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.