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Vermont vs UMass-Lowell Basketball Picks 3-16-24

UMass-Lowell River Hawks (22-9) vs. Vermont Catamounts (27-6)
March 16, 2024 11:00 am EDT
The Line: Vermont Catamounts -5.5; Over/Under: +133.5
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The UMass-Lowell River Hawks and the Vermont Catamounts meet Saturday in the college basketball America East Tournament Championship at the Patrick Gymnasium. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a UMass-Lowell vs. Vermont Prediction.

UMass-Lowell Team Preview

The UMass-Lowell River Hawks come into the conference championship after taking down Bryant by a final score of 77-70. Ayinde Hikim leads the River Hawks in scoring and assists with 14.7 PPG and 5.2 APG along with 4 RPG while Quinton Mincey has 14.5 PPG with 6.6 RPG. Max Brooks las 13 PPG with a team-high 7.5 RPG to lead the River Hawks on the glass while Cam Morris III ha 11 PPG with 5.9 RPG. Yuri Covington has 10.2 PPG with 4.9 RPG to round out the scoring in double figures for UMass-Lowell so far this season. Brayden O’Connor has 9.7 PPG as well this season. As a team, UMass-Lowell is averaging 80.8 PPG on 47.9% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the arc and 73.8% from the foul line this season.

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Vermont Team Preview

The Vermont Catamounts booked their ticket to the title game after a 66-59 win over New Hampshire in the semifinals. TJ Long leads the Catamounts in scoring with 12.2 PPG along with 4 RPG while Shamir Bogues has 10.9 PPG with 5.1 RPG to lead the Catamounts on the glass up to this point in the year. Aaron Deloney has 10.9 PPG with a team-high 3.1 APG to lead Vermont in assists up to this point in the year. As a team, Vermont is averaging 72.5 PPG on 46% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

UMass-Lowell vs. Vermont Prediction

I’m on UMass-Lowell here. I get why Vermont’s favored and home court is huge in a conference championship. However, Vermont’s banged up and they don’t use a huge bench to begin with and UMass-Lowell’s not only healthy, they’ve been the closest competition for Vermont for this title all season in my opinion. I think catching this many points with UMass-Lowell is too good to pass on. Give me UMass-Lowell.


Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: UMass-Lowell +5.5

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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