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Saturday College Basketball Odds, Betting Trends: Kansas vs. Baylor Among Most Popular Public Bets

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Saturday’s college basketball slate is absolutely loaded.

It’s the last full hoops slate of the season as conferences begin their respective postseason tournaments during the next two weeks.

That means there is plenty of action all over the board today — especially on the more popular games on the slate.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular public bets on Saturday’s NCAA basketball slate.

Saturday’s College Basketball Odds & Betting Trends

*Odds and public betting trends data as of early Saturday afternoon

3 Most Popular College Basketball Favorites

1. Western Kentucky  vs. Middle Tennessee (-1.5)

7 p.m. ET

Middle Tennessee is one of the best against-the-spread (ATS) teams in the country, boasting a sterling 19-5-2 record against the number. That cover rate has also made the Blue Raiders a public betting darling — and the public loves the Blue Raiders again today. Middle Tennessee has received 96% of the tickets as of writing.

2. Murray State (-11.5) vs. Southeast Missouri State

5 p.m. ET

Murray State not only has one of the best win-loss records in the country at 27-2, but moreover, the Racers also flaunt one of the best ATS records at 16-9. The public is once again backing Murray State against SEMO, the former of whom has earned 95% of bets made on the matchup.

3. UMass Lowell vs. Vermont (-17) 

4 p.m. ET

Vermont is 11-0 straight-up (SU) and 8-3 at home this season. The Catamounts have been steamrolling their America East opponents, and the public expects Vermont to continue that trend today. The Catamounts are getting 94% of the public bets.

3 Most Popular College Basketball Underdogs

1. Kansas (+3) vs. Baylor

8 p.m. ET

It is the matchup of the blue bloods in the Big 12. Kansas took Baylor to the woodshed in the first matchup between these two teams, trouncing the Bears 82-59. The public likes Kansas getting points tonight as the Jayhawks are getting 82% of the tickets.

2. South Carolina (+11.5) vs. Alabama

6 p.m. ET

These two teams are tied in the SEC with the same exact conference record at 8-7. You wouldn’t know that from the 11.5-point spread, but the public took notice. The Gamecocks have earned 82% of the public bets.

3. Virginia Military Institute vs. Western Carolina (+4.5)

7 p.m. ET

Western Carolina is in last place in the Southern Conference and playing its last game of the regular season. The public thinks the Catamounts can sneak out a win against VMI on Senior Night. Western Carolina is currently receiving 78% of the tickets.

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