Vermont vs Syracuse 2010 NCAA Bracket Predictions: The Syracuse Orange and Vermont Catamounts will squre off this evening in a first round clash at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The one seed versus 16 seed skirmish is set to tip off at 9:30pm ET on CBS. West Region 2010 NCAA Bracket Predictions at BetUS.com have the Orange listed as a -15.5 against the spread favorite: the game total has been set at 144.5.
Vermont garnered an NCAA Tournament bid last weekend by winning the American East Conference Tournament. The Catamounts avoided regular season winner Stony Brook in the post-season proceedings, and beat Boston 83-70 in the final. The win, which the 11th in the last 12 games for the Catamounts, improved Vermont's record to 25-9.
Vermont is led by 6'5" senior forward Marques Blakely; the New jersey native averages 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
Syracuse comes into this evening's contest having lost back-to-back games against Louisville and Georgetown, its first such streak of the year. The Orange, which beat the Hoyas twice during the regular season, fell to John Thompson's squad 84-91 in the first round of the Big East Tournament. Despite their recent slippage, Syracuse still won the Big East title with a 15-3 regular season record against conference foes.
The Orange, which average 81.5 points per game, went 11-4 against fellow tournament teams. They have five players that average double figures in scoring; junior forward Wes Johnson leds that group, though, with a 16 point per game average (8.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists).
Vermont Catamounts +1.5 (-110), Over 144.5 (-110)
Syracuse Orange -15.5 (-110), Under 144.5 (-110)
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