Today marks the last day of the NBA All-Star Break, with the unofficial second half of the season resuming tomorrow. In the meantime, Wednesday bettors have 5 NHL games and roughly 65 College Basketball games to choose from. For a full breakdown of Wednesday'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 co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3 to 4 p.m. ET
Until then, let's discuss a trio of College Basketball games receiving sharp action tonight...
7 p.m. ET: Xavier at Providence
These Big East rivals are trending in opposite directions. Xavier (17-9 SU, 13-13 ATS) is 1-4 over their last five games and just fell to Connecticut 72-61, failing to cover as 6.5-point road dogs. On the flip side, Providence (22-3 SU, 14-11 ATS) is ranked 11th and just beat Butler 71-70, failing to cover as 3-point road favorites. This line opened with Providence listed as a short 1-point home favorite. Sharp money isn't outsmarting itself on this one. Pros have laid the short chalk price, steaming Providence up from -1 to -2. Providence is 12-2 in conference play. Xavier is 7-8. Providence is 14-1 at home this season. Ken Pom has Providence winning by two points (71-69). Providence is -130 on the moneyline.
8 p.m. ET: Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State
This Sun Belt showdown is getting largely overlooked by the public. But wiseguys have taken notice. Coastal Carolina (14-12 SU, 11-11 ATS) is coming off a 73-63 win over Troy, covering as 4-point home favorites. Meanwhile, Arkansas State (16-9 SU, 12-9-1 ATS) just took down UT Arlington 58-49, winning outright as 2-point road dogs. This line opened with Arkansas State listed as a 2.5-point home favorite. We've seen the juice trend heavily toward Arkansas State (-2.5 at -115) and some shops have inched up to -3. Essentially all movement and liability has been toward Arkansas State. Arkansas State is 10-2 at home this season. Coastal Carolina is 2-5 on the road. Ken Pom has Arkansas State winning by two points (69-67).
9 p.m. ET: Cincinnati at Central Florida
These AAC rivals are jockeying for positions near the top of the conference standings. Cincinnati (17-10 SU, 10-15-1 ATS) has dropped three of their last four games and just fell to Temple 75-71, losing outright as 8-point home favorites. Conversely, Central Florida (16-9 SU, 10-15 ATS) has won three of their last four and just beat East Carolina 69-66, failing to cover as 9-point home favorites. This line opened with UCF listed as a short 3-point home favorite. The public is happy to lay short chalk with UCF at home, who has played much better as of late. However, we've seen this line fall from 3 to 2.5, signaling pro money grabbing the points with the road dog Bearcats. Ken Pom had UCF winning by two points (71-69), which provides some actionable value on Cincinnati plus the hook. Ken Pom has Cincinnati as the higher ranked team (93rd vs 101st).