Today a new week begins with 8 NBA games, 5 NHL games and a handful of College Basketball games. For an updated breakdown of Monday'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 several College Basketball games receiving sharp action tonight...
7 p.m. ET: Wright State vs Cleveland State
This is the Horizon League conference tournament semifinals. Wright State (19-13 SU, 13-18 ATS) has won three straight games and just beat Oakland 75-63, covering as 4-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Cleveland State (20-9 SU, 13-14 ATS) just snapped a two-game losing skid with a 83-67 win over Robert Morris, covering as 12-point home favorites. This line opened at a pick'em on neutral court, which means the oddsmakers view these two teams as virtual equals. We've seen the line move to Cleveland State -1, signaling respected money leaning with the Vikings. Cleveland State holds the edge in shooting (48% vs 46%) and assists (17 APG vs 14 APG). Ken Pom has Wright State winning by one point (76-75), which is at odds with the line movement.
9:30 p.m. ET: Northern Kentucky vs Purdue Fort Wayne
This semifinal matchup in the Horizon League conference tournament features a pair of red-hot teams. Northern Kentucky (19-11) has won four straight games and just crushed Detroit 77-59. Meanwhile, Purdue Fort Wayne (21-10) has won ten straight games and just edged Chicago 78-72. This line opened with Northern Kentucky listed as a short 2-point neutral site favorite. We've seen this line remain frozen at 2 or even inching down to 1.5 at some shops, signaling liability on Purdue Fort Wayne getting a couple points. Purdue Fort Wayne is the far better shooting team (46% vs 43%). Ken Pom has Northern Kentucky winning by one point (78-77), which provides a slight actionable edge on Fort Wayne as the dog. Pros have steamed this under as well, dropping the total from 137 to 135.5.
11:30 p.m. ET: Santa Clara vs Saint Mary's
This late night clash represents the semifinals of the WCC tournament. Santa Clara (21-10 SU, 18-11-2 ATS) is riding a three-game winning streak and just crushed Portland 91-67, easily covering as 8.5-point home favorites. Similarly, Saint Mary's (24-6 SU, 18-9-2 ATS) is ranked 19th, has won four straight and just upset Gonzaga 67-57, winning outright as 10.5-point home dogs. This line opened with Saint Mary's listed as a 4.5-point neutral site favorite. Respected money has laid the chalk, steaming Saint Mary's up from -4.5 to -5. Saint Mary's holds a distinct advantage defensively (59 PPG allowed vs 71 PPG allowed). Ken Pom has Saint Mary's winning by six points (73-67). He has Saint Mary's ranked 16th and Santa Clara 68th. We've also seen some under money hit this total, dropping the line from 141 to 138.5.