VMI vs. East Tennessee State - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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East Tennessee State (22-4) at VMI Keydets (7-19)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Cameron Hall)
The Line: VMI +12 -- Over/Under: 139
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-4, CONF 11-2) and VMI Keydets (7-19, CONF 2-11) face off in a Southern Conference showdown at Cameron Hall. These teams faced off in early January, and the Keydets shocked everyone by keeping it close against ETSU.
The Buccaneers come into this game hot having won nine of the last ten games, but even they aren’t immune to a bad loss. Late in January against Mercer as 14 point favorites the Buccaneers lost 71-55.
None of the stats for the Buccaneers are really eye-popping, but they are just solid. ETSU is averaging 74.2 points while giving up 64.7 points per game.
The Buccaneers don’t really have a star, but they have a lot of good solid players. East Tennessee State has four players averaging at least ten points, and eight players averaging at least five.
As good as the Buccaneers have been, the Keydets have been about that bad. VMI comes into this game having lost eight of the last ten games and only covered five.
The Keydets offense has been fine, but their defense has been an issue giving up 74.7 points per game overall.
VMI is led by Travis Evee who is averaging 12 points per game, but he hasn’t been as productive as of late, not reaching his average in any of the last five games.
In VMI”s last game against Chattanooga, they gave up 86 points, with 47 of those coming in the second half.
The Keydets are 3-7 ATS in their last ten home games. The over is 6-2 in Buccaneers' last eight games overall. The over is 8-1 in VMI’s last nine home games. The under is 7-3 in the last ten meetings played between the Buccaneers and Keydets.
The Buccaneers had that one slip up in the last ten games, but there won’t be any slip-ups in this game. The Keydets struggles to play defense is going to lead to a lot of scoring by the Buccaneers, and a cover by the visiting team.