Tonight, the Vermont Catamounts will face the Lamar Cardinals at 6:40 P.M. in at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio for the right to play the top seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday as the 16 seed. Both teams enter the game with a respectable record of 23-11.
You can watch all the action here. Here’s a preview of tonight’s matchup courtesy of CBS Sports:
Most bracketologists have UNC going pretty far in the NCAA tournament, so whoever wins tonight will likely experience short-lived euphoria before getting outplayed by the heavily favored Tar Heels. After all, since the tournament has expanded to 64 teams, a 16 seed has never upset a top ranked team.
Here’s more on these two teams from SB Nation:
This edition of the Catamounts doesn’t have the star power of players like T.J. Sorrentine or Marqus Blakely but has come together by blending all of their pieces into a strong rotation where everyone fills a role. Freshmen guard Four McGlynn leads the team with 12 points per game off the bench and is almost an automatic shooter when left open (39 percent 3-point shooting, 89 percent free throw shooting).
Lamar is led by a core group of upper classmen (five seniors and one junior) who have scored over 85 percent of the team’s points. Senior guard Mike James averages a team-high 17.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting, while senior point guard has chipped in with 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and a team-best 4.08 assists per game. Senior guard Devon Lamb (6’2″) has pulled down a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game for the Cardinals, while fellow senior Brandon Davis is the team’s best outside shooter with 59 3-pointers.
The article adds that tonight will be the first meeting between these two programs, but that both have faced squads with similar playing styles in the past. Either way, it should be a good team as both have a lot on the line. Both would love the opportunity to play spoiler to the Tar Heels.