Fading Rick Barnes worked so let's fade another coach that has struggled in the tournament, Shaka Smart. Since leaving VCU, Shaka Smart is 0-4 SU & ATS in NCAA Tournament games. After the Oral Roberts loss on Thursday, the Vermont Catamounts now hold the longest active win streak. The Catamounts are a very experienced team. The Catamounts bounced back from a 8-10 start winning their last 15 games. They are very guard-oriented team and they can stretch the court. If the Catamounts get hot, they can win this game outright. Double-digits is way too many points to pass up. Take the points and run.
Vermont draws a great first-round matchup as a high-volume 3-point shooting team making 40.1% of those shots since February 1. Marquette's defense struggles at the perimeter, allowing 37.3% shooting in the same timeframe. On the defensive end of the floor, the Catamounts are disciplined in committing few fouls, limiting second-chance points and rebounding at the 6th-best rate in the nation. The public is with Marquette, and maybe that's because they remember Shaka Smart in his feisty underdog roles. However when laying the points, Smart is 131-154-3 (46%) ATS, and his record as a favorite of 10+ points is even worse: 43-63-2 (40.6%) ATS.