Thursday College Basketball Sharp Report


Today bettors have a loaded Thursday slate to choose from including 6 NBA games and a massive 75-game College Basketball card. For an updated breakdown of Thursday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 2:30 p.m. ET.

I'll be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:30 p.m. ET to offer a market update and then I'll be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. I'll also stop by Rush Hour with Danny Burke at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

In the meantime, let's dive into a handful of College Basketball games receiving wiseguy action today...


8 p.m. ET: Iowa at Ohio State

This Big Ten showdown features two teams looking to bounce back from losses. Iowa (14-7 SU, 12-9 ATS) has dropped two straight and just fell to Penn State 90-86, losing outright as 4.5-point road favorites. On the flip side, Ohio State (13-5 SU, 9-9 ATS) is ranked 15th and just fell to Purdue 81-78, although the Buckeyes covered as 9-point road dogs. This line opened with Ohio State listed as a 4-point home favorite. Pros aren't outsmarting themselves on this one. They've laid the points with the better team at home, driving the Buckeyes from -4 to -5. Ohio State has the edge in shooting (48% vs 45%). Ohio State is a perfect 9-0 at home this season. Iowa is 2-5 on the road. The Buckeyes are 6-3 in conference play. Iowa is 4-6. Ken Pom has Ohio State winning by four points (80-76). He has Ohio State ranked 21st and Iowa 22nd.


8 p.m. ET: Marshall at Old Dominion

Both of these teams just snapped prolonged losing streaks. Marshall (8-13 SU, 5-14-1 ATS) had dropped ten straight games before beating UAB 84-81 their time last out, winning outright as 10.5-point home dogs. Similarly, Old Dominion (8-12 SU, 8-11 ATS) just snapped a four game skid with a 68-52 win over Charlotte, easily covering as 3.5-point home favorites. This line opened with Old Dominion listed as a 4-point home favorite. Sharps have laid the points with the home team, steaming Old Dominion up from -4 to -4.5. Old Dominion's edge comes on defense, allowing just 67 PPG compared to Marshall allowing 77 PPG. Old Dominion is 3-4 in conference play and 5-3 at home. Marshall is 1-7 in conference play and 1-7 on the road. Ken Pom has Old Dominion winning by five points (75-70). He has Marshall ranked 220th and Old Dominion 199th. 


10 p.m. ET: Pepperdine at Pacific

The public isn't much interested in this late night WCC matchup between cellar dwellers. But wiseguys have taken a position. Pepperdine (6-17 SU, 8-14 ATS) has lost eight straight games and just fell to Saint Mary's 81-57, failing to cover as 20-point road dogs. Meanwhile, Pacific (6-14 SU, 3-15 ATS) is also just 1-8 over their last nine games and just fell to Santa Clara 81-59, failing to cover as 12-point road favorites. This line opened with Pacific listed as a short 3-point home favorite. Respected money has laid the points with Pacific, driving the line up from -3 to -3.5. Both teams are averaging roughly 66 PPG on offense. The difference comes on defense, where Pepperdine is giving up 76 PPG and Pacific only 70 PPG. Pacific is 1-5 in conference play and 5-5 at home. Pepperdine is 0-8 in conference play and 0-9 on the road. Ken Pom has Pacific winning by five points (70-65). He has Pacific ranked 264th and Pepperdine 286th. 


10 p.m. ET: Northern Arizona at Sacramento State

Both of these Big Sky rivals are looking to snap losing skids. Northern Arizona (7-13 SU, 7-11 ATS) is 3-8 over their last 11 games and just fell to Southern Utah 78-66, failing to cover as 13-point road dogs. Similarly, Sacramento State (6-11 SU, 6-10 ATS) is 2-6 over their last 8 games and just got beat by Weber State 79-59, failing to cover as 10.5-point road dogs. This line opened with Sacramento State listed as a short 2-point home favorite. We've seen this line rise from -2 to -2.5 and some shops are even reaching -3. This signals sharp action backing the home favorite. Sacramento State is 4-5 at home. Northern Arizona is 1-6 on the road. Ken Pom has Sacramento State winning by four points (69-65). He has Sacramento State ranked 317th and Northern Arizona 330th. 

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