2/22/2010 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
Roy Williams’ nightmare continued last Tuesday, as the Tar Heels put up their lowest point total since he became coach. They managed only 21 points in the first half and 51 in the game, not even threatening to close a 20-point halftime deficit. Despite a scoreless game from Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech dominated behind their twin towers, Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal, winning 68-51 and denying our cover in the process.
2009 NCAA Basketball Games to Watch: 7-10-1, 41.2%*
West Virginia -2 over Connecticut
We’ll look to stop the bleeding tonight in Hartford, where the West Virginia Mountaineers travel to take on the Huskies of UConn. Connecticut is trying to turn some recent momentum into a push for the postseason, and a win last week at Villanova has given them hope. After managing just 48 points at home against Cincinnati, they’ve averaged 80 in their last two contests, both on the road. Guards Kemba Walker and Jerome Dyson have led the way, their scoring up since coach Jim Calhoun returned from a leave due to illness. West Virginia rebounded nicely last week as well, with two consecutive, if nonchalant, victories against Providence and Seton Hall. Led by Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks, their scoring has increased in recent weeks. And when their heads are in the game, they play the type of aggressive and physical Bob Huggins defense that has intimidated opponents for years.
UConn’s win over Villanova last week was highly publicized. Since the line came out at West Virginia -1, the Public has placed 56% of spread, 59% of moneyline and 57% of parlay and teaser bets on the Huskies. But the line has jumped the other way, currently sitting all the way up at West Virginia -2.5 at most sportsbooks. That sort of reverse line movement is fairly significant, and Sports Insights Betting Systems have found the cause of it. This morning, BetPhoenix (20-13, +5.58 Units Won) triggered a Steam Move on the Mountaineers. Connecticut has a lot to play for, but we’re going to trust the system tonight and play on the best team instead. Go find the extra half point at Pinnacle and BetOnline.
Games to Watch (7-10-1)
West Virginia -2
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