Today bettors have a loaded Thursday slate to choose from including 5 NBA games, 10 NHL games and 65 College Basketball games. 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 2:40 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 and then joining Danny Burke on Rush Hour at 6:15 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss a trio of college basketball games receiving sharp action today...
7 p.m. ET: Wichita State at Cincinnati
These AAC rivals are trending in opposite directions. Wichita State (13-9 SU, 9-13 ATS) has won three of their last four games and just took down South Florida 73-69, failing to cover as 13.5-point home favorites. On the flip side, Cincinnati (16-9 SU, 9-14-1 ATS) has lost three of their last four and just fell to Memphis 81-74, failing to cover as 3.5-point home dogs. This line opened with Cincinnati listed as a short 2-point home favorite. The public is happy to grab the points with trendy dog Wichita State, yet we've seen this line stay the same or creep further toward Cincinnati (-2 to -2.5). This signals pro money buying low on the Bearcats laying short chalk at home. Cincinnati is 11-4 at home this season. Wichita State is 2-3 on the road. Ken Pom has Cincinnati winning by three points (66-63).
8 p.m. ET: Oral Roberts at North Dakota State
This Summit League clash might be getting overlooked by the public. But sharps have taken notice. Oral Roberts (17-8 SU, 12-9-1 ATS) is 10-2 over their last 12 games and just beat Kansas City 91-86, failing to cover as 8.5-point home favorites. Similarly, North Dakota State (19-8 SU, 11-14-1 ATS) is 8-1 over their last 9 games and just beat St Thomas-Minnesota 75-64, covering as 7-point road favorites. This line opened with North Dakota State listed as a 2.5-point home favorite. Respected money has grabbed the points with Oral Roberts, dropping the line down from 2.5 to 1. Essentially, sharp Oral Roberts money is moving the line toward a pick'em. Oral Roberts holds the edge offensively (84 PPG vs 74 PPG), shooting (46% vs 45%) and rebounding (41 RPG vs 38 RPG). Ken Pom has North Dakota State winning by 1 point (75-74). However, he has Oral Roberts ranked higher (133rd vs 168th). This is a revenge spot for Oral Roberts, who lost to North Dakota State 72-71 back on January 22nd.
10 p.m. ET: San Diego at Portland
This late night WCC showdown features two teams with identical records. However, they've been going in opposite directions over the past few games. San Diego (14-12 SU, 12-11-1 ATS) is just 1-3 over their last 4 games, although they just beat Pacific 60-54, pushing as 6-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Portland has won three straight and just crushed NW Christian 84-39. This line opened with Portland listed as a short 1-point home favorite. Sharps have laid the chalk with Portland, steaming the home team up from -1 to -2. Some shops are flirting with a further move up to 2.5. Portland has the superior offense (73 PPG vs 67 PPG) and holds the edge in assists (14 APG vs 10 APG). Portland is 8-4 at home this season. San Diego is 4-7 on the road. Ken Pom has Portland winning by two points (67-65). This is also a revenge spot for Portland, who lost to San Diego 68-63 on January 13th.