Today we have a loaded betting menu featuring 30-plus college basketball games, 9 NBA games and 2 NHL games. For an updated breakdown of Wednesday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted at noon ET. I'll be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:45 p.m. ET to offer a market update. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3-5 p.m. ET to go over all of today's action in greater depth. We'll be joined by a trio of excellent guests, including NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh and VSiN experts Lou Finocchiaro and Matt Youmans.
In the meantime, let's discuss a few college hoops games today receiving notable line movement.
5 p.m. ET: Furman at NC Greensboro
This early evening Southern showdown is being overlooked by public bettors but not wiseguys. These two teams met two days ago and Furman (12-6) blasted NC Greensboro (13-6) by a score of 68-49, easily covering as 3-point home favorites. Now the home and home series shifts to NC Greensboro. This line opened with NC Greensboro listed as a short 2.5-point home favorite. We've seen a quick adjustment toward the road dog, with pros grabbing Furman and the points. This one-sided action has dropped the line from Furman + 2.5 to + 2. Some shops are even trending down to + 1.5. Simply put, no public bettors are waking up today saying they have to bet Furman-NC Greensboro. So anytime you see line movement in a small school matchup, there's a good chance it's driven by pros with an edge. Ken Pom has NC Greensboro winning this game by one point. He also has Furman ranked as the better team (92nd in the country vs 116th). Furman has value as a short road conference dog with a line move in their favor.
7:30 p.m. ET: Rutgers at Iowa
These Big Ten rivals are trending in opposite directions. Rutgers (11-6, ranked 25th) has won four straight, beating Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Minnesota. Meanwhile, Iowa (13-6, ranked 15th) has been in a tailspin as of late. After starting the season 12-2, the Hawkeyes are just 1-4 over their past five games, most recently falling to Indiana 67-65 as 3.5-point road favorites. This line opened with Iowa listed as a 6-point home favorite. The public is split and doesn't know where to go. Iowa is at home and higher ranked, but they've been struggling and are laying a handful of points against a red-hot Rutgers squad. However, pros seem to be buying low on Iowa as we've seen this line creep up from -6 to -6.5. Ken Pom has Iowa winning this game by seven points.
9 p.m. ET: LSU at Mississippi State
This late night SEC sweat features a pair of unranked teams fighting for a spot in the Big Dance. LSU (11-6) has struggled lately, going 1-4 over their last five games after starting the season 10-2. On the flip side, Mississippi State (11-9) has hovered around .500 all season but has since won two of their last three. This line opened with Mississippi State listed as a short 2.5-point home favorite. Sharp money has jumped on LSU getting points, which has dropped this line down to 1.5 or even 1 at some shops. The Tigers have value as a conference road dog with a line move in their favor. Ken Pom has Mississippi State winning by one point. He also has LSU ranked much higher (42nd in the country vs 66th). LSU has a rest advantage, having last played a week ago while the Bulldogs played on Saturday.
More Wednesday Line Movement
Indiana-Northwestern Over 137 to 140
Old Dominion + 2.5 to + 2 at Charlotte
East Tennessee State-Citadel Under 155.5 to 154.5
Virginia-Georgia Tech Over 127 to 128
Bradley -2 to -3.5 at Valparaiso
Northern Iowa + 12 to + 10 at Drake
Nicholls State-Lamar Over 142.5 to 144.5