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NCAAB Betting: UConn, UNC in action

The fourth-ranked UConn Huskies start the defense of their national title when they open their college basketball betting season with a visit from the Columbia Lions on Friday night.

Connecticut came away with two dramatic victories en route to defeating Butler in the championship game last season, but that’s last season and all bets are now off. The Huskies will be big favorites and will draw the majority of action on the college hoops betting lines for this matchup at Bovada.

The Lions have just one win in their last six on the road, while Connecticut is undefeated in five straight at home. The past five home games for the Huskies have also gone UNDER the posted total set by oddsmakers.

Second-ranked Kentucky was upset by Connecticut in the Final Four last season and wants to start their way back toward winning a title when they open their season on Friday at home against Marist.

The Wildcats will be favorites at home at Bovada with the majority of action from bettors taking Kentucky straight up. Five of the last six Kentucky games have sent UNDER bettors to the payout window in totals betting.

Top-ranked North Carolina opens the college hoops betting season against the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night in San Diego. The Tar Heels are 5-0 lifetime against the Spartans, and will be a favorite in this matchup.

North Carolina fell to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament last season and will be a formidable foe in challenging for this year's title. Michigan State was not able to cover the spread in all five of those losses to North Carolina.

In totals betting the UNDER bettor has collected in seven of the last 10 games involving Michigan State.

In other interesting college basketball betting action it’s the eighth-ranked Florida Gators taking on Jacksonville on Friday. Florida crushed Jacksonville the last time these schools met and the Gators will draw most of the interest on the college hoops betting lines at Bovada.

The Gators have a high-flying offense guided by its coaching staff and that’s reflected in totals betting with seven of their last nine games at home paying out to OVER bettors.