Stony Brook Seawolves vs. Vermont Catamounts - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vermont Catamounts (21-6) at Stony Brook Seawolves (17-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Island Federal Credit Union Arena)
The Line: Stony Brook Seawolves +4.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Vermont Catamounts will travel to Island FCU Arena to take on the Stony Brook Seawolves this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Vermont Catamounts won their 11th straight game and improved to 21-6 (11-1 American East) on the season after defeating the Binghamton Bearcats, 76-48, this past Saturday. Vermont was exceptional on the defensive end against the Bearcats and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 56-36 lead with 11:58 left in regulation. Vermont shot 45.3% from the field while holding Binghamton to just 33.3% shooting from the field and 19.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Anthony Lamb who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Vermont is averaging 70.9 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Vermont has been led by Anthony Lamb (16.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg), Stef Smith (14.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Everett Duncan (7.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, Vermont is holding their opponents to an average of 58.5 ppg on 37.1% shooting from the field. The Catamounts have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Stony Brook Seawolves improved to 17-9 (8-3 American East) on the season after defeating the Binghamton Bearcats, 75-70, on February 12th. Stony Brook was solid defensively agianst Binghamton and was able to hold off the Bearcats for the victory after taking a 44-35 lead early in the 2nd half. Stony Brook shot 40.3% from the field while holding the Bearcats to just 36.1% shooting from the field and 23.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Seawolves was Andrew Garcia who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Stony Brook is averaging 71.8 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Seawolves are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Stony Brook has been led by Elijah Olaniyi (18.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Makale Foreman (15.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Andrew Garcia (13.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Stony Brook is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Seawolves have a rebound margin of 3.5 a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Catamounts are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 15-10-1 ATS on the season. The Seawolves are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are 2-1 ATS in their last 3 games vs. Vermont.
The Catamounts have been led by their defense this season and come into this match-up ranked 6th in scoring defense, 3rd in defensive FG%, and 54th in rebound margin.
The Seawolves come into this game ranked 152nd in scoring offense, 108th in scoring defense, and 23rd in defensive FG%.
Vermont is the team to beat in the American East this season, however, Stony Brook was able to hand the Catamounts their last defeat in an impressive 81-77 victory at Vermont in early January. Vermont’s defense is tough, however, the Seawolves defense has also been strong this season and between the fact that you know the Seawolves will be plenty ready for the Catamounts and that their 8-2 at home this season, I’m taking Stony Brook and the points in this one. Good Luck!