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Richmond vs. Vermont - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vermont Catamounts (5-1) at Richmond Spiders (1-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Robins Center)

The Line: Richmond Spiders -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Vermont Catamounts will travel to the Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders this Wednesday Night in College Basketball action.

The Vermont Catamounts won their 5th straight game and improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the Yale Bulldogs, 79-73, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Vermont was able to pull away late after a 17-6 Catamounts run gave Vermont a 74-65 lead with just 1:19 left in regulation. Vermont shot 47.4% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Anthony Lamb who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Vermont is averaging 74.8 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Catamounts are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Vermont has been led by Anthony Lamb (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Trae Bell-Haynes (12.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.3 apg), Payton Henson (11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Ernie Duncan (10.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.7 apg). Defensively, Vermont is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Catamounts have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

Richmond vs. Vermont - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Richmond Spiders lost their 3rd consecutive game, dropping them to 1-5 on the season, after being defeated by Georgetown Hoyas, 82-76, this past Saturday. Richmond battled the Hoyas throughout the game, however, couldn’t pull out the victory after being held to just two points over the final 1:57 of regulation. Richmond allowed Georgetown to shoot 53.2% from the field and 55.6% (10-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Spiders was Grant Golden who had a double-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Richmond is averaging 64.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Spiders are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 27.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Richmond has been led by Grant Golden (16.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.8 apg), De’Monte Buckingham (14.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Jacob Gilyard (9.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Nick Sherod (9.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg). Defensively, Richmond is allowing their opponents to average 76.5 ppg on 51.2% shooting from the field. The Spiders have a rebound margin of -8.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Catamounts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Spiders are 19-42-4 ATS in their last 65 non-conference games and just 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Vermont is one of the better unknown teams in the country led by their terrific duo of Anthony Lamb and Trae Bell-Haynes. Richmond has struggled this season as although it’s not uncommon for the Spiders to struggle on the boards (329th in rebound margin), it has been surprising to see the Spiders struggle so much on the offense end as they rank 324th in scoring offense and T-331st in 3P-FG%. Vermont gave Kentucky all they could handle on the road and although this game has yet to be lines, I’m leaning towards taking the Catamounts as I feel confident Vermont could cover at least a mid-range spread on the road. Please check back when the line has posted. 

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