America East Tournament - NCAA Basketball betting line favors Catamounts over Wildcats
New Hampshire Wildcats vs Vermont Catamounts Odds
The Vermont Catamounts will try to cover the spread at SEFCU Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the New Hampshire Wildcats in NCAA basketball action.
The America East Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. The game is being played at SEFCU Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
Vermont battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 9-19 mark (0-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-0 for the Catamounts and 0-1 for the Wildcats.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Vermont sat as 10-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Catamounts at No. 134 and the Wildcats at No. 171 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 66-59 result in favor of the Catamounts.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Vermont has the nation's No. 274-rated offensive output, at 63.3 PPG. The visiting Wildcats defense ranks No. 79 allowing on average 62.8 PPG. The Catamounts FG% has averaged 43.6% so far, more than the Wildcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.1% per game.
Defensively, New Hampshire features the nation's No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.9 points per game. Vermont, meanwhile, comes in at No. 279 nationally in scoring at home.
New Hampshire was a 79-74 winner in its last match at home against Maine. Ferg Myrick scored 27 points for New Hampshire on Sunday, leading the Wildcats to a 79-74 win over Maine at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Vermont was a 61-58 loser in its last match at home against Hartford. Vermont suffered a 61-58 loss against Hartford on Sunday, getting 12 points from Trey Blue in a losing effort at Roy Patrick Gym.