NCAA Basketball March Madness Odds: Catamounts Vs Golden Eagles Betting Analysis

NCAA Basketball March Madness Odds: Marquette Vs Vermont Betting Analysis

The opening round of the tournament always delivers a few mismatches, especially when you have the top seeds going against the #15 and #16 seeds. We rarely, if ever, see upsets in those games, but what we can get is an opportunity to bet against the spread. Very often, those top seeds will have a spread assigned that is very much on the large side of things. What can happen there is that they can put in bench guys later in the game, once it’s safely put away, which can often mean that their chances of covering takes a hit. The fact is that all they really care about is moving on as opposed to money bettors might have on them covering. We have a double-digit spread in this one, with Marquette favored by 11 over Vermont. The point total for this game is set at 144 ½. Let’s take a look at the NCAA basketball odds, so you can prepare your betting strategies for this special game.


#15 Vermont Catamounts Vs #2 Marquette Golden Eagles Game Info | March Madness Lines

When: Thursday, March 17 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus


Why bet on the Vermont Catamounts

The lower seeds in the bracket very often come into the tournament feeling less pressure than their higher seeded opponents. After all, the expectation is that they will lose, so why not just go out, play loose, and hopefully get the higher seed into a tough spot. Vermont come into the tournament on an absolute high, so this will not be a team suffering from some crisis of confidence. They won the regular season America East Conference in some considerable style, and then went on to win the conference tournament, which has them coming into March Madness on a 15-game winning streak. They are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 6 overall and 7-0 ATS in the month of March. That’s all great, but there are some negatives, too, such as going 1-10 SU in their last 11 versus the Big East and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 as the underdog.


Why bet on the Marquette Golden Eagles

We have another conference champion here, with Marquette closing out the season by winning the regular season Big East crown, as well as the conference tournament. They, too, are on a bit of a roll and come in on a 9-game win streak that took them to 28-6 on the season. They have had zero issues with teams from the America East Conference, as they have won 7 in a row against those teams, including a 91-81 win over Vermont the last time they faced them. Marquette has gone 13-7 ATS in their last 20 games overall, as well as 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games starting as the favorite. In terms of the point total, the Golden Eagles have seen the UNDER hit in 4 of their last 5 games.


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I have been reading a lot about March Madness and have seen several people list this one as a potential upset alert. I don’t really see that happening, as I do like Marquette to move on, but covering might be a little tougher. I am playing the OVER here. Vermont Catamounts 73 Marquette Golden Eagles 83


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