One of the main National Championship contenders open their NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon. Marquette, the Big East champs and second seed, will look to avoid the upset when they play the #15 Vermont Catamounts. The winner of this game will play either #7 Michigan State or #10 USC. Here, our pick for the Vermont vs Marquette first round game in the NCAA Tournament.
Vermont vs Marquette Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Over 145 points|
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This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 2:45 p.m. ET on Friday, March 17, 2023.
Why Bet on the Over:
✅ Marquette took care of business late in the season, going 8-1 in their final nine games.
✅ The Golden Eagles took care of business against the lower teams as they went 14-1 in their games against Q3 and Q4 teams.
✅ Over their last 10 games, both teams are in the top 25 of offense and are worse than 37th in adjusted defense.
Vermont Catamounts – This Is Nothing New
Vermont did what they normally do and that is win the American East and go dancing. The Catamounts hosted UMass Lowell and used a big second half to win 72-59 and celebrate on their home floor.
Over the last month, Vermont is 8-0, rank as the 75th best team in the nation, and are scoring 116.3 points per 100 possessions over that time span. The Catamounts are allowed 104.3 points per possession, so they are no stranger to high scoring games.
Vermont is back in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the four tournaments, and they are looking for their first win since their 2012 win the First Four.
Marquette Golden Eagles – National Title Contenders
Marquette continued their magical season with a fun run in the Big East Tournament. The Golden Eagles beat St. John’s. in overtime, UConn, by two, and Xavier, by 14, to win their first ever Big East Championship.
Since February 1st, the Golden Eagles are ranked as the 16th best team in the nation, are 11-1 in those 12 games, and are scoring 115.2 points per 100 possessions.
Marquette is back in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and are looking for their first win since their run to the Elite Eight in 2013.