Vermont vs. Duke Picks and Predictions – Friday, Mar. 22

Mar 21, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Vermont Catamounts guard TJ Long (20) looks to shoot the ball during team practice at Barclays Center.
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We have your Vermont Catamounts vs. Duke Blue Devils prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Vermont Catamounts hit the road to face the Duke Blue Devils.

The Duke Blue Devils (24-8) are set to face off against the Vermont Catamounts (28-6) in a highly anticipated NCAA Tournament matchup. With Duke coming off a two-game losing streak and Vermont riding the momentum of a perfect last 10 games, this clash promises to be a battle of resilience and strategy.

Vermont Catamounts vs. Duke Blue Devils Odds Info

Moneyline: Vermont Catamounts +550 (PointsBet) / Duke Blue Devils -800 (PointsBet)

Spread: -12.5 – Vermont Catamounts -115 (Barstool) / Duke Blue Devils -105 (Barstool)

Total: 132.0 – -110 (Ceasars) / -110 (Ceasars)

Game Info

Date: Friday, Mar. 22

Time: 06:10 PM

Location: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY


Vermont Catamounts Betting Trends

  • On the road, Vermont Catamounts are 10 and 4 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Vermont Catamounts are 14 and 18.
  • Against the spread on the road, Vermont Catamounts are 8 and 8.

Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends

  • At home, Duke Blue Devils are 15 and 3 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Duke Blue Devils are 18 and 14.
  • Against the spread at home, Duke Blue Devils are 13 and 8.

Vermont Catamounts vs. Duke Blue Devils Predictions

The Duke Blue Devils enter the game with a solid season record but have hit a snag with a recent two-game losing streak. They’ll be looking to rebound and make a statement in the NCAA Tournament. Duke’s offense has been a strong point this season, ranking 48th in average points per game at 79.8, and they boast a 27th-ranked field goal percentage at 48.2%. The Blue Devils will miss the services of freshman guard Caleb Foster due to injury, putting more pressure on their star center Kyle Filipowski, who leads the team with an average of 17.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Vermont Catamounts, on the other hand, have been on a tear, winning their last 10 games. They come into the tournament with an impressive 28-6 overall record and a dominant 15-1 conference record. The Catamounts have shown they can compete on both ends of the floor, with a balanced attack led by guard TJ Long, who averages 12.2 points per game. Vermont’s defense has been particularly stingy, contributing to their 23-9 record against the over/under, indicating their games tend to be lower-scoring affairs.

This game will likely come down to whether Duke’s high-powered offense can break through Vermont’s robust defense. The Blue Devils will need to find their shooting touch early, especially from beyond the arc, to stretch the Catamounts’ defense. Meanwhile, Vermont will look to control the pace and make the most of their possessions, seeking to exploit any vulnerabilities in Duke’s defense. With both teams eager to advance in the tournament, expect a fiercely contested game with strategic adjustments playing a key role in the outcome.

Vermont Catamounts vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick

Given the current form and statistics of both teams, the ‘Under’ seems to be the most compelling pick for this matchup. Duke’s recent performance has seen a downturn with a two-game losing streak, and the absence of Caleb Foster could impact their offensive efficiency. Vermont’s defense has been their hallmark this season, as evidenced by their 23-9 record against the over/under, suggesting they excel in lower-scoring games. The Catamounts’ strategy of controlling the pace and their ability to limit opponents’ scoring aligns with the under pick, especially considering the total line set at 132.0.

Historically, both teams have trended towards the under in their recent games, with Duke going under in 8 of their last 10 games and Vermont in 8 of their last 10 as well. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a neutral site for both teams, is unlikely to offer any home-court advantage that could potentially boost scoring. With Duke’s strong defense and Vermont’s slower, methodical approach to the game, it’s reasonable to expect a tightly contested battle that prioritizes defensive prowess over offensive outbursts, further supporting the under pick for this NCAA Tournament game.

The Pick: Under 132.0 -110 (Ceasars)