Bettors beacking surging Wake Forest as conference tournament week rolls on

More of college basketball’s major players hit the hardwood in conference tournament action today. Covers checks in on the lines and where the action is with offshore sportsbook

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Virginia Tech Hokies – Open: +2.5; Move: +2; Move: +3; Move: +2.5; Move: +3

These two teams just squared off Saturday in the regular-season finale, and now will butt heads in the second round of the ACC tournament in a 7 p.m. Eastern tipoff.

Wake Forest has surged into the NCAA Tournament picture with a 7-3 SU run over its last 10 games, including a big 88-81 home win over Louisville last week as a 4-point underdog. The Demon Deacons (19-12 SU, 16-13 ATS), seeded 10th in the ACC Tournament, opened that event Tuesday with a 92-78 victory over No. 15 seed Boston College as a 12.5-point favorite.

No. 7 seed Virginia Tech (21-9 SU, 14-11-1 ATS) had a bye into today’s second-round game after finishing the regular season on a 5-2 SU uptick (5-1-1 ATS). However, the Hokies fell at home to Wake Forest in that Saturday clash, 89-84 as a 1-point fave.

“After a couple brief bounces down to -2, and up to -3, the line has once again settled at Wake Forest -2.5,” GTBets’ oddsmaker told Covers earlier today, though shortly thereafter, the line bumped back up to -3. “Spread bets are 2/1 on Wake Forest; however, parlays are nearly even.”

Georgetown Hoyas vs. St. John’s Red Storm – Open: +1; Move: +1.5

There was a time when this matchup was huge every year, in the halcyon days of the Big East. Not so much anymore, and certainly not this year, with both squads under .500. No. 9 seed Georgetown (14-17 SU, 10-19 ATS) enters the tournament having lost five in a row and seven of eight (3-5 ATS), including an 86-80 loss getting 1.5 points at St. John’s on Feb. 25.

The eighth-seeded Red Storm (13-18 SU, 15-15 ATS) dropped four of their last five SU and ATS, finishing the regular season with an 86-75 home loss to Providence as a 1-point pup Saturday.

“The line opened at Georgetown -1, moving to -1.5 early this morning and staying there,” GTBets’ oddsmaker said of action for this 7 p.m. Eastern affair. “Sixty percent of the wagers are on Georgetown for both spread bets and parlays, so it looks like the public has a consensus there.”

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders – Open: -4.5; Move: None

Shaka Smart’s Texas team has had a dismal season and just hopes to stir things up a little in the Big 12 tournament. The Longhorns (10-21 SU, 14-15-1 ATS), who have the 10th seed that comes with the distinction of finishing last in the conference, finished the regular season on an 0-7 SU and 0-6-1 ATS purge, including a 67-57 loss as an 8-point pup at Texas Tech last week.

The seventh-seeded Red Raiders (18-13 SU, 14-13 ATS) weren’t much better over the past month, going 2-6 SU, though they cashed in five of those outings. Texas Tech wrapped up the regular season with a 61-49 loss at Kansas State as a 3-point ‘dog.

“Side action is currently even, but parlays are 3/1 on the favorite,” GTBets’ oddsmaker said, while noting the total is drawing interest, as well. “The total has gone from 131 down to 129.5.”

He added that Texas was seeing some sharp action at +4.5 for this 9 p.m. Eastern tip.

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.


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