The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-2) and the Vermont Catamounts (7-4) battle at Blue Cross Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Vermont Catamounts vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies ATS Preview
In the Catamounts last matchup, they won big over the Siena Saints, 81-57. Drew Urquhart led Vermont in scoring with 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Vermont played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.412 (above their season average of 0.277) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.588 (above their season average of 0.544). For those same stats, Siena had marks of 0.119 and 0.424, respectively.
The Bonnies hope to maintain momentum after topping the Yale Bulldogs in their last matchup, 75-67. With 25 points on 6-for-15 shooting, Jaylen Adams was the games leading scorer. St. Bonaventure’s 14.2 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Yale, who had a rate of 25.8. The Bonnies mark was worse than their season average of 14.2, while the Bulldogs was above their season average of 17.1.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams clash. St. Bonaventure ranks 271st in possessions per game (69.7) and Vermont is 299th (65.3) dating back to last season. Furthermore, the Catamounts rank 50th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.251), while the Bonnies rank 321st in opponents FTA rate (0.291).
Vermont Catamounts vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Vermont, ATS Winner – Vermont, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Catamounts rank 167th in three pointers attempted per game (18.5) while the Bonnies rank 242nd (18.0).
- St. Bonaventure ranks 10th in steals per game (7.7) while Vermont ranks 224th (5.1).
- The Catamounts rank 16th in rebounds allowed per game (30.4) while the Bonnies rank 140th (34.6).
- Vermont ranks 33rd in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while St. Bonaventure ranks 146th (3.8).