Halftime Report

UMBC is giving their home crowd exactly what they were hoping for. They have jumped out to a quick 35-27 lead against Vermont.

UMBC came into the matchup with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

Who's Playing

Vermont Catamounts @ UMBC Retrievers

Current Records: Vermont 18-6, UMBC 7-17

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UMBC will be in front of their home fans on Saturday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. They and the Vermont Catamounts will face off in an America East battle at 1:00 p.m. ET at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena. Both teams took a loss in their last game, so they'll have plenty of motivation to get the 'W'.

The oddsmakers set the bar high, but UMBC and the River Hawks didn't disappoint and broke past the 163 point over/under on Thursday. The Retrievers fell 93-80 to the River Hawks. UMBC has struggled against the River Hawks recently, as their match on Thursday was their fourth consecutive lost matchup.

UMBC struggled to work together and finished the game with only six assists. They are winless (0-3) when they just don't pass the ball.

Meanwhile, Vermont unfortunately witnessed the end of their nine-game winning streak on Thursday. They fell just short of the Highlanders by a score of 63-61. Vermont didn't live up to their potential and found themselves falling short of the advantage oddsmakers thought they had coming into the game.

The Retrievers have not been sharp recently as the team's lost 12 of their last 14 games, which put a noticeable dent in their 7-17 record this season. As for the Catamounts, their defeat ended a four-game streak of away wins and brought them to 18-6.

UMBC came up short against the Catamounts in their previous matchup back in January, falling 77-72. Will UMBC have more luck at home instead of on the road?


Vermont is a big 10.5-point favorite against UMBC, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Catamounts as a 11-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 148 points.

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Series History

Vermont has won 8 out of their last 10 games against UMBC.

  • Jan 11, 2024 - Vermont 77 vs. UMBC 72
  • Jan 28, 2023 - Vermont 74 vs. UMBC 68
  • Jan 01, 2023 - Vermont 74 vs. UMBC 61
  • Mar 12, 2022 - Vermont 82 vs. UMBC 43
  • Feb 19, 2022 - Vermont 86 vs. UMBC 59
  • Jan 15, 2022 - Vermont 86 vs. UMBC 69
  • Feb 19, 2021 - UMBC 66 vs. Vermont 55
  • Feb 18, 2021 - Vermont 80 vs. UMBC 71
  • Mar 10, 2020 - Vermont 81 vs. UMBC 74
  • Feb 22, 2020 - UMBC 66 vs. Vermont 64