UMBC at Vermont: 3/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

UMBC at Vermont: 3/12/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by BRIAN JENKINS/for the Free Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Vermont Catamounts (27-5) vs UMBC Retrievers (18-13)

Game Info: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 11:00 am (Roy L Patrick Gymnasium)

Betting Odds: Vermont Catamounts -14.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UMBC Retrievers and Vermont Catamounts face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown in the America East Tournament at Patrick Gym. When these two teams faced off on February 19th it was Vermont that came away with the 86-59. 

Vermont was led by Aaron Deloney who finished with 20 points. UMBC was led by Keondre Kennedy who finished with 13 points.

UMBC comes into this game with an 18-13 record overall and they have gone 15-15 against the spread. In the last game against Hartford, UMBC’s offense was elite scoring 80 points and that was enough to cruise to the victory. UMBC is averaging 74.7 points while their defense is giving up 71.8 points per game. Keondre Kennedy has been the top player for UMBC averaging 15 points while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players that are averaging at least 11.5 points per game. 

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On the other side of this matchup is Vermont who sits with a 27-5 record overall and they have gone 18-13 against the spread. Vermont has won seven games in a row including two games in the conference tournament. On Wednesday, Vermont put up 74 points against Binghamton and that led to the easy victory. Vermont is averaging 74.7 points while their defense is giving up 60.8 points per game. Forward Ryan Davis has been the top player for Vermont averaging 17.1 points while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

UMBC is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games overall. UMBC is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The over is 6-1 in Vermont’s last seven games played on Saturday. The over is 5-1 in UMBC’s last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. 

Vermont has been a hard team to beat all season, and it’s going to be no different in this game. Look for Vermont’s defense to lock down the UMBC offense, and that will lead to this game getting out of hand. Back Vermont against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Vermont -14.5

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