Super Bowl Opening Line Report and Monday College Basketball Sharp Action


Contrarian bettors and sportsbooks cleaned up on Championship Sunday, as dogs went a perfect 2-0 ATS and unders went 2-0 as well. In the AFC Championship game, the Bengals (+7) upset the Chiefs 27-24. Cincinnati cashed  +270 on the moneyline. In the NFC Championship game, the Rams edged the 49ers 20-17 but San Francisco covered by the hook ( +3.5). The Bengals outright win was huge for the books as it killed countless moneyline parlays and teasers for the public. With both dogs covering, favorites and dogs are now 6-6 ATS this postseason. Unders improve to 6-2. 

More importantly, we now have our Super Bowl Matchup. 

Bengals vs Rams

Oddsmakers opened the Rams as 3.5-point favorites. Although the game is billed as a neutral site location, the Rams will be playing in their home stadium. We immediately saw wiseguys lay the points with Los Angeles, driving the line up from -3.5 to -4. The total hasn't budged off the opener of 49.5. 

Since 2003, dogs are 11-7 ATS (61%) in the Super Bowl. Dogs getting 3 or more points are 10-4 ATS (71%). Unders are 10-8 over that span, including 3-0 over the past three Super Bowls. 

Now it's on to Monday where bettors have 8 NBA games, 5 NHL games and a full College Basketball card to choose from. 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 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: Wofford at Mercer
Wofford (13-9 SU, 10-10 ATS) just snapped a two-game losing skid with a 85-65 win over UNC Greensboro, easily covering as 6.5-point home favorites. On the flip side, Mercer (12-10 SU, 9-12 ATS) has lost three of their last four games and just got waxed by Furman 80-50, failing to cover as 5.5-point home dogs. This line opened with Wofford listed as a 3-point road favorite. Respected money has laid the points, driving Wofford up to -3.5 or even -4 at some shops. Wofford holds the edge offensively, shooting 48% from the field compared to 45% for Mercer. Ken Pom has Wofford winning by four points (72-68). He has Wofford ranked 103rd and Mercer 234th. 
7 p.m. ET: Drexel at UNC Wilmington
Drexel (9-9 SU, 11-6 ATS) is 4-4 over their last eight games, rotating wins and losses along the way. Drexel just fell to Towson 66-62, but covered as 6.5-point road dogs. Meanwhile, UNC Wilmington (14-5 SU, 11-5-1 ATS) has won 11-straight games and just dismissed Hofstra 78-72, winning outright as 4-point home dogs. This line opened at a pick'em. Sharps aren't outsmarting themselves on this one. They're backing the home team with the better record, steaming UNC Wilmington up to -1.5. UNC Wilmington is 8-0 in conference and 8-1 at home this season. Drexel is 4-4 in conference and 3-5 on the road. Ken Pom has Drexel winning by one point (70-69). 
7 p.m. ET: SIU Edwardsville at Austin Peay
SIU Edwardsville (7-14 SU, 9-10 ATS) is in a tailspin as of late, losers of six straight games. The Cougars just fell to Southeast Missouri 85-77, failing to cover as 2-point road dogs. On the other hand, Austin Peay (6-11 SU, 6-9-1 ATS) is coming off a 58-55 win over Tennessee Tech, winning outright as 5-point road dogs. This line opened with Austin Peay listed as a 2.5-point home favorite. Wiseguys are fading SIU Edwardsville, driving Austin Peay from -2.5 to -3. SIU Edwardsville is 3-9 on the road this season. Ken Pom has Austin Peay winning this game by three points (71-68). 
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