I already stated why I felt the Georgetown Hoyas may have a possible trap game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for their game this afternoon. However, it looks like I am not alone in the Hoya trap game theory. Las Vegas has Georgetown as only a five point favorite. While they might be the favorite, the slim margin in which Vegas expects them to do so means that they don’t expect this game to be a blowout. Which is pretty confusing considering how good Georgetown is and how bad Rutgers has played this entire season.
No, I am not condoning putting money on the game, that would be irresponsible and possibly illegal in the state in which you preside. But, the bigger question might actually be, why are the Hoyas only favored by five? A five point game usually means the game is determined late at the free throw line. I completely understand that the game is at Rutgers, but do they have the same trap game theory as I?
It could be a bigger picture issue that Vegas feels Georgetown has. Sure, the Hoyas are ranked 23rd in the nation, and most experts feel like they are a dangerous team, but even though they’re good is really good, they’re bad is equally as atrocious. Maybe it was the whopping 48 points that they put up against the Marquette Golden Eagles in January, or the fact that the month before they only scored 37 in a game, could those be the reasons Sin City doubts the Hoyas.
Georgetown could play like a top ten team one game then follow it up by playing as if they were the worst team in the nation. Vegas usually knows what they are doing, but while I completely think betting is for (cool) kids, I doubt that they won’t cover. Yet, with that being said I do believe that this is a trap game for the Hoyas. They are young, playing hot, and Rutgers stinks, all reasons for the Hoyas to look past the Scarlet Knights.
If I were a betting man, IF, I’d still put my fictitious money on the Hoyas. However, for what it’s worth, if I was a walrus I wouldn’t be able to type this.
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