1/28/2010 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
Our last edition of Marketwatch finally brought us above even on the season, and there’s no looking back. UNC Greensboro was down by 7 points at the half after shooting just 22.9% from the field, but they outscored Tennessee Chattanooga 40-20 in the second half on the way to an easy cover. The Spartans won 62-49.
2009-10 NCAA Basketball Games to Watch: 7-6-1, 53.8%*
Cal Poly S.L.O. +8.5 over Cal Santa Barbara
The Gauchos of Santa Barbara, coming off wins against CS Riverside and CS Fullerton, will be looking for their third straight at home tonight against the visiting Mustangs of Cal Poly. The teams are currently tied for second place in the Big West conference at 5-2, and the winner will be set to push Pacific for the top spot. Cal Poly are on a 3-game winning streak of their own, including a strong 11-point victory at Long Beach State. The same Long Beach State team crushed UC Santa Barbara by 20 at home, so the Mustangs’ expectations will be high in spite of the tough road conditions.
Santa Barbara opened as 9-point favorites and are receiving 52% of early spread bets, as well as 75% of moneyline wagers and 80% of parlays and teasers. Despite this strong Public backing, the line has dropped a point at a number of books. We found the likely culprit: a Steam Move on Cal Poly S.L.O. from our best performer at this point in the season, ABC (+18.82 Units Won). An extra half point is available at a few books, and we suggest you go grab it.
Cal Poly S.L.O. Mustangs +8.5
Games to Watch (7-6-1)
Cal Poly S.L.O. +8.5
It should be an exciting night of college action in the sports marketplace. Keep Sports Marketwatch picks handy and your browser pointed to SportsInsights.com for the latest real-time updates, using our exclusive Sports Investing tools.
We’ll be back next week with a new college basketball edition of Sports Marketwatch.
Enjoy the games!
The Team at SportsInsights.com