Vermont Catamounts vs Marquette Golden Eagles Prediction, 3/17/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vermont Catamounts vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Vermont (+12)
The Marquette Golden Eagles (28-6) will try to defeat the Vermont Catamounts (23-10) at Nationwide Arena on Friday. Vermont opens this contest as 12-point underdogs. The total has been set at 144.5.
The Vermont Catamounts played UMass Lowell and earned the victory with a final of 72-59 in their last game. Vermont finished the contest with a 44.4% FG percentage (24 out of 54) and made 9 of their 29 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Catamounts made 15 of 22 attempts for a rate of 68.2%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected 29 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 13 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and getting 7 steals. In regard to defense, Vermont allowed the other team to go 37.7% from the floor on 20 of 53 shooting. UMass Lowell recorded 11 dimes and had 4 steals for the matchup. In addition, UMass Lowell grabbed 40 rebounds (10 offensive, 30 defensive), but didn't notch a block. UMass Lowell walked away from this one shooting 63.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of 22 shots. They made 5 out of their 21 shots from beyond the arc. In reference to personal fouls, the Catamounts finished with 18 and UMass Lowell totaled 18 personal fouls.
Dylan Penn is one player who was a major contributor for this game. He accounted for 21 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He played 33 mins played and also snagged 4 boards. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the field and also recorded 2 assists.
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Vermont will enter this game with a win-loss record of 23-10 for the season. They average 73.0 pts per contest (148th in D-1) while hitting 47.5% from the floor. The Catamounts are hitting 35.9% on three-point shots (284 of 791) and 69.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Vermont is collecting 31.4 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 450 assists for the campaign, which ranks 121st in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 9.3 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 14.8 personal fouls every game.
On defense, the Catamounts have forced 11.6 turnovers per game while drawing 15.6 personal fouls. They are conceding 35.4% from beyond the arc while they are 71st in the nation in points per game from their opponents (66.6). The Catamounts defense is giving up a FG percentage of 44.5% (806 of 1,810) and they surrender 32.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 69th in D-1 in giving up assists with 365 conceded for the year.
For their last game, the Marquette Golden Eagles took home the win by a final score of 65-51 when they faced Xavier. In the matter of attacking the glass, Marquette allowed Xavier to get 39 overall (11 on the offensive side). They shot 25.0% from 3-point land by going 5 out of 20 and ended up shooting 4 out of 11 from the free throw line (36.4%). The Golden Eagles permitted Xavier to convert 21 of their 61 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.4% for this game. When the final whistle was blown, the Golden Eagles shot 22 for 61 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 36.1%. When discussing shooting from distance, Marquette made 7 out of their 27 tries (25.9%). They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. Xavier was called for 14 fouls for this game which took the Golden Eagles to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They turned it over 4 times, while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Golden Eagles were able to snag 25 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for the matchup.
Tyler Kolek was important for the Golden Eagles for the game. He racked up 20 points in his 36 minutes on the court and had 3 assists for this contest. He made 9 out of 17 in this game for a field goal rate of 52.9%, and accumulated 8 rebounds.
Marquette has a mark of 28-6 on the season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Golden Eagles are connecting on 48.7% from the floor, which is ranked 12th in college hoops. Marquette has totaled 2,718 pts this year (79.9 per contest) and they collect 31.9 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 17.6 times per contest (4th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 10.7 times per game. The Golden Eagles are responsible for committing 16.3 personal fouls every game and they go 72.1% from the free throw line.
The Golden Eagles defensively are ranked 193rd in college hoops in PPG allowed with 70.6. They have forced 16.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.5% from the field (235th in D-1). The Marquette defense allows 35.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (259 of 735) and their opponents are connecting on 69.8% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 15.0 assists and 35.6 boards per contest, which ranks them 334th and 278th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Marquette (-12)
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