March Madness Odds: FanDuel Bettors Hope No. 13 Liberty is Next Cinderella vs No. 4 Oklahoma State
Every year at NCAA Tournament time, fans and bettors are looking for the next Cinderella - a rags-to-riches team that gives them bracket and betting rights. These qualifers are a double-digit seed outside a power conference. In the Midwest Region on Friday, the Liberty Flames (23-5) will try to shock Big 12 Oklahoma State (20-8), and the Cowboys projected top NBA draft pick Cade Cunningham.
Sharp bettors have already gotten down on Liberty at FanDuel Sportsbook, and look forward to tuning in for tipoff at 6:25 p.m. ET on TBS.
Oklahoma State vs Liberty Betting
This is an interesting betting situation. Oklahoma State opened as a 9.5-point favorite, but the line is down sharply to -7.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook. According to OddsFire, the betting action favors Oklahoma State with 65% of the bets on the Cowboys. Yet, just over 51% of the money is supporting Oklahoma State, as the bigger bets and sharp action has bet on the underdog Flames.
This reverse line movement on the NCAA odds is something to watch for, as sportsbooks like FanDuel respect the sharper bettors and money.
Pay attention to the total, as the biggest line adjustment of the NCAA Tournament is on this game. The total is down more than 6 points from the opener, and is now 139 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Flames play a slow-tempo offense at less than 20 seconds per possession. That's among the 20-slowest in college basketball. Nearly half (47%) of the Flames shots are from beyond the 3-point arc, and they hit at a solid 38.8% - top 10 in the country. However, Oklahoma State led the Big 12 in 3-point defense allowing just 31.7% from the arc. That explains the total move, but if Liberty is making shots, they'll stay in this game and give Cinderella a chance to dance at the party.
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