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This week is filled with marquee college basketball matchups, highlighted by two showdowns tonight featuring the sport’s blue bloods.
At 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, the 2020 Champions Classic tips off with a top-10 affair between No. 8 Michigan State and No. 4 Duke at Cameron Indoor. Then in the nightcap at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, No. 20 Kentucky and No. 7 Kansas square off on a neutral site at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
All four teams are grouped near to each other in William Hill’s college basketball futures market as well. Michigan State leads this quartet at 20/1 odds to win the 2020-21 title, which is tied for sixth-lowest overall with West Virginia. Kentucky and Duke are each at 22/1, while Kansas is close behind at 25/1.
In the first Champions Classic game, Duke opened as a 4.5-point home favorite over Michigan State at William Hill. That spread has dropped down 1.5 points to Duke -3. The total has also shifted by 2 points, going from 152 to its current number of 150.
The majority of William Hill bettors are siding with the road underdog here. Michigan State is capturing 54% of the total number of tickets and 84% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. Duke. That includes one bettor who placed $5,500 on Michigan State +4 (-110) for a total potential payout of $10,500, which is the largest bet taken thus far at William Hill for this game.
Additionally, Michigan State is obtaining 69% of the total dollars wagered for all moneyline wagers tonight, while Duke is receiving 58% of the total number of tickets.
Despite the total dropping two points from its opener, that hasn’t deterred William Hill bettors from taking the over. In fact, the over is getting 72% of the total number of tickets and 94% of the total dollars wagered.
The spread for Kentucky vs. Kansas has also shifted by 1.5 points. The Jayhawks were originally listed at -3, and now they’re up to -4.5 at William Hill. The total has gone from 146 to 143.5 in this one to boot.
Unlike the first game, William Hill bettors are rolling with the chalk in Indy. Kansas is reeling in 81% of the total number of tickets and 89% of the total dollars wagered for all spread bets vs. Kentucky, as well as 68% of the total number of tickets and 56% for all moneyline bets. The biggest wager on this game at William Hill thus far was a Nevada bettor putting down $5,500 on Kansas -4.5 (-110) for a total potential payout of $10,500.
William Hill bettors are split on the total, though, as 78% of the total number of tickets are on the over while 79% of the total dollars wagered are coming in on the under.
Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for tonight’s Champions Classic games below.