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Vermont vs Marquette Pick & Preview: Friday, March 17th Betting Odds

Catamounts vs Golden Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Vermont Catamounts at Marquette Golden Eagles
  • Where: Columbus at Nationwide Arena
  • Date: Friday, March 17th
  • Betting Odds: Vermont +10, VERM +432 | MARQ -614 O/U 143.5

Catamounts Preview:

Vermont will take their 15 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 23-10. On the road, the Catamounts will be playing their 18th game of the season, having gone 10-8. So far, the Catamounts have been the underdog 8 times, going 1-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +10 underdogs on the spread.

Vermont’s leading scorer this season is Dylan Penn, who is averaging 13.45 points per contest. So far, Penn has accounted for 18.42% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.12 rebounds per game and 2.15 assists. Aaron Deloney is the second leading scorer for the Catamounts, averaging 11.64 points per game. Between him and Deloney, they are accounting for 34.4% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Vermont comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 626th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Catamounts’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.9 points per game. So far, 42.98% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.4%.

Golden Eagles Preview:

Marquette heads into this matchup having played 34 games and have an overall record sitting at 28-6. Currently, the Golden Eagles have been the home team 21 times, sitting with a record of 20-1. The Golden Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -10 points in their favor. For the season, Marquette has been favored to win in 24 games, sitting with a mark of 23-1.

Marquette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kam Jones who is averaging 14.97 points per game for the Golden Eagles. Jones is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Golden Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Tyler Kolek who has hit 48.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.26 points per game.

On offense, Marquette is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 34 games, they have only hit 34.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.75% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Free Spread Prediction: Marquette Golden Eagles -10

Our analysis of the game between the Vermont Catamounts and Marquette Golden Eagles suggests that Vermont will cover the spread as +10 point underdogs. We believe the spread for this matchup is set too high, providing an opportunity for Vermont to cover. Even if they are behind for most of the game, the Catamounts have a good chance of keeping the final score closer than expected. In these types of situations, the better team’s pace of play can be crucial in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams are close to the NCAA average in possessions per game, Vermont won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Vermont Catamounts at +10.