Bet Vermont Vs Purdue BoilermakersNoah Williams
The 13th-seeded Vermont Catamounts will look to extend their impressive winning streak while pulling off the huge upset over the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers when they square off in their Midwest region matchup on Thursday.
Now, let’s find out if Vermont can pull off the upset or whether the Boilermakers will dispatch their lesser-know first round rivals.
How To Bet The Vermont Catamounts Vs No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers Odds & TV Info
Vermont (29-5) vs. Purdue (25-7)
When: 7:27 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Odds: Purdue -9.5
Why Bet The Vermont Catamounts Odds at +9.5
Vermont (4-4 ATS) has won an insane 21 straight games including their 56-53 win over Albany in their last contest. The Catamounts average a respectable 73.6 points per game (172nd) while draining 49.6 percent of their field goal attempts (ninth) and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc (88th).
Defensively, the Catamounts have been phenomenal inn limiting their opponents to just 61.6 points per contest (11th) on 42.0 percent shooting (87th) and 33.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (73rd).
Freshman forward Anthony Lamb (12.6 points) and junior forward Payton Henson (11.4) lead the way for Vermont on offense while Trae Bell-Haynes chips in 11.1 points per game.
Why Bet the Purdue Boilermakers Odds at -9.5
The Boilermakers (17-10-2 ATS) dropped two of their last four games and hit March madness coming off a stunning 74-70 overtime loss against desperate Michigan in their last contest. Still, the Boilermakers have won eight of their last 10 games and will have the best player on the floor in this contest in Player of the Year candidate Caleb Swanigan (18.5 ppg, 12.6 rpg).
The Boilermakers average a healthy 80.1 points per game (34th) on 48.0 percent shooting from the field (28th) and a jaw-dropping 40.6 percent from three-point land (7th). Not only that, but Purdue is also very good at the other end of the floor as they limit their opponents to just 67.2 points per game (59th) on 41.3 percent shooting from the field (49th) and 32.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc (53rd). Besides Swanigan, three other players average double figures for the Boilermakers.
Vermont Vs Purdue Pick & Final Score Prediction
Vermont has had a fantastic season, but the fact of the matter is that the Catamounts don’t have the talent or size to keep up with Purdue team that is very good at both ends of the floor.
Vermont is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games, 8-18-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog.
Purdue is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as a favorite, 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games. The Boilermakers win going away to easily cover the spread.
My final score prediction is Purdue 77 Vermont 66