West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State Sharp Betting Pick: Pros Moving Spread in Big 12 Matchup
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The biggest college basketball game of the evening — and the only one featuring major conference teams — has also been by far the most interesting to follow from a betting perspective throughout the morning.
No. 17 West Virginia (11-2 overall) will travel to Stillwater to take on the unranked Cowboys of Oklahoma State (9-4), but even with a superior team, the Mountaineers were given just a 2-point edge when oddsmakers opened this line.
As you could probably have guessed, that short spread has invited plenty of bettors to back the ranked team with a better record. But it’s also attracted a healthy dose of sharp action.
Odds as of Monday at 11 a.m. ET and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State Sharp Betting Pick
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If you’ve checked out updated odds for this matchup, you’re already aware that the 2-point opening spread has evaporated. Even with 75% of bettors taking West Virginia, this game is down to an even pick’em thanks to the sharp action hitting Oklahoma State.
The Pokes’ 25% backing has generated an impressive 61% of actual dollars, serving as the first sign of professional money on the home team (since sharps are more likely to be the ones placing bigger bets).
Confirming that indication, three Sports Insights Bet Signals, which track and record market activity that suggests sharp action in real time, have landed on Okie State. The first two came at the spread’s high-water mark of +2.5, but the most recent came at +1, explaining why the number has, at least for the time being, disappeared.
As with any bet you make, be sure to shop for the best line before wagering, as prices aren’t necessarily consistent across all sportsbooks — especially in a game that will draw plenty of moneyline action.
Sharp angle: Oklahoma State (moved from +2 to PK) [In New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana or West Virginia? Bet now at FanDuel]