Vermont Catamounts vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 3/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vermont Catamounts vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Vermont (+6)
The Arkansas Razorbacks (25-8) will try to defeat the Vermont Catamounts (28-5) at KeyBank Center on Thursday. Vermont opens this game as 6-point dogs. The total is set at 139.5.
The Vermont Catamounts stepped onto the hardwood against UMBC and went home with a win by a final score of 82-43 in their last game. In regard to fouls, the Catamounts finished with 14 while UMBC finished the game with 9 fouls. They also buried 5 out of their 18 tries from 3-point land. UMBC ended up shooting 72.7% from the charity stripe by making 8 of their 11 tries. Moreover, UMBC collected 25 boards (5 offensive, 20 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. UMBC doled out 5 assists and had 4 steals in this game. In regard to defense, Vermont allowed their opponent to shoot 27.8% from the field on 15 out of 54 shooting. They also dished out 17 assists in this matchup while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they collected 36 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Catamounts made 1 of 3 attempts for a rate of 33.3%. Vermont finished the contest having earned a 58.7% field goal percentage (37 out of 63) and buried 7 of their 17 shots from distance.
Ben Shungu is one guy who came through for the matchup. He finished the contest at 52.9% from the floor and also distributed 1 assist. He played for 35 minutes and also pulled down 6 boards. He scored 19 points on 9 out of 17 shooting.
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Vermont heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 28-5 for the season. They average 74.9 points per outing (73rd in D-1) while going 49.3% from the field. The Catamounts are hitting 36.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (289 of 793) and 74.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Vermont is pulling in 35.1 boards per contest and has totaled 502 dimes on the year, which is 32nd in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 9.7 times per contest and as a squad they commit 13.8 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end of the court, the Catamounts are forcing 11.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.1 fouls. They are 37th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 323 surrendered on the campaign. The Catamounts defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 41.0% (741 of 1,808) and they surrender 28.8 boards per contest as a team. They give up 34.4% on shots from distance while they are 10th in college basketball in points per game allowed (60.3).
When they last played, the Arkansas Razorbacks took a loss by a final score of 82-64 when they faced Texas A&M. In relation to team rebounding, Arkansas allowed Texas A&M to get 30 in all (6 on the offensive side). They went 53.3% from distance via 8 out of 15 and finished the contest at 12 out of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). The Razorbacks permitted Texas A&M to knock down 31 of 61 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 50.8% in the game. When this game wrapped up, the Razorbacks went 23 for 53 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.4%. When discussing 3-pointers, Arkansas converted 3 out of their 18 attempts (16.7%). They were able to bury 15 of them for a clip of 83.3%. Texas A&M earned 16 fouls in the game which got the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They also turned it over 15 times, while earning 6 steals for the game. The Razorbacks were able to corral 20 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 24 in this game.
Stanley Umude pitched in for the Razorbacks in the game. He knocked down 7 out of 13 in the matchup giving him a rate of 53.8%, and added 3 rebounds. He racked up 20 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to get an assist.
Arkansas has a record of 25-8 on the season. The Razorbacks have committed 16.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 75.3% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 14.1 times per contest (101st in D-1) and they turn it over 12.6 times per contest. Arkansas has accumulated 2,539 pts so far this year (76.9 per game) and they pull down 38.2 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Razorbacks are connecting on 44.0% from the floor, which ranks them 182nd in college basketball.
The Razorbacks on defense are ranked 166th in the nation in points allowed per game with 68.5. They are forcing 15.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (58th in college hoops). The Arkansas defense allows 32.8% on 3-point shots (245 of 748) and their opponents are knocking down 73.2% of their foul shots. They allow 12.9 dimes and 34.5 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 201st and 170th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Arkansas (-6)
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