College Basketball Sharp Betting Picks (Feb. 22): Pros Hitting Texas vs. Kansas State, Michigan vs. Purdue
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Another seemingly endless Saturday college basketball slate presents itself to bettors today, and that, of course, means sharps are among those picking out valuable spots.
As is often the case, though, their opinion of value has been different from that of the masses, as they’ve hit a pair of 2 p.m. ET spreads that haven’t been as popular to the casual bettor.
Texas vs. Kansas State
2 p.m. ET
Kansas State opened anywhere from -3 to -4.5, which gives you an idea of how quick sharps were to make moves on this spread.
But at 2-11 in conference, and going against a 5-8 opponent in Texas, the Wildcats being favored hasn’t sat well with most bettors. Seventy-one percent of bets have landed on the Longhorns, yet the line has grown even further up to Kansas State -5.5.
The 29% backing of K-State has generated 60% of actual money hitting the spread, which means bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are laying the points.
Confirming that, two Sports Insights Bet Signals have revealed two instances of smart money hitting the spread at -4.5, forcing oddsmakers to adjust the number away from the popular side.
Sharp angle: Kansas State (moved from -4.5 to -5.5)
Michigan vs. Purdue
2 p.m. ET
The public has had a tougher time with this spread, but the sharp side has been just as clear. With bets nearly split (51% on the Wolverines), oddsmakers have still found reason to bump the line up from Purdue -3 to Purdue -4.
Sixty percent of money has landed on the Boilermakers, and another Bet Signal at the opening number has confirmed sharp action on the home favorite and once again convinced oddsmakers to increase their lines.
Sharp angle: Purdue (moved from -3 to -4)