AmEast foes will clash when the Maine Black Bears (6-13, 2-3 AmEast) meet the Vermont Catamounts (13-6, 3-1 AmEast) at the Cross Insurance Center. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Vermont Catamounts at Maine Black Bears Free Preview
The Catamounts were victorious over the Hartford Hawks in their last contest, 74-57. With 10 points and five rebounds, Stef Smith put together a solid game for Vermont. The Catamounts, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.3, had an extraordinary mark of 36.7 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.576 (above their season average of 0.498).
The last time the Black Bears were in action, they dismantled the Binghamton Bearcats, 86-63. Maine rallied around Sergio El Darwich, who was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Maine played a perfect game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 48.4 (above their season average of 27.1) and a free throw rate of 0.125 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Binghamton was 20.0 and 0.071, respectively.
The ineffective offense of Maine (332nd in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 92.4) will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Vermont (25th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 89.6). The Catamounts should have the edge on that side of the ball.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Catamounts won all three matchups last season. In the last game, Vermont won 73-57. The Catamounts dominated every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 34.6 and a turnover percentage of 15.1. For those same stats, the Black Bears recorded marks of 16.0 and 21.1, respectively.
Vermont Catamounts at Maine Black Bears Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Vermont, ATS Winner – Vermont, O/U – Over
The Catamounts rank 148th in steals per game (6.0) while the Black Bears rank 196th in steals allowed per game (8.4).
Maine is 22nd in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while Vermont is 41st with 2.7 blocks allowed per game.
Vermont ranks 90th in rebounds per game (37.3) while Maine ranks 236th (33.4).
The Catamounts average 25.3 three pointers per game, which ranks 62nd in the country. The Black Bears rank 167th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5).
Vermont ranks 21st in assists allowed per game (10.0) while Maine ranks 121st (12.5).
The Black Bears’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.8, down from 8.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Catamounts have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (5.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 61.8 points per game (2.6 above their season average).