The Binghamton Bearcats and the Vermont Catamounts meet Wednesday in America East Tournament college basketball action from Patrick Gym. Binghamton is 12-16 so far this year. The Bearcats beat New Hampshire in their last game. As for Vermont, they’re 26-5 and coming off a win over NJIT. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Binghamton was sitting at .500 on the year as recently as February 5, but they’ve hit the skids since then. The Bearcats are just 2-6 in their last eight games. The only wins in that time have come courtesy of UMass Lowell and New Hampshire.
In the New Hampshire game, the Bearcats were up 36-34 by halftime. Binghamton posted a 36-35 advantage the rest of the way in a 72-69 win. Jacob Falko was tops in scoring on 21 points and five assists.
Over on the Vermont side, their first 10 games featured a 6-4 run. The Catamounts have lost just once since December 7, though. They’ve taken out UMBC, Binghamton, UMass Lowell, Maine and NJIT in the last half-dozen outings.
On Sunday versus NJIT, the Catamounts jumped out to a 48-27 halftime lead. Vermont kept the heat up on a 50-32 second half in a 98-59 blowout victory. Ben Shungu led the team on his 15 points and five rebounds.
Vermont is 4-1 ATS in the last five at home and the over is 10-2 in their last 12 at home. The over is 11-2 in Vermonts’ last 13 after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, the Bearcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine Wednesday games. Binghamton is 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS win.
PICK: I’m probably staying with Vermont here, but the line's too thick to mess with. The Catamounts have done a great job defensively over this six-game win streak; they’ve kept opponents to 61 points or fewer in each outing. That’s not good news for a team like Binghamton that doesn’t score all that well anyway.
The last time these teams met up, Vermont put up a 66-49 road win back on February 23. I don’t see the Catamounts having too much trouble in this one, and I think they’ll be fine on a cover.