Happy Friday! The NBA All-Star Break is officially underway but bettors still have 4 NHL games and 16 College Basketball games to choose from today. 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 and then joining Danny Burke on Rush Hour at 6:15 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss a trio of college basketball games receiving sharp action today...
7 p.m. ET: Princeton at Brown
This Ivy League matchup features a pair of teams riding two-game win streaks. Princeton (17-5 SU, 9-10-1 ATS) just crushed Dartmouth 85-40, easily covering as 7-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Brown (12-13 SU, 12-11 ATS) just upset Cornell 81-80, winning outright as 1.5-point road dogs. This line opened with Princeton listed as a 1-point road favorite. Pros aren't outsmarting themselves. They're laying the short chalk with Princeton, who has a far better won-loss record, steaming the Tigers up from -1 to -1.5 or even -2 at some shops. Princeton holds a big edge on offense (81 PPG vs 71 PPG) and in the shooting department (48% vs 43%). Princeton is 7-2 in conference play. Brown is 4-6. Ken Pom has Princeton winning by one point (73-72). He has Princeton ranked much higher (130th vs 188th). Princeton is -125 on the moneyline. Princeton edged Brown 76-74 back on January 15th.
7 p.m. ET: Cornell at Dartmouth
These Ivy League rivals are trending in opposite directions. Cornell (13-8 SU, 14-6 ATS) is 4-2 over their last six games, although they're coming off a 81-80 loss to Brown as 1.5-point home favorites. On the flip side, Dartmouth (5-15 SU, 10-7-2 ATS) is 2-14 over their last 16 games and just got rolled by Princeton 85-40, failing to cover as 7-point road dogs. This line opened with Dartmouth listed as a short 1.5-point home favorite. Respected money jumped on the hook with Cornell, dropping the line from 1.5 to 1. Cornell has a distinct advantage offensively (81 PPG vs 67 PPG), shooting (47% vs 41%) and in rebounding (39 RPG vs 33 RPG). Ken Pom has Dartmouth winning by one point (72-71) despite having Dartmouth ranked much higher (193rd vs 244th). These teams met up on January 2nd and Cornell won 79-71 at home.
9 p.m. ET: Wright State at Oakland
This late night Horizon League clash features two of the better teams in the conference facing off. Wright State (15-12 SU, 10-16 ATS) has dropped two straight and just fell to Northern Kentucky 75-71, losing outright as 6-point home favorites. On the flip side, Oakland (18-8 SU, 13-11 ATS) has won two straight and just dominated Detroit 75-59, covering as 7.5-point home favorites. This line opened with Oakland listed as a 4-point home favorite. We've seen this line creep up to 4.5 at some shops, signaling wiseguy action laying the points with the home team. Oakland is 8-0 at home this season. Wright State is 6-6 on the road. Ken Pom has Oakland winning by seven points (78-71), which provides actionable value on Oakland at the current number. He has Oakland ranked 140th and Wright State 200th. This is a revenge spot for Oakland, who lost to Wright State 75-64 on February 5th.