Vermont Catamounts vs Maine Black Bears Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Vermont Catamounts travelling to Maine Tuesday to take on the Black Bears.
This season, the Black Bears are 7-11 overall and 0-1 ATS ATS, while the Catamounts are 12-6 and 2-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Maine boasts a 1-0 on the OU, and Vermont is 2-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 231-ranked Black Bears and the No. 157-rated Catamounts in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-61 win for the Catamounts on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Maine has the nation's No. 173-rated offensive output, at 67.9 PPG. The visiting Catamounts defense ranks No. 34 allowing on average 58.8 PPG. The Black Bears FG% has averaged 44% so far, more than the Catamounts marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.5% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Vermont owns the country's No. 42-rated mark, allowing 61.9 points per game on the highway. Maine, on the other hand, rates No. 109 in scoring at home.
Vermont was an 81-73 winner in their most recent outing at home against Stony Brook. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Seawolves were burned for 25 points by Candon Rusin on Friday as the Catamounts put another game in the win column, 81-73, at Roy Patrick Gym.
In their last action, Maine was a 57-56 loser at home against Binghamton. Justin Edwards scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Black Bears to a win (they lost 57-56 to Binghamton at Harold Alfond Sports Arena on Saturday).
Vermont at Albany, Saturday, January 26
Maine at Stony Brook, Saturday, January 26