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Vermont vs. Maine - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Maine at Vermont
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Patrick Gymnasium
Burlington, Vermont
The Line
Vermont Catamounts -21 O/U: 128.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Maine Black Bears and the Vermont Catamounts will match up on the college basketball court Saturday in the America East Tournament.

Maine comes into this one at 5-26 overall. The Black Bears are riding an eight-game losing streak right now, dropping to UMass Lowell, Binghamton and New Hampshire in their last three outings.

In the loss to New Hampshire, Maine’s Sergio El Darwich led the team with 12 points and five rebounds with two assists. The only other Black Bears player in double-figures there was Ilija Stojilikovic with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Over on the Vermont side, they’re sitting at 24-6 this season. The Catamounts have won their last three straight games, taking victories over Binghamton, Stony Brook and UMass Lowell in that time.

In the win over UMass Lowell, Vermont’s Stef Smith led the way on 21 points with four rebounds and two assists. Ernie Duncan added 14 points for the Catamounts there, and Anthony Lamb put up 11 points with eight rebounds and five assists.

The Bears are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last five after a straight-up loss. Maine is 0-5 ATS in their last five overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five versus the America East.

Meanwhile, the Catamounts are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS win. Vermont is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the America East.

Maine’s losing streak is made even worse by their points differentials, which haven’t been that great since the 67-66 loss to UMBC. The Black Bears haven’t cracked 61 points in any of their last five games either.

Vermont hasn’t been overly impressive lately themselves, but realistically speaking they should hold all the cards here. I’m going Catamounts.

Pick:
Vermont Catamounts -21

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