College Basketball Sharp Betting Picks (Feb. 15): West Virginia vs. Baylor, Seton Hall vs. Providence Among Games Drawing Action From Pros
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- See why sharps are favoring the big conference showdown between West Virginia and Baylor.
- See how the pros have moved the lines for the Big 12 battle as well as Seton Hall-Providence.
With a large Saturday slate of college hoops, sharps and recreational bettors alike have plenty of betting options.
The quality of the matchups allows us to have a sense of which games will attract the latter, but professional bettors aren’t so concerned with the “big games” as much as the games with value.
This afternoon’s West Virginia vs. Baylor matchup happens to fall into both categories. Let’s take a look at how sharps are betting that, along with three other power-conference games today.
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West Virginia vs. Baylor
4 p.m. ET
As a relatively short favorite, the No. 1 ranked team in the country is having no trouble attracting the majority of bets today, especially considering its home-court advantage.
Sixty-nine percent of bets have landed on Baylor, which opened as a 6-point favorite, but even behind that support, the line has fallen away from the Bears. They’re now listed -5.5 across the market.
Helping West Virginia’s cause has been the 51% of actual money generated by the points takers. While that doesn’t lead to any monetary liabilities, it does tell us that bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are on the Mountaineers.
A Sports Insights Bet Signal, triggered at +6, has confirmed sharp action to be at the root of the cause for the reverse line movement.
Sharp angle: West Virginia (moved from +6 to +5.5)
Louisville vs. Clemson
4 p.m. ET
Right down to the tip-off time, this game has looked a lot like West Virginia-Baylor from a betting standpoint. Louisville, the highly-ranked (No. 5) team, opened as a 6-point favorite over Clemson and has easily attracted the majority of bettors.
Seventy-nine percent, in this case, has landed on the Cardinals. But once again, the actual money hitting the spread has been split down the middle, revealing the opinions of bigger bettors.
Another influx of smart money at +6 — identified by an SI Bet Signal — has moved this line a full point to Clemson +5.
Sharp angle: Clemson (moved from +6 to +5)
Auburn vs. Missouri
6 p.m. ET
Yet another ranked team in the same spread range has sharps’ attention today. No. 11 Auburn opened at -5.5 in Missouri for this evening’s Tiger showdown, but the spread has been brought down to -4 thanks to pro action on Mizzou.
A 30% minority on the underdog has accounted for an impressive 65% of actual money hitting the spread, and with another Bet Signal coming at +5, oddsmakers have followed the lead of their bigger, sharper bettors and landed at a 4.5-point spread.
Sharp angle: Missouri (moved from +5.5 to +4.5)
Seton Hall vs. Providence
8 p.m. ET
Among the most popular bets of the night has been Seton Hall. At No. 10 in the country, the Pirates (10-2 in conference) have attracted 82% of bettors with just a -2 opening spread at Providence (6-6).
Bigger bettors have again pointed to the sharp side, as the Friars have landed 32% of actual money and two Bet Signals at +2, making an already small spread even smaller.
Sharp angle: Providence (moved from +2 to +1.5)