Vermont Catamounts

Vermont Catamounts

Vermont Catamounts at Cincinnati Bearcats

VS December 3, 2019 Fifth Third Arena
Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati Bearcats

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Vermont Catamounts Preview

The Vermont Catamounts are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, which makes a 6-3 start (including losses to Rider and Yale) somewhat disappointing. The bright side includes a 70-68 victory at St. John’s, where senior small forward Anthony Lamb hit the game-winner in the final seconds. Lamb, last season’s America East Conference Player of the Year, is averaging 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds but is struggling to find the range on his 3-point shot (15 of 64, 23.4 percent).

That’s been a team-wide issue this season (25.8 percent) after Vermont drilled 35.9 percent from behind the arc last season. The Catamounts will continue to launch, though, as they average 27.1 attempts from behind the arc per game.

Cincinnati Bearcats Preview

The Cincinnati Bearcats have retained their usual toughness and defensive edge in the transition to John Brannen, who took over for longtime coach Mick Cronin, now roaming the hallowed halls of UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. The Bearcats, coming off a 72-65 overtime home win against UNLV, are limiting opponents to 38.1 percent field-goal shooting and 67.7 points per game.

Brannen was known for his up-tempo style at nearby Northern Kentucky, and Cincinnati’s pace and attacking approach has led to a hefty 28 free-throw attempts per game. Jarron Cumberland leads the team with an average of 15.6 points per game, and his cousin, Jaevin Cumberland — a grad transfer from Oakland University — is the top 3-point threat (17 of 47, 36.2 percent).