College Basketball Marketwatch Edition 2 2010-11

Sports Marketwatch
NCAA BB Edition
1/24/2011 5:00 PM EST
By The Team at

Welcome to the NCAA Basketball edition of Sports Marketwatch, where the Team at Sports Insights gives sports fans an unprecedented glimpse into the sports marketplace. If you ever wanted to know what was really happening on the sportsbook side, you now have an all-access pass with Sports Marketwatch.

The staff at analyzes the marketplace to identify which games the public is chasing and which ones the sharps are pounding. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for tonight’s college basketball games.

Sports Marketplace – NCAA BB Edition

Recapping Last Week

It has been a while since our last article, but just to remind you, Marketwatch took Oregon +6.5 against Missouri.  The Ducks were able to cover the spread as Mizzou won the game by three points.

2010-11 NCAA BB Games to Watch: 1-0 (100%)*

Notre Dame (+11.5) over Pittsburgh

Now that the football season is winding down, we can concentrate our efforts on college basketball.

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had an outstanding start to their season, amassing a 19-1 record, including 7-0 in the Big East.  Pittsburgh leads the country with 43 rebounds and 19.9 assists per game.  They have won nine straight games and have climbed up to number two in the polls.

Notre Dame has not received the accolades and national attention that Pitt has, but they have surprised many with a 16-4 record and a top-15 ranking.  Ben Hansbrough leads the Irish with 16.4 points per game including 28 in their latest win over Marquette.

Both teams have had solid starts, yet Pittsburgh is currently favored by a whopping 11 points at most books!  This appears to be another example of sportsbooks taking advantage of the public’s perception of rankings and recent performances to influence their decision.  Since visiting teams are often undervalued in college basketball, we will take Notre Dame and the double-digit points.

Notre Dame +11.5 (Bet at Bodog +11.5)

Games to Watch: 1-0
Notre Dame +11.5

It should be an exciting night in 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 next week with another edition of  Sports Marketwatch – NCAA BB Edition.

Enjoy the games!

The Team at