Providence vs. Vermont - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vermont Catamounts (23-14) at Providence Friars (24-11)
College Basketball: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)
The Line: Providence Friars -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Vermont Catamounts will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Friars this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Vermont Catamounts opened their season with an impressive 94-70 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats this past Saturday. Vermont was outstanding on the offensive end shooting 61.1% from the field and had little trouble securing the victory after taking an 18-point halftime lead. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Anthony Lamb who had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. Vermont enters the season as the favorite to win the America East conference as they lost only one starter from last year’s 23-14 squad. Vermont will have a solid backcourt led by Trae Bell-Haynes (12.2 ppg, 3.5 apg) and Dre Wills (7.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg). The Catamounts frontcourt will be led by Kurt Steidl (11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Vermont is loaded with talent and should get major contributions from newcomers Payton Henson and Anthony Lamb.
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The Providence Friars made the NCAA tournament for the 3rd consecutive season and finished last season with a 24-11 record after being knocked out of the tournament by the UNC Tar Heels. Head Coach Ed Cooley will have his work cut out for him this season as Providence was one of the hardest hit teams in the offseason with both Kris Dunn (16.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.2 apg) and Ben Bentil (21.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg) going to the NBA. Providence returns Rodney Bullock (11.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Jalen Lindsey (7.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg) who will become the focal point of the Friars offensive this season. Kyron Cartwright will take over the point-guard duties for Providence and will be looked upon to help make up the scoring loss with the departures of Dunn and Bentil. Providence will hope Indiana transfer, Emmitt Holt, and freshman Kalif Young and Alpha Diallo will be able to provide productive minutes for the Friars.
The Catamounts are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Monday games. The Friars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Providence has always been a tough team to play at the Dunkin Donuts Center, however, Vermont is a very talented team which isn’t afraid to take on the major programs in the country. Providence has a lot of question marks coming into this game and as I think it will take the Friars a few games to find their footing with the losses of Dunn and Bentil, I’m taking Vermont and the points in this one.