Happy Friday! Today bettors have a loaded slate to choose from including 9 NBA games, 6 NHL games and 16 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 a trio of College Basketball games today receiving sharp action from respected bettors...
7 p.m. ET: Northwestern at Penn State
Both of these Big Ten rivals are looking to finish their regular seasons on a high note. Northwestern (13-13 SU, 12-12-1 ATS) just snapped a three-game losing skid with a 77-65 win over Nebraska, covering as 11-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Penn State (11-13 SU, 13-11 ATS) just saw their two-game win streak end with a 67-61 loss to Maryland, failing to cover as 2.5-point road dogs. This line opened with Penn State listed as a short 1.5-point home favorite. Respected money has laid the chalk with Penn State, driving the Nittany Lions up from -1.5 to -2. Penn State is 9-4 at home this season. Northwestern is 3-6 on the road. Ken Pom has Penn State winning by three points (65-62). Penn State beat Northwestern 74-70 back on January 5th.
7 p.m. ET: Niagara at Rider
This MAAC matchup is being largely overlooked by the betting public. But wiseguys seem to have taken a position. Niagara (12-13 SU, 14-11 ATS) just snapped a two-game losing streak with a 65-54 win over Canisius, covering as 1.5-point road favorites. On the flip side, Rider (10-16 SU, 11-14 ATS) is mired in a three-game losing skid and just fell to Manhattan 84-78, failing to cover as 3-point road dogs. This line opened with Rider listed as a short 1-point home favorite. We've seen this line inch toward -1.5 at most shops, signaling respected money laying the points with Rider at home. Rider holds an edge on the boards (38 RPG vs 33 RPG). Niagara is 5-8 on the road this season. Rider is 5-5 at home. Ken Pom has Rider winning by tone point (65-64). Rider beat Niagara 70-67 back on January 23rd.
7 p.m. ET: Saint Louis at Richmond
This Atlantic 10 showdown features two of the top teams in the conference battling for supremacy. Saint Louis (19-9 SU, 15-11-1 ATS) is coming off a 72-61 win over St Joseph's, pushing as 11-point home favorites. Similarly, Richmond (18-10 SU, 13-14-1 ATS) just took down George Washington 84-71, covering as 7-point home road favorites. This line opened with Richmond listed as a 2.5-point home favorite. The public is grabbing the points with trendy dog Saint Louis due to their slightly better win-loss record. However, despite this lopsided betting action we've seen the line move further toward Richmond (-2.5 to -3), signaling pro money laying the chalk with the home favorite. Richmond is 10-3 at home this season. Saint Louis is 4-5 on the road. Ken Pom has Richmond winning by one point (74-73), which means the market is more bullish on the home team than the advanced analytics. Richmond is -150 on the moneyline. This is a revenge spot for Richmond, who lost to Saint Louis 76-69 back on January 2nd.