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Your nightly brutality: Vermont beats Richmond in game that is definitely not an upset

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By definition, it was brutality, but the Catamounts are the better team.

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Richmond Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

When is brutality not an upset?

It’s a question that has plagued philosophers for generations (or like a year, really). On Wednesday, we got an example, when Vermont went into Richmond and came away with a win.

Vermont 71 Richmond 65

Sure, Richmond paid Vermont to play this game, but the Catamounts are the better team. In fact, Vermont is one of the best mid-majors in the country and will probably be a trendy upset pick in a few months.

In this one, Ernie Duncan had 21 points to lead the way and went 5-8 from three, while Anthony Lamb had 14 of his own. As a team, Vermont shot better than 53 percent from the field.

Vermont is now 6-1 overall and concern has been slowly mounting in Richmond since the first game of the season. The Spiders are only 1-6 with three losses to sub-100 teams in KenPom. It doesn’t get easier from here, either, as Richmond has to visit Wake Forest and Old Dominion for its next two games.

Updated brutality leaderboard:

Brutality Leaderboard

Conference America East Atlantic 10 Atlantic Sun Big Sky Big South Big West Colonial C-USA Horizon Ivy MAAC MAC MEAC Missouri Valley Mountain West NEC Ohio Valley Patriot Southern Southland SWAC Sun Belt Summit WCC WAC
Conference America East Atlantic 10 Atlantic Sun Big Sky Big South Big West Colonial C-USA Horizon Ivy MAAC MAC MEAC Missouri Valley Mountain West NEC Ohio Valley Patriot Southern Southland SWAC Sun Belt Summit WCC WAC
Total Brutality 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Albany Davidson FGCU E. Washington (1) Campbell Cal Poly College of Charleston UAB Cleveland St. Brown Canisius Akron Coppin St. Bradley Air Force Bryant Austin Peay American Chattanooga Abilene Christian Alabama A&M Appalachian St. Denver BYU CSUB
Binghamton Dayton Jackonsville Idaho Charleston Southern Cal St. Fullerton Delaware (1) FAU Detroit Mercy (1) Columbia Fairfield Bowling Green Delaware St. Drake Boise St. Central Conn. St. (1) Belmont Army Citadel Central Arkansas Alabam St. Arkansas St. Fort Wayne Gonzaga Chicago St.
Hartford Duquesne Kennesaw St. Idaho St. Gardner-Webb Cal St. Northridge Drexel FIU Green Bay Cornell Iona Buffalo Hampton Evansville Fresno St. Fairleigh Dickinson Eastern Illinois Boston ETSU Houston Baptist Alcorn St. Coastal Carolina Nebraska Omaha Loyola Marymount Grand Canyon
Maine Fordham Lipscomb Montana (1) High Point Hawaii Elon Louisiana Tech IUPUI Dartmouth Manhattan Kent State Howard Illinois St. Colorado St. LIU Brooklyn Eastern Kentucky Bucknell Furman Incarnate Word Jackson St. Georgia Southern (1) No. Dakota St. Pacific UMKC
UMBC George Mason NJIT Montana St. Liberty (1) Long Beach St. Hofstra Marshall Milwaukee (1) Harvard Marist Miami OH (1) Maryland Eastern Shore Indiana St. (1) Nevada Mount St. Mary's Jacksonville St. (1) Colgate Mercer Lamar (1) Mississippi Valley St. Georgia St. Oral Roberts Pepperdine New Mexico St.
UMass-Lowell George Washington North Florida N. Dakota Longwood UC Davis (1) James Madison MTSU No. Kentucky Penn Monmouth Ohio Morgan St. (1) Loyola (IL) UNLV Robert Morris Morehead St. Holy Cross Samford McNeese St. Arkansas Pine Bluff Little Rock South Dakota Portland Seattle
New Hampshire La Salle So. Car. Upstate N. Arizona Presbyterian UC Irvine Northeastern Charlotte Oakland Princeton Niagara Ball State Norfolk St. Missouri St. New Mexico Sacred Heart Murray St. Lafayette UNC Greensboro New Orleans Grambling St. (1) Louisiana Lafayette S. Dakota St. (1) St. Mary's UTRGV
Stony Brook UMass Stetson N. Colorado Radford (1) UC Riverside (1) Towson North Texas UIC Yale Quinnipiac Central Michigan Bethune-Cookman Northern Iowa San Diego St. St. Francis Brooklyn SE Missouri St. Lehigh VMI Nicholls St. Prairie View A&M Lousiana Monroe Western Illinois San Diego (1) Utah Valley
Vermont (1) Rhode Island Portland St. UNC Asheville UC Santa Barbara UNC Wilmington Old Dominion Wright St. Rider (1) Eastern Michigan Florida A&M So. Illinois San Jose St. St. Francis SIUE Loyola (Maryland) W. Carolina Northwestern St. Southern So. Alabama San Francisco
Richmond Sacramento St. Winthrop William & Mary Rice Youngstown St. St. Peter's Northern Illinois NC A&T (1) Valparaiso Utah St. Wagner Tennessee St. Navy Wofford Sam Houston St. Texas Southern Texas St. Santa Clara
St. Bonaventure S. Utah So. Miss Siena Toledo Savannah St. Wyoming Tennessee Tech SE Louisiana UT Arlington
St. Joseph's Weber St. UTEP Western Michigan (1) So. Carolina St. UT Martin Stephen F. Austin Troy
Saint Louis UTSA TAMU Corpus Christi
VCU Western Kentucky