The UMBC Retrievers and Vermont Catamounts faced off in last year’s America East championship game, with Vermont winning in a blowout. They will face off in their America East openers on Sunday afternoon, in a game featuring two teams that look very different than they did back in March. In our college basketball picks for Sunday, we break down Vermont vs UMBC.
Vermont vs UMBC Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||UMBC -1.5|
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This game will be played at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 1, 2023.
Why Bet On UMBC:
✅ This is not the same Vermont team that has dominated the America East in recent years. They lack a number one scorer like they have had over the last few seasons, and that will cost them in this contest.
✅ UMBC has won all but one of their games at home this season, with their only home loss coming to a solid Princeton squad.
✅ Vermont lacks the rebounding it has had in recent years as well, as they barely average 32 boards per game. Their leading rebounded is guard Robin Duncan, and the Retrievers will beat them on the glass.
Team Stats Per Game
Advanced Game Stats
|69.33||Avg Opp Score||70.33|
|55.67||Avg Opp Score||69|
|62.8||Avg Opp Score||68|
|62.6||Avg Opp Score||69.2|
|67.7||Avg Opp Score||71.5|
|69.1||Avg Opp Score||71.8|
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The Vermont Catamounts have looked like a shell of the team that nearly beat Arkansas in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. They come into this game with a 6-8 record, having lost their last game against the Toledo Rockets. For the Catamounts, the lack of scoring and rebounding they enjoyed last year has been a problem.
Losing two-time league player of the year Ryan Davis has not made things easy for Vermont. But losing perimeter players like Ben Shungu has also hurt. Here, the Catamounts will look for someone to step up as they begin conference play.
The UMBC Retrievers also look vastly different than they did a season ago. They lost a wave of key players from last year, but they are off to a solid 9-5 start. Their last game was a 16-point loss to the Maryland Terrapins, but they will look to rebound against Vermont in a game where they will seek revenge for last year’s conference title tilt.
The question for UMBC coming into this game is whether they can do enough on defense to put Vermont off. UMBC allows just over 73 points per game on defense, which could cost them against a Vermont team that could break out at any time.
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