provides plenty of betting opportunities for professional bettors in Tuesday’s smaller games.
At the time of writing, sharps are not playing tonight’s nationally-televised marquee matchups, but have instead taken a position on the Indiana State-Ball State game (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).
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According to Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — which track sharp action across the sports betting market — wiseguys steamed the under three separate times.
With professional money steadily pounding the under, oddsmakers have adjusted the total down to 144.5.
In fact, for those who follow me on The Action Network’s mobile app, I bet this game at under 146 and posted it to the app around 9:31 a.m. ET:
The most recent Steam Move was triggered at 9:40 a.m. ET, indicating professionals still liked the value of 146 earlier this morning.
Fans and recreational bettors will focus on Michigan State-Kansas and Duke-Kentucky, but are sharps jumping all over Tuesday’s smaller matchups, highlighted by the Indiana State-Ball State under.