Catamounts vs. Seminoles Prediction
The Florida State Seminoles came one win away from winning the ACC Tournament and will look to continue their stellar play over the last two months today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Can fourth-seeded FSU ease past the 13th-seeded Vermont Catamounts?
Thursday, March 21, 2019
XL Center at 2PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Seminoles are a 9-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 133.5 points. As of Thursday morning, exactly 50 percent of public bets are being placed on both Vermont and Florida State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Catamounts take out UMBC
Vermont defeated last year's biggest Cinderella in Maryland-Baltimore County by a final score of 66-49 Saturday to win the automatic bid in the American East Tournament. The Catamounts opened up a 28-20 halftime advantage on their way to the win. Vermont shot 21-of-51 from the floor, 7-of-22 from 3-point range plus 17-of-23 at the free throw line. Anthony Lamb paced the Catamounts (27-6) with 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point distance plus 9-of-12 at the free throw line. He also tallied nine rebounds and three assists. Stef Smith added 17 points and eight boards.
Seminoles fall short versus Blue Devils
Florida State had its six-game winning streak snapped Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game as it lost 73-63 to Duke. The Seminoles (27-7) went into halftime 36-36 before faltering after the break. Florida State shot 20-of-63 from the floor, 8-of-20 from 3-point distance plus 15-of-16 at the free throw line. Mfiondu Kabengele paced the Seminoles with 14 points off the bench on 5-of-11 from the floor including 3-of-5 from 3-point range plus 1-of-1 at the free throw line. He also registered three rebounds and three blocked shots. Terance Mann added 12 points and eight boards.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Catamounts are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games. Vermont is 1-4 ATS in its last five NCAA Tournament games.
The Seminoles are 8-2-2 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games. Florida State is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four NCAA Tournament games.
Vermont lost 84-68 at Kansas all the way back in November and fell 86-78 at Louisville four days later. Not a lot can be taken from those games, but it's encouraging it played tough on the road against a couple NCAA Tournament teams. The Catamounts have only lost twice since the calendar turned, both to UMBC, which was avenged in the American East Tournament. While the Seminoles are deep and talented, they might be frustrated by the slow pace Vermont prefers and its inability to back down from a big-name foe. I'm going to say this one stays close and while FSU probably advances, it won't be easy.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VERMONT CATAMOUNTS +9