Sweet 16 Odds: Heavy Money Moving Virginia Tech-Duke Betting Line
Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Duke Blue Devils forward R.J. Barrett (5) and Virginia Tech Hokies guard/forward Ty Outlaw (42)
- The Duke Blue Devils (-7) will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (Friday at 9:39 p.m. ET, CBS).
- According to The Action Network's public betting data, heavy money already has the Virginia Tech-Duke betting line on the move.
Overall, the NCAA Tournament betting market has been very quiet since odds for the Sweet 16 opened days ago. At this point, there isn’t much to report in terms of professional betting action or popular public sides, but steady, one-sided money is having an effect on the Virginia Tech-Duke point spread.
According to The Action Network’s public betting data, spread tickets are quite balanced with the Hokies garnering the slight majority at 54%.
However, those 54% of bets on Virginia Tech account for a whopping 81% of actual money wagered on this matchup. This tells us that so far this week, the larger wagers that have been placed on the point spread have taken the points.
Considering Duke needed a handful of lucky bounces to survive against Central Florida by a single point in the Round of 32 , it’s not that surprising to see early money flowing on VT.
Oddsmakers have certainly taken note as the heavy Hokies money has pushed the spread down from an opener of +8 to +7 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.
KenPom agrees with the early line movement, making this game Duke -5, so don’t be surprised to see this number continue to move in this direction.