Happy Friday! Today bettors have a plethora of sweats to choose from including 9 NBA games, 7 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 also be joining the Lombardi Line at 1:30 p.m. ET to offer a market update and then co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss where smart money is leaning for several College Basketball matchups today...
12 p.m. ET: North Carolina A&T vs Longwood
This early tip is the Quarterfinal of the Big South Conference Tournament. North Carolina A&T (12-19 SU, 15-14 ATS) edged Radford 78-71 in the first round, covering as 1.5-point favorites in overtime. On the flip side, Longwood (23-6 SU, 17-9 ATS) has won five straight games and received a bye in the first round. This line opened with Longwood listed as a 7-point. Sharps aren't outsmarting themselves on this one. They're backing the better team with the rest advantage, steaming Longwood up from -7 to -8. Longwood holds the edge on offense (76 PPG vs 68 PPG) and in the shooting department (45% vs 42%). North Carolina A&T is 6-10 in conference play this season. Longwood is 15-1. Ken Pom has Longwood winning by seven points (74-67). He has Longwood ranked 154th and North Carolina A&T ranked 292nd. This is a revenge game for Longwood, who fell to North Carolina A&T 70-62 back on February 12th. Smart money has also hit this under, dropping the total from 138.5 to 136.5.
5 p.m. ET: Citadel vs East Tennessee State
This is the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament. Both teams struggled down the stretch. Citadel (12-17 SU, 10-16-1 ATS) went just 3-7 over their last ten games, most recently getting blown out by Furman 94-59 and failing to cover as 9-point home favorites. Similarly, East Tennessee State (15-16 SU, 13-17 ATS) went 3-8 over their last 11-games, although they finished the regular season with a 73-69 win over UNC Greensboro, winning outright as 4-point road dogs. This line opened with East Tennessee State listed as a 4.5-point neutral site favorite. Pros have laid the points, steaming East Tennessee State up from -4.5 to -5.5. Ken Pom has East Tennessee State winning by five points (79-74). He has East Tennessee State ranked much higher (174th vs 251st). East Tennessee State beat Citadel 77-67 on February 19th. Pros are also leaning under here, dropping the total slightly from 152.5 to 151.5.
6 p.m. ET: Buffalo at Kent State
This MAC showdown features two of the hottest teams in the conference facing off in their regular season finales. Buffalo (19-9 SU, 12-16 ATS) just saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with a 92-76 loss to Toledo, losing outright as a 1.5-point home favorite. Similarly, Kent State (20-9 SU, 14-11-2 ATS) has won 11-straight games and just took down Northern Illinois 63-55, pushing as 8-point road favorites. This line opened with Kent State listed as a 1.5-point home favorite. Wiseguys have laid the short chalk, driving Kent State up from -1.5 to -2. Kent State holds the edge defensively (64 PPG allowed by 72 PPG allowed). Ken Pom has Kent State winning by two points (73-71). The Golden Flashes are -135 on the moneyline. This is a revenge game for Kent State, who lost to Buffalo 64-51 back on January 21st.