CBB Sharp Report: Pros Targeting Notre Dame-Oklahoma, Michigan-Northwestern

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  • Sharp bettors have affected lines in two of Tuesday's biggest college hoops matchups.
  • Sports Insights' Bet Signals reveal the sharp sides in Notre Dame-Oklahoma (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Michigan-Northwestern (9 p.m. ET, BTN).

I’ve preached about how sharp bettors don’t care about whether the games they bet are considered “high profile.” And while that’s still true, you certainly wouldn’t know it by tonight’s college hoops sharp report.

The two games seeing the most sharp action also happen to be at the top of today’s list of most heavily bet games, highlighted by Michigan-Northwestern at 9 p.m. ET.

Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

7 p.m. ET | ESPN

Sharp angle: Notre Dame (moved from +3 to +1.5)

Both teams may be 6-1, but bettors are clearly favoring Oklahoma in tonight’s Jimmy V Classic.

Sixty-four percent of bettors have played the Sooners so far, who opened as 3-point favorites. Despite that support, Oklahoma is now listed at just +1.5.

While Notre Dame may be attracting only 36% of bets, those bets have accounted for 66% of dollars wagered.

Not only does that create liability for books on the Irish, but it indicates that they’re attracting much bigger bets — the ones more likely to be made by sharps.

With that in mind, oddsmakers have had no choice but to drop this line away from the popular side.

Michigan @ Northwestern

9 p.m. ET | BTN

Sharp angle: Northwestern (moved from +6.5 to +5)

Last year’s national championship runner-up has been rolling to begin the year. Michigan is 8-0, but more impressive is how it has been winning games.

The Wolverines have yet to play a game closer than 17 points so far this season, on a schedule that’s already included Villanova, Providence, UNC and Purdue.

It should come as no surprise that 80% of bets are landing on Michigan as a 5-point favorite tonight. What may be a little surprising, though, is that the spread has actually come down from its opening number.

Like Notre Dame, Northwestern is drawing the bigger bets in this game, as indicated by its higher money than bet percentage (38% vs. 20%).

On top of that, sharp bettors triggered a Sports Insights Bet Signal earlier this morning to help get this line move started.

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