Stony Brook Seawolves vs. Vermont Catamounts Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/24/14
Vermont Catamounts (11-8) at Stony Brook Seawolves (13-6)
College Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Stony Brook Sports Complex)
The Line: Stony Brook Seawolves -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: Undefeateds Vermont and Stonybrook square off Friday in a battle for first place in the America East Conference.
The Breakdown: Vermont is 5-0 in conference and has faced little resistance along the way, winning every league matchup by a minimum of 14 points. The Catamounts trounced New Hampshire 57-40 Monday, despite shooting a dismal 18 of 54 from the field and 7 of 19 from outside the arc. Vermont stifled the Wildcats to a similarly poor 34.9 percent from the floor and 4 of 17 from distance, while also finishing with a 39-26 advantage on the boards. Freshman F Kurt Steidl led all scorers with 16 points off the bench, including 4 of 4 from downtown, and senior G Sandro Carrisimo added 11 points and 6 rebounds. On the season, the Catamounts are averaging 69.5 ppg on 45 percent shooting and senior F Clancy Rugg leads the team in scoring with 13.6 ppg, followed by Carrisimo at 13.3 ppg.
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Stonybrook, meanwhile, is also 5-0 in conference and has also had a fairly easy time of it thus far, blowing by its five America East opponents by an average of 19.5 points per contest. The Seawolves come in off an 81-62 thumping of Maryland-Baltimore Monday behind staunch defense that held the Retrievers to 37.7 percent from the field and 7 of 22 from outside the arc. Stonybrook hit 24 of 52 from the floor and 8 of 20 from distance, while outrebounding UMBC 41-27. Senior G Dave Coley had a game-high 22 points to go along with 5 boards and sophomore F Jameel Warney added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Through 19 games, the Seawolves are averaging 74.1 ppg on 45 percent shooting and Warney leads the team with 15.7 ppg, followed by senior G Anthony Jackson at 14.0 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -3 for Stonybrook and this should be a good matchup. Both have obviously sailed through conference play to this point and both have beaten common opponents by similar margins. One of the things that sticks out nonconference wise, though, is Vermont’s 91-90 loss to Duke Nov. 24 that could have easily gone the other way. The other is Vermont shooting just 33 percent from the field its last time out. Stonybrook gets the lean, but only because they’re home.
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