Arkansas vs. Vermont odds, picks, TV channel: Expert predictions for NCAA Tournament first round

The No. 4-seeded Razorbacks (-5.5) get the No. 13 Vermont Catamounts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 9:20 p.m. Thursday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

This game features two teams on polar wavelengths: in one corner, an America East champion emerging from three months of near-perfect (Vermont dropped a heartbreaker on the day Valentine’s Day); in the other corner, an SEC juggernaut capable of both utter domination and inexplicable deception.

Arkansas has the talent to lead the board – during the regular season they beat a row of ranked assassins from LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn. Arkansas could also blaze loudly — the Razorbacks have stumbled in very public moments, losing a non-conference game to Hofstra and dropping five of six games to kick off conference play.

Vermont, on the other hand, has enjoyed nothing but excellence in the America East, hitting a conference record of 17-1 and mocking the conference tournament by outscoring opponents by 36.7 points. Their scoring defense ranks 10th in the entire nation and three separate players are shooting above 40% from beyond the arc.

But the Catamounts, winless against rear-view mirror-rated opponents, haven’t faced a team as polished or as proven as the Razorbacks — a dangerously fast team with NBA talent on both sides of the court.

This will be Vermont’s eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament; this will be Arkansas’ 34th appearance.

What: West region, first round

Denunciation time: 9:20 p.m. ET Thursday

Location: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY

TV: DTT

Odds, Over/Under, Moneyline

Team propagated Total Moneyline

+180

Arkansas

-5.5

139.5

-225

All BetMGM odds. Click here for live odds.

NBA Draft Prospects

Second-round Arkansas sophomore center Jaylin Williams

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Choice of experts

WriterStraight Up Pick
Joe Rexrode
Brian Hamilton
Kyle Tucker
Bob kravitz
Dana O'Neil
Charlotte Carroll
Daniel Shirley
Brendan Marks
Doug Haller
Jesse Temple
Austin Meek
Brendan Quinn
Eamonn Brennan
Grace Raynor
CJ Moore
Colton Pouncy
Justin Williams
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Writer Direct choice

Joe Rexrod

Brian Hamilton

Kyle Tucker

Bob Kravitz

Dana O’Neil

Charlotte Carroll

Daniel Shirley

Brendan’s Marks

Doug Haller

jesse temple

austin sweet

Brendan Quinn

Eamonn Brennan

Grace Raynor

CJ Moore

Colton Pouncy

justin williams

Model projection: Arkansas 3.8 points, total 138.8

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