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Vermont vs New Hampshire Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds
Catamounts vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Vermont Catamounts at New Hampshire Wildcats
- Where: Durham at Lundholm Gymnasium
- Date: Sunday, January 8th
- Betting Odds: Vermont -6.5, VERM -297 | NHAMP +235 O/U 125.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs New Hampshire, the Vermont Catamounts will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 8-8. So far, the Catamounts have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 5-6. This season, Vermont has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 6-2. For today’s contest, Vermont has a betting line set -6.5 points in their favor.
Vermont will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Aaron Deloney who is averaging 12.25 points per game for the Catamounts. Deloney 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 Catamounts’ offensive game plan is the play of Dylan Penn who has hit 49.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.06 points per game.
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%.
Through 14 games, the New Hampshire Wildcats have an overall record of 6-8. So far this season, New Hampshire has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-2. For the season, New Hampshire has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 3-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wildcats being +6.5 point underdogs.
Clarence O. Daniels II comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 15.43 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is New Hampshire’s top rebounder at 10.71 boards per contest. Behind II, the team has benefited from the strong play of Matthew Herasme, who is second on the team in scoring at 9.21 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.0% of his shots and is adding 5.71 boards per game.
Coming into today’s game, New Hampshire will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Wildcats are ranked 278th at 68.8 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 418th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, New Hampshire is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.
Free Spread Prediction: Vermont Catamounts -6.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Vermont Catamounts sitting as -6.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Vermont and New Hampshire are averaging 8.76 and 9.89 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Vermont has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Catamounts to cover at -6.5.
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