Against The Spread Pick
Vermont has won 12 straight games and has already clinched their division championship. They are slated to make the tournament this year as a higher seed, and are the 9th ranked defensive team this season. Meanwhile, UMBC is on a four game winning streak, yet, they are still one game below .500 and have yet to beat a team better than them this year. Vermont will have their home crowd on their side tonight, and they are the easy pick for tonight’s game. Take Vermont tonight.
Over Under Pick
Vermont ranks number nine in defensive efficiency this season, and over their last five have averaged 71 points per game. Don’t expect UMBC to put up great scoring numbers vs Vermont, especially since UMBC isn’t great offensively. KJ Jackson leads the team in points, assists, steals, and blocks as a 6’2 point guard, and vs a legitimate tournament team, Jackson won’t be able to carry the load tonight. I expect Vermont to do their fair share of scoring, but I don’t think that UMBC will be able to score enough to reach the quota. Take the under tonight.