U.S. Integrity flags UAB’s 100-72 win at Temple

U.S. Integrity flags UAB’s 100-72 win at Temple

When bettors woke up Thursday morning, most books had UAB installed as a two or 2.5-point road favorite at Temple.

The Westgate SuperBook and Circa in Las Vegas moved the Blazers to -3.5 at 12:24 p.m. Eastern. The Westgate moved to -4 at 12:34, -4.5 at 12:35, -5 three minutes later, -5.5 at 12:43 and -6.5 just 14 minutes later.

Then at 1:19, the Westgate moved to -7 before going to 7.5 at 1:21. Thirteen minutes later at 1:34, the betting shop had UAB as an eight-point ‘chalk.’

U.S. Integrity, a company that serves as a gambling watchdog for professional sports and college conferences, sent out an alert to casinos for unusual wagering on UAB.

When there’s this much of a line move, there’s almost always an injury situation creating it. However, there were no injuries reported by either team.

There was some buy-back on Temple once the number reached eight, and most spots closed the Owls as seven or 7.5-point home underdogs.

UAB pounded Temple 100-72 to easily cover the spread. Andy Kennedy’s team led by 15 points at halftime and by as many as 31 in the second half.

The AAC’s director of communications Tom Fenstermaker told SI’s Pat Forde, “We are aware they flagged it.”

Temple fell to 11-19 straight up and 12-15-2 against the spread. The Owls had won three games in a row before losing 72-67 in Saturday’s home game vs. Tulsa as six-point favorites.

Action Network’s Jim Root joined Tim Murray and Jonathan Von Tobel on VSIN Primetime before the game and pointed out how there was similar line movement before Temple’s 84-77 loss to Memphis on Feb. 8.

The Tigers, who came to Philadelphia after losing four of their five previous games while going 0-5 ATS, went from 6.5-point road favorites to 10.5-point ‘chalk’ from 3:49 p.m. ET. to 5:04 p.m.

Memphis raced out to a 45-27 halftime lead, but Temple rallied and ended up covering the spread in the 84-77 home loss.

Nevertheless, after what we saw on Thursday, the betting activity on Temple’s regular-season finale Sunday at UTSA (and its games at the AAC Tournament next week) will be watched with immense scrutiny.