Happy Friday! Today bettors have a loaded slate to choose from including 7 NBA games, 4 NHL games and roughly a dozen College Basketball games. For an updated breakdown of Friday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 2:40 p.m. ET. I'll be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:30 p.m. ET to offer a market update. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss several College Basketball games receiving sharp action tonight...
7 p.m. ET: Kent State at Akron
Both of these MAC foes are riding win streaks. Kent State (14-9 SU, 10-10-1 ATS) has won five straight games and just beat Bowling Green 76-68, covering as 6.5-point home favorites. Similarly, Akron (16-6 SU, 10-10 ATS) has won three straight and just took down Northern Illinois 70-64, although they failed to cover as 8-point road favorites. This line opened with Akron listed as a short 3-point home favorite. Respected money has laid the points with the home team, driving the line up from Akron -3 to -3.5. Akron holds the edge in shooting (46% vs 44%). Akron is 10-1 at home this season. Kent State is 4-4 on the road. Ken Pom has Akron winning by five points (65-60). This is a revenge spot for Akron, who lost to Kent State 67-55 back on January 14th. We've also seen some over money show up, raising the total from 128 to 129.
7 p.m. ET: Detroit at Youngstown State
These Horizon League rivals are playing well as of late. Detroit (10-11 SU, 13-7 ATS) has won two straight and is now 5-1 over their last six games. Detroit just rolled Robert Morris 79-62, easily covering as 2.5-point road favorites. Meanwhile, Youngstown State (15-10 SU, 12-1 ATS) has won five straight and just upset Oakland 78-71, winning outright as 4-point home dogs. This line opened with Youngstown State listed as a 1-point home favorite. We've seen this tick up from 1 to 1.5, signaling respected money laying the short chalk on the home team. Youngstown holds the edge in shooting (45% vs 44%) and rebounding (36 RPG vs 33 RPG). Youngstown is 9-5 at home this season. Detroit is 5-11 on the road. Ken Pom has Youngstown winning by one point (71-70).
9:30 p.m. ET: Fresno State at Colorado State
This late night showdown features two of the Mountain West's finest facing off. Fresno State (16-7 SU, 14-7-1 ATS) is coming off a 62-59 loss to Wyoming, losing outright as 4.5-point home favorites. On the flip side, Colorado State (18-3 SU, 10-10 ATS) has won two straight and just brushed aside Nevada 82-72, covering as 5.5-point road favorites. This line opened with Colorado State listed as a 6-point home favorite. The public has no problem laying the points with the Rams at home due to their superior win-loss record. However, despite this lopsided betting we've seen the line dip from 6 to 5.5, indicating sharp action grabbing road dog Fresno State plus the points. Fresno State will lean on their defensive advantage (allowing 58 PPG vs 67 PPG). Ken Pom has Colorado State winning by three points (66-63), which provides actionable value with Fresno at the current number. He actually has Fresno as the higher ranked team (46th vs 49th).