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College Basketball Betting Breakdown, Odds, Picks: ‘Trap Line’ Myths, Dreamstyle Arena, More

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Handicapping every college basketball game can be an arduous task, making our tools like public money percentages, PRO Systems and Bet Signals so important.

Each day in this space, I’m going to highlight a few interesting betting-related storylines from that night’s college hoops slate, one PRO system from Bet Labs with a match for that day and one interesting note from the betting market.

Here’s Wednesday’s breakdown.


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1. There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Trap Line’

  • Baylor (-3.5) at Iowa State
  • West Virginia at Texas Tech (-2)

You’ve heard the term “trap line” in the sports betting lexicon, surely. Someone argues that “Vegas” is trying to goat you into betting a side that seems like easy money. Oddsmakers will be laughing their way to the bank when the other side wins or covers easily.

But “trap” lines just don’t exist.

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