Vermont vs Marquette Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Marquette Golden Eagles (28-6) vs Vermont Catamounts (23-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 2:45 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Marquette Golden Eagles -10.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Marquette Golden Eagles and Vermont Catamounts face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. 

Marquette Betting Preview

Marquette comes into this game with a 28-6 record overall and they were able to win the Big East regular season and conference tournament titles. In the Big East Championship game against Xavier, Marquette’s defense only gave up 61 points and that was enough for the 14 point victory. Tyler Kolek finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Marquette is averaging 79.9 points while their defense is giving up 70.6 points per game. The offense is ranked 19th in college basketball, and the offense is going to need to run up the score again here. Kam Jones is having a strong season averaging 15 points while shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

Vermont Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Vermont who sit with a 23-10 record overall and they won the America East Tournament. In the last game UMass Lowell, the offense scored 47 points in the second half and that was enough to secure the 13-point victory. Dylan Penn had a strong game finishing with 21 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Vermont is averaging 73 points while their defense is giving up 66.6 points per game. Guard Dylan Penn has been the top player averaging 13.5 points while shooting 53.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

Marquette vs Vermont Trends

The under is 5-0 in Marquette’s last five neutral site games. Vermont is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games. Marquette is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games in the NCAA Tournament. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Shaka Smart isn’t known for his performances during March, and his Marquette team is going to be really tested in this game. Vermont is averaging 73 points per game, and I’m not sold on a Marquette defense that is giving up 70.6 points per game. Marquette’s defense is going to really struggle and Vermont is going to take advantage. Back Vermont to come away with a cover of the spread.

Shane’s Pick Vermont -10.5

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