Saturday College Basketball Sharp Betting Picks: Wake Forest vs. Duke, Oregon vs. Utah (Jan. 9)
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If you’ve circled this date on your sports calendar, chances are it’s not for any reasons relating to college basketball. But just because the college hoops slate is taking a back seat to today’s three NFL playoff matchups, that doesn’t mean you can’t bet it. And it certainly doesn’t mean that it can’t offering betting value.
Sharp bettors have made the latter very clear with their takes on several of today’s matchups, including a pair of Power Six showdowns:
- Wake Forest vs. Duke | 12 p.m. ET
- Oregon vs. Utah | 9:30 p.m. ET
Let’s take a look at how our PRO Report is displaying value on each.
Note: Odds, data as of 9:45 a.m. ET.
Wake Forest vs. Duke
12 p.m. ET | ACC Network
As you might expect, Duke is generally a pretty popular bet amongst the masses, so it’s certainly possible that we’ll see the following figure change as tipoff approaches. But as of writing, only 30% of tickets have landed on the Blue Devils as heavy home favorites today.
Still, that minority has been able to stretch this line from -12.5 to -13.5. The line actually reached a consensus of -14 before meeting some resistance, which should tell you something about the type of bettor taking Duke.
Sure enough, a pair of Action Labs Bet Signals — triggered by instances of market movement caused specifically by sharp action — on Duke have confirmed the professional backing.
Sharp Action edge: Duke
Our top college basketball experts are in agreement with the sharps, too.
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Top Experts edge: Duke
Oregon vs. Utah
9:30 p.m. ET | Pac-12 Network
A similar story is unfolding in the sharp action department for Utah vs. Oregon, as Utah has come down from its opener of +3.5 to a consensus of +1.5 despite only 23% of tickets landing on the Utes thus far.
And once again, a pair of Action Labs Bet Signals has confirmed that sharp action.
Sharp Action edge: Utah
If the Utes’ small backing remains under 25%, they’ll be a match for one of our PRO Betting Systems: Fade the Public in Big Conferences.
The system reports a 57% cover rate on a sample of more than 750 college basketball games since 2005.
PRO Systems edge: Utah