1/20/2010 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at SportsInsights.com
Welcome to the Sports Marketwatch – NCAA Basketball Edition, where SportsInsights gives sports fans unprecedented insight into the sports marketplace. If you want to know what is really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch!
The staff at SportsInsights.com speaks directly with the line managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest sportsbooks about which games the public is chasing and which ones the Sharps are pounding. Let’s look at what’s in store for the upcoming NCAAB games.
Sports Marketwatch – NCAA Basketball Edition
Oklahoma’s Tiny Gallon was huge for Marketwatch last week, scoring 13 points, while pulling down 18 rebounds, in the Sooners’ five-point overtime victory against rival Oklahoma State. We grabbed Oklahoma at +1, notching our 5th win of the season.
2009-10 NCAA Basketball Games to Watch: 5-6-1, 45.5%*
Wake Forest +6 over North Carolina
After getting hammered by Duke three days ago in Durham, Wake Forest takes another trip down Interstate 40 for a showdown with North Carolina in Chapel Hill. This season’s younger and less experienced version of the Tar Heels have lost three of their last four games, including a 19-point beat-down by Clemson one week ago.
North Carolina opened as a 6.5-point favorite at Olympic and the line has shrunk to -6, where it currently sits at most sportsbooks tracked by SportsInsights. Although the Tar Heels have struggled recently and sophomore forward Ed Davis (14.7 ppg and 9.8 rpg) may not play, the public is still backing the defending National Champions, who are garnering 61% of spread wagers, 80% of moneyline bets and 80% of parlay wagers.
A Steam Move at our #1 ranked sportsbook, ABC (+21.27 units), was triggered on Wake Forest, showing there is value on the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest +6
Games to Watch (5-6-1)
Wake Forest +6