College Basketball Sharp Report: UVA vs. Syracuse Spread Causing Pros vs. Joes Disagreement

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Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Elijah Hughes

  • UVA starts the season as a 3-point road favorite at Syracuse after a national championship run.
  • Sharps and public bettors have disagreed on the right side of this spread, which has returned to its opening number,

College basketball returned with a bang last night, and contrarian bettors were probably happy with the result — at least in the two biggest games of the night. Both Duke and Kentucky won outright as underdogs (at the closing number) and received less than 40% of spread bets.

Tonight’s slate doesn’t bring with it quite the same firepower, but it still does feature one marquee matchup that will draw plenty of action — a fair share of which has already come from sharps.

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Virginia @ Syracuse

9 p.m. ET | ESPN

On the surface, there doesn’t look to be a whole lot going on with this spread. After opening at Virginia -3 at most books, the consensus around the market sits at that very number. However, a look at the line history reveals there has been some movement in both directions.

The line has seen a high-water mark of UVA -4 and a low of -2.5 since being released, but only one of those directions of movement has been the result of sharp action.

Unsurprisingly, the reigning national champs are drawing a heavy majority of bettors at a relatively short number. Seventy-five percent of tickets, to be exact, have laid the points with the Cavs.

Initially, that backing (which has now generated 64% of money) drove the line up to Virginia -4, which is when pros began to strike.

Two Sports Insights Bet Signals — indicators of market-wide movement as a result of sharp action — were triggered on Syracuse at +4 early this morning, driving this line back to its opening number, and in some cases, down to +2.5 for a short time.

Also worth noting is that while Virginia is still drawing the majority of money, the discrepancy between bets and money means that Syracuse (36% of money on 25% of bets) is attracting action from bigger bettors — those more likely to be sharps.

Sharp angle: Syracuse (moved from +4 to +3) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]

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