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Point spread favors Catamounts in battle with Black Bears

Maine Black BearsVermont Catamounts
March 3, 6:05 PM | Reich Family Pavilion

Maine Black Bears vs Vermont Catamounts Odds

12-16TEAM RECORD20-11

Maine pays a visit to Vermont on Saturday, hoping to send the Catamounts to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Reich Family Pavilion.

It's a game in the America East Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Reich Family Pavilion).

The Catamounts currently sports a 20-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-0 ATS. The Black Bears are 12-16 and 0-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Catamounts produce a 1-0 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Black Bears have gone 1-0 against the number.

View Maine vs Vermont Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Catamounts in this one, they're listed as 9-point favorites on the NCAAB betting menu for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Catamounts sit at No. 123 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Black Bears sit at No. 225 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Catamounts will win this game 74-68.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Vermont has the nation's No. 179-rated offensive output, at 68 PPG. The visiting Black Bears defense ranks No. 231 allowing on average 69 PPG. The Catamounts FG% has averaged 44.6% so far, almost the same as the Black Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.6% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Maine owns the country's No. 242-rated mark, allowing 72.8 points per game on the highway. Vermont, on the other hand, rates No. 137 in scoring at home.

Maine lost its last outing, a 55-48 result against Stony Brook on February 26. Maine suffered a 55-48 loss against Stony Brook on Sunday, getting 12 points from Alasdair Fraser in a losing effort at Stony Brook Sports Complex.

Vermont was an 80-49 winner in their most recent outing at home against UMBC. The Catamounts blew out UMBC on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 80-49 win at Roy Patrick Gym.