College Basketball Odds, Trends for Thursday’s Biggest Matchups

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It’s a jam-packed night in college basketball, including a colossal clash between two of the top title contenders in the country.

At 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on ESPN, a top-10 showdown will tip off in Ann Arbor. No. 3 Michigan hosts No. 9 Iowa, as the two teams are also near the top of the board for William Hill’s 2021 national title odds. Only Gonzaga (+200) and Baylor (+350) are ahead of Michigan (+550), while Iowa is tied for the sixth-lowest odds with Villanova at 17/1.

For tonight’s matchup, the Wolverines are currently 5-point favorites at William Hill and -210 on the moneyline. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes are +180 to pull off the outright upset and the total sits at 154.5. Michigan opened at -4 and the total was first posted at 156.5.

The majority of William Hill bettors are rolling with the favorite. Michigan has captured 55% of the total number of tickets and 78% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. Iowa. There’s alignment on the over as well, as it’s drawing 77% of the total number of tickets and 66% of the total dollars wagered.

One Nevada bettor placed $6,000 on Michigan -4 (-120) for a total potential payout of $11,000, which is tied for the largest bet taken at William Hill as of now for tonight’s action. Another $6,000 wager was placed on Western Kentucky +12 (-120) at No. 12 Houston for a $11,000 total potential payout as well.

In the other ESPN game tonight, No. 4 Ohio State heads to East Lansing to square off against Michigan State at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The line has moved in favor of the home underdog, as the Spartans have gone from +4.5 to +3.5. Michigan State is also +155 on the moneyline, whereas Ohio State is -175. The total has seen drastic movement, swinging from 148.5 to its current number of 144.5.

Many William Hill bettors aren’t too concerned with the Buckeyes slipping up on the road, as they’re receiving 81% of the total number of tickets and 82% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets against the Spartans. There’s division on the total, though, with the over generating 76% of the total number of tickets and the under having the advantage with 64% of the total dollars wagered.

One showdown where a top-25 team is an underdog to an unranked foe is No. 19 USC at Colorado. The Buffaloes opened as 2.5-point home favorites at William Hill, and that line is now up to -3. Additionally, the total for this one is positioned at 136.5.

William Hill bettors are split on the spread in this Pac-12 head-to-head. USC has the edge with 58% of the total number of tickets, whereas Colorado has seized 73% of the total dollars wagered.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds for every college basketball game tonight featuring a top-25 team below.

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