Sports Options: By the numbers

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting odds-related numbers currently appearing on the Sports Options odds service.

Public dogs

Looking at the Sports Options odd service, there are three notable games on the college basketball betting board tonight where public betting action is on the underdog. All three games are a part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

In the first game, No. 14 Michigan visits Virginia (4 p.m. PT, ESPN2). The Cavaliers (5-1) are listed as 3.5-point home favorites, however, 70 percent of the betting action is on the Wolverines (5-1).

In the second game, Northwestern visits Georgia Tech (4:15 p.m. PT, ESPNU). The Yellow Jackets (4-2) are 2-point favorites, but 75 percent of the action is on the Wildcats (5-0).

In the third game, No. 3 Duke visits No. 2 Ohio State (6:30pm PT, ESPN). The Buckeyes (6-0) are listed as 7.5-point home favorites, however, the public leaning towards Duke (7-0) with 56 percent of the betting action on the Blue Devils as of 10:45 a.m. PT.

Despite betting on the dogs, the public is heavily on the OVER in all three games.

LSU lovefest

Bettors are piling on LSU in this Saturday’s SEC Championship between the No. 1 Tigers and the No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (1 p.m. PT, CBS).

LSU (12-0) opened as a 10-point favorite, but the spread has since widened to 13.5. As of Tuesday morning, 78 percent of public money was on the Tigers.

Georgia (10-2) is 8-4 against the spread (ATS) this season; the Tigers are 9-3 ATS.

The total in this game opened at 45 and has edged up to 46 at several online sportsbooks.

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