Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Retrievers vs. Catamounts CBB Odds
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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(16-16) UMBC Retrievers vs. Vermont Catamounts (25-7)
Date: Tuesday March 10
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Roy L Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington, VT
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Vermont -16
CBB Betting Total: 130
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Here’s one of the second-round matchups we have in the America East Tournament! We have first-seeded Vermont Catamounts hosting the four-seeded UMBC Retrievers.
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The mighty UMBC Retrievers, who no less than 24 months ago became the only 16-seed to knock off a 1-seed, have seemingly fallen from grace.
Their chances of going dancing are incredibly slim, as they finished fourth in the America East conference and are currently 16-point underdogs to the mighty Catamounts on Tuesday night.
However, they did go on quite the run to end their regular season. After starting conference play 0-4, they went 8-4 in their last 12 games to snag that fourth seed in the conference tournament. They even knocked of Vermont in Burlington on February 22nd.
They also pulled out a six-point home victory over New Hampshire in the first round. Meaning they’ve won nine of their last 13. UMBC might be getting hot at the right time again!
Vermont is an American East wagon and should 100% be considered a potential bracket-buster.
Here’s a list to show you just how dominant Vermont has been in the America East this season. KenPom adjusted efficiency margin:
-Sony Brook: -1.14
-New Hampshire: -7.17
-Umass Lowell: -9.21
The Catamounts ran this conference this year (as they have the last few years), and secured the 1-seed in their conference tournament by a solid four games. At one point, the Catamounts pulled off 12 straight conference victories.
Two things I really like about this Vermont team:
First: They defend really well. They are ninth in the nation in eFG% against, and third in the nation in 2pt% against. Additionally, they rebound well on that end of the court as well, as they are 13th in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage.
Second: Anthony Lamb. The Senior spends most of his time playing the four, and essentially runs the offense while also anchoring the defense. Lamb is averaging 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while adding a block and a steal. He also shoots five FTs/game and makes over 80% of them.
Free UMBC Retrievers vs. Vermont Catamounts NCAAB Prediction:
This is difficult, because while UMBC just knocked off Vermont on their own court, they lost by 24 when they played in Baltimore.
However, the Retrievers have been on quite the run recently. In addition to their strong SU ending to the season, they are 7-2 ATS in their last nine which includes covering against New Hampshire in the first round.
And while Vermont is also 7-2 ATS in their last nine, the Catamounts closed as 19.5-point favorites against Maine and won by just 11.
Despite how good Vermont is (especially defensively), they also have a target on their back in this tournament. Moreover, they have to worry about going dancing, not covering a 16-point spread against the 262nd-most efficient team in the nation.
I think UMBC goes out with a bang: Playing just well enough to sneak underneath this (massive) number.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UMBC +16
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