Northeastern Huskies (5-5) vs Vermont catamounts (7-3)Date : 12/16/2018
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Patrick Gym, Burlington, Vermont
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Northeastern Huskies vs Vermont catamounts
The Northeastern Huskies will travel to Patrick Gym in Burlington, Vermont, to battle the Vermont Catamounts on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Catamounts won their fourth straight game by picking up a 71-65 home win over the Harvard Crimson as they rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit in which to outscore the Crimson 42 – 29 in the second half behind 37 points from Anthony lamb who went 5-8 from three-point range on the night while the team shot a combined 45% from the floor, overall.
The Huskies of Northeastern have won three of their last four games as they atoned for a lost to the Syracuse Orange prior by beating up on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies by a 92 – 83 score as the Huskies scored 40-plus points of more in both halves while shooting 60% from the field along with a tad over 50% from three-point range for the night.
Northeastern Huskies's Latest Performance :
Northeastern went through a rough stretch in which they were losers of three straight prior to winning three of their next four games, overall, as the offense put up a 90 points per game average in each of those wins. They certainly exceeded this plateau in their last outing versus the Oakland Golden Grizzlies as the Huskies were unstoppable in the first half as they took an early 48-32 halftime lead while ending the game shooting 32 – 53 from the floor with Donald Gresham Jr along with Jordan Roland having 26 and 20 points, respectively, for Northeastern in the win as they combined to go 8 of 14 from 3-point range while having three assists apiece.
Unfortunately, Northwestern’s inconsistent defense allowed 48% shooting to Oakland as well while allowing them to nail 13 3-pointers throughout the contest as Xavier Hill-Mais along with Jaevin Cumberland finished the game with 22 and 21 points for the Golden Grizzlies while combining to go 8-17 from three-point range. And despite having 13 turnovers on the night, Northeastern outrebounded the Golden Grizzlies by a margin of 34-21 for the game en route to the much-needed victory.
Northeastern will certainly need to shore up defensive vulnerabilities versus a Vermont team that is looking to come out of an offensive funk. On the other hand, the highly efficient offense for Northeastern will certainly look forward to the opportunity of facing a defense for Catamounts ttat allows just 43% shooting from the floor per outing.
Vermont catamounts's Latest Performance :
While the Catamounts certainly come into this game on a high in winning four straight games, their offense has certainly struggled during this time in putting up only 71 points per game. On the other hand, their solid defense has stepped up their play considerably during this time as they have allowed opponents to put up only an average of 64 points per outing. In the last contest versus the Harvard Crimson, Vermont shot a tad under their average for the season at 44% from the floor while hitting 10 three-pointers on the night as Anthony lamb led the team with 37 points, as stated, as he went 5-9 from long range while going 14-22 from the field on the night. The only other double-digit scorer for Vermont was Ernie Duncan, who ended the game with 14 points along with six assists.
On the other hand, the defense was certainly uncharacteristic as it allowed the visitors to shoot 49% from the floor while the Crimson was also able to connect on 10 3-pointers on the night with Corey Johnson being responsible for five long balls as he led the team with 17 points in the loss for Harvard. In all, the offense for the Catamounts certainly could use a step up at this point in the season as they are depending entirely too much on their defense in which to win ball games. They may indeed have success versus a Northeastern squad in this contest in that, despite having a solid defensive unit, struggles on the defensive end in allowing teams to average 48% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis.
How Northeastern Huskies & Vermont catamounts Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Northeastern is 4 – 6 ATS while the OU is 6 – 3
Vermont is 6 – 2 – 1 ATS while the OU is 6 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup in that Northeastern will be taking to the road in which to face a Vermont Catamounts team that continues to win ball games, despite enduring a rough patch prior in the which they were exchanging wins for losses on a regular basis. On the other hand, the Huskies Have resurrected their season as well as they have rebounded from a three-game losing streak in which to win three or four games, as stated. In all, look for both teams to fight for 40 minutes, or more, in which to come out with an all-important victory in this matchup on Sunday afternoon.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Vermont Catamounts
My reason for the pick :
I will back Vermont in this matchup simply due to the fact that Northeastern’s defense and its various inconsistencies makes the team not a very good team to back in this instance. And while the offense for Northeastern has since heated up after their three game losing streak earlier in the season, look for the defense for Vermont to hunker down at critical points within this contest as one should keep in mind that they have not allowed 70 points or more in the last 5 games, overall.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest is I believe that Vermont will control the pace of this game on both ends of the floor throughout. With that being said, despite an offense for Northeastern that is very efficient, the road team will indeed struggle on Sunday afternoon, thus affecting total offensive output for the game, overall. Look for the under to be strong play in this matchup as one cannot expect the Vermont Catamounts to put many points on the board as they have been hit or miss all season on the offensive end while the offensive punch for the Huskies will be extinguished by solid defense by the home team as the total will not surpass its set limit.
Betting trends for Northeastern Huskies:
- The Huskies are 2 – 5 ATS in last 7 games
- The over is 4 – 1 in Huskies last 5 games
Betting trends for Vermont catamounts:
- The Catamounts are 4-2 ATS in last six games
- The over is 6 – 3 in Catamounts last nine games