The sports betting public perception of teams is what ultimately drives the final line that you see. Sports betting on college basketball can be dangerous for those who follow the typical mindset of the public. There is no online sports betting value in constantly taking the power or “name brand” teams.
That is because the vast majority of the sports betting public is doing just that, laying the extra points on the popular teams and getting no value as a result. The Duke Blue Devils are a great sports betting example of college basketball value or lack of it.
Duke began the college basketball sports betting season with a strong 8-1 record straight up but was just 5-4 against the sports betting line. Worse yet Duke was just 4-4 as a Sports betting favorite to start the season. The Blue Devils suffered a big online sports betting upset loss at Michigan 73-81 as 9.5 point favorites.
The big sports betting lesson of this game comes down to the value that Michigan offered in comparison to Duke. Michigan was coming off a terrible season from last year but had quietly gotten off to a good sports betting start to this year as a team that was lightly regarded.
The Wolverines first showed signs of sports betting value this year when they upset another power team, UCLA, 55-52 as 8.5-point dogs. They were then clobbered in the game that followed against Duke, 56-71, as 13.5-point sports betting dogs.
Those games were on a neutral court and set the Wolverines up perfectly for their revenge match at home against Duke. UCLA was yet another team that offered little value early in the season. The Bruins were just 3-3 against the spread to start the year including just 2-3 against the board as chalks.
Kentucky is another one of the name brand teams that hasn't been bringing home the bacon as of late. The Wildcats got the cash in just one of their first four board games to start the year and continue to prove to be overrated and a figment of the public’s imagination.
Marquette has long been a Big East power but has offered nothing but an expensive reputation this season as they began the year 7-1 straight up but just 2-3 against the spread. If you look to the power first you will likely not have any power against the board in college hoops.
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