Vermont vs UMBC Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/10/24

UMBC (7-17) vs Vermont (18-6)

Game Info: Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena)

Betting Odds: UMBC +9.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vermont Catamounts will play the UMBC Retrievers in an America East game on Saturday afternoon at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Vermont has won nine of their last ten games, while UMBC has lost four of their last five. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Vermont vs UMBC prediction.

Vermont Preview

The Vermont Catamounts are 18-6 (8-1) this year after they lost to NJIT by a score of 63-61 in their last game. Vermont trailed 24-23 at the half and they allowed 39 points in the second half in the loss. The Catamounts shot 39.2% from the field and made 10 three pointers in the game. Vermont had won their pervious nine games and they have allowed 65 points or fewer in seven straight. The Catamounts are scoring 72.5 points per game with 34.4 rebounds per game and 14.2 assists per game, while allowing 63.1 points against per game this year. TJ Long is averaging 12.5 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Vermont is shooting 47% from the field, 71.1% on free throws, and 35.5% on three pointers this season.

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UMBC Preview

The UMBC Retrievers are 7-17 (2-7) this season after they lost to UMass-Lowell by a score of 93-80 in their last game. UMBC trailed 41-24 at halftime, but they did score 56 points in the second half in the loss. The Retrievers shot 43.9% from the field and were -8 in rebounding margin in the game. UMBC defeated Albany by a score of 114-102 in the game prior to UMass-Lowell, but lost the previous three games. The Retrievers are scoring 79 points per game with 36.6 rebounds per game and 12.9 assists per game, while giving up 83.4 points against per game this season. Dion Brown is averaging 18.7 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game. UMBC is shooting 46.5% from the field, 68.2% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers this year. 

Vermont vs UMBC Betting Prediction

Vermont comes into this matchup in first place of the America East standings, but they are coming off of a road loss to NJIT, who is in last place. UMBC only has two conference wins on the year and they are allowing over 83 points against per game on defense. The Retrievers have allowed 93, 102, and 99 points in their last three games, but they are averaging 79 points per game on offense this season. Vermont’s loss was very uncharacteristic for them, but I think they will bounce back with a strong effort against a bad team here. Take the Catamounts on the road. 

David’s Pick Vermont -9.5

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