CBB Sharp Report: Pros Betting Central Florida-SMU, East Carolina-South Florida

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  • It's the first Sunday since the end of the NFL season, and many bettors have shifted their sights to college basketball.
  • Using The Action Network's betting tools, we've identified how sharp bettors have moved two spreads on today's slate.

We’ve hit the one-week mark since the Super Bowl. Sure, plenty of folks are getting their betting fill on the AAF — perhaps the best thing since sliced bread — but others are turning their sights to college hoops. Gotta prepare for March Madness, you know what I’m sayin?

The Sunday slate doesn’t compare to yesterday’s 140-plus gamer, but sharps and squares are finding ways to get money down regardless.

Central Florida at SMU

2 p.m. ET | ESPNews

Sharp angle: SMU (moved from -1 to -2.5)

In one of the more heavily-bet games of the afternoon, UCF and SMU face off in an AAC matchup. While Cincinnati and Houston battle for the top spot in the conference, SMU will look to hold its ground at home against a Central Florida team that is 6-3 in conference play.

Just 40% of bettors are taking the Mustangs as slight home favorites, but sharp bettors have been all over them.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have tracked four moves on them compared to zero on Central Florida. Though betting activity could have swayed SMU from favorite to dog, sharp bettors have ensured that won’t happen.

East Carolina at South Florida

5:30 p.m. ET | ESPN3

Sharp angle: East Carolina (moved from +14 to +12)

The biggest dog of the day, East Carolina, the state we never knew about, is perhaps the sharpest play of the day, too.

The Pirates have been the second-worst team in the AAC this year in terms of conference and overall records, and they’ve also been unkind to bettors at just 5-10 against-the-spread (ATS).

They visit a South Florida team that is a ridiculous 14-2 ATS — one of the best marks in the country, needless to say.

Multiple waves of sharp action have moved this line far from the opening number of +14. 

There have been bet signals triggered on the ECU Pirates last night, early this morning and most recently at about 10:15 a.m. ET. Though they’re getting 45% of bets, they’re getting 64% of dollars.

Historically, teams in East Carolina’s spot have been profitable.

When teams that have fared poorly against-the-spread take on great ATS squads like South Florida, things have had a tendency of coming back to earth. You’ll often find that in betting, extremes — both good and bad — generally regress as more games are played.