Vermont Catamounts (0-0) at UMass-Lowell River Hawks (1-3)
College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Costello Athletic Center)
The Line: UMass-Lowell River Hawks +6 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Vermont Catamounts and the UMass Lowell River Hawks meet Monday in college basketball action from Costello Athletic Center.
This will be Vermont’s first game of the 2020-21 college basketball season. The Catamounts went 26-7 overall last year. As for UMass Lowell, they’re 1-3 so far. The River Hawks fell to NC State in their last game on December 3. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Vermont has had to rework their schedule a few times this season already, and (hopefully) we’re ready to see them on the floor. The Catamounts went 26-7 overall last year with a 14-2 record in America East play. That result earned Vermont a regular-season conference championship.
The Catamounts will have some new faces in key roles this year, as they’re returning two of three starters. Stef Smith is set to have another good campaign; he’s coming off 14.2 points per game with a .423 mark from 3-point range. Senior Ben Shungu will anchor the defense after 7.7 PPG and 2.2 APG last year.
Over on the UMass Lowell side, they opened up the season with a 76-68 win over San Francisco but haven’t had any luck since then. The River Hawks have lost each of their last three games: 82-72 to Illinois State, 74-64 to Ohio State and 90-59 to NC State.
In the loss to the Wolfpack, UMass Lowell’s top scorer was Darion Jordan-Thomas with 12 points and five rebounds. Both Obadiah Noel and Salif Boudie added 10 points apiece, combining for eight assists and seven rebounds.
The River Hawks are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six as a home underdog. The over is 8-3-1 in UMass Lowell’s last 12 home games and 19-9 in their last 28 games as an underdog.
Meanwhile, the Catamounts are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine road games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 versus a team with a losing straight-up record. The under is 6-1 in Vermont’s last seven Monday games and the over is 4-1 in the last five overall.
PICK: I’m sticking with Vermont here, but in reality staying away. It’s tough to know what Vermont will look like when they (finally) get back on the court. The Catamounts will be bringing younger players into new roles this season and it’s anyone’s guess how quickly they’ll gel. UMass Lowell seems a good matchup to start things off with; the River Hawks have been pretty permissive on defense this year with 68 or more points allowed in each game.