College Basketball Marketwatch Edition 1 2008-09

Sports Marketwatch
March Madness Edition – Round 1 (Thursday)
3/19/2009 11:01AM EST
By The Team at

Back by popular demand, SportsInsights is pleased to bring our Members a March Madness Edition of our popular Sports Marketwatch publication. Note that we’ll be publishing editions of the March Madness MarketWatch through the end of the Tournament.

Welcome to the Sports Marketwatch – March Madness 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 speaks directly with the line managers at some of the sports betting industry’s largest sportsbooks about which games the public is chasing and the Sharps are pounding. We’ll look at what’s in store for the upcoming NCAAB games.

Sports Marketplace – March Madness

Let the Madness Begin

We hope you have your brackets completed. Now, let’s get down to the “serious business” of picking winners “against the spread (ATS).” Please check out our article on “betting against the Public” during the Final Four Tournament. In particular, we noted that betting against the Public works particularly well during sports events that get a lot of attention – as in March Madness!

2009 March Madness Games to Watch: 0-0 = 0%

Sports MarketWatch – Sports Marketplace

Northern Iowa +9 over Purdue

Early sharp money on N. Iowa pushed the line down from its opening line of Purdue -9 at CRIS down to the more commonly available Purdue -8.5. Including teasers and parlays, almost 70% of the bets are getting down on the favorite Purdue Boilermakers. Even so, the early big money pushed the line down.

Our readers know that we like “betting against the Public” – especially when we can follow “sharp money.” Take the points and N. Iowa.

Northern Iowa +9 Bet at Sports Interaction +9

California -2 over Maryland

SportsInsights’ proprietary betting percentages show that about 65% of all bets are coming in on the big-name Maryland basketball program. We’ll “bet against the Public” and take California.

We don’t often take favorites, but we like the combination of fading the Public along with Smart Money coming on California pushing the live from Cal -1 to Cal -2. Maryland made it to the big dance with a 7-9 record in the ACC. Note also that over the past few years #6 and #7 seeds have performed well ATS in Round 1 of the Tournament.

California -2

Washington U. -6 over Mississippi St.

Our offshore sportsbook contacts circled this game because early sharp money pushed the line from Wash. U. -4.5 all the way to -6 – even with the majority of bets coming down on Mississippi St. Let’s tag along with the “sharps” and grab a #4 seed giving 6 points.

Washington U -6

Akron +14 over Gonzaga

This is the big “bet against the Public” pick of the day. Including teasers and parlays, a huge 90% of all bets are coming in on the heavily-favored Gonzaga team. The 26-5 (14-0 in their conference) Gonzaga Bulldogs should be able to handle Akron, but the 14-point spread might be tougher to beat.

Akron +14 Bet at Sports Interaction +14

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Games to Watch (0-0)
Northern Iowa +9 Bet at Sports Interaction +9
California -2
Washington U -6
Akron +14 Bet at Sports Interaction +14

It should be another exciting NCAA Tournament for the sports marketplace. Keep Sports Marketwatch picks handy and your browser pointed to for the latest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools.

We’ll be back soon with a new edition of the Sports Marketwatch – March Madness Edition.

Enjoy the games!

The Team at