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- Wiseguys are betting two college basketball games on Friday night: New Mexico vs. Saint Mary's (7 p.m. ET) and TCU vs. USC (9:30 p.m. ET).
- Using the tools available at The Action Network, we analyze how sharps are betting both games.
Timing is everything in sports betting, but it’s not just about shopping for the best line. Sharps are also cognizant of the betting calendar.
Many sharps tread lightly like Walter White early in the college basketball season. Why? Because the public is still fixated on football and hasn’t gotten into college hoops yet. This means that the ticket counts are low and there’s less contrarian value. Sharps are also waiting for conference play to begin — that’s when dogs bark the loudest.
This doesn’t mean sharps ignore college hoops in November and December, it just means that they’re extra disciplined when picking their spots.
After breaking down the data using our Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed two college basketball games sharps are betting on Friday night: New Mexico-Saint Mary’s and TCU-USC.
Betting Terms to Know
Steam Move: Sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the market caused by an overload of sharp action from respected players.
Reverse Line Movement: When the betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages. It’s a top smart money indicator.
Line Freeze: When one side is getting heavy betting, but the line won’t budge, indicating sharp liability on the other side.
Juice: The tax or commission that bettors must pay sportsbooks in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettor would have to wager $115 to win $100.
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New Mexico vs. Saint Mary’s
7 p.m. ET