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Vermont Catamounts vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds
The Vermont Catamounts will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Broncos in Santa Clara at Leavey Center on Tuesday in college basketball action.
Supporters of the Catamounts have watched them go 21-11 and 4-1-1 ATS on the year, while the Broncos are at 21-11 and 11-16 ATS. In totals betting, the Broncos are 11-13, while the Catamounts have a 4-2 mark.
Bettors looking to go with the Broncos in this one found them listed as 6.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Catamounts was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Broncos - Catamounts odds would favor the Broncos if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Santa Clara is rated No. 85 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Vermont is at No. 132. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 73-70 win for the Broncos.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Santa Clara's No. 41 nationally ranked offense (73.6 points per game) against a Catamounts defense that sits as the No. 23 at 58.7 PPG. The Broncos have been averaging 43.8% from the field, almost the same as the Catamounts have managed so far this season (43.8% on average).
Defensively, Vermont features the nation's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.8 points per game. Santa Clara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 87 nationally in scoring at home.
Vermont was a 53-49 loser in their most recent outing at home against Albany. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Trey Blue scored 10 points in a futile effort to lead the Catamounts to a win (they lost 53-49 to Albany at Roy Patrick Gym on Saturday).
Last time out for Santa Clara, they were a 60-58 loser as they battled Loyola Marymount at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. Kevin Foster scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Broncos to a win (they lost 60-58 to Loyola Marymount at Orleans Arena on Friday).
Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
After playing Loyola Marymount are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
A few Catamounts at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Santa Clara's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Santa Clara's last 7 games
Santa Clara is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Santa Clara is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games