2/11/2010 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
In last week’s edition of Marketwatch, Michigan got hammered on the road against Northwestern, never coming to close to beating the two-point spread. Manny Harris struggled with his shot, hitting only four of fourteen shots from the field while leading the Wolverines with four turnovers in the loss.
2009-10 NCAA Basketball Games to Watch: 7-8-1, 46.7%*
Washington +5 over California
In tonight’s game, Washington goes on the road to take on California, who currently leads the Huskies by one game in the Pac-10 standings. Washington, who won the first matchup between these two teams by 15 points in January, is coming off an impressive 79-56 victory over Arizona State last week.
After losing back to back games to Arizona and USC, California rebounded to beat UCLA 72-58 five days ago.
California opened as a 5-point favorite at CRIS and the line has shrunk to -4.5, even though the Bears are currently receiving 73% of spread bets. Despite being a significant public underdog, this reverse-line movement suggests there is sharp money coming down on Washington. We’ll follow the sharp money, fade the public and take the points.
Games to Watch (7-8-1)