College Basketball Sharp Betting Picks: Kansas vs. West Virginia, Marquette vs. Villanova Among Sharps Top Plays
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With most power conferences in play tonight, sharps have more than 50 games from which to pick, and they’ve certainly made their mark on the slate.
Including what’s on pace to be the most heavily bet matchup of the night in Kansas vs. West Virginia, pros have made moves on four of tonight’s games.
Let’s take a look.
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South Carolina vs. Georgia
6:30 p.m. ET
Rooting against points isn’t exactly the most exciting way to watch a college basketball game, which means most matchups tend to draw a majority of bettors to the over.
This one, however, is one of a few tonight that has not.
Fifty-six percent of bettors, to be exact, are taking the under, yet the total has still made its way up from 151 to 154.5.
The 44% backing of the over has generated 61% of actual money hitting the total, meaning bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are banking on a higher-scoring game.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, which track and record instances of sharp action in real-time, have confirmed three instances of smart money hitting this game, all three of which have landed on the over (two at 151, one at 153).
Sharp angle: Over (moved from 151 to 154.5)
Kansas vs. West Virginia
7 p.m. ET
As has been the case in multiple games tonight, sharps have hit both sides of the same bet — though, as you might expect, they’ve made those bets at much different numbers.
The minus sign has flipped sides as a result of the pro action, which isn’t all that uncommon for a game that opened with a 1-point spread. What’s a bit more unusual — and indicative of smart money — is the line moving toward the unpopular side.
West Virginia opened as the 1-point underdog, but has moved to -1.5 despite attracting just 43% of bets.
Those bets have, however, generated 60% of actual money, and three Sports Insights Bet Signals have confirmed market movement at +1.5, +1 and a pick’em to be a result three separate waves of pro money.
All the Mountaineer money actually moved the line to -2, but it’s worth noting that that line didn’t last long. It invited a fourth SI Bet Signal to the spread, this time coming on Kansas, and returning the spread to its current listing.
Sharp angles: West Virginia (moved from +1.5 to -2), Kansas (moved from +2 to +1.5)
Louisville vs. Georgia Tech
8 p.m. ET
A simple comparison between betting percentages and line movement tells us everything we need to know about what sharps think of this spread.
No. 5 Louisville is one of the most popular picks of the night, drawing 82% of bets as a 6.5-point opening favorite at Georgia Tech. That opening number, however, is down to just 5.5.
The Jackets have attracted bigger bettors, as their 18% backing has accounted for 27% of money, but even still, sportsbooks have no monetary reason to be lowering this number.
That means the line move has come simply as a result of respect for those backing Georgia Tech. An SI Bet Signal has also confirmed sharps hitting the underdog at +6.
Sharp angle: Georgia Tech (moved from +6.5 to +5.5)
Marquette vs. Villanova
8:30 p.m. ET
The activity on this game bears similarities to the Kansas-West Virginia matchup above, though in this case the action is landing on the over/under.
After opening anywhere from 145 to 147, the under was the first bet to be made by sharps. Three SI Bet Signals hit numbers of 146, 145.5 and 145, sending the total into a range that attracted buyback on the over.
Reaching a low-water mark of 143.5 welcomed another pair of Bet Signals to hit the over, and the overall bet-vs.-money discrepancy has pointed toward a greater overall sharp liability on the over.
While bets have been close to split, the 47% backing of the over has generated 80% of actual money.
Sharp angles: Under (moved from 146 to 143.5), Over (moved from 143.5 to 145)