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- Sharp bettors are affecting lines in three of Saturday's college basketball matchups: Penn State-NC State, Northern Iowa-Iowa, USC-Oklahoma
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages help reveal which way the smart money is going.
Saturday brings with it seemingly endless options for sports bettors. While the brunt of the action will land on NFL matchups and bowl games, don’t sleep on today’s college hoops slate, which offers more than 50 games with lines throughout the day.
Of those, three have been hit by some heavy sharp action causing line moves, with start times ranging from 2 to 9 p.m. ET.
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Penn State vs. NC State
2 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Penn State (moved from +5 to +4)
Technically, this line has actually risen from its opening number of NC State -3, but comparing opening to current lines doesn’t always tell the whole story.
NC State saw an early wave of public action — it’s still drawing 75% of the bets on the game — which shifted the line from -3 up to -5. That’s when sharps stepped in.
Apparently, five points was too wide a margin for this matchup, according to wiseguys. They triggered two Sports Insights Bet Signals on Penn State — indications of market-wide line movement caused by sharp action — to help the line fall.
The Nittany Lions have also generated a significantly higher percentage of money than bets. Their 25% backing has accounted for 49% of actual dollars, meaning bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are playing the dog.
Northern Iowa vs. Iowa
7 p.m. ET