11/25/2002 12:00AM

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LAS VEGAS - So much for a slowdown in action in the Stardust lottery on Sunday nights.

After seeing only six college lines move two weeks ago and a dozen last week, I certainly wasn't expecting to see much action when the Stardust put up the opening numbers for this weekend's games, especially with the college board cut in half since many teams' regular seasons have ended.

However, there were 12 college lines that moved despite the reduced wagering menu, including the three games that were posted for Friday (the Texas A&M vs. Texas game was off the board because of the questionable status of Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal). The early bettors took the underdogs in all three of those games.

Another surprise was the fact that after last week when there were no double moves (lines that were moved and then adjusted a second time after more money came in), four Saturday games got pounded early. Southern Mississippi went from -8 1/2 to -9 and finally -10 vs. East Carolina; Kentucky was steamed from +9 1/2 to +8 1/2 to +7 1/2 vs. Tennessee; Alabama was backed from -11 1/2 to -12 1/2 to -13 1/2 vs. Hawaii; and Florida took action from +6 to +5 1/2 to +4 1/2 vs. Florida St.

In the NFL, the action also picked up with 11 line moves despite five games being off the board (the games involving the four teams that were playing Sunday and Monday night, plus the Bucs vs. Saints game because of the status of Deuce McCallister).

Five of the moves were on underdogs (Dolphins, Bears, Bengals, Panthers, and Vikings), two were on favorites (the Giants vs. the Titans, and the Raiders vs. the Jets), and the Redskins took money at pick'em in their Thanksgiving Day game versus the Cowboys.

Bettors also liked the under in both Thanksgiving Day games, while the over on the Steelers vs. Jaguars game was the only total to move for Sunday's games.