Today bettors have a loaded betting menu to choose from including 7 NBA games, 9 NHL games and roughly 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 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. I'll be checking in with Danny Burke on Rush Hour at 6:15 p.m. ET as well.
In the meantime, let's discuss several College Basketball games receiving sharp action tonight...
7 p.m. ET: Indiana State vs Illinois State
This is the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Indiana State (11-19 SU, 12-14-2 ATS) has lost five straight games. Meanwhile, Illinois State (12-19 SU, 16-13-1 ATS) just snapped a five-game losing streak of their own with a 86-66 win over Indiana State, covering as 2.5-point home favorites. This line opened with Illinois State listed as a 1-point neutral site favorite. Respected money is laying the chalk with Illinois State, driving the line up from -1 to -1.5. Illinois State holds the edge offensively (75 PPG vs 71 PPG) and in the shooting department (46% vs 44%). Ken Pom has Illinois State winning by three points (76-73). He has Illinois State ranked 185th and Indiana State 230th.
7 p.m ET: Marist at Canisius
This MAAC showdown features two teams trending in opposite directions. Marist (14-13 SU, 14-13 ATS) has won six straight games and just crushed Manhattan 74-56, easily covering as 5-point home favorites. On the flip side, Canisius (9-20 SU, 14-15 ATS) is just 2-8 over their last ten games but is coming off a 72-67 win over Quinnipiac, winning outright as 4.5-point road dogs. This line opened with Marist listed as a short 1.5-point road favorite. Respected money is riding the hot hand at a short price, steaming Marist up from -1.5 to -2. Marist holds the edge in shooting (44% vs 40%) and on defense (67 PPG allowed vs 72 PPG allowed. Ken Pom has Marist winning by three points (70-67). He has Marist ranked much higher (168th vs 270th). These teams met back on February 12th and Marist won 71-70.
7 p.m. ET: Army at Lehigh
Both of these Patriot League rivals are riding two-game win streaks. Army (15-15 SU, 15-11-2 ATS) just beat Holy Cross 66-58, covering as 3.5-point road favorites. Similarly, Lehigh (12-18 SU, 15-14 ATS) just took down Lafayette 78-58, winning outright as 3.5-point road dogs. This game opened at a pick'em. We've seen the line inch up to Lehigh -1, signaling pro money backing the home team. This is a "added or extra game," with an ID number of 306199-306200
. Line moves on added games are especially significant because the public largely overlooks these small obscure games, which means moves are driven almost exclusively by respected money. Ken Pom has Lehigh winning by two points (73-71). Lehigh is 8-7 at home this season. Army is just 4-11 on the road.