- The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the -450 favorites against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
- The Illinois Fighting Illini have +175 longshot odds to beat the Baylor Bears.
- Sports bettors are split when betting on the Texas Longhorns vs. the North Carolina Tar Heels.
CHAPEL, N.C. – There are major matchups in the NCAA men’s basketball world today and sports bettors are putting heavy action on all of them.
However, ther are more than just the main betting lines, as sportsbooks have other wagers available that could turn major profits for sports bettors.
The Texas Longhorns will be facing off against the North Carolina Tar Heels, the West Virginia Mountaineers will battle the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and the Illinois Fighting Illini will see the Baylor Bears giving plenty to lookout for when betting on college basketball.
Absolutely loaded couple of days here of college basketball:
• No. 8 Michigan State – No. 6 Duke
• No. 7 Kansas – No. 20 Kentucky
• No. 17 Texas – No. 14 UNC
• No. 11 West Virginia – No. 1 Gonzaga
• No. 5 Illinois – No. 2 Baylor
— Mike Monaco (@MikeMonaco_) December 2, 2020
Texas Longhorns Vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Odds
- Moneyline: North Carolina -115, Texas -105
- Spread: North Carolina -1
- Totals: Over/Under 137
With North Carolina being just one-point favorites, sports bettors who are confident in the Tar Heels may want to take them to cover even more using an alternate spread.
Sportsbooks offer better betting lines for North Carolina that could turn a bigger profit than if one were to simply bet on the -1 spread.
The Tar Heels are 6-2-1 against the spread in their last 9 games overall, showing that they not only win but do a solid job of covering the spread in their victories as well.
Taking North Carolina by -2.5 at +120 could break the book, turning a big profit if they manage to win by a three-point shot.
West Virginia Mountaineers Vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds
- Moneyline: Gonzaga -430, West Virginia +315
- Spread: Gonzaga -9
- Totals: Over/Under 157
This game is expected to be an easy win for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. This is will be the fifth time these ball clubs have faced one another, and the Bulldogs have won all four previous matchups.
Where sports bettors who are looking to break the book should look at are the betting lines for the totals for this game. Gonzaga has hit the over in seven of their last eight games.
While there are short odds at -105 for both teams to score over 157 points combined, betting that the teams will score more than 159 combined points has +125 longshot odds. This is the more profitable betting line should the teams hit the over.
In their first two games of the season, Gonzaga scored 102 and 90 points respectively. West Virginia scored 79 points and 78 points in their first two games.
If you are only confident in the total points of Gonzaga and not on the Mountaineers scoring high enough to hit the over, taking the -110 odds on the Bulldogs scoring over 82.5 points could be another winning betting line.
Illinois Fighting Illini Vs. Baylor Bears Odds
- Moneyline: Baylor -210, Illinois +175
- Spread: Baylor -4.5
- Totals: Over/Under 143
This may be the perfect game of the day for underdog bettors as the Illinois Fighting Illini are the number five ranked team while the Baylor Bears are ranked number two.
Two top-five teams facing off in college basketball is a very unpredictable game, and it is incredibly plausible for Illinois to come out victorious in the end.
At legal sports betting sites, if sports bettors were to wager on Illinois to win by a -3.5 spread, the odds are +275.
The Fighting Illini are coming into the game with extreme confidence and added motivation to prove themselves against the higher-ranked Baylor, this added chip on their shoulder could result in a statement upset win for Illinois.
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) December 1, 2020
The one-two combo of star guard Ayo Dosunmu, averaging 25.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists, and center Kofi Cockburn averaging 15 points and 11.7 rebounds are the prime reason why many sports bettors would be tempted to place longshot action on Illinois.
All of these big matchups have several betting lines that would break the book. Sports bettors can potentially go home winning big after these games.
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