Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Catamounts versus the Black Bears? Tip off is at at 3:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) in Orono, ME. Vermont is favored by -2.5 in this America East conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 127 points.

VERMONT CATAMOUNTS VS MAINE BLACK BEARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Maine Black Bears +2.5

This game will be played at Memorial Gymnasium (ME) at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE MAINE BLACK BEARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Black Bears.
  • Not only will Maine pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 127 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Do the Catamounts Have What it Takes on the Road?

Coming into this game, Vermont is favored by 2.5 points, and they have been the favorite in 18 of their 26 games this season. So far, they have gone 15-3 when favored.

On the road, the Catamounts have a record of 8-5 this season, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games.

Against the spread, Vermont has gone 10-14 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-7, and over their last three road games, they are 1-2 vs. the spread. As the favorite, the Catamounts have gone 7-11 vs. the spread this year and have gone 1-2 in their last three games as the favorite.

So far this season, the over/under record for Vermont games is 6-17-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 134.4 points, which is 5.1 points lower than the average over/under line of 139.5. Today’s over/under line of 127 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year and there have been eight games this year with less points than 127. Over their last three games, Vermont games have averaged 129 points.

In their recent matchup, the Vermont offense ended with 70 points against New Hampshire. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 39% and made 11 threes. Leading the team in scoring is TJ Long, who is averaging 11.9 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Aaron Deloney also maintains a PPG average of 10.1 heading into game.

In the current season, the Vermont defense has excelled, sitting 11th in the nation by allowing 63.0 points per game. Vermont’s three-point defense is currently 64th in the country at 6.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.6% of their shots vs. Vermont.

Can the Black Bears Pull the Upset at Home?

As the underdog, Maine has gone 2-8 this season, and they are 11-14 overall. In their last game, they fell to Bryant by a score of 77-72. So far this year, they have gone 4-3 at home compared to 6-11 on the road.

Through 25 games, the Black Bears have gone 8-7 in non-conference play and 3-7 in America East games. On the season, they have been outscored by an average of 3.5 points per game on the road, while at home, their average scoring margin is +3.9.

As the underdog, Maine has gone 5-5 vs. the spread this season and they are 13-11 overall. At home, the Black Bears have gone 4-3 ATS this year and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

This season, the over/under record for Maine is 11-13 and today’s line of 127 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (138.9). So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the scoring average in those games is 138 points.

In their latest game, Maine offense put up 72 points against Bryant. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 49.2% and made 7 threes. Leading Maine in scoring vs. Bryant was A.J Lopez with his 15 points. Jaden Clayton also added 14 points for the Black Bears.

Coming into today’s game, the Maine defense is giving up an average of 67.2 points per contest. So far, the Maine defense is giving up an average of 7.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11 times per game (485th).