Maine vs. Vermont - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Maine Black Bears (9-21) at Vermont Catamounts (24-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Roy L Patrick Gymnasium)
The Line: Vermont Catamounts -20 -- Over/Under: 129
The Maine Black Bears (9-21, 5-11 CONF) and the Vermont Catamounts (24-7, 14-2 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for a Quarterfinal game of the Hercules Tires America East Playoffs at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, VT. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
Maine is coming off a 71-65 road win over Hartford in their last game. Maine is heading into the America East conference tournament with back-to-back wins, but they have a tough task of Vermont in the first round, the defending champion of this conference. Vermont is coming off an 85-62 home win over Albany in their last game. Vermont finished regular-season conference play with a 14-2 record, the best in the conference.
Maine scores 61.8 points per game on 40.8 percent field goal shooting this season. Maine’s leading scorer is G Sergio El Darwich, who scores 14.9 points per game. The leading rebounder for Maine is F Andrew Fleming, who earns 6.2 rebounds per game. Maine allows 68.3 points per game, therefore they have a -6.5 scoring differential so far this season. Maine also earns 34.1 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 3.5 blocks, and 6.9 steals per game as a team.
Vermont scores 71.6 points per game on 44.9 percent field goal shooting this season. Vermont’s leading scorer and rebounder is F Anthony Lamb, who scores 16.5 points per game and earns 7.3 rebounds per game. Vermont allows 59.3 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +12.3 scoring differential so far this season. Vermont allows 36.8 rebounds, 13.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, and 5.9 steals per game as a team.
Maine is 14-15 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Maine is also 8-9 against the spread on the road so far this season. Vermont is 18-11-1 against the spread this season and 7-2-1 against the spread in their last ten games. Vermont is also 9-4 against the spread at home so far this season.
Vermont is undoubtedly the best team in this conference and should be the America East Champion when all of this is said and done. However, Maine plays a brand of basketball that keeps games competitive, at least for a good while. I think Maine can keep this game close enough at halftime to be able to hold on for a cover in this one.